Thursday, February 06, 2014

Happy Birthday Ronald Reagan

Today (Feb. 6th) dead president Ronald Reagan would have been 113 years old. Happy birthday Dutch!

I love how Republicans and Tea Partiers often refer to Reagan as a saint and the perfect conservative. He now enjoys a mythical status among the conservatives of today.

When in reality, if through some miracle of time travel Reagan appeared today as the guy he was in 1980, he wouldn't have a snowball's chance in hell of ever being nominated for president. He was too moderate by today's standards, and during his presidency he was known for working with the Democrats to get things done.

If 1980s House Speaker Tip O'Neill was anywhere near as an obstructionist as current speaker John Boehner, it's entirely possible that Reagan wouldn't have accomplished 90% of what he is now remembered for doing. Which, given the hindsight of history, might not have been that terrible a thing.

But back then it seems like the President and Congress took their oaths seriously, and worked together while not always agreeing, to represent the people of the United States of America.

So, happy birthday Ronnie! It's a good thing you're gone, because if you could see how your party has been hijacked by extremists, you would never stop vomiting.


Doc Häagen-Dazs said...

I voted for Dutch twice. My family has never forgiven me. Even after I took a blood oath to vote against Republicans for the rest of my life.

CT Bob said...

Hey, I voted for a Republican once who was later convicted of being a pedophile. And that was only because I didn't want to see Lieberman win another term in the Senate while simultaneously running for VP with Gore in 2000. My only Republican vote. The guy is still in jail. I learned something from that.

Anonymous said...

Commie Bob,
Yeah, the Democrats are Great! They put in a radical from another land. Now, more people are out of work than ever before. Corruption is out of control, they are raiding our treasury, devaluing our dollar, increase welfare roles, weakening us around the world, tore our Constitution to shreds, spit in the face of the military, socialized and ruin our healthcare, and lie constantly to the American people. What do they do for an encore?