…though many will continue to try to cut it down with their plastic sporks. In the NYT magazine last weekend, Mr. Eugene Jarecki sought to fire his pee shooter at Dutch with comments like this one:
He presented himself as the friend to Main Street America, and yet that aw-shucks persona ended up packaging policies and programs that were at times deeply injurious to the very people he swore to serve. After all, Reaganomics set in motion one of the largest wealth redistributions in American history, away from the poor and toward the rich.
What a buffoon. Some people will never embrace the opportunity society and will seek to foment this kind of class-warfare psychology in the rest of the population (so that their own twisted psyches can have company). What Reagan did, among other brilliant things, was to reverse decades of punitive taxation on creators of wealth by bringing the tax code closer to fairness. This precipitated an economic boom that fueled Reagan’s signal achievement: the destruction of the USSR, which freed Eastern Europe and set the world on a course of freedom. But other than that Reagan sucked.
Lilliputians like Jarecki are impotent in the face of the awesomely beautiful and profound Reagan legacy, which will only grow as future generations marvel at how he saved the world from darkness. The right man at the right time, thank god.