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Vidal penetrates to the core of the mysterious Reagan indifference to things temporal in this essay, and points to a similar attitude in the administration of George Bush: a belief that Armageddon, the final contest between "the evil one" (Satan) and the true believers followed by the rapturous transport of the chosen to heaven are imminent. According to Vidal, Ronnie was having premonitions of this ultimate conflict even when he was governor of California, complete with the hellfire and brimstone foretold in the Book of Ezekial. "That is why Reagan's economic and foreign policies have never made the slightest sense to anyone who knows anything about either. On the other hand, there is evidence that, unlike his wealthy sponsors, he has a sense of mission that, like Jesus', is not of this world," Vidal writes.

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