Time to mourn Reagan is long past
Reagan left us several decades ago. The departure came when he bolted
the actors union and hired on as a General Electric hustler a hustler
for the corporate agenda of control, cheap wages and endless war. From
that day in the 1950s Reagan was on right wing life support. It converted him
from a caring, thinking activist into an obedient, congenial turncoat. His bosses
were so impressed with his acting that they catapulted him into politics
and the White House. Plenty to mourn all along the way.
However, I mourn Reagan's actual passing nearly 50 years ago. That was
the real goodbye.Then was the time for our tears
A couple days ago SunMt published the item above. We got
several rah rah responses. But Phil Erro retorted that we
erred by saying that Reagan started as a nice guy. Then
we got the message below.
Come on Elfie.
I expect difference of opinion. But, I also expect better of you.
I voted for Carter in '80 so I haven't always supported Reagan. There was
plenty to disagree with. But, at this time we can put that aside. His was
a life well lived. I have learned to appreciate him as the years go by.
We mourn his loss, as we should mourn every loss. Learn from the good. I,
for one, admire his cheerful optimism.
Then we go on.
All the best.
Reagan's well-publicized "cheerful optimism" was a convenient cover for the
savings & loan steal, the thousands who died from the Iran-Contra drug dealing,
the patronizing and financing of Saddam, the destruction of the air controllers union,
the ballooning of the national debt, etc., etc.
Reagan's physical death should not deter us from recognizing and recalling these
atrocities. We, as a people, excused Reagan's "cheerful" outrages when he was alive
and, as a result, we are now reaping a similar harvest right now from the Bushites.
We must teach ourselves the irreverence of remembering the pain the dead have
inflicted upon us or we will invite further violations as is now happening.
As Frederick Douglass wrote some 150 years ago:
"Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount
of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue until
they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The limits of tyrants are
prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.."
"Cheerful optimism" is no excuse.
Several folks rose in response:
Elfie, straight on agree with resistance, we don't have to ever fall in love
with an oppressor, not a good looking one, not a teflon one, not one who
smiles as he pushes buttons that murder tens of thousands. thanks for
your constancy..... Dorinda
I agree with you Elfie!
I vaguely remember something said by an American Indian
regarding Columbus around the time of the 500th year of
Euro occupation that goes well with the planting of Reagan.
Something like this:
Christopher Colon is dead, buried and long gone. His being
locked up in chains, taken back to Spain in disgrace and
losing almost all of his money, even his 10% cut to his
decendance forever, for everything taken from the Americas
will never please those who he had killed, mained or
destroyed. His fate is with the (Great)spirits.
But it's the legacy of Columbus, a legacy of destruction by
those who have failed to follow the path for love and
respect. A legacy that has been turned into law, religion,
entertainment and a way of self-hurt not life. It is the
legacy of hundreds of millions that have been spawned by
those before and after Columbus that has made the spirits
cry. A legacy that is happenning now all around the world,
a legacy that we have got to understand and extinguish.
For it is the continuation of this legacy that is now ours
to work with and not Chris Colon. Christopher Colon is
dead and buried but his legacy continues to destroy. What
should we be doing to STOP it? Please hurry.
Ronald Reagan is dead and buried. He spent the last 20
years with Alzheimer a disease that NO Court in the world
could impose for his crimes against humanity and the world,
but his legacy of destruction lives on. What should we be
doing to STOP it? Please hurry.
Sorry for going on to long but I guess I just wanted to
make sure the point was clear.
THANK YOU FOR SHARING THE EXCHANGES RE RONALD REAGAN.
HIS DEVIOUSNESS INFLICTS OUR SOCIETY STILL, AND IS
PERPETUATED BY THE
CURRENT CLOWNS IN THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION. HIS UTTER
DISREGARD FOR THE
DISADVANTAGED AS WELL AS MUCH NEEDED
ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS LABOR UNIONS, ETC IS A DREADFUL
LEGACY. AND TO THINK HE COULD S M I L E ABOUT ALL THIS !!
The problem is that the aspect of Reagan's media talent that served
him best was not his experience as an actor, but his experience
as an announcer.
He was highly skilled at standing up and making the most illogical,
absurd, unsupported and untrue statements in a totally sincere and
believable fashion. Yes, he could even sell Saddam Hussein to us
in the same cheerfully optimistic manner he used to sell
20 Mule Team Borax.
Hey, I remember seeing newsreels of good ol' Adolph good-heartedly
clowning around with Eva Braun in his aerie at Bergtesgarden.
Nero had a great time playing his fiddle as flames devoured the
capital of an earlier evil empire.
Great response, Elfie. I'm with you
in struggle & solidarity
I can't help but respond to the character out of "Night of the
Living Dead" who wrote in your first example about Reagan's
Reagan's cheerful optimism was the lipstick on the proverbial
pig--that is the corporate swine that hired him as a front man. After
all the phony falderal of the funeral, I'm about ready to throw up.
It was little more than an effort of mythologize in preparation for
the election. The mainstream press were milquetoasts. Thanks
for the opportunity to purge my spleen and kick Reagan in the
ass one more time as he flopped into the casket.
And one more thing ... The knucklehead writes, "We mourn his loss
as we should morn every loss." Right! As we mourned Hitler's loss,
maybe? Or Stalin's? Gimme a break!
Thanks Elfie, keep up the good fight!
It is interesting how prominent individuals can be idealized when they
pass. How quickly we forget. I say "right-on!" to Elfie.
I saw a quote from Reagan long ago (so I can't say what the date or
source are, or get the wording exactly). He was speaking about acting,
and he said that once you have learned to fake sincerity, you've learned
acting. Seems like that's exactly what he accomplished in politics, fake
sincerity as a cover for mass murder and the like, and he was right.
AND this cartoon was sent by Rey Leon and Jeremy Hofer