July 3rd 2004

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COVER STORY: NZ Labour legislates to effect 'same-sex marriage'

EDITORIAL: Free Trade Agreement's tilted playing field

ECONOMICS: Setting pay to create new jobs

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Profile of Mark Latham's star new recruit

AGRICULTURE: Western farm subsidies rising, Australia's falling

OVERSEAS DEBT: Foreign debt grows as we live beyond our means

SAME-SEX COUPLES: Gays comprise 0.5 per cent of couples: parliamentary survey

FAMILY: Neurobiology says mothers play vital role

EDUCATION: The gender agenda

POLITICAL IDEAS: Distributism - the neglected tradition

COMMENT: The 'battlers' want jobs, not platitudes

EUROPE: New EU Constitution faces mounting opposition

STRAWS IN THE WIND : Moving the lounge chairs in the retirement village / Still picking up the pieces / Selective indignation

Flouting the law (letter)

Grameen Bank (letter)

Howard Government defended (letter)

Restoring Murray River communities' confidence (letter)

Reagan's wit (letter)

BOOKS: Target North Korea, by Gavan McCormack

BOOKS: An Imperfect God: George Washington, his slaves and the creation of America

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Reagan's wit (letter)

by Frank Bellet

News Weekly, July 3, 2004

I've always been of the belief that many of those who hated Reagan did so because he was an opponent of abortion and communism.

Rather than admit to those reasons publicly, and perhaps lose the support of the fellow-travellers, they rubbished him simply because they let the biased media do their thinking for them. Hollywood types and much of the media tried mocking him.

Clear thinkers thought otherwise of the man who brought down Soviet communism without firing an angry shot.

Described by biographers as very intelligent, he often answered his critics with his keen sense of humour. They gave some examples:

When asked once, "How could an actor become president?", he replied, "How could a president not become an actor?" Another time he said, "In any national emergency, I expect to be woken immediately, even if I'm in the middle of a cabinet meeting."

My favourite Reagan quip was in reply to one of the critics of his abortion stance. He said, "It's interesting to note that everyone who is in favour of abortion has already been born."

Frank Bellet,
Petrie, Qld

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