- Posted September 3, 2013 by
Aliso Viejo, California
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Life in the early 1980s: Style and politics
Liberal Heavy Metal Kid
The 1980s for me meant listening to KNAC, going to a KISS videoshoot and attending my first concert-ironically, it was Stryper at Magic Mountain in Valencia, California.
I became more politically aware in the Eighties, and asked why President Reagan wasn't being impeached for trading arms for hostages-certainly any Democratic president would have been!
I was also alarmed at the calls for censorship in the media-especially when it came to my form of music. I despised the Parent Music Resource Center and wanted to fight them. Being fifteen-years-old at the time, I simply did not know how. I did not even realize that I had the power to write my congressman.
I would debate an arch conservative in my economics class at Sylmar High School, and still find myself debating him twenty-five years later, as he has become more of a right-winger through the years just as I have become more of a left-winger through the same period of time.
We were not friends then, and still aren't today.
The only thing about me which has changed over the course of time is the amount of knowledge I have acquired so that I can do my part to further the cause of social justice.