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One More Reason to Give Thanks

By Brock Yates - June 14, 2004 12:00 AM

The week just past produced for me a blur of emotions. Of course the sadness was centered on the death of Ronald Reagan, a towering figure of the 20th Century whose single accomplishment of peacefully kicking the slats from under the Soviet Union will elevate him to the level of Washington, Lincoln and Roosevelt for their wartime victories.

It was the passing of our 40th President that rightfully dominated the headlines while driving other less admirable characters off the front pages.

One could not help believe that Dutch was amused that his much-celebrated departure blew Boy Clinton's upcoming mega-bio into the B-section of most newspapers. While the elite media vibrates with anticipation about the arrival of "My Life" in book stalls next week, and publisher Knopf puzzles about whether its 1.5 million copy printing will meet demands, there is no debating that Reagan's death erased a week of pre-publicity for the book.

But to the author's credit, he was among but a few prominent Democrats who had the courage to eulogize the late President in proper tones. As might be expected, the pinched little egomaniac from Georgia who Reagan ejected from the White House produced a diffident comment, as did that bloated boozer from Massachusetts, Teddy Kennedy.

Also falling victim to the great man's death was the tiresome bleat from the elites about how a 50 cent rise in the price of gasoline means doom for the American economy, if not the entire civilization. While the press moguls tried to keep the story alive, whining about how business was suffering everywhere, car sales zoomed upward in May, led by light trucks and, worse yet by the hated and reviled SUV's -- machines that were supposed to be headed for the scrap yard once gas prices reached $2.00 a gallon.

Moreover, over 40 million citizens took the highways over the Memorial Day holiday -- a rise of 4% over last year. Added to the media's nightmare, was the OPEC increase in production that is expected to drop gas prices by mid-summer. Their only solace is their feeble prediction that prices may rise once again by August.

Other news-makers were mercifully driven off the front page by the Reagan funeral. One victim, thankfully, was that crypto-Marxist, Michael Moore, the new darling of the Hollywood Left. His newest screed against his homeland, "Fahrenheit 9/11" was shown in Los Angeles to such cerebral giants as Martin Sheen, Leonardo DiCaprio and Meg Ryan after it received a Palm from the Yankee-hating French at Cannes. Moore's Hollywood screening before a collection of political ingrates was essentially wiped from the headlines, again thanks to the great man's passing.

Speaking of the French, surely we owe them a major payback after their leader, Jacques Chirac, snubbed the Reagan funeral, even while being in America for the G-8 summit. The unforgivable insult is only equaled by that of Paul Martin, the Premier of our so-called "neighbor to the North" who also declined to attend, based on the pathetically feeble excuse that he was too embroiled in a re-election campaign to cross the border for a few hours. No doubt fear of reprisal from his anti-American constituency in Quebec played a major role in his decision.

But, as has been the case for over twenty years, the titanic presence of Ronald Reagan, even in death, squashed pipsqueaks on the world stage like Moore, Chirac, Martin, Kennedy and Carter, and even pushed that brilliant publicity hound, Boy Clinton, onto page two. One senses that, due to his boundless optimism and iron-clad faith in this nation, Ronald Reagan's powerful legacy will continue to steal headlines from lesser figures for decades -- even centuries -- to come.


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