Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), in projecting large Democrat gains next November, gleefully noted that, “We’re about at the tail end of the Ronald Reagan era, where his ideas — fresh and, even as a Democrat, I’d say, many of them needed at the time — have just lost steam, lost resonance.” Senator Schumer, referring to the turn-around from the defeatism and economic ruin of the Carter years to the fall of the Soviet Union, expressed pride in his fellow Democrats and hope for the future.
“No longer will America be seen as a shining city on a hill. I mean, that was nonsense. We’re no better than Iran or Sudan. People only come to America because we have high crime and no economic opportunity. We really don’t have anything to be proud of,” Schumer said. “Finally,” he added, “we are free from the chains of pride forged by President Reagan and can slink into mediocrity. That’s our plan as Democrats, and I’m proud to lead the way.”
Schumer also outlined a list of “Reaganisms” that, under a Democratic regime, would not longer hold true:
- Entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States.
- I don’t believe in a government that protects us from ourselves.
- The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’
- A troubled and afflicted mankind looks to us, pleading for us to keep our rendezvous with destiny; that we will uphold the principles of self-reliance, self-discipline, morality, and, above all, responsible liberty for every individual; that we will become that shining city on a hill.
These Reaganism will be replaced by the following “Schumerisms” (which will now be recited daily in all school classrooms and re-education centers)
- Big Government™ shall be responsible for all economic growth, if any, in the United States.
- Big Government™ shall be the only thing standing between you and harm. Self Reliance is dead.
- The nine most
terrifying beautiful words in the English language are, ‘The government is providing all of your healthcare coverage.’
- A troubled and afflicted mankind looks to us, because we’re to blame for all the world’s troubles. We’re the scum of the world and taxes are our penance.
Republicans were quick to point out that they, too had a roll to play in the end of the Reagan Era. “Look, we all started out in favor of Reagan, but once we gained complete control of the government, we too saw the need for big government to solve all of our problems,” noted Dee Fector (R-INO), a 12-term Republican who first joined the House during President Reagan’s second term. “If anyone is to take credit for the end of the Reagan Era of pride, self-reliance and limited government, the Republican