Sunday, November 18, 2007

Regan’s Ghost

2007 Halloween may be past but for GOP Regan’s Ghost refuses to go away. Markos Moulitsas (DailyKos founder, lion of New Left in early 21st century) in his inaugural article on Newsweek web site makes a sensible case for Democrats to make Bush Record as the campaign theme. His recounting of Bush’s failures is familiar. But the real force of the article is couple of references to Regan – the implicit point is Regan has been the GOP patron saint and how his philosophy is going to ground GOP in coming electoral battles.

Meanwhile Paul Krugman is relentless in his attacks on the resident Regan Theology within GOP. Time and again he is coming to back to hit at Regan hubris and the larger point of how that Regan world view is contributing to the downfall of GOP, aside of Bush’s own monumental failures in Iraq.

Peggy Noonans of the world must be having hard time coming to terms with this destruction of Regan legacy. Noonan has already given up on the incumbent Bush, but it seems that Regan Temple is under renewed attacks by these liberals or infidels. Oh my, what hard times and how ungrateful these fellow Americans are under the influence of feeble ideology of Cultural Left!

Newsweek is learning some tricks in making money out of America’s recent history. It publishes an issue with the cover story of 1968, the year which planted the contemporary progressive era. Any rudimentary reader of History would realize that Regan era was the perfect reaction to what started in 1968. And now here comes the systematic deconstruction of Regan era itself by an upstart Liberal ‘infant terrible’ as well as a heavy weight Princeton intellectual. As like any long running philosophy school, American political discourse has strongly become an exercise in hermeneutics of past politicians.

Well, it was coming for sure. Far too long William Buckley, George Will, William Safire (fortunately he is retired), Victor Hansen and the hit man Fred Barnes ruled Washington wisdom; long after Conservatism left the town of American Reality and neo-conservative follies brought disasters of Bush Presidency.

Umesh Patil
Cupertino, CA 95014
November 18, 2007.

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