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Tuesday, June 08, 2004
Steve Malzberg Teaches Us the Real Meaning of Reagan's Death
Steve Malzberg over at NewsMax was kind enough to show us the real meaning of Ronald Reagan's death with a delightful article entitled Phony Praise for Reagan.
With the passing of former President Ronald Reagan come the heartfelt words, sentiments and tributes from those who truly admired the man. But don't think for a minute that everyone who sings Mr. Reagan's praises really means it.
That's right. Reagan's death isn't about Reagan. It's about Steve being able to tell people that Democrats are "phony".
If you listen carefully you can hear the past words and true feelings of some, as their warm tribute in death becomes unraveled and tangled with the reality of what they thought of President Reagan when he was alive.
Senator John Kerry issued a statement which says in part, "Ronald Reagan's love of country was infectious. Even when he was breaking Democrats' hearts, he did so with a smile and in the spirit of honest and open debate." Almost believable if he would have stopped there, but he didn't.
"He was the voice of America in good times and in grief...Today, from California to Maine - from sea to shining sea - Americans will bow their heads in prayer and gratitude that President Reagan left such an indelible stamp on the nation he loved."
Okay, I actually thought that was very touching. Why was it phony?
It's too bad that a check of the record shows that Senator Kerry apparently didn't care much for the 'Reagan Stamp' while it was being used.
According to a recent story on NewsMax.com by Dave Eberhart, "Kerry was generally a thorn in the popular former president's side." Eberhart points to Reagan's air strike on Libya in April of 1986, which reportedly almost got Moammar Gadhafi himself.
Whoa, NewsMax wrote something like that? (I love how these NewsMax pieces always quote other NewsMax articles as sources.)
It was in retaliation for Libya's role in a terrorist attack in Germany that killed an American soldier and wounded 51 in a disco. Kerry had a problem with the method of striking back.
In a letter, Kerry said, "It is obvious that our response was not proportional to the disco bombing...there are numerous other actions we can take, in concert with our allies, to bring significant pressure to bear on countries supporting and harboring terrorists."
This is what makes Kerry's words "phony"? That he was concerned about innocent people getting killed in what he felt was a disproportional response to the German disco bombing? I can't believe God hasn't struck that bastard Kerry down yet.
The good Senator was also, not surprisingly, against Reagan's defense budget, while at the same time underestimating the threat of the Soviet Union. Eberhart pulls up some Kerry campaign literature from 1984. "We are continuing a defense buildup that is consuming our resources with weapons systems that we don't need and can't use.
"The Reagan Administration has no rational plan for our military. Instead, it acts on misinformed assumptions about the strength of the Soviet military and a presumed 'window of vulnerability' which we now know not to exist."
I'm guessing Steve isn't a terribly complex man.
He claimed that Congress lacked the moral courage to challenge the Reagan requests on defense and called some of those requests, "wasteful, useless and dangerous." Kerry also claimed that the buildup of our defense made Americans feel "more threatened by the prospect of war, not less so." (Wow, he hasn't changed one bit has he?)
Yes, Kerry would have cut some $50 billion from the Reagan defense budget according to Eberhart, while gutting the Strategic defense Initiative (Star Wars) altogether.
You know, I'm beginning to suspect that this article isn't really about Ronald Reagan at all.
But there's more. Turns out other Democrats have been "phony" in their praise of Reagan too. After quoting the moving words the Clintons offered upon hearing of Reagan's passing, Malzberg writes this:
According to the book Hillary's Scheme by NewsMax.com's Carl Limbacher, one time Clinton bodyguard L.D. Brown, a former Arkansas State Trooper, says that in the 1980's Bill Clinton actually did admire Reagan, and got along well with Vice President Bush. But not Hillary. According to Brown's 1997 book, "Crossfire: A Witness in the Clinton Investigation," the Clintons had been invited to a party at Bush's estate in Kennebunkport.
"Hillary flatly refused to go," says Brown in his book. Brown then quotes Hillary as saying, "F---him Bill. He's Reagan's G--D---Vice President."
Therefore, using true NewsMax logic, the words the Clintons offered are null and void. Why? Because Carl Limbacher once heard a guy say that Hillary once said something bad about Reagan's Vice President.
And guess what. There's even more! (Reagan seems to have been busy this week.) Carter's words are "phony", too!
"Carter appeared obsessed by his defeat at the hands of the former actor. He told the historian Douglas Brinkley in 1995 that "allowing Ronald Reagan to become president was by far my biggest failure in office."
Although Steve has excellent researching skills and easily demonstrates that these folks are really consumed by sheer hatred for Ronald Reagan, I have to confess that I'm a little confused. How could Carter's praise have been phony if he never offered any in the first place?
Anyway, Steve closes by showing us the real reason Ronald Reagan had to die:
While it's important and appropriate to mourn the death and celebrate the life of the greatest president in my lifetime, it's also necessary to remember that there are those jumping on the bandwagon, who never really had any use for Ronald Reagan or the greatness that he stands for.
Isn't it lucky he died? Just in time, too!
I don't know about you but I'm sure glad guys like Steve and Rush are keeping Reagan's memory safe for Americans everywhere.