Monday, June 07, 2004
DAILY 7: RONALD REAGAN; DICK MORRIS SAYS TERRORISTS ARE FOR KERRY; YANKEE STADIUM HONORS D-DAY VETERANS
"THE BOYS OF POINTE DU HOC"
It was the deep knowledge - and pray God we have not lost it - that there is a profound, moral difference between the use of force for liberation and the use of force for conquest. You were here to liberate, not to conquer, and so you and those others did not doubt your cause. And you were right not to doubt.
You all knew that some things are worth dying for. One's country is worth dying for, and democracy is worth dying for, because it's the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man. All of you loved liberty. All of you were willing to fight tyranny, and you knew the people of your countries were behind you.
The oldest person ever elected president had a sure sense of modernity, as when he told students at Moscow University that mankind is emerging from the economy of muscle and entering the economy of mind. "The key," he said, "is freedom," but freedom grounded in institutions such as courts and political parties. Otherwise "freedom will always be looking over its shoulder. A bird on a tether, no matter how long the rope, can always be pulled back."
THE GREAT PERSUADER
But Reagan was disarming. He once told Charlie McDowell, the Washington correspondent for the Richmond Times-Dispatch that he should not be embarrassed by the discovery that an anecdote McDowell had told all over the country about a visit by Reagan to Lexington, Va., for the filming of "Brother Rat," could not be true, because Reagan had done all his scenes for that movie in Hollywood. McDowell was chagrined to have created a myth about seeing Reagan at a local drugstore. But Reagan patted his shoulder and said, "You believed it because you wanted to believe it. There's nothing wrong with that. I do it all the time."
15 YEARS LATER, THE REMAKING OF A PRESIDENT. Well, many of us ALWAYS KNEW that Reagan was proving the media wrong
There is a natural tendency in the media to say nice things after someone has died. But more important, a president's legacy looks very different 15 years after he leaves the White House, and following a long illness that took him out of the political wars. No one knew when Reagan stepped down that his military buildup would ultimately play a role in the demise of the "evil empire" he railed against. Critics denounced his legacy of record-shattering budget deficits, but in the resulting economic boom such shortfalls came to be viewed as less dramatic, another sign of how Reagan redefined the political debate.
HOW REAGAN HOBBLED THE DEMOCRATS
Reagan also delivered a strategic electoral blow to the Democrats: He took away the South and the Democrats have never gotten it back. In 1980, Reagan carried all the Southern and border states except for West Virginia and Carter’s native Georgia. Since then, only when Southerner Bill Clinton headed the ticket did Democrats win any Southern states; in 2000, Gore, himself from Tennessee, carried no Southern or border states.
DICK MORRIS: TERRORISTS FOR KERRY
Al Qaeda and the Ba'ath Party want to defeat Bush to avenge his tough stance against them after the 9/11 attacks. They know that John Kerry would usher back the Clinton days of timid U.S. reaction and that the Democrat's likely repeal of vital sections of the Patriot Act would open the door for their terror strikes in America.
YANKEE STADIUM HONORS D-DAY VETERANS
Six D-Day veterans were invited to home plate at Yankee Stadium before yesterday's game, where a cheering crowd gave them a standing ovation as announcer Bob Sheppard said their "courage and sacrifice on D-Day defined the true American spirit."