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Old 04-28-2008, 12:33 PM
 
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Sunset in America by Sean Wilentz
The end of the age of Reagan.
Post Date Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Sunset In America
The end of the Age of Reagan.

On May 3, 2007, ten aspirants to the Republican presidential nomination kicked off the long campaign with a debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. The candidates disagreed about the issues and their respective qualifications--but each claimed Reagan's mantle.


"I think it's important to remember," said Mike Huckabee, "that what Ronald Reagan did was to give us a vision for this country, a morning in America, a city on a hill." John McCain talked about Reagan's fiscal austerity: "Ronald Reagan used to say we spend money like a drunken sailor." Tommy Thompson threw in a stilted but apposite observation: "We forgot to be coming up with new ideas, big ideas like Ronald Reagan."


Given the venue--and with Nancy Reagan in the front row--the candidates were being polite. They were also being sincere. Chiefly, though, they wanted to gain legitimacy with Republican factions that believed their politics were unsound. Tellingly, the candidates only once mentioned George W. Bush, who, until his popularity collapsed during his second term, had been touted within the party as a born-again Reagan. Instead, they all looked backward, beckoning to the restoration of a conservatism that had somehow lost its way.

Sunset in America
Now FYI, Wilentz has been an Hillarity Apologist for ages !!! Is he conceding the nomination on her majesty's behalf??

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Old 04-28-2008, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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had been touted within the party as a born-again Reagan.
Wrong. "W" is a far cry from the CONSERVATIVE Reagan was, and the movement he lead.

More inaccurate drivel from a lefty - or a Canadian. How in the world would they know?
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Old 04-28-2008, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Charlotte
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Wrong. "W" is a far cry from the CONSERVATIVE Reagan was, and the movement he lead.

More inaccurate drivel from a lefty - or a Canadian. How in the world would they know?
Are we the only ones to "know" a thing or two about the World? A bit harsh weren't you, considering he did mention "had been" in his Bush statement.
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Old 04-28-2008, 05:54 PM
 
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Ronald Reagan turned America into a version of Hollywood. Reality was converted into a semi-senile illusion. Reagan couldn't tell reality from illusion claiming to have been a bomber pilot during WWII at one point, when he had played one in a movie. The Reagan era was when America went certifiably insane, when work became a dirty word, unions were treated like communists, service jobs replaced manufacturing. Reagan was the turning point when Americans stopped really believing in America and preferred to believe in a Hollywood version, like the Truman show, resulting in the disaster we are beginning to witness today, a Starbuck's economy of celebrity worship and everyone chasing their fifteen minutes of fame at whatever cost and whatever price. America became an artificial and inauthentic place due to choosing a B-actor and later senile President to lead the country on his broken down horse into his illusionary sunset. At least Nancy believed in astrology.
Reagan embodies AMERIKKA, B-grade !!! and delusional
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