Flashback: Now that Ronald Reagan Has Gone to Be With the Rest of His Colon

In anticipation of the shutdown of Apple’s MobileMe service, I am re-posting some of my old blog entries before they become harder to retrieve.

This entry was originally posted on June 14, 2004.

The year was 1982. I was ten years old, as a part of a school assignment to write to a famous person, I wrote to Ronald Reagan, praising him as a person and as a president. As the world eulogizes our 40th president, I look back on that time and am touched by the irony of it.

In my mind, Reagan’s single most prominent legacy is the perversion of the vision of the Republican Party. To be sure, it didn’t begin, and certainly didn’t end with Reagan, but I have little doubt that the support of Jerry Falwell’s Moral Majority in 1980 is the reason why the Religious Right has such a stranglehold on the views of the Republican Party. The party that once stood, in the broadest terms, for less government intrusion in our lives now seeks only to impose their
religious beliefs and doctrines on our lives.

In fairness, both Presidents Bush share some of the blame in allowing this to happen to their party, but had it not been for Jerry Falwell in 1980, the Religious Right would not be able to maintain such a hold on the Republican Party and American politics in general. I think the only way to get rid of the Religious Right is to send them a message in
the polls. It’s time to stand up and tell the Republican Party to free itself; get the religious right off of the Republican Party’s back, and maybe we’ll be open to the message of the government off of our back again.

For the first time ever, I have no intention of pulling a lever that reads “Republican.”

That is Reagan’s legacy. And that’s a bloody shame.

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