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Reagan "State Funeral" for Republicans ONLY!

No congressional Democrats were invited to address a ceremony at the Capitol on Wednesday upon Reagan's arrival in Washington. The funeral was planned in detail by Reagan and his family dating back to 1989 when he left office. "I'd be honored to speak, and I know others would, too, who are Democrats," Senate minority leader Tom Daschle said. "But if that is the family wish, then certainly we'd respect it."
Daughter Tells of Reagan's Last Moments

Jun 8, 2004

By Ben Berkowitz and Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - More than 60,000 mourners endured traffic jams and lengthy waits to pay their final respects to former U.S. President Ronald Reagan on Tuesday and his daughter told of a tender last moment when he suddenly opened his eyes and looked at his wife Nancy.

Freeways turned into three-hour long traffic jams as veterans, families with young children and people from all walks of life converged for a second day on the hilltop Reagan Presidential Library north of Los Angeles to pay tribute to the former president, who died on Saturday.

The stream of visitors passing by the flag-draped coffin was interrupted for about a minute by a visit from Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry, who closed his eyes in brief tribute.

Viewing was extended by four hours to accommodate the crowds.

Reagan's body will be flown to Washington on Wednesday. In the capital, military dress rehearsals took place for a funeral procession through the streets to the U.S. Capitol, where Reagan will lie in state for more than 24 hours.

The procession will include a riderless black horse, with boots turned backward in the stirrups, indicating that a warrior will not ride again.

Officials said more than 150,000 visitors were expected to line the streets in Washington, providing a security headache at a time when the U.S. government has already warned citizens to be on alert for new possible terror attack.

In an article to be published on Thursday in People magazine, Reagan's daughter Patti Davis, once the most rebellious of the four Reagan offspring, gave details of her father's final moments at his California home.

Reagan, the 40th U.S. president, died on Saturday at 93 of pneumonia after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.

"At the last moment, when his breathing told us this was it, he opened his eyes and looked straight at my mother."

"Eyes that hadn't opened for days did, and they weren't chalky or vague. They were clear and blue and full of love. If a death can be lovely, his was," Davis wrote.

President Bush and his father, former President George Bush, will speak at Reagan's funeral on Friday -- the first state funeral of a U.S. president in the national's capital since Lyndon Johnson's in 1973.

No congressional Democrats were invited to address a ceremony at the Capitol on Wednesday upon Reagan's arrival in Washington. The funeral was planned in detail by Reagan and his family dating back to 1989 when he left office.

"I'd be honored to speak, and I know others would, too, who are Democrats," Senate minority leader Tom Daschle said. "But if that is the family wish, then certainly we'd respect it."

After Friday's funeral, Reagan's body will be taken back to California for burial on a hillside with views of the Pacific Ocean.

Plans were also underway to remember Reagan in his boyhood home of Dixon, Illinois, a town of 16,000. Dixon Mayor Jim Burke said the city would hold a candlelight service on Wednesday night, followed by a memorial on Thursday at the First Christian Church, where Reagan was baptized and taught Sunday school.
Of course there were no Demos invited 08.Jun.2004 21:10

Pravda or Consequences

They were too busy celebrating the most righteous pagan feast of all time with jumping over bonfires and lighting firecrackers.

"There are three basic needs in life: money, food and sex."

The Republicans have the first two and the pagan Democrats have the last and the freaks have all they need.

wasted tax dollars... 09.Jun.2004 09:07

zek gulag

...the gipper's corpse should be tossed in a dumpster filled with pig-shit and napalm, set ablaze, then nancy, ollie north, and the rest of the reagan crew thrown into the stinking pyre, the whole thing done in simi valley. see ya in hell, ronnie.

Unbelievable Decision 09.Jun.2004 11:11

Cheney Watch

I think that even "The Great Communicator" would be displeased that an entire political party was being excluded. Fifteen years (since Reagan stepped down in 1989) is a long time to rethink an irrational decision such as barring anyone but Republicans from a memorial service.

Such divisiveness is not in keeping with the idea of "one nation, indivisible."

Epitaph for Ronnie 09.Jun.2004 12:50

Taxpayer

Death cannot make a dishonorable man honorable.

Sorry, Cheney Watch 09.Jun.2004 16:29

Reposter

Ronnie planned the dis-ing of Democrats himself. Burried in the article about the "Lovely Death" was the comment about the anti-Democratic (and anti-democratic) funeral was this line:

"The funeral was planned in detail by Reagan and his family dating back to 1989 when he left office."

That's why I put it in the Summary Section when I posted it.

Bigoted in Life, Bigoted in Death 09.Jun.2004 17:13

Cheney Watch

It's a State funeral, conducted at the government's expense. All of us - Democrats, Republicans, and Independents - will be paying for it. Reagan was -- God help us -- supposed to be everybody's President. I don't think Reagan or anyone else has the right to exclude part of the American people from a publicly financed funeral.

This stinks, not that I'd want to go peer at his sorry old carcass anyway.

Watch the Spin 09.Jun.2004 17:16

Curious George

The result I foresee is that, when no Democrats speak (even though they have been excluded), we'll hear plenty of sheeple bleating about how the Democrats CHOSE not to attend and honor Reagan. Just wait and see.

I think the Dems should do something to up the ante -- like organizing a major donation to the Alzheimer's Foundation in Ronnie's honor and on behalf of the Democratic Party.

I agree with GULAG 09.Jun.2004 18:02

FLEETA

Though if I was like say ABBIE HOFFMAN, when I died I would not let nixon or hoover speak at my funeral. I think the folks who planed the event new there could be SOME SHIT so they just wanted the rich people they like there, fine.
What I would like to see along with Gulag's whole napalm suggestion, is that every single member of every single american punk, harcore, or new wave band that ever had a song about how they wanted that strength through superior firepower, aresenal of democracy, saying DEVO haired president RONALD REAGAN DEAD, SHOULD GET TO DANCE AND PISS IN THE NAPALM PIT.
MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM still waiting on word from jello, here are to poems from STEW ALBERT who was also hunted by that fuck-
Another Salesman Dies
General Electric's electronic
ex-pitchman is dead
some people want to put him on money
carve his head on Mt Rushmore
rate him with Lincoln.

Ronald compulsively kibitzed
in tasteless jest
Reagan was cruel to his children,
thought storm troopers
were victims of Nazism.

Central American death squads
could sing
What a friend we have in Ronny.

His apotheosis
is transcendent triumph
to meretricious mediocrity
and who knows,
someday a blood lusting Christian moron
may follow in his footsteps,
really,
I'm not exaggerating.

The Living Dead

Everyone's mourning empty brained Reagan
except me
and thousands more
who once set foot in People's Park.

It was Governor Ron
who ordered a bloodbath,
because full California sovereignty
needed to be reestablished
over a Berkeley block of land
that had once been officially abandoned
to the rains, cars and junkies,

We found a swamp
and made a park bloom.

Reagan's shot guns roared
our flesh was burned
he made no silly jokes on that day
no mood for compromising with the evil empire
of counter culture.

California reclaimed its property
built its fence
over the dead and wounded
long before Iran-Contra,
we all knew
Gipper was grotesque.