Ronald Reagan speaks

A message from Ronald Reagan to Peggy Noonan.

Charles P. Pierce has a message from Ronald Reagan in Heaven to one of his worshippers on earth. It’s supposed to be funny, and it is, in a rather gentle, Reaganesque way, but it’s also the most genuinely moving thing I’ve read in this week of Reaganolotry.

Tell them to stop, Peg. I mean, really. Tell them to stop. That building in Washington is big and ugly. I don’t want to be on the dime, if only because my Dad told me while we were walking along the river last night that it would really bother him if I bumped FDR.

And I’ve gotten to like Hamilton. He took the whole Contra thing in stride, and we go riding together a lot. He likes being on the $10 bill, had me explain to him why it was called a “sawbuck.” He really wants to stay there, and that’s just fine. Tell Grover that, OK? I’d tell him myself but… ah, I don’t think I’ll be seeing him, if you know what I mean.

Really, Peg, I live in a place without monuments now. I like it that way. We take each other as we are here. No spin, not even from historians.

If you’re a Christian, and you don’t really think Reagan was that nice a guy, just put it down to the miracle of the Atonement. If not, just take it as a very pleasant fiction.

Really. Read it all.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com