Trust Fund Kid Slams Ronald Reagan
Someone at the Conservative Cave recently described the writing style of WILLIAM RIVERS PITT as "contrived edge." A perfect description. And why does Pitt have a contrived edge? Because, lacking a REAL life, he has no edge. Just as a farm raised shrimp has no fear of predators or experiences the normal hazardous problems of living in the open sea, Pitt has gone through life without really knowing what the hell is going on in the real world. And this results in the farm raised shrimp slamming our greatest President in over a hundred years, Ronald Reagan.
Note the difference in backgrounds. Ronald Reagan came from a poor family and had to work his way up while the farm raised shrimp had it all handed to him on his legal beagle family's silver platter. What were the accomplishments of Ronald Reagan? Many, including saving many lives as a lifeguard while still a teenager, becoming a major sportscaster in the Midwest, breaking into Hollywood stardom, serving as a union leader, host of a major TV show, serving two successful terms as California governor, a radio commentator, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, the man who restored confidence to America, and, oh yeah, and the one who effectively ended the long Cold War with the defeat of the Evil Empire.
And what did the farm raised shrimp accomplish in life? Well, he was a gofer in his family's law firm but that didn't work out, worked briefly as a teacher which resulted in events better not spoken about, and became a best selling New York Times author in his own mind via vanity press books that never rose above 200,000 in Amazon books. Add to that the farm raised shrimp has a long history of posting violent fantasies on the web which this past year led to his temporary expulsion from DUmmieland. Of course, the most notable "accomplishment" of the farm raised shrimp was perpetrating the journalistic fraud that Karl Rove had been indicted on May 12, 2006. When this fraud was quickly exposed, the farm raised shrimp didn't even own up to the obvious and instead insisted that we needed to wait just 24 business hours for him to be proven right. In fact, the farm raised shrimp is notable for being completely unable to face the consequences of his own actions.
So now we have the farm raised shrimp daring to criticize the great Ronald Reagan in this retread THREAD from the past, "Planet Reagan (written upon his death)." So let us now watch the farm raised shrimp with the contrived edge dare to take on a self-made man of magnificence in Bolshevik Red while the commentary of your humble correspondent, who wished he could have been a fly on the wall when the execs at a certain family law firm cursed out the Temporary Sock Puppet for revealing way too much on a public forum, is in the [brackets]:
Planet Reagan (written upon his death)
[The farm raised shrimp takes on Ronaldus Magnus.]
In this mourning space, however, there must be room made for the truth. Writer Edward Abbey once said, "The sneakiest form of literary subtlety, in a corrupt society, is to speak the plain truth. The critics will not understand you; the public will not believe you; your fellow writers will shake their heads."
[So when will the farm raised shrimp speak the plain truth about his role in perpetrating the May 12, 2006 journalistic fraud? The closest he ever came was his incredibly long self-pitying partial birth non-apology whine in Pied Piper Pitt Performs Endless "Penitence" At DUmmie Canossa.]
The truth is straightforward: Virtually every significant problem facing the American people today can be traced back to the policies and people that came from the Reagan administration. It is a laundry list of ills, woes and disasters that has all of us, once again, staring apocalypse in the eye.
[Oh so it is NOT Bush's Fault?]
How can this be? The television says Ronald Reagan was one of the most beloved Presidents of the 20th century. He won two national elections, the second by a margin so overwhelming that all future landslides will be judged by the high-water mark he achieved against Walter Mondale. How can a man so universally respected have played a hand in the evils which corrupt our days?
[What evils? Like having a family law firm pay omerta money to schoolgirls to shut up about the unspeakable actions of a certain somebody?]
The answer lies in the reality of the corrupt society Abbey spoke of. Our corruption is the absolute triumph of image over reality, of flash over substance, of the pervasive need within most Americans to believe in a happy-face version of the nation they call home, and to spurn the reality of our estate as unpatriotic. Ronald Reagan was, and will always be, the undisputed heavyweight champion of salesmen in this regard.
[And WHO tried to sell us on the May 12, 2006 Karl Rove indictment by assuring us it would happen in 24 business hours?]
