id be a fucking asshole if i didn’t celebrate the death of the president who started all this bullshit.
the gipper today met the reaper and ive never believed that on a mans death everyone should kiss his ass if indeed he was an asswipe when he was alive, so fuck you mr president. im glad you’re dead and i wish you had never lived.
the liberal press deemed him the great communicator despite the fact that he said only one great thing in the entirety of his presidency.
after he was shot by jodie foster stalker john hinkley he told his wife nancy
i forgot to duck.
other than that he was in office eight years and just smiled a lot and made people chuckle.
he never said squat that people are repeating nowadays.
his only legacy is one of spend spend spend and watch the next guy struggle to pay for it. an interesting strategy thats being used today.
the first bush couldn’t pay for reagan’s tax cuts, budget deficits, and 35% defense increases, but somehow clinton/gore was able to.
and from that reagan legacy, today’s president is back to increasing the military, and spending the country into a $521 billion hole, with little popular backlash from those who consider themselves republican.
heck, if they didnt bitch twenty years ago, why would they bitch now?
what reagan showed the world was that if you called yourself republican, all you had to do was be a little goofy, and a little off, and smile a lot, and it didn’t matter how much money you spent, as long as a lot of it was for the military, you’d be given a free pass everywhere else.
iran/contra? it’s all good.
AIDS epidemic? whatev.
“I would have voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964”? its cool. its cool.
america liked him not because of his policies or his accounting. they liked him because he looked good in jeans and a cowboy hat. which is why they like the current president too.
they liked him because he was the punchy grampa that they never had. the one who slept through emergencies and called his wife “mommy”.
television loved him because he was easy to imitate and he reminded people of a simpler time, the 40s and 50s when minorities were less visible and anyone could afford a house and a car.
ronnie was dopey and detached, his wife regularly consulted astrologers and outquipped him with her “Just Say No”, and his daughter posed for playboy more-than unimpressively, and watch republicans go on about how the gipper was one of the greatest presidents of all time.
what i remembered was he had a less grasp on reality than even today’s fuckup, but he was smoother, and was quick with the “i don’t recall” card.
if he had remained a democrat there’s no way he would have gotten the love that he got once he defected.
he grew far older than anyone ever expected
and with that at least ive said one good thing about the old coot.
which is one more than this amazing piece about the former president from rotton dot com.
66 things to remember + cnn’s reagan obit from three years ago + i had reagan in the gmask death pool