Have been a Bruce Conner fan for a long time, but what I find interesting isn't the different America of the '80s, or in particular the America of 1981, but the similarity of that moment to this one as represented in the film(s) - exhaustion with symbols of national power/militarism, "no will whatsoever," yet possibly pointing to resuscitation (question in a lot of my posts esp since East Ghouta). So, in 1981 a leftist/post-modernist/anti-Americanist might have watched the movie/heard the song smugly anticipating further decline and fall, but, as we know, history had a different idea, and all of that cowboy Jacksonian machismo disturbing the dreams of the anxious sleeper came back in fashion quickly, or Reaganism filled the abhorrent vacuum: The little boys with the super-rifle and helmet walkie-talkies became Rambo, and today's Special Operators...

Was prompted by a twitter chat last night about Obama/Syria/IS.

OTOH - I wouldn't have expected you to tolerate them at all! With the sound turned down??