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June 06, 2004

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Jonathan Dresner

I didn't think Reagan a "dunce" (though I still suspect that the Alzheimer's affected him more during his presidency than his inner circle has let on), any more than I think Bush is an idiot: I don't, and I've said so before. Both are/were smart men, certainly above average and probably my equal or better in some ways. My point was about the relatively simplicity of their agendas and tendency to leave details to subordinates. Both expressed anti-intellectualism in ways that enhanced their reputations as "not that smart" which tended to make people who took that seriously underestimate them; very clever, really. I don't approve of the tendency, or the rhetoric. But I don't really believe that someone as dumb as Bush and Reagan were believed by my liberal allies would have made it into the presidency. But there is a difference between being dumb, and being not quite smart enough for a job that important and complex.

Joy Paul

It is great to hear those kind remarks about a person you obviously disagreed with in the political arena. That's more than some can bring themselves to do.

In 1979 Hubert H. Humphrey died, and at that time I was living in Minnesota. I remember listening to WCCO radio give an all night tribute to the Senator. Having never voted for him, having disagreed with him vehemently in my college and young adult life, and having written him letters detailing my disagreements, that night was different. I simply listened to the reports and mourned the passing of the senator. That night I was an American. The next day I was a Republican again, but not that night.

Flying Monkey

This really has been a sad weekend for me. When I was in Jr High, I read RR's auto-bio, "An American Life," and it got me hooked on politics. Everything I have done since, and will do in the future politically is a direct result of my admiration for that man. It really crushed me thta he is no longer around.

That said, I am amazed beyond words at the vehemence of some of those on the Left. The Danny Glover's and the Democrat Underground's of the world showed the kind of hatred that truly lies in their hearts. Measure that versus Reagan's sunny optimism, and you see why he was always so successful. However, more than that - their behavior really was just disrespectful. Had it been Jimmy Carter or Bill Clinton who had passed, the guys at National Review wouldn't have been popping open champegne bottles. As you say Hugo, like him or not, President Reagan was/is a larger than life hero.

It just really bothers me, that if nothing else, these people can't offer their condolences, wish he rest and peace, and offer a prayer for his loved ones. He'd have offered them no less.

Jonathan Dresner

Mr. Monkey,

Perhaps the National Review folks won't applaud loudly when Clinton or Carter pass, but the Free Republic folks will, I suspect, and the Ann Coulter-Rush Limbaugh fans. There are unpleasant people on both sides.

But civility does not necessarily mean a suspension of criticism: The Reagan administration did some very troubling things and set some very troubling patterns in motion.

elizabeth

I certainly didn't like Reagan's policies (and was quite young during his presidency), but he did have class, which I think is missing from this current administration. I watched a bit of "60 Minutes" last night which used clips of his comebacks and snippets of speeches. What a great speaker. Plus, he was in one of my favorite classic movies, "One for the Book, or The Voice of the Turtle". Reagan, Eleanor Parker and Eve Arden. You just can't go wrong with that mix. I know he will be missed. I think I'll watch my tape of that movie tonight.

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