I listened to a panel discussion between Ron Reagan Jr. and Pamela Geller on the Joy Behar show. Gaaaggh. It was rather disgusting to listen to how Ronnie Jr. claimed to “know” his father, while at the same time his views are diametrically opposite. I guess even Rasputin knew “great men” but he remained Rasputin. By the way, I have no doubt that Pamela Geller knows Ronald Reagan, the President, better than his rebellious son does! Viewing Ronnie’s performance provoked my curiosity about how he could end up so different than his dad.
In doing a Google search about these two half-brothers I came across this sermon comparing them to Jacob and Esau. There couldn’t be a more perfect parallel to the Jacob and Esau story of the Bible.
Michael was adopted by Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman. Later, Ron Jr. was born to President and Nancy Reagan. Michael remained a favorite son of Ronald, just as Jacob was Rebekah’s favorite son.
Esau was the firstborn but gave his birthright to Jacob for a pot of stew. Ron Jr. gave up his birthright when he declared his atheism to his dad at age 12. Michael followed in his fathers’ footstep in Christianity and received many “blessings” via his embrace of his fathers conservative ideology.
Ron Jr. is a political pundit on failing liberal MSNBC and had his own liberal talk show on now defunct Air America. Michael has a successful talk show on his nationally-syndicated radio show, The Michael Reagan Talk Show, with over a million listeners.
Ron Jr., no doubt, has rampant jealousy toward his older half brother, just as Esau had toward Jacob. This likely explains the very different ideological path Ron Jr. has pursued including his disdain for conservatives and their ideology. Typical of his anti-conservative rants is this one about Rush Limbaugh.
On the other hand, you will find half-brother and favorite son Michael providing conservative commentary on FOX and a number of web sites, including www.Newsmax.com. Michael promotes patriotism, Christian morality, and the value personal initiative. Ron Jr. on the other hand promotes liberal morality (aka “amorality”), and “progressive government” which translates to an entitlement-promoting nanny state. Like most liberals, Ron Jr. thrives on bashing personalities, while half-brother Michael prefers to discuss the issues.
The average conservative knew President Reagan far better than this counterfeit Reagan ever knew him. I wouldn’t be surprised if he had a deep seated disdain for his father. In his case, I doubt that the Phil Specter lyrics in tribute to his father, “To know, know, know him is to love, love, love him” applies to Ronnie Jr.