Liberty Triumphant Over A Dead Cow? Treasures From The Yeltsin Center
The New York Times reports another outbreak of American style presidentialish-ness, this time in the wilds of Russia.
The Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center looms over Yekaterinburg, where young Boris began his climb of the greasy Communist pole. His previous boosts to local history include destroying the building where the Bolsheviks killed the Russian royal family.
Boris is going to get the full American cheese plate, with stirring versions of his “compelling personal story” and a reproduction of his tank-standing posture in the events leading up to the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
Tanks for the Memories
Tank-adjacent events apparently not to be marked include his killing hundreds while shelling the Parliament which had impeached him. Americans still basking in the afterglow of Saint Ronnie’s miracle victory over Communism may not recall that in the aftermath of Parliament’s defeat Yeltsin rewrote the constitution removing any limits on Presidential power, enjoyed two genocidal wars in Chechnya and elevated the obscure Vladimir Putin to greatness. While looting the economy.
Visitors will thrill to a recreation [“not a replica” the Times stresses] of his presidential office, featuring the actual furniture.
This is glorious news. Most of the Nelson Mandela tributes flooding all media have a moment when they pause to educate the youngsters, gently breaking it to them that not everybody was on board with the ANC’s struggle against Apartheid .
The ever ongoing effort to prove Reagan’s saintly mastery of all things can never stop, lest a crack appear in the facade. Hordes of Gipperitists mobilized to brush off the threat posed by “The Butler” film, and racist actions and associates are cleaned up daily.
Four Telling The Defense
Your Washington Post op/ed page outdid itself this past Sunday, cementing its role as the home for thoughtful conservative refutations of arguments never seen in the Post.
This week four clowns identified as “Ronald Reagan historians” went on at great length, trying to refute accusations of Reagan’s racism found in contemporary cinema classic “The Butler.”
The Charge: Reagan’s enthusiasm for South Africa’s aparthied regime reflected something other than fear Castro’s armies would reach the Cape of Good Hope. Here’s where the Right’s frenzied creation of “facts” on the ground and in their own minds really earn the honoraria. The Right’s dense layers of hackery, resident scholarship and dead horse beating pay off in the form of robot armies available for instant mobilization.
Your Voices of Outrage:
Steven F. Hayward
From his climate denialist American Enterprise institute day job, Hayward sallies forth to write Reagan books and muse in the pages of the Weekly Standard about all things climate and Churchillian. Churchill is the giveaway: Imperial Nostalgia is self explaining.
A fully paid up member of the vast right-wing conspiracy, Shirley has taken to cranking out Reagan bios when not busy with his pr firm Shirley & Banister. The outfit has repped most right obsessions at some point in their birthing, including fanciful versions of Bill Clinton, John Kerry, and Barack Obama’s biographies, as well as premier Nixon apologist and renaissance man Ben Stein. The Clinton book was authored by former FBI agent and serialfantisist Gary Aldrich, currently “President & Founder” of the Patrick Henry Center for Individual Liberty. Shirley serves on the advisory board, with the Board itself chaired by disgraced yet strangely buoyant Reagan henchman Ed Meese.
Kiron K. Skinner
Skinner’s career has been dedicated pummeling the reading public with endless Reagan mix tapes, repackaging the man’s every scribble for posterity. But prolonged exposure to Reagan’s Own Hand, Path, Stories, and Voice tends to reinforce the negative images she hoped to overturn.
An inevitable point in Skinner’s Reagan excuse making comes when she coquettishly informs us that ” I happen to be black,” ergo Reagan cannot be racist. A less intimate version of the Jack “he showered with them” Kemp clowning.