In economics, we borrowed from the Bourbons; in foreign policy, we drew on themes fashioned by the nomad warriors of the Eurasian steppes. In spiritual matters, we emulated the braying intolerance of our archenemies, the Shi'ite fundamentalists.
Barbara Ehrenreich (b. 1941), U.S. author, columnist. "Family Values," The Worst Years of Our Lives (1991).
of the "traditional values" adopted by Americans in the eighties; these values formed "part of what may someday be known as the 'Reagan renovation,' that finely balanced mix of cosmetic refinement and moral coarseness which brought $200,000 china to the White House dinner table and mayhem to the beleaguered peasantry of Central America."