Comments: Page Two

You're missing the central tenet of today's right: Faith and hero worship. Reagan is an icon in the truest sense of the word. He is the sum of all hopes and illusions. Everything to everyone. A screen on which they project their fictional version of reality.

Posted by JohnC at December 2, 2003 04:01 PM

What John said, plus the (mis)remembrance of many people is that the '80s were a time of prosperity - when they were actually a time of prosperity for a relative few, and the start of the widening gap between rich and poor that's grown ever since.

Posted by Elayne Riggs at December 3, 2003 08:05 AM

Yes, John, but WHY is what I don't understand. He wasn't anything special, as presidents go.

As Elayne points out, he did good things for rich people, which was nice if you were rich, but the rest of us didn't really get to play in that sandbox.

Are the wealthy, those who rose to ever-more riches on the platform of his Administration's "supply-side" theories the ones funding this attempt to rewrite history to enshrine him as the icon of the Republican Ideal?

Or is it that the Republicans really are that desperate to create their own version of a JFK (as evidenced by the Bush Administration's repeated efforts to co-opt the mantle of JFK and drape it around Bush's inadequate shoulders)?

Posted by Anne at December 3, 2003 01:25 PM