The annual circle jerk of CPAC has revealed something new and terrifying to to the Establishment GOP.
Nobody is bothering to lie about how much they loved Ronald Reagan.
Personally I think he was the greatest president of the twentieth century and I am including BOTH Roosevelts in that assessment. Fine, I'm an AltRighter and I loved Reagan. Deal with it.
Back when I was in uniform I wouldn't have thought twice about killing if he ordered it. I wouldn't have thought once about dying if he had commanded it. I trusted the Ronald the Great that much.
Truth be told I'm pretty sure I'd have done the same for Lincoln. (*Don't tell Vox I said that.*)
But Lincoln's world was that of 1860s. Reagan's was the 1980s. Neither of the existential threats America faced then exists now. And we face the biggest threat to our country, being our country since 1776.
We are not too far from the brink of a kind of civil war that can't be won by occupying enemy territory but can only be won by reducing enemy population centers and that is terrifying to me. Both sides appear to know it and frighteningly their side seems to think they can "win it in less than thirty days." We face an adversary that can't face the reality of their strategic situation.
The Left produces no strategic resources except for a chimerical dollar. Yet the dollar would collapse like the Twin Towers if a civil war broke out. The Right has no ideological aversion to going back to a gold and barter standard. We can live like that.
The only other thing the Left has produced are millions of hungry mouths to feed in their cities.
Fine, I know who will win a civil war but my kids don't need to see that.
I will however grant that the left understands that there is a potential for a civil war even if they are delusionally over estimating their chance of winning it.
This is the world we live in and the extremists on both sides get it.
The people who don't are the ones in the middle. To be exact the Right of Middle. They are convinced that if they can just force everyone on the Right (and only on the Right) to be a bit more moderate then the train will be fine.
Consequently they pretend that they don't live in the world of today but of that of thirty years ago. And they demand that everyone on the Right live there too. Trying to Reagan-Shame us is their new hobby.
We just don't love Reagan as much as they do.
And for the Bush Neocons that one is the biggest whopper they have ever told. They hated everything about Reagan except his popularity. Papa Bush's A Thousand Points of Light Speech was as a complete rejection of Ronald Reagan as could be imagined.
Baby Bush's policies were all a continuation of his father's, with pretty much the same older and wiser heads guiding his hand to the same conclusions his father would have reached. He was fine with this as it was likely the result of knowing he wasn't half the man his father was.
Reaganism proceeded through the years to become more memory than policy as the world it came from faded from existence. Reagan was governor of California and carried it twice. No Republican can carry the state in a presidential election today. That is simply the country we live in now.
When Jeb announced that he was a good Reagan Conservative I knew the game was over...I also knew that was the funniest thing I had ever heard any of the Bushs had say in public.
Reaganism is as dead as Lincolnism.
What the Conservadrones at CPAC are really mourning is the final and unequivocal death of Bushism.