Reagan Mail: Can a $40 e-mail address stop tech companies from backing left-wing causes?

Reagan Mail: Can a $40 e-mail address stop tech companies from backing left-wing causes?

Summary: Michael Reagan, son of conservative president Ronald Reagan, is launching a Reagan.com email service so that true loyal conservatives can line his pockets instead of companies that support left-wing causes, such as Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and others.

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I can appreciate the blurry line between politics and technology just as much as the next guy. But Michael Reagan, eldest son of President Ronald Reagan, is launching a laughable effort to get conservatives to support right-wing causes by using his daddy's name as an e-mail hosting domain.

Granted, his reasoning for the effort is valid. The big tech companies - Apple, Google, Microsoft, etc. - tend to support left-wing causes and offer their financial support to candidates and initiatives that support those causes. And who is lining the pockets of these tech companies and enabling them to support the left-wing causes? Reagan explains and emphasizes key phrases in bold:

People who believe in true Reagan Conservative Values are unwittingly supporting the Obama, Pelosi and Reid liberal agenda! What do I mean? Well, every time you use your email from companies like Google, AOL, Yahoo, Hotmail, Apple and others, you are helping the liberals. These companies are, and will continue, to be huge supporters financially and with technology of those that are hurting our country. Is that where you want your money to go?

That's a powerful question there, Michael, and it's probably pretty scary enough to prompt some right-wingers to dump their Hotmail accounts for a Reagan.com, account. After all, for $39.95 a year, you get an e-mail address on the Reagan.com domain name and the reassurance that your money is "supporting truly conservative causes" and will help Michael Reagan to "promote true Reagan values to win back our country in November and in 2012."

That may be a compelling enough reason for some. But let's dig through the terms and conditions to see what you don't get for your $39.95.

First of all, you should know that "you are using the Services AT YOUR OWN RISK and we are under no obligation to provide you with any support, error corrections, updates, upgrades, bug fixes and/or enhancements of the Service, although we reserve the right to do so."

Ooh, big red flag. But hold on, there's more. This image is from the terms and conditions:

By far, the funniest part of Michael Reagan's entire pitch is that Reagan Mail comes with advanced synchronization for Blackberry, iPhone and Windows Mobile devices - you know, the devices that are made by the companies that support left-wing causes.

For now, it seems that there's no support for Android devices.

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  • RE: Reagan Mail: Can a $40 e-mail address stop tech companies from backing left-wing causes?

    40 bucks is a lot for a worthless email account !
    TxM2xTx
    • RE: Reagan Mail: Can a $40 e-mail address stop tech companies from backing left-wing causes?

      @TxM2xTx $40 bucks is a pretty small political contribution, you don't even have to use the email address, lots of free ones out there.
      hayneiii
      • RE: Reagan Mail: Can a $40 e-mail address stop tech companies from backing left-wing causes?

        @hayneiii@... political contribution or feed the greed ?
        TxM2xTx
    • Digitalatoll.com has email accts for half that

      Http://digitalatoll.com/signup.html
      25$ a year and we donate to marinemammalcenter.org too (2$a month)
      Christopher Evans
  • Nice piece of propaganda, there, Diaz

    You hit all the right emotional trigger words, you use the perfect dash of ad hominem mixed with ridicule, and top it all off with a little touch of "kook fringe" whipping.

    Pravda would be proud. Hold your head up high.
    frgough
    • RE: Reagan Mail: Can a $40 e-mail address stop tech companies from backing left-wing causes?

      @frgough
      You would not know what is "Pravda" if it hits you on the head.
      Since you have no arguments you try to smear the guy and question his motivation. How pathetic. A true "conservative".
      kirovs
      • RE: Reagan Mail: Can a $40 e-mail address stop tech companies from backing left-wing causes?

        ...As opposed to all the rational, well-reasoned discourse from the left? Please.

        ZDNet is rapidly becoming a mouthpiece for liberal talking points rather than a tech site. There are still a few objective writers here, but posts like this one really compromise ZDNet's credibility.
        Churlish
      • Wow!

        frgough made a good point and you only helped him make it. The guy could have reviewed the email/political donation combo without the insults but it's obvious he's a liberal and liberals are the rudest, angriest, most intolerant, bigoted bunch on the planet.

        "You would not know what is "Pravda" if it hits you on the head."

        What a pretentious statement! So only libs can know about commie 'news' outlets? I'm of the opinion he NAILED it. If he uses Pravda in a sentence he knows what Pravda is punk.

        Libs! Keepin' things classy, always every time!
        Doug Weaver
  • RE: Reagan Mail: Can a $40 e-mail address stop tech companies from backing left-wing causes?

