Thursday, June 17, 2004
After the passing away of Ronald Reagan, I saw at least a couple of articles proclaiming President Bush to be his successor in protecting America's safety against a totalitarian enemy. I saw the superficial similarities, but I doubted that Bush is in any way a real "successor" to Reagan besides those similarities. I wanted to write about it, but was never able to quite put it all together.
But even FDR couldn’t have done it without the help of Wall Street and bread lines. What makes Reagan the most impressive president of the century is that he shifted the landscape without any external assistance — no Depression, no 9/11, no nothing: like the Queen and Comrade Bishop, everyone was in 'Can’t we all just get along?' mode vis-à-vis the Soviet Union as it gobbled up more and more real estate. Reagan got a notion to win the Cold War at a time nobody else had. And he made it happen.
What a great man we lost.And speaking of Ronnie, consider this gesture by the Parliament of Grenada (via Neale). After 21 years, the first tiny patch of land liberated from Communism by Reagan still hasn't forgotten. Reagan, of course, would move on to even bigger prizes, to the benefit of millions.
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