In seeing Reagan Jr tonight, I can only repeat what I said about a month back:

Ron Reagan Jr. apparently inherited not smart one from his father. Or, at least, one wonders if he’s still not grown out of the rebellious stage most kids go through. In looking at him we have a practical example of the acorn falling too far from the tree, and thereby not becoming a tree, and in fact never becoming anything more than a nut.

(Shrug) Look, I could let slip, without comment, his slight at President Bush, and the supposed ‘religious right’ at his father’s service, as a misread on my part. I’ve delivered a couple eulogies in my time and understand a small part of what he was going through.

Thing is, that’s not all we have to go on, here. In reviewing the tapes of that service, I found something interesting; Not once during the service did he actually participate in any of the prayers. Almost as if he were wearing his unbelief on his sleeve, just as he charged others were doing with their belief. His comments and his actions during that service tell the story. He obviously has no clue about, and thinks foolish, what his father understood quite clearly.

And finally, there’s the attacks he issued on Matthews show last night, which cements the observation; he didn’t benefit at all, in terms of thought processes, or core values, from his father, that much is certain.

Here is someone who was an embarrassment to his father through his life, and who apparently had to use his chance at a eulogy for his father, for one last slight against what his father stood for. I thought he might have grown up. I’d rather hoped he would. I suppose that was a blind hope, however.

Were The Gipper alive and aware, he would be embarrassed by his kid once again. As it is, Dutch is beyond embarrassment. So too, apparently, is his kid.

Dutch, at least, has the excuse of being dead.

I can only add that his father knew an equation he will never understand. You don’t take innocent life to save your own.

Update: Eric Jay over at the Neophite Pundit points up proof of this line of thought… that Reagan would NEVER approve of stem cell research because of the human costs involved:

“[W]e live in a time when some do not value all human life. They want to pick and choose what individuals have value. Some have said that only those individuals with ‘consciousness of self’ are human beings…Obviously, some influential people want to deny that every human life has intrinsic, sacred worth. They insist that a member of the human race must have certain qualities before they accord him or her status as a ‘human being.'” — Abortion and The Conscience of the Nation, by Ronald W. Reagan as reprinted in National Review Online today

EJ adds some comments of his own, too. Worth a visit, as always.