Michael Reagan’s Inane Criticism of His Brother

I’ve never been a fan of Ron Reagan. He may take liberal positions on many issues, but he’s always seemed like a bit of a dullard to me. But his brother Michael’s criticism of him for making a commercial saying he’s an atheist is simply idiotic.

Michael Reagan, a political commentator and son of former President Ronald Reagan, says a recent ad that his brother, Ron Reagan, is in, touting his atheism, is a slap in the face of his father.

“For Ron to do the ad is one thing, but the way he ends the ad was, ‘I’m Ron Reagan, I’m not afraid to burn in hell,’ just slaps our father in the face in a terrible, terrible way,” Michael Reagan told J.D. Hayworth and Miranda Khan on “America’s Forum” on Newsmax TV on Wednesday…

“Fine if you want to be an atheist, but you are the son of Ronald Reagan and you do have an obligation, so you’ve got to understand that as you walk through life,” Michael Reagan told Newsmax. “There’s a place where you have to stop and say no, ‘I’m not going to do it in that way.'”

Is there some argument in there somewhere to warrant that claim? Seems like just an unsupported assertion to me, one that could only be justified if he believes that one has some obligation not to contradict their father’s beliefs in public, ever, even after they’re dead. And that’s just fucking stupid.

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  • theguy

    “some obligation not to contradict their father’s beliefs in public, ever, even after they’re dead. And that’s just fucking stupid.”

    No, it’s not. Ron Reagan must keep his father’s legacy alive by talking about freedom in public while secretly arming right-wing Contras.

    /sarcasm.

  • eric

    “Fine if you want to be an atheist, but you are the son of Ronald Reagan and you do have an obligation, so you’ve got to understand that as you walk through life,”

    Translation: I don’t have a cogent argument against my brother’s conduct. Saying our dad wouldn’t like it is the best I could do.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1399822355 markmckee

    Michael Reagan is adopted. He probably feels he has to “out Reagan” his brother in order to demonstrate his entitlement to using the “Reagan” brand. I.E., the grifter factor. There’s money to be made in manipulating the masses and lets face it, the Republican party has mastered that schtick.

    And the “Reagan brand” is a lucrative one.

  • http://healthvsmedicine.blogspot.com cervantes

    Sorry, but I don’t think you’re impression (via the occasional video) of Ron Reagan’s IQ is really appropriate for you to mention, certainly not so gratuitously. He doesn’t strike me as a “dullard” anyway. This is out of character for you Ed.

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    the Republican party has mastered that schtick.

    In all fairness, that’s part of their laser focus on the economy.

  • busterggi

    “Fine if you want to be an atheist, but you are the son of Ronald Reagan and you do have an obligation,”

    And that’s the attitude that kept the feudal system going for centuries.

  • Al Dente

    Michael Reagan’s major claim to fame is being Ronald Reagan’s son.

  • brucegorton

    Al Dente

    I thought it was that he was a racist with a questionable grasp on other people’s property rights.

  • abb3w

    So, I wonder what Michael Reagan might have to say about Madalyn Murray O’Hair’s son William J. Murray becoming a prominent Christian evangelist?

  • macallan

    Michael Reagan, a political commentator and professional son of former President Ronald Reagan

    FTFY

  • Numenaster

    abb3w #9:

    He’s undoubtedly for it.

  • llewelly

    I think the Ronald Reagan legacy is putting as many poor people and people of color in prison on marijuana charges, but looking the other way when his children smoke pot.

  • grumpyoldfart

    It’s hard to accept the nonsense preached by Christianity and when doubts arise, people like Michael Reagan take refuge in the fact that so many of his peers (and his father) believe the same nonsense. He has his doubts about religion but neither his peers, nor his father, have the same doubts, so maybe his doubts are completely unfounded after all.

    And then along comes an atheist whose mere existence seems to indicate that it is possible to lead a normal life without accepting any of the biblical nonsense. There’s only one way to counteract that situation: declare the atheist to be an immoral cad incapable of leading a normal life. In which case, compared to atheism, Christianity still looks pretty good and it might be better to ignore the doubts and stay with the faith.

    Michael Reagan doesn’t want to come right out and call his brother an “immoral cad” so he tones down the rhetoric and says Ron is disrespecting their father. He thinks he is taking the high moral ground but he is actually destroying his family’s structure for no other reason that to keep his ego intact.

  • caseloweraz

    Grumpyoldfart: Michael Reagan doesn’t want to come right out and call his brother an “immoral cad” so he tones down the rhetoric and says Ron is disrespecting their father.

    He tones it down for good reason, for Michael Reagan was convicted of financial shenanigans (of a degree I would call major) while Ron Reagan (AFAIK) has nothing comparable on his record.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    I really think there’s something wrong with Michael Reagan — he sounded like an utter simpleton at his dad’s “private” funeral, blithering about how he knew his dad was going to Heaven and how that was the greatest gift a father could give his children. Nothing else about what kind of person he was, no fond memories, nothing else. Michael seems to me a profoundly EMPTY person.

  • Akira MacKenzie

    abbw3 @ 9

    Sadly, it only works if the parent happens to be a penis-haver.

    A few years back when I got into a political argument with one of my Jeebus-creep uncles, one of his dim-witted sons admonished me for disagreeing with his father because as the oldest male on my mother’s side he was my “elder” and was therefore beholden to him. I told my cousin where he could shove his barbaric, patriarchal bullshit and I have steered clear of that side of the family since.