So we’re in late February, which means it’s the season for local Jefferson-Jackson Days, when local Democratic Parties hold potlucks to raise money and get people pumped for Get Out the Vote drives. It’s also shortly after President’s Day, which is, for me, always a day spent reminiscing about random presidential trivia and tweeting unpopular opinions.
And for once one of those unpopular opinions caught the attention of an editor and now I’m writing about how the “Jackson” in Jefferson-Jackson Day is an abomination. Indeed, I want to grab my fellow Democrats who say stupid, historically ignorant things about how George W. Bush was “the worst President ever” by the lapels and shove them at Andrew Jackson’s Wikipedia entry, rubbing their nose in it until they understand what they did.
I am, to put it mildly, not a fan of President Ronald Reagan, and found it very hard to live in California during the “Reagasm” of 2004. That’s when the former president’s passing marked an occasion for everyone to forget the cynical trade with Iran, the mass betrayal of working-class America and that one time we almost went to war over a single careless joke, and instead come together in patriotic, bipartisan unity over what a reassuringly grandfatherly presence Reagan was on TV.