Sunday, October 26, 2014

Astrology and the Reagan Presidency

The historical record has been far to kind to the Reagan presidency. Ronald Reagan has been sainted by the Republican Party which, in its present incarnation, would never admit him as a candidate for anything anywhere. The thing that always stuck with me about Reagan's time in office, which I remember because I lived through it, was the astrology part.

Astrology, for those of you who don't know, is pure, unadulterated bullshit masking itself as made-up nonsense. It has always been bullshit. Astrology will always be bullshit. And, right there on television tonight, ABC News was running a story about astrologers who were bilking people out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. But, wait, there's more. ABC News allows an astrologer to peddle her wares on their "health" page.

It's 2014, for God's sake. I mean, honestly. The ridiculousness abounds. So much for "entertainment."

The Reagan Presidency relied on astrology and it has gotten a pass for this fact. I think this sums it all up:

“Virtually every major move and decision the Reagans made during my time as White House chief of staff was cleared in advance with a woman in San Francisco who drew up horoscopes to make certain that the planets were in a favorable alignment for the enterprise,” he wrote in the memoir, “For the Record: From Wall Street to Washington.”

Just so we're clear on how delusional all of this thinking really was:

In an interview with “CBS Evening News” in 1989, after Reagan left office, Miss Quigley said that after reading the horoscope of the Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev, she concluded that he was intelligent and open to new ideas and persuaded Mrs. Reagan to press her husband to abandon his view of the Soviet Union as an “evil empire.” Arms control treaties followed.

Let us bear in mind that the Central Intelligence Agency's collective analysis of the Soviet Union was about a hair better than that of Miss Quigley's, which was based on the bullshit practice of astrology. Whenever you hear someone venerate the Reagan record, think of the astrology.

Which is bullshit, by the way.

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