Skip to comments.Peggy Noonan: Why We Talk About Reagan
Posted on 02/07/2002 8:04:36 PM PST by Pokey78Edited on 04/23/2004 12:04:12 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]
A small band of former aides and friends of Ronald Reagan were all over TV this week talking about the former president on his 91st birthday. Our memories and reflections were treated with thoughtfulness and respect by the media. It wasn't always this way but I'm glad it is now, and I think there are reasons for it.
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Yes, but look how they wrinkle, and she doesn't.
You're right about the detractors though... they never miss a shot. I did some work for President Reagan for about five years during his retirement. My liberal friends were less than generous with their sympathy, and more than ample with their unkind humor over his Alzheimer's.
We will never know another with his particular kind of greatness. God bless Ronald Reagan and the freedom he brought so many.
Exellent passage. Also, imagine what it would have cost him (and us) if he hadn't turned right before he took his stand.
But let me tell you why we make those arguments as often as we can. When I talk about Mr. Reagan, media people often preface my remarks, or close them, with words like this: "You adore him." Or, "You of course have great affection for him and so it's your view that . . ." These are not unfriendly words, but they're a warning to the viewer: Take what you hear with a grain of salt. Needless to say the grain-of-salt warning doesn't come when the subject is, say, JFK or FDR or Martin Luther King, all of whom had friends, supporters and biographers who have spent decades advancing their causes with affection and respect.
These are not unfriendly words, but they're a warning to the viewer: Take what you hear with a grain of salt. Needless to say the grain-of-salt warning doesn't come when the subject is, say, JFK or FDR or Martin Luther King, all of whom had friends, supporters and biographers who have spent decades advancing their causes with affection and respect.Ronald Reagan's old foes, the political and ideological left, retain a certain control of the words and ways by which stories are told. They run the academy, the media; they control many of the means by which the young--that nice, strong 20-year-old boy walking down the street, that thoughtful girl making some money by yanking the levers of the coffee machine at Starbucks--will receive and understand history.
But the academy and the media may not in time tell Mr. Reagan's story straight; and if they do not tell the truth it will be for the simple reason that they cannot see it. They have been trained in a point of view. It's hard to break out of your training.
That is why we don't let the subject pass. It's too rich with meaning. To speak of Mr. Reagan honestly, to speak of his fabled life and his flaws, is to make a contribution to the young, who 10 and 20 and 40 years from now will be running history, and who will need lives on which to pattern their own, lives from which to draw strength.
The young could do worse. The young often have.
He said what he believed...and MEANT every word.
He had the courage to stand up and say some things that grated on some people's ears...but said them anyway.
.....and he NEVER stopped believing in the promise of America...in the 'Shining City on the Hill'.
I wish such courage...and downright devotion to the Ideals this Nation was founded upon...existed in the Government today.
God bless Ronald Reagan.
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