Skip to comments.OF COURSE- All Commies Despise Him: Leftist Univ of Chicago to Bulldoze Reagan Childhood Home
Posted on 12/13/2012 7:23:27 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
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They also enshrine the formative spots of people like... Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.
Another day, another disaster in the People’s Democratic Socialist Republic of Illinois
Jacobites, Bolsheviks, Chicoms; commies will be commies.
Just goes to show how small-minded and petty the Left really is. They hate Reagan with a white hot hatred and will never let it go. If they have the chance to demolish someplace he slept 100 years from now they will do so gleefully, celebrating all along.
Reagan probably wouldn’t mind Chicago cutting any ties to his life if he could see what they have become.
Chicago has always been this way. Case in point: 40 years ago (according to a former resident), she and her husband went to vote in an election—someone’s basement where a Chicago police officer presided. Both voted. Presiding office read both ballots, hers Republican, his Democrat. Hers was put “off to the side”; his deposited in the ballot box. Cook County has never, will never change. And Illinois taxpayers pay the price.
I think they should build a homeless shelter or maybe a little building with photos of our current president displayed prominently around the inside. It's all just one big joke with liberals and assuming that they care what anybody thinks.
This will be like building a mosque over the bulldozed remains of a church. Same intent.
We should bulldoze Carter’s childhood hme, and Bill Clinton’s childhood home, then build manure methane collectors over them.
That’s nothing. I’ve heard leftist newspaper columnists demand dynamiting the faces off Mt. Rushmore. One idiot Twin Cities scribbler, Nick Coleman, would like to do just that.
Back in the 60s and 70s, the University of Chicago was known as one of the most conservative of the major universities. But that has inevitably changed. Once the libs take over a department, it’s gone, because they won’t hire or give tenure to anyone but libs.
Pick your battles.
I have been involved with Historic Preservation for many
years, and even given the fact that this was a temporary abode of a former President, it never would have had ANY chance to be preserved as a historic site of any sort.
We worked for YEARS to beat back a developer who wanted to tear down a large historic house near the center of town, and
replace it with 11 condominiums, all on the original 2.8 acre plot. This was an expanded eclectic Colonial Revival style house, was 4664 sq. ft inside, having been subject to expansion front back and rear all during the 19th century, with all construction ending in 1912. The historic significance of the house (an eternal landmark in our town, sitting as it did perched up on a hill on a large woody plot of ground) was that a still preserved small center-block section of it was the home of John Fell, an original member of the Continental Congress, and American patriot arrested and imprisoned by the British. There are an infinite number of hoops that preservationists have to jump through, just to get good historical designation in a category , say, that would legally enable you to get funding to save the house.
The process goes on forever, with Planning Board meetings,
the objectors gathering signatures, etc. etc. , and the developer usually not showing up.
Anyway, what you’re talking about there at the U. of C. (a school I myself attended 40 years ago) in an APARTMENT
BUILDING with maybe 30 or 40 other apartments in it besides the one young Reagan lived in for ten months. There is ZERO
chance that the whole edifice would ever be preserved for that reason, and on that level, it’s also a matter of percentages, as Landmark Commissions see it. Their apartment may have constituted less than 1 % of the total sq. footage of the entire edifice. I could go on forever, but this is a Lost Cause. Measuring the demolition of the apt. building against a proposed Obama Library of course, THAT’S a kick in the teeth.(But of course it would be an even bigger kick in the teeth if they wanted to convert the apartment building INTO an Obama Presidential Library. Come to think of it, these ironically are the kinds of compromises we Preservationists are forced to come up with all the time, though that one just has too much irony and cognitive dissonance in it.
Ayers taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the state-funded school for plebes.
The University of Chicago is the elite school built with Rockefeller money. Ayers lives near the U of C. but taught at UIC.
Reagan lived there for all of 10 months, as a 3-4 year old. His father was a shoe salesmen who bombed out in Chicago because he drank too much.
Reagan did not even remember the address, though he did include a few memories of the surroundings (not the apartment) in late letters.
No one would even know that he lived in this building had Thomas F. Roeser not asked the president where exactly he had lived for the few months he was in Chicago. Reagan did not remember but told Roeser, “my father was picked up as a common drunk repeatedly, you can probably track down the address from police records.”
So Roeser tracked it down.
Do we really want to make a big deal of this one?
Tom Roeser was a Republican lobbyist for Quaker Oats,active in politics as a reporter, press spokesman etc. for 60 years. He knew all the key figures on both sides of the aisle. He wrote intermittently for the Chicago papers, did small-time talk radio etc.
He was curious about where Reagan lived, knowing only that Reagan had been in Chicago briefly.
In other words, Reagan himself never made anything out of his 10 months in Chicago, none of the people around him made much out of it. It was a temporary change from his small-town upbringing. It had zero impact on his development.
Roeser, being a Chicagoan (lived in Park Ridge, near-in suburb but worked in the Loop and knew everyone in the city, was president of the Chicago Club etc.) was just curious.
Had it not been for that, no one would ever have known the address and no one would have cared. The U of C. may have purchased this before anyone even knew that Reagan had lived there for 10 months.
It’s a historical oddity and nothing more.
They enshrined a cathouse in Arkansas? 8-)