Baseball Crank
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June 5, 2004
POLITICS: Thoughts on Reagan

I can't presume here to sum up Ronald Reagan's legacy; I'd suggest you head on over to the National Review, which is heading into saturation-coverage mode, and properly so. I'll offer a few disjointed thoughts; for tonight, two snippets:

*Reagan, from his speech on the 40th anniversary of D-Day:

The men of Normandy had . . . 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.

*I think I've mentioned this before . . . my career in radio was extremely short, a few months of doing news updates on campus radio in my freshman year of college, in the fall of 1989. But the one highlight: I got to go on the air and announce that the Berlin Wall had come down. It hardly mattered if nobody was listening. After all those years and all those people saying it was just another system, the good guys won, the oppressed got freedom - and Reagan was vindicated. I can only hope we will live to see such victory again.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 11:21 PM | Politics 2004 | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)


I've always enjoyed your blog. As both a baseball nut and a 25-year old Republican, I have agreed with almost everything you've written, no matter the subject.

The first post I read of yours was your "study" of sabermetrics and Conservatives ( and I have always agreed. The thing that bothers me now is the the thread over at Baseball Primer about Reagan's passing.

I always thought Conservatives and sabermatricians took the facts and stats above all, hence the similarities. Yet a majority of the blogging community is taking a dump on a man who just died not 48 hours ago. I'm stumped...

Keep up the great work.

RIP Ronnie.

Posted by: Joe at June 6, 2004 8:56 PM

Yea. I can't believe people who are disrepecting this great American. They suck at life.

Posted by: Urth at June 7, 2004 11:16 PM
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