Thursday, June 10, 2004

Just the Blogs

Here are the opinion pieces on Reagan:
Christopher Hitchens
Reagan allowed Alexander Haig to greenlight the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982, fired him when that went too far and led to mayhem in Beirut, then ran away from Lebanon altogether when the Marine barracks were bombed, and then unbelievably accused Tip O'Neill and the Democrats of "scuttling."

David Corn
Getting cozy with Argentine fascist generals, tax credits for segregated schools, disinformation campaigns, "homeless by choice,"...

William Rivers Pitt
The truth is straightforward: Virtually every significant problem facing the American people today can be traced back to the policies and people that came from the Reagan administration. It is a laundry list of ills, woes and disasters that has all of us, once again, staring apocalypse in the eye.

Greg Palast
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.

Peggy Noonan?
He studied communism, read Marx...

Huh? Did Peggy Noonan just slam Ronald Wilson Reagan, our 40th President, on the event of his passing from this world? How dare she! That can't be right. Wait a second... what's this later?

  • "racist, a man who knew nothing, a militarist".
  • "evil"
  • "Mr. Know Nothing Cowboy Gunslinger Dimwit"
  • "All presidents should be so stupid."

Oh, man, the skeletons are out of the closet. Noonan's contempt for the man and the office is hereby noted.

It takes some big people to speak ill of a dead man. It takes even bigger people to make fun of a dead man (Bush/Zombie Reagan 2004). I suppose I would believe that he deserved more respect than this, but he was a public figure, a politician in fact. On his watch, lives were lost, fortunes lost or gained, careers and reputations made and destroyed. Once you submit yourself to public scrutinity, the public — that stupid hulk that smashes with the fist of the lowest common denominator — can rob you of everything. I would argue that he sacrificed his personal privacy for the sake of the public good, but he didn't. He was an actor before he was a politician. When he was a politician, he made that his career for two decades. This career was shepharded by giant corporations.

Maybe I could have kept silent about the man out of respect, but then came the news reports. Put Reagan on the $10 bill. Put Reagan on Mount Rushmore. Rename the Pentagon "The Ronald Reagan National Defense Center".

I don't think Reagan was a tyrant (unlike some other president with the initials GWB). I think he turned the country into a worse place, though. I don't think he was a god or our king. He wasn't even our most popular president. Let's stop treating him as such, and I'll let the man rest in peace.

Now that this exercise is complete, what does this look like to you?

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