Monday, June 07, 2004

Bedtime for Bonzo

I would be remiss if I didn't comment on the death of Ronald Reagan. Everyone else is. All weekend it was Reagan this, Reagan that, some even going overboard with their praise and saying Reagan was the greatest president of all time. Really? Hmmmm. The Nation's David Corn provides us:
"[with a] cheat sheet for those who dare to point out the Reagan presidency was not all that glorious and was more nightmare in America than morning in America."

Corn's list of 66 Unflattering Things about Reagan include "the firing of the air traffic controllers, winnable nuclear war, recallable nuclear missiles, trees that cause pollution, Elliott Abrams lying to Congress, ketchup as a vegetable, colluding with Guatemalan thugs, pardons for F.B.I. lawbreakers, voodoo economics, budget deficits, toasts to Ferdinand Marcos, public housing cutbacks, redbaiting the nuclear freeze movement, James Watt.

Getting cozy with Argentine fascist generals, tax credits for segregated schools, disinformation campaigns, "homeless by choice," Manuel Noriega, falling wages, the HUD scandal, air raids on Libya, "constructive engagement" with apartheid South Africa, United States Information Agency blacklists of liberal speakers, attacks on OSHA and workplace safety, the invasion of Grenada, assassination manuals, Nancy's astrologer."

So Goodnight Bonzo, so long Gipper, happy trails, don't let the door...

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Inside Bush Watch: reading the mornign papers, Christine sez that "Bush-Rove will use the death of Ronald Regan as an opportunity to call attention to similarities between Reagan and Bush." To which Jerry replies: "Yeh, Bush is a liar and so is Reagan... Bush is and Reagan was a mean-spirited conservative, both short on clear-thinking and fact, willing to believe and accept the most outrageious foreign policy manipulations of their cunning aides and anxious to reward the wealthy at the expense of the poor and call supply-side theory an economic philosoply rather than the ideological sham that it is... While Reagan was and Bush is on the shallow end of the brain pool... at least Reagan was a smooth talker. Bush is not, and while Rove attempts to cover up Bush's embarrassing deficiencies by calling him one with the common man in the speech department, that's an insult to any common man in a position of leadership."


At 6:24 AM, Blogger Drunken Proletariat said...

Yes, all very true. I would like to add a couple of things. On becoming president one of the first things RR wanted was to see was the "War Room",-as in Dr. Strangelove! RR was a movie actor who merely did what his handlers required of him-act like a president. He had very little grasp or knowledge of what he was doing. After his term as president, the Japanese invited RR to speak in their country. They paid him a lot of money, I remember it being in the seven figure range. A press conference was held. Ronald Reagan was unable to give any answers, he just did not know anything, he had nothing to say!!! The Japanese were quite upset! During his presidency, his handlers became aware that the public had growing concerns about his leadership, so they whisked the befuddled man off to the Pentagon for a photo-op. He was photographed shaking hands with generals, entering offices with files in hand, walking down the halls being trailed by uniformed men. When they had enough footage he was whisked away. On the evening news it gave the appearance that he was firmly in charge. We-ell I reckon he's gone now- the coroner should put Reagans' Time of Death- 1960

At 9:07 AM, Blogger Capitola said...

Time of Death: 1960. :-) I like that! Every day I see the legacy that Raegan left in Sacramento as the mentally disturbed (and quite harmless) homeless wander the streets and rummage through garbage cans. When Raegan gutted funding for the crazies, cut their meds, and closed their 'hospitals', where but the streets were these people supposed to live? His own mental illness received the best of care and he lived to the ripe old age of 93. Ironic, ain't it?


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