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6/05/2004 06:08:00 PM | Timothy

Reagan's no longer with us
Two contrasting views: Lou Cannon's obituary in the Washington Post, and Daily Kos on the likely revisionist history coming.

Update: I wouldn't mention this, but CNN just went on a long riff about how Reagan gave a great speech on the anniversary of D-Day. Seems they forgot to mention how, despite loud protests, Reagan saw fit to visit Bitburg Cemetary, where S.S. troops were also buried (Ed Rollins writes that the excuse was that Reagan gave his word to Kohl because Kohl said the visit was very important). Anyway, someone will scream in response: how can you say this on Reagan's death? The man lived a long life. His death was not tragic or unexpected. Basically I do not like the American tradition where only nice words are said about someone who has died. English obituaries on my understanding, assess a person's life, and can be scathing. No one needs be as 'rude' as the English, and I think there isn't a point to meaningless attacks on the dead. But when other's praise of the dead on a specific event wrongly glosses over such controversy, I think it merits mentioning, at least here on a small blog.



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