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.