Dear Peg

Published June 11, 2004 9:11PM (EDT)

We know, we know, there's been so much about Reagan in the media this week, and you're all ready to move on. But this one is really worth reading. On the American Prospect Online, Charles Pierce channels Ronald Reagan communicating from the Great Beyond to Peggy Noonan, in a piece that satirizes a Noonan column written after Paul Wellstone's funeral.

A favorite paragraph: "They'd like you all to love each other. They'd like you all to treat each other as equals. They're really serious about you all being stewards of the world you were handed, so watch out for the rivers and the ozone layer. They don't spend a lot of time worrying about rap music and the Internet. Even in eternity, there's no time to waste on the knucklehead stuff. And I've looked everywhere, Peg, and there aren't any stem cells here. No embryos, either. If you can pass the word, Peg -- nobody here wants anybody to die of Alzheimer's or Parkinson's. It's not part of anyone's plan. If you can cure something down there, you should cure something. Tell you the truth, if Id had the choice I'd have eaten the little buggers out of the petri dish with a spoon."

By Geraldine Sealey

Geraldine Sealey is senior news editor at

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