A Pointed Comment on Ronald Reagan's Legacy
Leonard Pitts Jr
A picture, the saying goes, is worth a thousand words. Unfortunately, we have only about 550 with which to appraise a picture that has raised eyebrows across the country: In it,
The two were apparently engaged in a discussion of
As to her demeanor in that picture, Brewer says she, ahem, has a habit of talking with her hands. She also says she felt "threatened." Apparently, she thought the scary black man might hurt her even though he's president of
Perhaps you are old enough to remember when it was morning in America. That was the title of a 1984 campaign ad for
It reminds us that Republicans are no longer about sunshine and can-do. These days, they simply seem cranky and dyspeptic. As in
Under Reagan, optimism about the future was the Republican brand. But that brand has curdled in the ensuing 30 years and the party that once sold hope has become instead the party of grouchy codgers yelling at the future to get off their lawn. More to the point, it has become a party of those unable to process the sense of dislocation, the loss of primacy and privilege our present demographic path portends. Thus, it has become the party of resentment and resistance, the last stand against ongoing racial, religious, cultural and sexual upheaval, the Alamo in the fight to forestall change.
This is why a
They will likely settle for him, but what Romney offers is not what many in the Republican electorate evidently seek. At bottom, they seem less concerned with competence or a new economic plan than with finding a gunslinger for a showdown against the future.
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