This weekend we will be ushering in the Chinese Year of The Rooster. Yes, that does mean that I have yet another historical rant, something of a Cock and Bull Story that I offer at the precise moment when all evidence suggests we take pause and reflect on today’s news.
On January 20, 1981 Ronald Reagan was inaugurated president of the U.S. It was the Chinese year of the Rooster. He was a populist president and a formidable master of doublespeak. I was in college in Boston at the time and “Ronnie Raygun” was the president we thought would bring to life all of our Orwellian fears. Spin Doctors busy at work in the subbasement of the White House created the propaganda that would pave the way for Ollie North to spearhead covert and not so covert operations in Central America to finance the bombing of Persia for petroleum. The Ministry of Truth had become a reality. Little did we know that Doctor Frankenstein was also busy in the secret subbasement below the subbasement of the White House piecing together putrid body parts from the collection of Joseph Goebbels. Born of the worst seeds that Western Civilization has ever offered, some thirty years after the Reagan Era a female talking head would have her cotillion ball, and this debutant of social destruction would come out as the mouthpiece for “Alternative Facts”, boldly stepping into the role of Dominatrix of Truth. This mistress of Frankenstein now assumes the identity of one Kellyanne Conway. But I digress.
It was on June 12, 1987 that Reagan stood in front of the Brandenburg Gate and in a spectacular made for Hollywood event called for the leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, to open up the barrier which had divided West and East Berlin since 1961.
“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall”.
Once again, The Rooster rears its ugly head.