Sunday, January 20, 2008

President of the Imagined Past

Frank Rich has it precisely right in today's Times, Ronald Reagan ain't riding to the rescue of the GOP's clown posse.

But Saint Ronnie is a fine emblem for fascism in America. Fascism seeks to resurrect a wholly specious, imagined past: a time of chastity, simplicity, contentment, harmony, heterosexual vigor, when men were men, the poor were happy, a dollar (or Deutschmark) really bought something et cetera. And Ron is the perfect, pretend President of that Imaginary Past. He was really a traitorous, race-baiting, senilescent boob; but a pitchman, like Arthur Godfrey, and so, useful to movement conservatives. He could play a President on TV!


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