Reagan was able, by virtue of his towering talents in this arena, to sell to the American people a flood of poisonous policies. He made Americans feel good about acting against their own best interests. He sold the American people a lemon, and they drive it to this day as if it was a Cadillac. It isn't the lies that kill us, but the myths, and Ronald Reagan was the greatest myth-maker we are ever likely to see.
[So was that May 12, 2006 Karl Rove indictment a lie or a myth?]
Mainstream media journalism today is a shameful joke because of Reagan's deregulation policies. Once upon a time, the Fairness Doctrine ensured that the information we receive - information vital to the ability of the people to govern in the manner intended - came from a wide variety of sources and perspectives. Reagan's policies annihilated the Fairness Doctrine, opening the door for a few mega-corporations to gather journalism unto themselves. Today, Reagan's old bosses at General Electric own three of the most-watched news channels. This company profits from every war we fight, but somehow is trusted to tell the truths of war. Thus, the myths are sold to us.
[The Fairness Doctrine made it impossible for conservative voices to be heard...which is why liberals such as this Trust Fund farm raised shrimp want to see it back to silence those voices.]
The deregulation policies of Ronald Reagan did not just deliver journalism to these massive corporations, but handed virtually every facet of our lives into the hands of this privileged few. The air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat are all tainted because Reagan battered down every environmental regulation he came across so corporations could improve their bottom line. Our leaders are wholly-owned subsidiaries of the corporations that were made all-powerful by Reagan's deregulation craze. The Savings and Loan scandal of Reagan's time, which cost the American people hundreds of billions of dollars, is but one example of Reagan's decision that the foxes would be fine guards in the henhouse.
[An economics lecture from the farm raised shrimp who never had to work a day in his pampered Trust Fund life...except as a contrived wannabee blue collar Bukowski's bouncer in order to demonstrate his "working class" phony credentials. Gofer job in family law firm doesn't count and we best not speak about the teaching job.]
Ronald Reagan believed in small government, despite the fact that he grew government massively during his time. Social programs which protected the weakest of our citizens were gutted by Reagan's policies, delivering millions into despair. Reagan was able to do this by caricaturing the "welfare queen," who punched out babies by the barnload, who drove the flashy car bought with your tax dollars, who refused to work because she didn't have to. This was a vicious, racist lie, one result of which was the decimation of a generation by crack cocaine. The urban poor were left to rot because Ronald Reagan believed in 'self-sufficiency.'
["Self-Sufficiency." Such an ugly word to the farm raised shrimp entirely dependent on Trust Fund payments.]
Because Ronald Reagan could not be bothered to fund research into 'gay cancer,' the AIDS virus was allowed to carve out a comfortable home in America. The aftershocks from this callous disregard for people whose homosexuality was deemed evil by religious conservatives cannot be overstated. Beyond the graves of those who died from a disease which was allowed to burn unchecked, there are generations of Americans today living with the subconscious idea that sex equals death.
[A flat out LIE by the highly pampered farm raised shrimp. Aids research federal funding under Reagan totaled $5.7 billion. You can see the year by year payments during the Reagan era on a chart HERE.]
The veneer of honor and respect painted across the legacy of Ronald Reagan is itself a myth of biblical proportions. The coverage proffered today of the Reagan legacy seldom mentions impropriety until the Iran/Contra scandal appears on the administration timeline. This sin of omission is vast. By the end of his term in office, some 138 Reagan administration officials had been convicted, indicted or investigated for misconduct and/or criminal activities.
[The were all convicted on May 12, 2006 and then their convictions magically disappeared.]
Some of the names on this disgraceful roll-call: Oliver North, John Poindexter, Richard Secord, Casper Weinberger, Elliott Abrams, Robert C. McFarlane, Michael Deaver, E. Bob Wallach, James Watt, Alan D. Fiers, Clair George, Duane R. Clarridge, Anne Gorscuh Burford, Rita Lavelle, Richard Allen, Richard Beggs, Guy Flake, Louis Glutfrida, Edwin Gray, Max Hugel, Carlos Campbell, John Fedders, Arthur Hayes, J. Lynn Helms, Marjory Mecklenburg, Robert Nimmo, J. William Petro, Thomas C. Reed, Emanuel Savas, Charles Wick. Many of these names are lost to history, but more than a few of them are still with us today, 'rehabilitated' by the administration of George W. Bush.
