Gipper’s Family Hatches Another Scam to Make Money off of His Name
Seemingly, the sainthood of Ronald Reagan is nearing. Increasingly, the dubious virtues he espoused are coming to be seen as the goal of every good conservative; McCain, Palin and others hearken to a mythical legacy of deficit reduction (Reagan tripled it) and federal fiscal responsibility (Reagan spent money like it was going out of style). The astounding difference between rhetoric and actual deeds seems lost on conservatives, who apparently believe simply stating something often enough makes it true, in complete disregard of the actual facts.
There is a strange obsession with money in conservatism. It’s almost sexual, and perhaps unsurprisingly, as sex is another conservative obsession. War on the wealthy! Class warfare! Redistribution of wealth! Socialism! Conservatives today are more obsessed with this than Karl Marx. But it’s always the wealthy who are the oppressed in conservative discourse, not the trod upon proletariat. No, the true victims are the corporations, those poor bastards who want nothing more than to let their wealth trickle down to the rest of us.
The only problem is, of course, as Reaganomics demonstrated, that wealth does not trickle down. Instead, it has a disturbing habit of defying this seemingly natural law and trickling up!
It is no wonder that the GOP can out-raise the Democrats, with all the rich donors they can summon. The leaders of the religious right who figure so prominently in Republican politics today also seem to do quite well with that trickling-up wealth. They all seem determined to start their own universities, perhaps to pass down the mysteries of the divine trickle.
One thing is beyond certainty and that is the conservative ability to get rich, and having gotten rich, to defend that wealth, and indeed, to subvert the poor who patiently await their share of the trickle, not noticing all the while that it is flowing the wrong way. Victims have never suffered so badly from Stockholm Syndrome as the Republican Base.
And now yet another Republican in the fine tradition of Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin and others, has found a way to get rich. Michael Reagan, the Great Trickler’s son, has announced the email address for “real” Americans. Yes, for only $39.95 a month, you can send your email from @reagan.com ($34.95 if you do so by Saturday). Yes, you too have the opportunity to enrich a Republican!
Check it out:
How can anyone resist?
And why would they? After all, as the Little Trickler says, those conservatives who avail themselves of outfits like Google, AOL, Yahoo and Hotmail are helping the liberals! We can’t have that! Of course, those not-so-clever liberals apparently forgot to charge for their email services. Yes, those nasty email services, and by extension those unwary conservatives emailers, are “hurting our country” (in the immortal words of the Little Trickler).
But these email services are not about politics. They are about money, and so is Michael Reagan, just as is Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and so many others who decry the evils of liberalism.
But if you want to make Michael rich, by all means, show him the money. He’ll be laughing all the way to the bank. So will we liberals.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.