I recently read an op-ed piece forthcoming in Esquire (September 2004, Volume 142, Issue 3) by Ron Reagan (late President Reagan's son for those who live in a cave). I really feal like I can relate to where this guy is coming from. Like me, he was raised by Republicans and raised around a Republican party that was radically different from the one we see today. I strongly suggest reading it. My favorite quotation from it is the following:
"My father, acting roles excepted, never pretended to be anyone but himself. His Republican party, furthermore, seems a far cry from the current model, with its cringing obeisance to the religious Right and its kill-anything-that-moves attack instincts. Believe it or not, I don't look in the mirror every morning and see my father looming over my shoulder. I write and speak as nothing more or less than an American citizen, one who is plenty angry about the direction our country is being dragged by the current administration. We have reached a critical juncture in our nation's history, one ripe with both danger and possibility. We need leadership with the wisdom to prudently confront those dangers and the imagination to boldly grasp the possibilities. Beyond issues of fiscal irresponsibility and ill-advised militarism, there is a question of trust. George W. Bush and his allies don't trust you and me. Why on earth, then, should we trust them?" -- Ron Reagan
I don't know of it Ron Reagan feels any nostalgia for the GOP of the 1980s. By that time, I was already becoming disillusioned with Republicans. However, I at least knew then that Republicans shared a more or less common view of democracy and liberty with Democrats even though they disagreed strongly on particular policies. I'm no longer confident that the Republicans share that view anymore - at least not the current leadership and dominant faction within the party.
Friday, August 06, 2004
Posted by Raised By Republicans at 4:01 PM