Ed Driscoll

Harry, Ronald, And Dubya

Linking to Fred Barnes and Noemie Emery, Betsy Newmark compares the legacies of cold warriors Harry Truman and Ronald Reagan to President Bush:

What is clear is that the Democrats, in propagating these myths about both Reagan and Truman, is that they’re depending on people not remembering or knowning enough history to recognize the false comparisons that are being set up. And we know that the media won’t correct those myths – even if they actually recognized them for what they were. Once again, we are seeing the importance of knowing history. Those who control our history can control what happens today in politics. And with the sorry state of our education, they may well succeed.

That’s a topic that David Gelernter explored in depth last year–and was the subject of the Gipper’s farewell address as president.