November 4, 1980

Forty-two years ago today, Ronald Reagan beat the incumbent Jimmy Carter in a landslide victory, thereby becoming our 40th President-elect.

Unless you’re at least 60 years old, you didn’t vote for Ronald Reagan. (I was 12 years old on November 4, 1980, six years too young to vote.)

And perhaps you wouldn’t have voted for him even if you had been alive and eligible to cast a ballot.

Nothing wrong with that. Reagan’s opponent, Jimmy Carter, was an honest and honorable man, even if he wasn’t a particularly effective president. (One of Carter’s handicaps was that he was a genuinely decent, genuinely idealistic man; and that often didn’t serve him well in the rough-and-tumble world where bad actors like the Soviet Union existed.)

This is a time capsule from a different America, and—in my opinion—a better America.