Living life of irony |

Living life of irony

At the moment of death, a whole culture gears itself up to face that death, and to recall the one who is gone. So now embedded in eulogies for Ronald Reagan, we get a celebration of optimism, and a longing for “morning in America,” for a “shining city on a hill.”

It’s an advertising agency’s dream; the emperor can now parade, proudly, nakedly, in the streets – in clothes his advisers have made him.

The endless eulogies for Mr. Reagan at least make one thing clear. He did not hate those who disagreed with him; that would remain for his acolytes. And it would remain for them to take us from selling guns to one enemy in the pay of other death squads, to finally declaring and believing that we are above any and all laws, be they those of the international community or those that our Founding Fathers established as a bedrock for this country.

So let’s see – there is no rule of law, only the rule of what we choose to remember, of what we choose to forget. And Ronald Reagan brought us to this: to actually living the life of irony, to Bush’s war for freedom.

W. Scott McLean

Nevada City

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