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Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Mark Steyn!
One must always read Mark Steyn. Here is his tribute to Ronald Reagan. I only want to quote one part. These are not Steyn's words, but a quote from Dutch, Edmund Morris' biography of Reagan:
'Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!' declaims Dutch, trying hard to look infuriated, but succeeding only in an expression of mild petulance ... One braces for a flash of prompt lights to either side of him: APPLAUSE.

What a rhetorical opportunity missed. He could have read Robert Frost's poem on the subject, 'Something there is that doesn't love a wall,' to simple and shattering effect. Or even Edna St. Vincent Millay's lines, which he surely holds in memory ...

Only now for the first time I see
This wall is actually a wall, a thing
Come up between us, shutting me away
From you ... I do not know you any more.
What mindless drivel! I made the decision long ago not to read this book, and I am feeling really good about it. Whoever chose Edmund to be the official biographer made a huge mistake. OH, that's horrible!

But Mark Steyn's piece is good, read that.

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