Dear comrade leader channels Reagan – Huh? WTF?
At various times over the past 3 years the pundits and
dopes dupes in the state-run media have likened our dear comrade leader to “a sort-of God,” Abraham Lincoln, the second coming of FDR, and yes, even Superman. As reality sinks in and these myths have been exploded, the left has been scrambling to find another mythical apparition for the enigmatic dear comrade. Following Tuesday’s flatulent SOTU speech, where we were promised more “investment” (deficit spending) with “targeted” budget cuts, the dilemma has been solved. He’s now the second coming of Ronald Reagan! (story here from the American Thinker)
You can tell that Barack Obama is in trouble when his minions and media lickspittles try to compare him to Ronald Reagan, whom he disparaged in the first of his two ghostwritten autobiographies. His aides had him photographed carrying around a book about Reagan, and spread the word that he was learning from the Gipper.
Obama, who earlier refused to acknowledge American exceptionalism as any different from the feeling of Greeks or Brits about their nations, is now trying to rebrand himself as optimistic (“We do big things” — SOTU, 2011), a builder of a more prosperous America, leader of the world (because we are going down the Spanish path of forcing investment in uneconomic power supply and “high speed” rail).
The latest outrage is that his friends at TIME magazine have put a photoshopped picture of Obama and Reagan together on the cover of their magazine for next week. It was introduced on MSNBC this morning, but is as yet unavailable elsewhere.
Ah yes, our dear comrade as The Gipper – that’ll work. While Time may be trying to show that the Reagan link is a good thing, they didn’t have a lot of love for him when he was president (more here from Pajamas Media).
Of course, you wouldn’t know it based on that cover or the new one, but Time wasn’t exactly fond of the Gipper when he was actually in office, as Noemie Emery wrote in 2007:
A look at Time’s archive for 1987 shows a drumbeat of attack, if not of derision, for the man and his plans and ideas. True, the magazine did have a column by the late Hugh Sidey, a centrist’s centrist if ever there was one and a man with an institutional fondness for presidents. He cut the old man a break every few issues. But on the whole, in a long series of fairly long stories, some of them featured on the cover, the magazine made room for a series of writers–Garry Wills, Lance Morrow, and George J. Church among them–to whipsaw the Gipper back, forth, and sideways as a poseur, a fraud, an out-of-touch airhead, a lame duck, a loser, a man dwelling in dreamland, a man whirled about by the currents around him, and, of course, wholly washed up. It had been a bad year for Reagan and Republicans, bracketed by the Iran-contra scandal and the stock market crash. Reagan’s foreign policy ventures in Latin America and vis-à-vis the Soviet Union seemed stalled. His nomination of Robert Bork to the Supreme Court had failed, and in November 1986 he had lost the Senate. As far as Time was concerned, the whole jig was up.
But let’s stuff all that down the memory hole while we’re photoshopping this whole fraudulent premise. If there’s one person in history that our dear comrade leader is so unlike as to be a polar opposite, it’s Ronald Reagan. President Reagan wasn’t a fake, a fraud, or a phoney. President Reagan believed that government was the problem – not the solution. President Reagan, who inherited a broken economy from the second coming of Neville Chamberlain, understood that bolstering private industry, not government, was the answer. President Reagan believed that America was a world power, not to be confused or equated with some 3rd world tinpot dictatorship. As a reminder, here are some of Reagan’s best quotes:
- I don’t believe in a government that protects us from ourselves.
- The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them away.
- The government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
- The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’
Does this sound like our dear comrade to you?