The Dead Hand of Ronald Reagan


As the BP well in the Gulf of Mexico continues to spew out ever more toxic oil and methane into the sea, floating toxic sludge, by the millions of gallons, starts destroying the wetlands across the American Southeast, the dead hand of President Ronald Reagan is at work, making sure nothing is done to prevent yet another such disaster from occurring.

The name of that dead hand is Martin Leach-Cross Feldman, a federal judge in Louisiana, a part of the notoriously right-wing Fifth Circuit.

Feldman, appointed to the federal bench by President Reagan and approved by the Republican-led Senate in 1983, has been a craven supporter of corporations over the public interest for years. In the wake of the Katrina disaster in New Orleans, for example, Judge Feldman ruled against homeowners who tried to bring a racketeering case against Clipper Estates, the corporate owner of their housing development, claiming that the company had stolen money it collected from them allegedly for repairs, for the owner’s personal use. The judge ruled that homeowners had no standing to sue.

Now, using classic Reaganesque logic (remember our senile ex-president’s mocking argument to environmentalist that because trees release carbon dioxide at night, they must be “polluters”?), Judge Feldman has issued a temporary restraining order against the White House’s six-month freeze on offshore drilling. His rationale for overturning the moratorium on drilling: The government hadn’t provided an adequate justification for it.

As the judge put it: “If some drilling equipment parts are flawed, is it rational to say all are? Are all airplanes a danger because one was? All oil tankers like Exxon Valdez? All trains? All mines? That sort of thinking seems heavy handed and rather overbearing”.

Well actually Judge, yes it is rational as a matter of fact…

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Dave Lindorff is the founder of the news site, now a news collective consisting of journalists Lindorff, John Grant, Linn Washington and Charles M. Young.

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8 Responses for “The Dead Hand of Ronald Reagan”

  1. Average American says:

    Dave you a left wing idealog; I mean idiot!

  2. Brad says:

    Let me guess, you are enjoying the hope and change of the current president. Whatever you thought of his politics I don’t believe he was senile while he was president.

  3. Nick says:

    Wow nice picture but this was about the most ignorant article i have ever read, do yourself a favor and not read anything from this writer again. This article is so bad, I am now less intelligent for having read it.

  4. Steve Green says:

    I think as a conservative, I’m beginning to feel a little offended. As you all know since we live a brave, politically correct world now, you can’t offend anyone or you may be fired. Just ask Juan Williams he found out the hard way.

  5. Suzanne McMaken says:

    Can anyone take this Dave Lindorff and his “news site” seriously? He is a frustrated fantasy writer. These people cannot abide the enormous success of President Ronald Reagan and the interminable incompetence of Obama. Better a dead hand than a yet undiagnosed, but clearly brain dead present POTUS.

  6. Dean says:

    Some people “do”, others just criticize. God bless Ronald Reagan, one of the last great American patriots.

  7. Ryan Chastain says:

    What a joke! Were you even born when Reagan was in office? you so called “Free Thinkers” are pretty much all alike. You write of dead hands but the issue in the country are old “Dead Heads”

  8. Mike Schroeder says:

    I stumbled upon this article, because I was looking for a picture of Ronald Reagan.
    Sir, I respectfully request that if you are going to publish untruths, then you should at least do your research and provide the truth as well. That way your readers can determine the difference between your bullshit and reality. Typical of Liberal mockery, you unjustly point your finger at the “notoriously right-wing Fifth Circuit”. Geez, when will you liberals listen to logic and reasoning? Oh by the way, it is a proven fact that tectonic shifts in the Earth’s crust often cause oil leaks under the oceans. Why don’t we see this oil coming up to the surface? Because Mother Nature has a way of cleaning it up. Little microbes that love oil, eat it up. That is also why the incredible volumes of oil they were expecting to hit the coast line were drastically reduced. Additionally, the chemical dispersants BP utilized supposedly caused more damage than if they had just left it alone. Exxon Valdez you say? Well, that was under much different circumstances. That disaster was much closer to shore and in much colder waters. Microbes act very slowly and are less dense in cold water. Also, the oil reached shore before the microbes could act as much as they could in the gulf..

    As for the previous poster’s comment that you are an idiot: I agree, but there is another term, coined by Stalin I believe. Dave, is actually a “useful idiot”, because although he professes to advance the Liberal agenda, he actually hinders it through his babble.

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