    Since all the tech companies appear to be providing support for the pinko commie hippie liberals, those of us who are Real Americans? should just play it safe and avoid using technology altogether. After all, nothing says good old fashioned conservative family values more than the lifestyle of the Amish.
    putty.master
    • Well, I will be expecting my...

      @putty.master

      "pinko commie hippie liberal" share of MS's, Apple's, Google's, etc. pile of cash any day now. They do share their wealth with the rest of us do they not?
      Economister
      • RE: Reagan Mail: Can a $40 e-mail address stop tech companies from backing left-wing causes?

        @Economister

        They don't share "their" wealth. They make others share the wealth with the less fortunate. Look at Congress. They make all sorts of laws, most of which don't apply to themselves.

        :)
        7mgte
      • Have it with a sprig of garnish

        @Economister
        [i]They do share their wealth with the rest of us do they not? [/i]

        Only at a price. A SERIOUS price. It's not what you see in the sticker price that matters ultimately, it's everything that's put to wraps to ride shotgun into the bargain.

        And that price has become exceedingly high at this point. These ex-American, now multinational, corporations have plenty of stains on their collective mitts. Anyone who doesn't see that lives in fairy tale land, or can't be bothered by patent realities. Few things are scarier than the modern face of socialism as it fuses with unrestrained capitalism, and then is delivered - with a sprig of garnish no less - from these one-world conglomerates.
        klumper
      • RE: Reagan Mail: Can a $40 e-mail address stop tech companies from backing left-wing causes?

        @klumper
        ROFL, so what it's gonna be- who is the bad guy- socialism or "unrestrained capitalism"?
        Maybe next time the Supreme court gives those multinationals the rights of an individual and Obama criticizes them you will think twice...
        kirovs
      • Look below for response

        @kirovs

        Message as posted in thread won't take 'cept below.
        klumper
  • Can't blame the poor guy for joining the madding crowd :)

    Well, you can't blame the boy for trying to get his cut of all the profits being raked in from daddy's rehabilitation endeavor. Perhaps he just stayed quiet long enough to see whether Americans would actually buy into the fiction of Daddy Raegan's "greatness" and is now jumping onto the bandwagon as he sees that the Becks and their ilk are raking it in. Can't blame the guy.
    As has been pointed out, he makes the raegan.com email usable on those pinko tech companies' devices ? and he sees absolutely no irony in it. Good God!
    ekMont
    • RE: Reagan Mail: Can a $40 e-mail address stop tech companies from backing left-wing causes?

      @ekMont . Free enterprise!!! We need new jobs and new ideas bring in new jobs. I would say, great job Mr. Reagan, it is always good to have a balance..
      PabloMorris
      • RE: Reagan Mail: Can a $40 e-mail address stop tech companies from backing left-wing causes?

        @PabloMorris
        Fair and balanced, right?
        kirovs
    • RE: Reagan Mail: Can a $40 e-mail address stop tech companies from backing left-wing causes?

      @ekMont "fiction of Reagan's greatness"? Um, you do know that Reagan took over an economy that makes our current situation look like a golden age and, moslty through tax CUTS, turned it around in about three years. The 1980's were one of the greatest decades of economic growth in our countries history. I have no interest in one of these email addresses, but I do have an interest in facts.
      smann5
      • RE: Reagan Mail: Can a $40 e-mail address stop tech companies from backing left-wing causes?

        @smann5@...
        Ahh, yes, facts. Don't let them get in the way of your beliefs:
        "In 1982, Reagan agreed to restore a third of the previous year?s massive cut. It was the largest tax increase in U.S. history. In 1983, he raised the gasoline tax by five cents a gallon and instituted a payroll-tax hike that helped fund Medicare and Social Security. In 1984, he eliminated loopholes worth $50 billion over three years. And in 1986, he supported the progressive Tax Reform Act, which hit businesses with a record-breaking $420 billion in new fees. When it came to taxation, there were two Reagans: the pre-1982 version, who did more than any other president to lighten America?s tax burden, and his post-1982 doppelg?nger, who was willing (if not always happy) to compensate for gaps in the government?s revenue stream by raising rates."
        - Newsweek, July 9, 2010
        Over_and_Out
      • RE: Reagan Mail: Can a $40 e-mail address stop tech companies from backing left-wing causes?

        @Over_and_Out@... It's true that taxes were raised under Reagan, 11 times I believe. However, you miss the point. The initial massive tax cut was to spur the economy, and it did. Once things started moving in the right direction, many of the cuts were taken back, slowly over many years, and most of these increases were part of budgetary deals that also cut discretionary spending. Total tax cuts under Reagan, 275.3 billion. Total tax increases uner Reagan, 132.7 billion. In case you don't follow, that's still a net tax CUT of 142.6 billion.

        Office of Management and Budget, Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 1990 (Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1989), p. 4-4
        smann5