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  • What Would Reagan Do?

       June 16, 2004

    Right-Thinking reports that a conservative group has prepared an ad comparing and contrasting Bush and Kerry with Ronald Reagan.

    It's about time. I realize the Bush camp was under tremendous pressure to not "politicize" the death of Ronald Reagan, but the parallels between the War on Terror and the Cold War are difficult to ignore.

    In the 80s, Reagan made the then revolutionary decision to not live "peacefully" with communisim. Communism was evil and it was in our long term interests to defeat it. That flew in the face of a decade worth of detente. In hindsight, Reagan was oh so right, but back in 1980 some people were seriously worried that his election would lead to a nuclear confrontation with the Soviets.

    After 9/11, Bush made the decision that we couldn't afford to "peacefully" live with Islamofascist monsters. And even now, with 9/11 still fresh in our minds, some people disagree with that decision. Some people like John Kerry. Back in the 70s and 80s he wasn't willing to confront communism. Now, he's not willing to confront terrorism. He is, however, willing to put his head in the sand and pretend the problems we face don't exist.

    Ronald Reagan was an optimist, but not in the dolty way the media has tried to portray it. Instead, he was optimistic because he believed in the greatness of America. However, he was also a realist. He saw the reality of the evil of the Soviet Union. His combination of optimism and realism was just what America needed.

    Kerry is his opposite. He's both pessimistic and unrealistic. Not only does he believe America is no longer capable of great things, I think he also thinks great things are no longer required of America.

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    #  March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM      Converted_Comment
    Converted comment: Posted by: jkhat at June 16, 2004 10:39 AM

    i wholeheartedly disagree that the ads are a good idea or that it's "about time." first, try as he may, bush is no reagan, and voters know that, especially "on the fence" or "swing" voters.

    In other words, the ads aren’t going to “fool” anyone into thinking that W is another Reagan. All they are going to do is piss off Republican voters (like me). It is a great disgrace and a cheapening of the Reagan Legacy to run ads comparing him to any presidential candidate, even a sitting Republican president.

    And for all of you with your judgment clouded on the issue, remember how you felt about John F. Kerry picking up the “F” in a ridiculous attempt to associate himself with Jack Kennedy. It's STUPID and does nothing to get people to vote for you. in fact, it's probably counter productive.

    How long until someone pulls out “I knew Ronald Reagan, I served with Ronald Reagan, and you sir, are no Ronald Reagan?” As big of a Bush supporter that I am, I would cheer that comment. George Bush as Ronnie II? Please. Have some respect. Take off your bushgoggles.

    Ronald Reagan attracted so many voters to the Republican party that today some many who voted for both Clinton and Gore (and probably Perot) proudly declare “I’m a democrat, but I was a democrat for Reagan.” These ads will drive those people AWAY from the party and are a HUGE mistake.

    #  March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM      Converted_Comment
    Converted comment: Posted by: kris at June 16, 2004 10:51 AM

    My point wasn't to drawn similiarities between Bush and Reagan so much as to point out the similiarities between the international situations they faced and their respective responses to them.

    In that sense, Bush *is* the Reagan of the 00s and Kerry is the Carter/Nixon.

    To reaffirm, I wouldn't so much compare Bush to Reagan and I'd compare Islamofascists to the Soviet Union's evil empire.

    #  March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM      Converted_Comment
    Converted comment: Posted by: jkhat at June 16, 2004 11:12 AM

    No, the point was the television ads and what they convey, not what you were trying to do with your post about it. The ads are a terrible idea.

    Additionally, Bush is not “the Reagan of the 00s.” That is just ridiculous. Do you think that there is a new Reagan every 20 years? There is nothing revolutionary about “going after” terrorists. We always have, all nations always have. That John Kerry would rather not means that he is the Neville Chamberlain of the 00s. It doesn’t confer some sort of mythical Reagan status upon whoever happens to be sitting in the White House at the time if they do what we have always done.

    Terrorism is an evil, sure, but it isn't a new evil, and there is nothing revolutionary about fighting it. It is nothing at all like communism and presents few of the same problems. In fact, throughout the 60s, 70s, and 80s, it co-existed with communism on much the same scale that it exists today. Sure, the term itself has been broadened, so that might make those easily fooled think that it's a fast growing problems. Remember the "guerilla warfare" of the 80s? It'd be called "terrorism" today. The Vietkong? terrorists.

    After great men solve all of the worlds great problems, what will we call the men who solve the not so big problems? If the only problem that exists in 1000-odd years is jaywalking, will you call the man who "fixes" it "the reagan of the 3020s?"

    #  March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM      Converted_Comment
    Converted comment: Posted by: jkhat at June 16, 2004 03:32 PM

    i see that the reagans agree with me.




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