"The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it." Orwell
"Men are so simple of mind and so dominated by immediate needs that the deceitful man can easily find those ready to be deceived."
"The demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.." H.L. Mencken
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Even Dumber Than We Thought
Who knew the fate of the world was in the hands of an astrologer? (Well, we knew, but not the extent of it.)
In his 1988 memoir, Donald T. Regan, a former chief of staff for President Ronald Reagan, revealed what he called the administration’s “most closely guarded secret.”
He said an astrologer had set the time for summit meetings, presidential debates, Reagan’s 1985 cancer surgery, State of the Union addresses and much more. Without an O.K. from the astrologer, he said, Air Force One did not take off.
Nancy, we know, fed Ronnie his lines when he stumbled. Maybe he was just humoring her with the astrology stuff; I suppose we'll never know. But it's of a piece with a guy who had trouble separating reality from movies and who insisted on an economic theory that was bogus on its face.
Leader of the free world, getting his cues from a charlatan. How scary is that?