Not that anyone is slaughtering millions of humans, but there is a distinct Year Zero sensibility. For instance, passage of Proposition 8 is said to have taken away established civil rights, established for almost six months. Twice as much time has passed since that action, but it is still easy to find people actively mourning that in November 2008 the laws of California descended to what they had been back in the distant stone age of May 14, 2008. Many are disappointed that the LDS Church took the unprecedented step of involving itself in a ballot issue, meaning, I guess, that the work on behalf of Proposition 22 eight years earlier was so long ago it doesn’t count. How could it? That was before history began on May 15, 2008.
There is also the creepy fascination with seeing their opponents die off that the future may be carried forward on the shoulders of a young, properly indoctrinated new people.
[Colby Cosh already used this idea six years ago. I wonder if anyone will mention the Fancher party before the day is through.]