In a new documentary, John Lennon's last personal assistant, Fred Seaman, reveals that by the end of his life the Beatles star was in fact a closet Reaganite, according to contactmusic.com. If true, this would indicate quite an astonishing political conversion:
Ronald Reagan’s defeat of Jimmy Carter in 1980, and the subsequent rapid American recovery at home and abroad, didn’t come out of the blue. There were plenty of signs before Election Day 1980 that such a reversal and triumph were possible:
Yesterday, President Barack Obama announced his plans to run for reelection in 2012, 582 days before Election Day and before most major Republican opponents officially announced that they'd be entering the race. This is the earliest any incumbent president has officially signed up to run again.
The independent-minded and always-interesting thinker John D. Mueller has a fascinating post over at The Gold Standard Now. In his study of history, Mueller has noticed that before major shifts in party alignment, large numbers of voters become "detached" from their previous affiliations and identify as independents.
Scrambling for a simple standard to measure events in Egypt and across the Arab world, the blogosphere and the airwaves have been full of references to 1979. That point of reference is probably more apt than imagined, for much more happened that year than just the Iranian revolution.
“On the first nine levels, Reagan is the least interesting of men. But if you postulate a tenth level, then he’s suddenly fascinating.”
—George Will, quoted in President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime, by Lou Cannon
“People who had worked for him much of their lives suspected that there was something beneath the surface they had never seen, but they did not know what the something was.”
—Lou Cannon, President Reagan
If you want the Reagan myth in its purest form, here it is, just in time for the thirtieth anniversary of his inauguration and the hundredth anniversary of his birth: the Official Centennial Edition of Ronald Reagan: 100 Years, a thick slab of text and pictures got out by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. There’s a gold-embossed seal on the cover marking it as a token of the “Ronald Reagan Centennial Celebration,” which, an endnote inside tells us, is a “year-long series of activities, events, educational programs, and special projects throughout the United States and abroad.” Moreover, in keeping with the spirit of Reaganism, “no taxpayer dollars have been apportioned for this occasion.” That’s good.