Everything old is new again, and nothing seems older than The Handmaid's Tale, the book written in 1985 by Margaret Atwood and the televised series that was filmed last summer, which is streaming on laptops right now. Both portray the doom and destruction supposed to evolve from the Reagan agenda, or as the New Yorker once put it:
"[Margaret] Atwood began writing The Handmaid's Tale shortly after the election of Ronald Reagan, and she drew inspiration from the political stories of the day." The "stories of the day" were the arms buildup and the rise of the conservative social agenda, which would lead in due course to a terror agenda, with torture deployed as a tool of suppression and women reduced to the status of cattle, forbidden to read, much less to write something, whose function was only to breed. Feminists loved this so much that they came to believe this would happen or had happened and, as time went on, failed to acknowledge that in real life things here on Earth turned out rather differently and not in the way they'd foreseen.
In life under Reagan, elections stayed free, religion stayed optional and women reached places of power in government that they never been before. Sandra Day O'Connor went to the Supreme Court as the first female justice, Jeane Kirkpatrick went to the United Nations and raised all hell in it and conservative women (like Kate O'Beirne, and John Gorsuch's mother) got their first taste of power and major careers. The economy flourished, incomes rose for black families and peace broke out soon after Reagan left office when, largely due to his containment agenda, the Communist system in Europe collapsed.
Former President Ronald Reagan died at age 94, mourned by the world and those he freed in it, credited (with John Paul II and Margaret Thatcher) with helping to free millions on millions of people who remained undisturbed by his prayer invocations or by his and the Pope's pro-life views. The feminists were left to ignore or deny this, while insisting the "warning" still was important. In 2016, when it was filmed, it was widely believed that Hillary Clinton would be the next president, and they were filming a tale of disaster averted. Then came the shock of the 8th of November, and Margaret Atwood was "prescient" again.
"Newly relevant," the Times called the movie. The New Republic predicted, "Texas is Gilead, and Indiana is Gilead, and now that Mike Pence is our vice president, the entire country will look more like Gilead, too." And in a lot of ways, it does look like Gilead, but seen in mirror, where the sides are reversed.
Students at Berkeley set fires and riot to protest right-wing speakers. Students at Middlebury attacked Charles Murray and sent a woman to the hospital with a concussion. Police in Washington filed "additional charges" against 200 protesters arrested during Trump's inauguration, who, dressed in black, wearing face masks and goggles "smashed restaurant windows, set a limousine on fire and attacked the car's driver," injuring six police officers in a violent outburst that "lasted about 30 minutes and occurred within 16 ... blocks."
As for scenes of horror, who can forget the medical practice of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, or the taped conversation with the Planned Parenthood worker, who sipped a nice glass of wine as she discussed the harvesting of organs from babies her clinic aborted and how much money those organs might bring? If you want horror and fear, here they are, but the left wing has brought it.
Don't wait for the sisters to do much about it, while they wallow in warmed-over rage.
Noemie Emery, a Washington Examiner columnist, is a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard and author of "Great Expectations: The Troubled Lives of Political Families."