This weekend marks the 100th Birthday of Ronald Reagan. There will be numerous tributes and lovefests regarding Mr. Reagan, unfortunately they will more resemble the myth of Ron Reagan instead of the real man. Thanks to Ronald Reagan Legacy Project, many people will not have any idea of the man which they worship. During the weekend lovefest here are 5 myths to keep in mind:
1. Reagan was one of our most popular presidents.
2. Reagan was a tax-cutter.
3. Reagan was a hawk.
4. Reagan shrank the federal government.
5. Reagan was a conservative culture warrior.
It is not just myself and everyone who remembers the 80’s who does not remember the guy who will be memorialized this weekend, Reagan\'s daughter, Patti Davis, has no idea who he is either!
This centennial thing—and this Republican thing of people trying to put on Ronald Reagan masks—it’s a little puzzling,” she says. “Usually when you give a birthday party for someone, they’re still here. And I think that my father would find it so confusing that people want to imitate him. Not because he didn’t have confidence in who he was, but because he never imitated anybody. He was his own person.”
She also had to make a special point to say that the Sarah Palin’s and Michelle Bachmann’s are NOT Ronald Reagan:
In the meantime, Davis is watching the current political scene with a mixture of fascination and horror. Of right-wing superstars Palin and Michele Bachmann, who constantly invoke Reagan as their political love-object, “my father was a Rhodes Scholar compared to them.”
She adds: “I think people ultimately reveal themselves to everybody. I think that’s the case with Sarah Palin’s conduct, particularly after the Tucson shooting, I think she’s sort of digging herself into a hole. I hope—I really hope.”
For those of you who rely on Rush for the latest talking points of the day, he is even at a loss for words:
PS: i thought this picture and quote were very telling also: