December 17, 2004

They Can Be Taught

Democrat Brent Budowsky writes not to bury Reagan, but to praise him:

When historians reflect back one thousand years from now, the era from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Ronald Reagan will be seen as a period of epic triumph in human history and these two giants will be seen as the Indispensable Americans, the twin pillars of the triumph of democracy over fascism, Communism, and totalitarianism of every kind.

It is true that, as a Democrat, I opposed many of Reagan’s policies, and would do so again today. It is also true that there were other giants on the world stage also worthy of humanity's high honors for their work in those days, especially Margaret Thatcher and Mikhail Gorbachev. And it is true that every American president from Roosevelt to George H.W. Bush made some singular contribution in the great continuum of American leaders.

But Reagan had a unique combination of extraordinary gifts and visions. He was the right man at the right place at the right time, and he was large enough to see the moment, seize it, and shape it. Whatever disagreements Democrats may have had pale in comparison to his achievements for human freedom and world peace.

One down. A few million to go.

Posted by Mitch at December 17, 2004 06:00 AM | TrackBack

It's so full of praise for Reagan I almost wonder if this is a put-on.

Don't you find it odd that Budowsky invokes Mt. Rushmore in both the title and text of his piece comparing Reagan to FDR? The Roosevelt on Mt. Rushmore is Teddy.

Is this a clue, or just a big "oops"?

Posted by: Drew at December 17, 2004 09:47 AM

He's quite right, except the part about FDR.

Posted by: Kim du Toit at December 19, 2004 12:22 AM

Gorby just got out of the way of the train wreck that was the USSR. I am VERY tired of seeing Gorby elevated to the same table as Reagan. They were/are not equals. More like the Japanese and the US on the USS Missouri in 1945.

Posted by: tim at December 19, 2004 12:56 AM

Well, as a liberal, I've called Reagan one of the five best Presidents in American history (I have him at #5, behind [in order] 1. Lincoln 2. Jefferson 3. Washington 4. Roosevelt, but you can make an argument for him over FDR.) So, is that two down now?

Posted by: Jeff Fecke at December 20, 2004 08:42 PM

Here are the top five as I call them (all opinions expressed are mine alone) 1 --George Washington (The presidency was an bold experiment and had Washington lacked the leadership and insight, then the whole system might have failed) 2 Thomas Jefferson- great writer, looked boldly to the future of America with the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark expedition; also held more popularity and uinfluence at the time than any other president (Pres. Monroe and Madison were "students" of Jefferson) 3 Abraham Lincoln- Held Presidency and succeeding during mation's darkest hour; one of the most unpopular presidents at the time.... 4 Franklin D Rossevelt The guy was presidnet during the 20th centuries worst times, and led a nation from poverty to greatness His "new Deal"plan is seen worldwide as a great achievemnet and will go down in history as one of the boldest and most successful moves of all time 5 Ronald Reagan....brought a sense of Honor and respect back to America which had been missing for decades

OK SO the Five Worst?
Goe w Bush...probably, but his term is not yet over
Seriously, let's look at the five worst....
5 Eisnhower.....His cabinet was corrupt, and people never seemed to learn that war heroes usually don't make good presidents...
4 Grant.....His cabinet was corrupt, and people did not know at the time that war heroes don't make good presidents
3 Carter...He is the greatest human being ever to be president, and the greatest "Ex-President" the country has ever seen, and he deserves the noble Prize, but he was not a very effective president
2 Buchanan Read your history was the administration of this leader that provoked the civil war
and the worst of all time
1 Nixon "I am not a crook" Yeah right......this guy ruined the office in the sight of Americans )(I t was already going downhill) Even Ford had no chance following this act......

Posted by: Rick Holmes at May 19, 2005 11:46 AM
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