Skip to comments.Reagan & The Lack Of Decency On The Left
Posted on 06/11/2004 9:18:39 PM PDT by Conservageek
This week, the behavior of many people on the left has been not just boorish, but despicable and beneath contempt. Even though I'm very familiar with the "everything is politics" mentality of the left, I was surprised at how so many liberals just couldn't contain their hatred until the body was in the ground.
And I'm not talking so much about the left's petty complaints that the coverage of Reagan's death was "excessive" (although it was particularly crass & crude of Wonkette to describe it as "Gipperporn"), the neverending stream of attacks on Reagan & his policies, the Gipper being trashed in the comments section of John Kerry's official blog, or even Bill and Hillary Clinton both nodding off while they were sitting in the front row at the funeral....
No, I'm talking about the vast numbers of left-wingers who hurled the most the most vile and sickening epithets imaginable at Ronald Reagan, while his wife, children, and the rest of the nation were in mourning. I'm talking about people so lacking in basic, fundamental, human decency that they couldn't even wait until Reagan was buried to vent their spleen at him. Like the protestors who held up Reagan in Hell signs at the funeral today, there have been legions of left-wingers who just couldn't help but say things like this...
"Reagan was such a mean, harsh and heartless b@stard." -- Bartcop
"This man Reagan was 93 years old and out of it with Alzheimer's for many years and I don't see how anybody can summon grief. They proclaimed it a deep religious ceremony. Which it is not. His whole weeklong funeral is cheap, utterly distasteful American publicity." -- Jimmy Breslin, Newsday
"I have boundless faith in the American people, but it is startling to see the lines of people sweating under a hot sun waiting to see Reagan's casket. How could any of them take the dreadful old faker seriously?" -- Alexander Cockburn at Counterpunch
"Ronald Reagan Kicked Out of Hell! Satan Says, He's Too Dumb. Reagan Sighs: Ive No Place to Go. -- Gary Corseri from Dissident Voice
"The man whose administration spearheaded class warfare on behalf of the rich, dragged American politics to the right, and rebuilt US imperialism after the Vietnam debacle, is dead. Good riddance." -- Phil Gasper at Counterpunch
"We all know Reagan's legacy, from the Iran-Contra affair to the funding of the Nicaraguan military in which over 200,000 people died. The groundwork for the move steadily to the right happened with the Reagan administration. People want to elevate him to some mythic level; they have their own reason for doing that." -- Danny Glover
"Reagan leaves the building. He put a smiley face on cruelty, but at least he chose mammon over god." -- Richard Goldstein at the Village Voice
(Reagan was a) "cruel and stupid lizard". -- Christopher Hitchens at Slate
"So while others laud Reagan this week, I'm one who won't mourn his departure. If only we could bury his legacy with him." -- Tony Horwitz at the Sydney Morning Herald
"That is not an "All-American" legacy. Reagan projected the sun to mask a scowl. His presidency is indeed extraordinary. It is extraordinary for how easily Americans hail his "optimism." For African-Americans, and all Americans who were targets of his policies, it was open season.." -- Derrick Z. Jackson in the Boston Globe
"I BROKE DOWN and watched some of the all-Reagan-all-the-time coverage this morning. Think I'll watch the funeral. Watching some guy wearing a hat decorated with small American flags I thought, "this is like the death of Stalin." -- Diana Moon at Letter from Gotham
"Reagan was a busy man fomenting murder and terrorism around the world." -- Nathan Newman
"Ronald Reagan was a conman. Reagan was a coward. Reagan was a killer." -- Greg Palast
"The presidency of Ronald Reagan himself was so bad, on so many levels, that as young adults a sizeable number of us could only sputter in impotent rage, a rage summed up nicely by the Crucif***s song "Hinckley Had A Vision." It simply made no sense that an entire country could be run by sinister thugs, all because its spokesperson was a washed up actor with the professional training to deliver the most ridiculous, venal lies with a calming, "Great Communicator" demeanor." -- Geov Parrish at Working for Change
"I'm sure (Reagan's) turning crispy brown right about now." -- Ted Rall
"Ronald Reagan is dead, and the world is no worse off for it. At the best of times, he was an ineffectual dunce. At the worst, he was a dangerous madman who threatened humanity's very survival." -- Colin Shea from The Prague TV Zine & The Smirking Chimp
"Reagan cannot be excused for his utter failure as president, we must never see him solely as a symbol of a shameful era -- because his rise was attributable in part to an inertia and lack of vision that gripped our predecessors on the left." -- Trapper John at the Daily Kos
"So here's to Ronald Reagan, our fortieth president, on the occasion of your passing from this life: f*ck you back." -- Ben Trip at Counterpunch
"With the death of Ronald Reagan the world will now face a weeklong orgy of grandiloquent of US military power and American Imperialism. Reagan was a cold-blooded murderer, a union busting parasite, con artist, and a good liar. I'll shed no tear for the death of a tyrant. Nor will I stand by idly while the truth is sacrificed in a frenzied worship of a demagogue. Reagan was evil personified, he can rot in hell." -- Glen Yeadon from Chile Indymedia & The Smirking Chimp
"When I heard Ronnie Raygun had finally kicked off, I said aloud: "One less war criminal in the world." -- Mickey Z at Znet
Note that these repugnant, sadistic, pitiful excuses for human beings are all columnists and bloggers. Had I chosen to actually pull quotes written by liberals in forums and comment sections across the net, this post would have been ten times as long....and sick. Never has it been as clear that much of the left does not share a common sense of decency with the rest of us...
