I'm not one to celebrate the death of an honorable foe. I consider it a time to honor the good traits of the one who has passed.
But the death of Reagan should be a time to celebrate. Realize that without Reagan's charisma, there would be no W, no mass culture of fear, no 9/11. The man gave the elites who would destroy the American middle class a public face to rally around, and a slick package with which to sell the voters on an agenda of hatred and fear.
It has succeeded for them, beyond their wildest dreams.
We who believe in the forces of good and the inherent value of all people should be rallying in the streets, in Pioneer Courthouse Square, in celebration of the final downfall of a man who produced so much fear, hate, and death that it has nearly undermined our society.
Why are we not trumpeting the evils that this man brought to our society? Why are we not screaming from the highest peaks that the harbinger of doom is gone? Why are we not using this moment to remind the world what the Drug War, Reaganomics, and the transition from Cold War to US Empire has done for the people of the world and the world political climate?
No, his death is not victory in itself, but it is an opportunity to reclaim a bit of hope. If we do not take control of this moment, believe me, the neo-cons will.