Obama Reagan Imbroglio
January 20, 2008
Many progressive Democrats, including PhysioProf, are disgusted with Barack Obama’s comments regarding Ronald Reagan. Obama supporters are claiming that Obama is being misunderstood, that he wasn’t praising Reagan or his policies, and that therefore we shouldn’t be angry. This is a total load of horseshit.
For progressives who are disgusted with Obama’s comments about Reagan, it doesn’t matter what he said, how it was intended, or how it should have been interpreted. What matters is the undeniable fact that he mentioned Reagan–the most beloved halo-encircled icon of the motherfucking Republican Party–you know, those sick depraved bastards who have been successfully working day and night for the last 40 years to turn our constitutional republic into a feudal fucking kingdom–in a context other than one of avowed repudiation of his pernicious political strategies and governmental policies. Reagan was the leader of those sick depraved bastards as he presided over the early stages of enacting their perverted agenda, one that has now brought us to the brink of national disaster.
We don’t care what Obama meant; it is irrelevant to our disgust. And it is also irrelevant to the wisdom of his statements vis a vis advancing the goals of the Democratic Party, let alone advancing a progressive agenda. His statements were fucking stupid as a campaign strategy, and they impede the progressive agena by implying that Reagan, his tactics, and his policies should be the subject of anything but unmitigated scorn.
And for those Obama supporters who are claiming that it is unfair to criticize Obama about his statements about Reagan without also criticizing Hillary Clinton about the Clintons’ laudatory statement about Reagan on the occasion of his death, give me a fucking break. Does it really need to be explained that what politicians say about another politician on the occasion of his death is completely, utterly irrelevant to anything? It is meaningless happy talk, and everyone knows it. Statements made by a presidential candidate during a primary campaign about the revered icon of the opposition party, not so much.