I was there.

Ronald Reagan was a shitty president.

In 1980 I watched the Republican convention and heard people actually saying “Better dead than red.” They didn’t just mean “I’ll go down with my guns blazing”, though, they meant that total nuclear annihilation is preferable to any form of government other than that used in America.

I don’t remember “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall” in 1987. I remember 1984: “My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.”

I remember that he was actively opposed to a constitutional amendment declaring women to have equal rights. We still don’t have that protection.

And as for his economic plans, well, as I said over twenty years ago, trickle-down economics is just like any filtration system: it’s designed to keep the big chunks at the top.

Oh, while we’re looking back, let’s remember the people he staffed his administration with:
James “We don’t have to protect the environment, the Second Coming is at hand.” Watt
Ed Meese
Casper Weinberger
John Poindexter
Oliver North
William Bennett
Alexander Haig
George Schultz

And his Supreme Court appointees:
Sandra Day O’Connor
William Rehnquist
Antonin Scalia
Anthony M. Kennedy

I could go on with some statistics about the deficit, but I better not get my blood pressure up any higher. If anyone would care to add some choice quotes to match Mr. Meese’s do comment away.

macaque_release_copyright_Jerry_LaraOh brave new world: A macaque clings to his cage despite being released in a compound at the Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation center in Kendalia, Texas. The cage had been his home for 30 years at a laboratory in New Mexico.

San Francisco Chronicle, Day In Pictures (which unfortunately doesn’t appear to have any mechanism for linking to a specific image, so I reproduce it here. Text copyright SF Chronicle. Emphasis mine.)

My Wedding Wishlist

Things I’d like to see happen within the next week:

– Gavin Newsom not being the only mayor in the United States willing to stand up for equality.
I think he’s the bravest elected official in the country and his unflinching commitment to protecting the rights of all the citizens of his state is an example everyone ought to follow.

– Same-sex newlyweds and witnesses to their weddings telling their story to family, friends and their communities.
The best way to combat hatred and fear over this issue is to make sure that people know banning same-sex marriages isn’t a generic act against some horrible imaginary monsters somewhere out there, it’s a specific decision to deny the right of your best friend’s nephew to marry his high school sweetheart and to void the public acknowledgement of the bond between those lovely two elderly ladies who were so helpful when you first moved into the neighborhood and to tell your child’s school chum that his daddies don’t deserve to be treated the same as any other parents and to reject your sister’s request that you witness her committing the rest of her life to be with the woman she loves. It’s personal and if you think no one you love or like or respect is going to be affected by it, you’re very probably wrong.

– Well-known same-sex couples who have made life commitments to each other travelling to San Francisco to get married.
If the President tries to put forward a constitutional amendment to deny marriage rights to same-sex couples, I want people to think of it as a proposal to annul the marriages of people who have touched their lives.