Unclear on the Concept


Mike Schilling

Mike has been a software engineer far longer than he would like to admit. He has strong opinions on baseball, software, science fiction, comedy, contract bridge, and European history, any of which he's willing to share with almost no prompting whatsoever.

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  1. Avatar Kolohe says:

    Former Attorney General Edwin Meese III says the portrayal of President Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy as racially insensitive in the new movie “The Butler” is not accurate.

    Meese has joined with other supporters of Reagan who have been angered with the film’s claim that Reagan was indifferent to South Africa’s apartheid and the producer’s decision to have liberal Jane Fonda offer an unflattering portrayal of Nancy Reagan.

    I don’t think any of these people have actually seen the movie.

    Nancy Reagan comes across great. Ronald Reagan in fact gets credit for something I think LBJ actually did (achieving pay parity between white and black White House domestic staff).

    The scene about South African sanctions is a bit contrived, but they all are. It does stack the deck by not explaining the reason for the opposition to sanctions, even if it was incorrect – it was in the context of the Cold War, as everything else was between 1947 to 1989. And the movie has Reagan saying at the end “I think I’m on the wrong side of history”Report

  2. Avatar Chris says:

    The Zulu tribe, representing 6 million blacks, was vehemently opposed to the sanctions.

    This is deceptive. It’s true that Buthelezi and Inkatha (at least its leadership) opposed the sanctions, arguing that it hurt black farmers, but he didn’t speak for all Zulus, and after the fall of the Apartheid regime we learned that the white government was funding Buthelezi and Inkatha because they were actively working against the ANC and other groups who were more militant in their opposition to Apartheid.Report

  3. Avatar DavidTC says:

    Conservatives have often found themselves on the wrong side of history.

    But it’s only recently that they appear to have become unable to recognize this _retroactively_.Report