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June 05, 2004

The surly bonds of earth

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We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved good-bye and "slipped the surly bonds of earth" to "touch the face of God."

-Ronald Reagan,
January 28, 1986

Damian Penny describes President Reagan as a hero. Kate McMillan offers her thanks. So does Kevin Aylward. Dean Esmay reveals the truth. John Hawkins says, "Godspeed." Misha says goodbye. Jeff Soyer is disappointed by the reaction of the "left" of the blogosphere. Jay Solo says goodbye and points to a link round-up at Outside the Beltway. John says, "So long." The Commissar says, "Viva la Reagan Revolucion." Le Blog de Polyscopique describes President Reagan as a champion of freedom. Being American in T.O. offers a tribute, "for America there will always be a bright dawn ahead." A Small Victory remembers coming to appreciate him and points to blogger reactions at Boi From Troy. Ith expresses her gratitude. Silent Running reflects on the task we have inherited from the President. Solomonia describes a transformation in his feelings that I suspect is echoed by many of us. The Dissident Frogman suggests reading him in his own hand. Bill Whittle offers thanks.

"And how stands the city on this winter night? After 200 years, two centuries, she still stands strong and true on the granite ridge, and her glow has held steady no matter what storm. And she's still a beacon, still a magnet for all who must have freedom, for all the pilgrims from all the lost places who are hurtling through the darkness, toward home." -- Ronald Reagan

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation is hosting a book of condolence.

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Comments

I am probably with Solomonia but without the early love. He was damn lucky Gorby was the someone listening in Moscow of we might be all crispy critters thanks to Ronnie. I still can't get past the Nancy and the astrologers thing, though. Nice enough smily guy who rode more than made the times. Being nice to the dead.

Posted by: Alan at June 6, 2004 10:58 AM

I'm sick of all the tributes. The left of the blogosphere, as you call it, has dropped the sentimentality because they've awoken to a s***** reality: the Right plays dirty, and dirty wins. Do you think the right of the blogosphere would should a tear if Carter or Clinton dropped dead tomorrow? There would be freakin' parades. I'm not saying the left should be militant to the point of idiocy, just pointing out that things have changed, and standing still saying "aw shucks" in an election year is poison. S*****, I know...but there it is.

Times New Roman Online had a obit up yesterday that compared Reagan to Sauron from the Lord of the Rings.

That's more like it (and from a Canadian blog too!). I appreciate the saccharine-free version of history. Reagan was a doltish actor who sought to please. He was no visionary. He marked the beginning of the end of what the U.S. had stood for since '45.

Posted by: patsyk at June 7, 2004 02:07 AM

Ronald Reagan's powerful impact in the US and in the world's economy and democratic movement is monumental.

To fully appreciate his legacy one "had to be there" to feel the pain pervading in the America that he inherited. The economic situation in the USA was at its lowest since the great depression, the self-worth of America in the US and abroad was at its lowest in history, communism looked more dangerous than ever.

He was god-sent not only to Americans but to the freedom-loving citizens in the world at large.

We will be indebted to him forever.

Posted by: Wil Gaitan at June 7, 2004 07:21 AM

Hi Patsy,

First, you will notice I am quoting someone referring to the "left" of the blogosphere. Second, Sauron represents existential evil. Do you really believe this to be true of President Reagan? Or do you simply disagree with much of what he stood for? If the latter, you might want to reconsider celebrating a juvenile comparison made at an inappropriate time at a blog I have never heard of. Third, and finally, I notice that yet again foul language and hyperbole are wed in a comment by an anonymous poster. I would take your opinions more seriously were you to have the courage of your convictions by expressing them under your own name. Better yet, set up your own blog and take advantage of the freedoms so many have died to protect.

Posted by: Flea at June 7, 2004 09:09 AM

And another thing. I admire President Clinton. I cannot speak for the behaviour of anyone else in the blogosphere but I would hope more respect would be paid to him by the "right" than was accorded by the people cited Alphecca's critique. When, inevitably, some fail to show that respect I will hold their opinions in the precise degree of seriousness yours deserve.

Posted by: Flea at June 7, 2004 09:12 AM

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