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 serial fantisist
Gary Aldrich, currently “President & Founder” of the Patrick Henry Center for Individual Liberty. Shirley serves
on the advisory board, with the Board itself chaired
yet strangely buoyant Reagan henchman
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.