[Is "Temporary SockPuppet" among those names?]
Ronald Reagan actively supported the regimes of the worst people ever to walk the earth. Names like Marcos, Duarte, Rios Mont and Duvalier reek of blood and corruption, yet were embraced by the Reagan administration with passionate intensity. The ground of many nations is salted with the bones of those murdered by brutal rulers who called Reagan a friend. Who can forget his support of those in South Africa who believed apartheid was the proper way to run a civilized society?
[And how would the farm raised shrimp rate the totalitarian regime of Castro? The Trust Fund Kid would never say.]
One dictator in particular looms large across our landscape. Saddam Hussein was a creation of Ronald Reagan. The Reagan administration supported the Hussein regime despite his incredible record of atrocity. The Reagan administration gave Hussein intelligence information which helped the Iraqi military use their chemical weapons on the battlefield against Iran to great effect. The deadly bacterial agents sent to Iraq during the Reagan administration are a laundry list of horrors.
[You can read about how Ronald Reagan raised Saddam Hussein as his own son in the farm raised shrimp vanity press NY Times "best seller" book.]
How much of this can be truthfully laid at the feet of Ronald Reagan? It depends on who you ask. Those who worship Reagan see him as the man in charge, the man who defeated Soviet communism, the man whose vision and charisma made Americans feel good about themselves after Vietnam and the malaise of the 1970s. Those who despise Reagan see him as nothing more than a pitch-man for corporate raiders, the man who allowed greed to become a virtue, the man who smiled vapidly while allowing his officials to run the government for him.
[And farm raised shrimp despise self-made men.]
In the final analysis, however, the legacy of Ronald Reagan - whether he had an active hand in its formulation, or was merely along for the ride - is beyond dispute. His famous question, "Are you better off now than you were four years ago?" is easy to answer. We are not better off than we were four years ago, or eight years ago, or twelve, or twenty. We are a badly damaged state, ruled today by a man who subsists off Reagan's most corrosive final gift to us all: It is the image that matters, and be damned to the truth.
[In the final analysis, farm raised shrimp live in a pampered monetary bubble so they have no idea whether or not people are better off or not. And now to the few DUmmie responses on this Trust Fund Kid thread...]
Reagan, was pretty much feeling the effects of his disease during his presidency, wasn't the men behind him, Bush, Cheney, et al., mostly responsible for this mess?
the boys in the basement gave him the scripts to read.
[As opposed to Obama who can't be bothered with even that so he doesn't even see his speeches until he reads them off the teleprompter.]
brilliant, but at the same time it depresses me... will we EVER be free of the "Reagan legacy"?
[No...and that makes me very HAPPY.]
Your essay should be the core essay in the heart of every history class... Astonishing in its honesty, and so complete as to take my breath away... I CANNOT recommend this post enough... You have outdone yourself, my dear Will!
[KUDOS to the farm raised fish for writing about a subject he knows nothing about. And my we also make it mandatory for every history class to read his essay about the rise of the Third American Empire and how it got its start at the 1980 Olympic hockey game when the crowd yelled "USA! USA! USA!"]
I hated Ronny Raygun, then, and now. I quit watching television, after he won the election in 1980. I was so angry, I almost kicked in the screen of the t.v. It was then that I became aware of the true depth of the evil of the Corporate Owned Media. I was in despair with my country and the voting public.
[We need to elect another conservative as president just to make you quit watching television again and put you into a permanent state of depression.]
I never tire of your marvelous words..Wil.
[The farm raised shrimp will produce tons of meaningless words when even slightly encouraged by fellow DUmmies. Of course, I am waiting for the farm raised shrimp to FINALLY come up with words of apology for his role in the Karl Rove indictment fraud. Notice how the farm raised shrimp never even comes close to touching upon that subject?]