: This from Edmund Morris' biographer of RR; "Reagan's legacy includes a liberated American economy,
SDF: Liberated, I'm sure, for the rich (esp. for those numerous $72,000/ yearly defense jobs he created at the cost of making the US the world's biggest debtor nation) from the pressure of wage demands by the rest of us.
: the disappearance of the Soviet Union,
SDF: Caused by Mikhail Gorbachev
: a renewed American spirit
SDF: To work more hours for the same pay
: and 'a new critical attitude to the concept of government as provider...
SDF: Which doubtless explains the S & L and HUD ripoffs and the current Republican attempt to raid our Social Security funds for stock market speculation. Yeah right.
: All this can be traced directly to Ronald Reagan.'"
SDF: Frenchy's idea of evidence appears to be that if the Miller Beer ad says it's less filling and it tastes great, then IN FACT Miller is less filling and tastes great. Whereas anyone with tastebuds can tell you that Miller tastes like preservatives.
: Not to shabby for a guy who is too stupid to join the Communist Party, eh?
SDF: One recalls that the entire Reagan cabinet joined the Trilateral Commission at the time of Reagan's election, but not Ronnie. Maybe they thought he was too stupid. They did take the nuclear button away from him for some time during his Presidential career. Maybe it was that "the bombing will begin in five minutes" joke.
Maybe it was that important cabinet meeting he missed, so he could watch "The Sound of Music" with Nancy. Or maybe it was that office compromise he arranged between Shultz and Weinberger that resulted in the bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut. Or maybe it was just a stupidity of convenience -- "Mistakes were made" about weapons and cocaine deals made to kidnap Nicaraguan civilians, and that's all he knew?
: In the same article; "Americans of a certain strata-intellectuals and the press-had a hard time understanding Reagan. ("And he didn't care. "Reagan couldn't give a damn what Harvard thought of him.")
SDF: So what's the difference between "intellectuals and the press" in this narrative and "enemies of the people" in the Stalinist narratives of revolutionary fervor?
: Ahh, yes, the intellektuals.......
SDF: Jealous, Frenchy? We didn't undergo the lobotomy you apparently had...