All your collection of leftist twists' words does is confirm their moral-bankruptcy.
Reagan was well loved. Even my aged parents, who are life-long Democrats God bless'em, loved Ronald Reagan. What you see here are the extreme leftists. The shock-jocks. Those that get off on causing controversy. The "trolls" of life.
Not worth the time.
Yes, you'd love to bring back the Soviet Union and the Eastern bloc slave states you perverted creep.
You know what you notice about this? These people are nobodies.
With all the people in the world, you're gonna have a few malcontents and crazies running loose. This week proved beyond a shadow of a doubt, that in life and in death, American's respect, admire and love Ronald Reagan the man very much. And that's all that counts.
I agree. People can be cruel and unjust. They stoop so low, no one can pull them up to a level sense of morality. It is best to ignore these people until they cause us true friction and discontent. We can not help them feed their fire of hate.
Remember, when you wrestle with a pig, you both get dirty. And the pig likes it.
And at the same time, not surprising.
They'll get theirs. If not in this world, then the next.
When I read things like this I think to myself, "I'm not a great man. I'm not an exceptional person. I may not even be a decent human being. But at least I'm not a dick."
If it weren't for the average leftist, I'd have nothing to gauge myself against.
Beg to differ...
At least their pastel colors are the same this week as they were from 1980-1988.
What makes me sick are the Democrats who've got the balls to actually eulogize him after so many years of criticism. Has everyone forgotten all of Clinton's attacks on the Reagan administration? What the hell was he doing there? I know, I know...he was sleeping.
They're a national joke. The liberals are children on a permanent adolescent temper tantrum. As long as they refuse to grow up and starting act like adults no one will take them seriously. And their juvenile behavior, including their hatred and rage against their elders will just backfire on them. You know, these people need to fix themselves before they can win back the affection of the American people. Until they start looking at themselves and asking themselves why the American people keep rejecting them, they'll continue to be society's losers and misfits.
A caller into one of the talk shows (Medved?) was ranting on how Reagan murdered so many people (that were killed by Aids), and that Hinkley was a "visionary".
I mean just compare how they acted during JFK jrs death to Reagans. That says it all.
Words are mirrors to our souls.
That's a good example of what I was just talking about. They're stuck in the terrible teens phase.
A "good union man" commented to me today, "Reagan finally did something good. He died." The guy thought it was funny. Sad, huh.
Your exactly right but some of them may never see themselves as most everyone else does.
Look at blogs inhabited by ex-Salon types, like the one run by the Atlantic monthly. Talk about paranoia city!
Reagan had a boundless faith in the American people. This man has no faith in anything other than his deluded image of a country who hated Ronald Reagan as much as he does. He must feel terribly lonely right now.
These people are so full of hatred where Reagan realized that hatred for another person is just a cancer that destroys your own soul.
Its not beyond belief.
See my tagline. Truer words have never been spoken.
The Democrat base falls under vile, clueless or frighteningly stupid.
These creatures of the leftmost fringe wastelands display the kind of reptilian hatred that they normally reserve for themselves. It must go that to be an ideological leftist, you must strive to impress the other lefties with your complete lack of a soul, to be so condescending, so vile, so contrary to everything you pretend to espouse, that you shock even the jaded creeps you hang out with. These people, with a few puzzling exceptions, hate Reagan and Bush because they hate America, Americans, and all it stands for, except that 6 figure plus salary they pull down at NYT or the Washington Post. If they hate us all so much, they can leave... NOW.
Allen (or Alan) Comes just spent the last two evenings on Fox Radio whining that Clinton (X-42) didn't get to speak.
It surely challenges any decent mind. Did anyone read the 100 proof, vitriol by Christoher Hitchens?
His intellect is definitely getting the worst of him. . .while alcohol it seems; has claimed 'his best'. . .
The criticisms offered by these people defy the rationale; are intellectually vacant; rooted in the lies of the Left; and now have a life of their own; and so they are difficult to deconstruct. . .or even bring truth to the matter.
These people - kindly put - need something that matches the morbid level they come from.
I just don't know; maybe cloves of garlic; it worked 'then'; might work now.
My worthless brother-in-law (If you know him, he probably owes you money) quit work on 1981.
