Coopting Reagan’s Legacy

August 4, 2011

A friend asked my contention that Liberals have been coopting Reagan’s legacy for years. I didn’t have a lot of back up, but I promised to send him some. This is a common theme in the Conservative press. As we all know Liberals tried to stop Reagan at every pass and called him every name in the book. Now, they say they wish current Conservatives could be more like Reagan in the ‘good ol’ days’ when we all got along.

I’m biased, but I believe Liberals are more prone to this sort of rationalizing backward than Conservatives. When I was growing up the Liberal line about the Soviets is we didn’t need to wage the Cold War because the Soviets just weren’t that bad. And all their malice was only a reflection of our aggressiveness. They are now trotting out this same nonsense about our conflict with Muslim population’s continued tolerance and support of the Islamists among them.

When the Soviet archives were opened, and it turns out, by gosh, Alger Hiss really was a spy, among many other worse things, the Liberals new line became the Soviets were always destined to crumble, so why bother engaging in the conflict? My father experienced the same sort of thing with Communists during the 30’s at the City College of New York.

The day before the signing of the nonaggression pact between the Soviets and the Germans, Hitler was bad. The day after he was good. It’s not like they changed their mind. They behaved as if they had never believed anything differently. I could go on, but that’s not really the point of this email.

This is the same sort of thing Liberals are doing to Reagan. A quick Google search of “Ronald Reagan coopt” yields the following links:

http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2011/02/co-opting_reagans_legacy.html

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2011/02/02/reagans_true_legacy_108736.html

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2610066/posts

http://www.glennbeck.com/2011/02/07/left-attempting-to-hijack-reagans-legacy/

In support of one of my other controversial contentions, here is the link to Obama’s discussion with George Stephanopoulos

I just can’t understand why all those right-wing nut jobs would question the President’s veracity on the matter.

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