Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Ronald Reagan Hatred


The link above is for an article on Slate.com labelled "Not Even a Hedgehog-The stupidity of Ronald Reagan" which was posted June 7, 2004. 

From the date you can see that this article was posted just a couple days after Reagan past away, after suffering with Alzheimer's disease. The author of this article talks about how he had been invited to be the Spector at the feast during "Ronald Reagan Appreciation Week" at Wabash College in Indiana. He writes that he agreed with his opponents in that he was glad to see the end of the Russian Empire and the Cold War but nothing could deter him from what the Ronald Reagan presidency had been like. And from then on, it is clear from what he writes that he was against the Reagan presidency and Republicans in general. 

He goes on to list numerous, of what he would call "faults" with Reagan's presidency from how Reagan had sold heavy weapons to the Iranian mullahs and lied about it, saying that all weapons he hadn't sold them would, all the same, have fit on a small truck. To how Reagan claimed that the russian language had no word for "freedom", when in fact the word is "svoboda". The list goes on and on, until he stops writing about the flaws in Reagan's presidency and starts to simply list flaws in him and moan about Ronald Reagan in general. This is where the title of the article comes into play, the author states that The "fox" as has been pointed out by more than one philosopher, knows many things, whereas the hedgehog knows one big thing and that Ronald Reagan was neither of them. He was "as dumb as a stump". But the writer does not stop there, he goes on to say that he can't understand how such a smart country would put up with "such an obvious phony and loon".

It is clear from the article that the writer disapproved of the Ronald Reagan Presidency and you could in fact say he hated Ronald Reagan. But not only does he express his hatred for Reagan, he also talks about the "stupidity of American Politics" and in particular, he voices his opinion about the stupidity of Republicans. In conclusion, this article is a clear representation of Ronald Reagan hatred that still stands today in contemporary America and even after Reagan has passed away.

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