Rightbloggers Celebrate Reagan's 100th Birthday; Attack His Son, Ron Jr.; Cheer His Daughter, Sarah Palin

tomt200.jpgYou may remember Ronald Reagan, whose centenary was celebrated last weekend, as former Secretary of State James Baker does -- as the man who "taught us how to love"; or, as Arizona GOP Congressman Ben Quayle does, as "the nice man who gave us jelly beans when we visited the White House" and "shrank the scope of government," somehow, with his escalating deficits; or, with Bush White House torture enthusiast John Yoo, as the reviver of the "presidency's constitutional prerogatives."

Or may remember him as the destroyer of America's middle class, pioneer of the banking crisis, etc.

Rightbloggers incline toward the former view, as their hilarious birthday tributes show. Plus, they see a second Reagan in Sarah Palin. (Reagan's actual son? They hate him plus he's gay!)

Many rightblogger Reagan reminiscences were free-associative, perhaps in formal tribute to the Oval Office's most famous Alzheimer's sufferer.

At Right Wing News, Warner Todd Huston called Reagan "Father of the Tea Party." Hmm, we thought those guys were for cutting the deficit; how does the budget-busting Reagan qualify?

Emotionally, it seems; when Huston was young, he said, he and his fellow youths had it rough -- they "endured Watergate, the end of the Nixon presidency, saw the media turn his successor into a pratfalling, buffoon," etc.

This rough treatment of Jerry Ford and all that's holy impacted Huston's patriotic spirit -- so much so that "I even passed on joining the armed forces at the time because I couldn't imagine serving under the hated Carter regime." No laughing in the back, there.

Then "Reagan made us believe in America again," said Huston. "Ronald Reagan believed in America and he made us believe in her, too. This is the essence of the Tea Party movement." Wow, you mean cutting entitlements is optional? No wonder the Tea Party is so popular!

One "mustango" at RedState recalled that as a teenager he'd heard Reagan paying tribute to Martin Luther King. (This must have been after Reagan was forced to accept the MLK holiday.) That "was the first time," claimed mustango, "I felt actually addressed as an independent person with a say, or at least future say, in the course of this nation."

Today mustango is "heartbroken" to see "an entire industry exists to combat this mystical advantage that having a paler shade of skin supposedly grants people." He also says one of his greatest fears "is that someday we will get pushed too hard and that there will be a backlash against affirmative action..." Please don't tell him about this, or this, or, really, anything Republican on race for the past 35 years.

The Reagan you loved! The Reagan you knew! The Reagan with a song in his heart!
Also at RedState, Poster E Pluribus Unum disapproved of 100th-birthday tributes to Reagan by General Electric. That at first may seem off, as GE was the company that sent Reagan around the nation to both preach and absorb conservative gospel in the 50s and early 60s. But EPU was mad that GE head Jeff Immelt is now working with the Obama Administration, and also because the traitors of GE "profit hugely from government implementation of policies responding to the Global Warming Hoax." (EPU added, "Not that they actually make a profit, because they do not," which would be news to Wall Street analysts.)

In his encomium, Tom Donelson of Texas GOP Vote asserted, "Reagan looked to the future whether it was Strategic Defense or the computer age, he understood that there were ideas and products that were trapped inside the minds of individuals unknown to us and just waiting for the right time to explode." As no other coherent meaning can be deduced from this, we're guessing he meant Reagan foresaw suicide bombers, but was wrong about where they would store the explosives. (Donelson also observed that, thanks to Reagan, "the average America worker is now a capitalist as nearly half of Americans now own stock," though we're not sure why he wants to spread that around right about now.)

Alas, some discouraging words were also passed about The Gipper, which enraged his flame-keepers.

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