Today presents two opportunities to delve back into the odious Reagan era in Los Angeles.
First, in today’s LA Times opinion section, conservative fact-twister Jonah Goldberg, still mad at the hippies, links the recent deaths of two figures via their individual efforts against communism; those of “cold warrior”/US foreign policy expert Peter Rodman and Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the Russian author who exposed the brutality of the Soviet prison system in his book, The Gulag Archipelago, leading to his receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature AND being exiled from the Soviet Union in the ’70s.
Goldberg brings the neocons’ trademark tunnel vision to Rodman’s role, and praise for Reagan administration efforts, in developing foreign policy to route communism from places like Afghanistan– and we all know how well that worked out– and takes a swipe at Peace Action (formerly SANE/The Freeze) along the way for daring to question US tactics in the first place. He manages to leave out Jane Fonda and “Hollywood liberals,” to his credit, but not by much. He saves his ire for his piece’s true intent: attacking Obama.
That Goldberg, a misty-eyed Reagan worshipper, accuses Obama of “brutal oversimplification” for implying “victory in the Cold War was some Hallmark-movie lesson in global hand-holding” is pretty rich. Goldberg must have his mother’s balls.
The fun part: Tonight sees the Regeneration Tour touch down at Universal Citywalk’s Gibson Ampitheater with Human League, Belinda Carlisle, ABC, A Flock of Seagulls and Naked Eyes. Dead or Alive cancelled out from the tour at the last minute due to living plastic surgery experiment/frontman Pete Burns’ “health problems.”
With the ’80s being the decade that won’t die, politically or culturally, I was a little surprised to get my weekly email from Goldstar Events and see that they are offering $49.50 mezzanine tickets for $15.30 (plus service charge.)
The Regeneration Tour, Gibson Ampitheater at Universal Citywalk; tonight, 7:45 pm.