This is a really well researched piece, which I thought might be of interest:
Termi-Nation: 25 Years On We, How The Horror of Reaganomics Was Reflected In The Film
By Michael Murano / Special To SuicideGirls.com
We're living in a cultural landscape thicketed with old-growth 1980s, and the return of one of the most iconic '80s artifacts is about the rain down like fallout. The metal endo-skeletoned man/machine was the embodiment of a specific vintage of berserk, apocalyptic terror that defined the years of the Reagan/Bush Junta.
The Terminator is now recognized as a historical artifact, The Library of Congress having placed it in the National Film Registry.
The Terminator is a work of cultural, historic, and aesthetic significance. But more than that, it's an important artifact of a once ubiquitous psychological reality, especially for geezers like me who thought that our beloved, doddering, Teflon-coated Unca Ronnie was gonna get us vaporized....
The full Termi-Nation chronicle can be found HERE.