Last Words on Reagan around the Blogosphere

Marine Sgt. Ethan Rocke, 26, from San Diego, cries as taps is played during interment ceremonies for former President Ronald Reagan (news - web sites) at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., Friday, June 11, 2004. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) I saw some of the most moving pictures of the whole week at the sunset funeral last night. Seeing a soldier – these are the toughest men I know – standing in salute with tears running down his cheek lets you know just how moving this ceremony was.

Of course, not everybody is impressed with the attention Reagan is getting. Dizzy Girl shone a light on some of them saying some pretty nasty things about Reagan, and apparently after they started getting media attention, they went into hiding and took many of their comments offline. Dang vampires, always afraid of the light.

On the other hand, there are very nice tributes across the web this week. Here’s a list of my favorites – er, excluding mine, of course šŸ™‚ :

All are worth reading.

5 thoughts on “Last Words on Reagan around the Blogosphere

  1. Hi,
    It’s me… Miss Bitchy-pants from over at Xfire. Thanks for the link (I hope šŸ˜‰ and I just wanted to stress again… it’s not that I have anything against Mr. Reagan, because I really don’t. It’s the way the media drags it out every time something like this happens.
    They drive ya to the brink of rage with their voyeurism. You couldn’t give the family privacy if ya wanted to. It really gets ridiculous, sometimes.

    And, like I said right in the post, if I cause anyone who is truly hurt by his death one moments additional pain, I am really very sorry. That was not my intent.

    Besides, I am rather… er, frank about what I think about most things anyway. I always do say exactly what I’m thinking and sometimes even before I’m really aware I’m thinking it. (I mentioned this, too, in the extended entry. About going back to see what I said?)

    The media are vultures. They need to choose one or two TV stations, newspapers, magazines… whatever… and have them give it everything they’ve got and have everybody be business as usual.

    It’d be harder to sick of it so quickly that way.

    May you rest in peace at last, Mr. Reagan….


  2. Perhaps we watch television differently – I watch one show a week (and not even that because it’s in reruns). I made an exception this week specifically to watch the Reagan funeral, and I was happy to find ample coverage, almost as much coverage as the media gave Princess Diana’s wedding, Richard Clark’s book, or the prison abuses at Abu Ghraib.

    Reagan meant a lot to many people; not just conservatives who consider Reagan to be the founder of modern conservatism, but even much of the middle-of-the-road undecideds. (Not the wacky far-off left, though, who found enough time to protest at his funeral. Also, I don’t think the family was looking for privacy at this event – you don’t run for public office and seek privacy in your life. I heard on Michael Reagan’s talk show that they were overwhelmed and thankful as it showed just how many lives Reagan touched.

    Reagan wasn’t “just a 93 year old man.” They don’t introduce legislation to put just any 93 year old man on a $10 bill. With Reagan’s role in ending the Cold War, he’s being compared to Abraham Lincoln in his compassion and leadership in ending a war.

    He also showed us it was ok to be proud to be an American again. The Vietnam War and Nixon’s resignation had the US at a very low self-esteem. Last but not least, he showed us how it’s ok to have faith in God, live by example, without forcing your beliefs onto others.

    Sorry, I’m gushing. I’ve not yet warmed to the idea that he was as great as Lincoln, but the more I think and reflect on what Lincoln did, the more I’m coming around to seeing Reagan in a similar light. That means he’s one of the top 5 Americans. Ever. Giving ample air time to such a man so that all Americans can grieve along doesn’t seem so bad.

    Anyway, all I said about your website is that you were “not impressed with the attention Reagan is getting.” I think what you actually wrote may have been a tad more inflammatory than that. šŸ™‚ If I’ve offended in any way, though, I apologize; that was certain not my intent.


  3. A Moving Tribute
    Michael gives us a picture of another real American and his reaction to Reagan’s passing. A picture is truly worth a thousand words….


  4. The picture you shared in this post is one that I saw on a news site and it has stuck with me. To see a United States Marine on the verge of tears just somehow tore at my spirit. Many of us shed tears during the week, but something about his fighting tears………….


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