A little balance on Reagan, if you please


One could go on. I only saw him once up close, which happened to be when he got a question he didn’t like. Was it true that his staff in the 1980 debates had stolen President Carter’s briefing book? (They had.) The famously genial grin turned into a rictus of senile fury: I was looking at a cruel and stupid lizard. His reply was that maybe his staff had, and maybe they hadn’t, but what about the leak of the Pentagon Papers? Thus, a secret theft of presidential documents was equated with the public disclosure of needful information. This was a man never short of a cheap jibe or the sort of falsehood that would, however laughable, buy him some time.

Reagan in Hell (crashed last time I checked)

Conman, coward, killer

The New York Times today, in its canned obit, wrote that Reagan projected, “faith in small town America” and “old-time values.” “Values” my ass. It was union-busting and a declaration of war on the poor and anyone who couldn’t buy designer dresses. It was the New Meanness, bringing starvation back to America so that every millionaire could get another million.

2 thoughts on “A little balance on Reagan, if you please

  1. It’s good to see that some people still have perspective when it comes to old Jelly Bean Brain. The calls for putting his image on currency and renaming the Pentagon after him (OK, that wouldn’t be bad considering how he almost wrecked the country with unbridled military spending while the lower and middle classes suffered and the rich got richer) are just disgusting. Granted, the country was in somewhat of a funk, and as you said he was a great cheerleader. But he was also a two-faced bastard, touting integrity while he was circumventing the laws of the land; surrounding himself with wieners like Elliott Abrams, and James Watt, and criminal like Ollie North.
    Maybe its sick to say, but in his case, death of Alzheimers was merciful. Over the last 10 years he’s been able to forget all the the people the world over who suffered thanks to his John Wayne complex.

  2. I so wish that Ted Kennedy won the Democrat race in ’80. Best liberal tradition, plus a party boy (albeit with some significant baggage). I couldn’t stand the arrogance of Carter. But at least there was substance and conscience – a “this is what I think is best for the country (wrongheaded or not)” agenda. With Ron, it was personal enrichment (directly, or through patronage to cornies). Sorta like now. See Condi and Chevron’s record profirts, Cheney and Halliburton overcharges. Even if Kerry is beholden to unions, the patronage directly benefits workers, rather than the elite class of CEOs.

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