I don't want to hear the term "liberal media" ever again.
Let me first start by saying this: I watched as they loaded President Reagan's coffin onto the plane at Point Mugu airbase, and I surprised myself as I was getting choked up. This morning, I watched much of the funeral in Washington DC. Again, I got a little emotional, and I'll tell you why. What I saw was Nancy Reagan, small and frail, followed by her children. What I saw in Nancy was a woman who lost her beloved partner of, what, fifty plus years? That made me really sad. Sad that she had to deal with the misery of Reagan's Alzheimer's, that she had to deal with the fact that her beloved partner of more than half her life died, having no memory of her or their years together.
This week, the "liberal media" have had a sickening Reagan love-fest. Salon.com made some good points:
And then there was the huge build up to the so-called "private" service in Simi Valley. Again in Salon:
No, I don't think Ronald Reagan was an inherently evil person as are some in our current administration. In fact I suspect he may have been a nice person. I say this for many reasons. I say this because at the funeral this morning I saw Margaret Thatcher, though in very bad health, defying the advice of her doctors to make the difficult trip to America to say good-bye to a dear friend. I saw Bill Clinton with a teary-eyed Hillary, tears that were not for show or political strategy. I saw people on both sides of the political spectrum paying their respects, not necessarily to the politician, but to the person.
I guess I don't know what I'm trying to say. Maybe it's that I'm sick and tired of hearing about the "liberal media" because there clearly is none, and that at certain times it can be OK to separate the politics of a person from the person himself. And no matter what I thought or think of the Reagans, I would have never wished for them in their golden years the awful pain and destruction of Alzheimer's.