The reason? He would not pay taxes to Reagan! He has not worked since and has found out how to live off of the public tit. Needless to say, he votes Democratic.
After 9-11 he wrapped himself in the American flag and declared "By God, no one better burn a flag around me or I will beat the hell out of them!"
Now the two-face is Kerry's man.
I'm just glad he is 1000 miles from me, and at times I feel that's too close!
They claim that Pres. Reagan killed them by not funding aids research from the beginning, but they slit their own throats with their unceasing destructive behavior.
Just like now.
This is not so much beyond belief.
These reactionist hatemongers (wait...these are the preachers of "tolerance", right?) draw their life's breath from pure emotion...and causing the same.
No need for "factual basis" to found any of their angry spewage. No respect for the needs of others. It's all about the feelings. They feel good spreading hate. They enjoy causing anger and rage. They thrill at trying to outdo each other in the quest to be the most outrageous.
They will dance on the graves of anyone. Reverence, respect, and honor are so far beyond them as to become nigh invisible.
I prefer the comments of Maggie Thatcher "he freed the slaves of communism". Let the world remember him for that.
Big deal, liberals - I've never heard of any of you except Breslin and Hitchens.
Hitchens is not a 'nobody' - I thought he did an admirable job of roasting Bill Clinton from the left ("Noone Left To Lie To"); his coming unglued over Reagan's death tells me how powerful Reagan's legacy is...and what a threat it is to left-wingers everywhere.
Really, I don't think for a moment that his doze was genuine. . . He was sending a message; if he is not important enough to speak; then this is not important enough for him to be awake.
Also, think he called on his usual fraudulent self to 'feign' for the camera; so as to spare himself the imposition of a momentary public humiliation imposed upon him by President Bush as he was referencing the decency Ronald Reagan brought to the oval office.
Clinton had few options to hide; so he chose the easiest - a childish maneuver - eyes closed - 'if you can't see me; I can't see you' - response.
By feigning a 'sleeping Clinton'; he saved himself from having to add the 'I can't hear you' - thumb-in-the-ears as well; but I bet he wanted to.
Did anyone notice as well; how he shared his 'love of music' with us; by smiling/bobbing his head to the sacred - and solemn music? He looked more than inappropriate; bobbing to a beat; that was not quite there.
Those who don't bow to greatness diminish themselves...
my father (a Democrat) came up with "You know, this is the first time Bill and Hillary have slept together in years!"
Bill and Hillary have to realize, from today's ceremony, that History will not deal so kindly with them...
Marked to read again later...
These are the same people who will be sitting in the back pew with Monica (with her blue dress on), when Bill finally passes on. They will write great stories how Bill did this and Bill was the greatest thing since sliced cake. And we will sit there...thinking of Bill and Monica...and try not to laugh.
You hit the nail on the head. Ever notice how, for some people, the transition to adult just does not happen and the mental blocks in their head prety much insure it will not happen?
The classic case is Ted Rall. He was kicked out of Columbia for both academic and disciplinary reasons. For some people, that sort of thing can be a blessing in the long run. It's a wake up call that forces maturity in the long run. But Ted just got angry.
Unfortunately for him, he found a market for his anger, so now, that's pretty much all he has. The only way he can grow up is to lose the anger. But if he lost the anger, he'd lose the one reason his cartoon and column exists. He would thus lose his fame and his entire identity. He won't be able to do that, barring some huge crisis in his life.
Maybe they'll get themselves between the eyes this time. Let 'em rant. The more hateful they are, the more people will reject them and their doctrines of subversion and perversion.
They will be last in it's Defense.
They expect us to handle that small detail.
I just want President Bush and the rest of us to win one more for the Gipper.
They hate anything that brings people together, particularly in patriotism and faith. It shatters their delusions and obstructs their designs.
LOL! That is a good one.
Bill and Hillary have to realize, from today's ceremony, that History will not deal so kindly with them...
Thought the same; it surely should be obvious. . .in the meantime, Hillary probably fell to dozing as she was counting the names on those FBI files that she may need as a guest list for Bill's funeral. . .
Wow. I am shocked at such dispicable behavior.
The only place he looks appropriate is in a whore house.
Any bets on whether he was fantasizing about all these people showing up for HIS funeral. How do you think America would treat Clinton's death?
It's very believable. I was think today that when you have comments like this directed at you, you must be doing something right. If they threaten to kill you - you know you're doing something right.
Even in death, President Reagan is still doing it right - and driving the lefties nuts.
"I'm not sure how saying Pat Tillman joined the military to kill Arabs shows Ted Rall's "anger". His politics aren't angry...their hateful, irrational and deranged."
No argument. Uncontrolled anger mutates into other things, like hate, irrationality, and derangement.
Exactly right. The truly evil are the ones that are saying nice things about President Reagan now, after years of being his enemy.