Thought of the day

I’m really not a fan of the myth of Reagan. He most certainly was not a great president: increasing the income gap, taking undue credit for the collapse of the Soviet Union, contributing to a massive increase in drug use, imprisoning poor, mostly black people for excessive periods (Obama recently helped fix some of this problem), and creating a bloated military. These ought to be the pillars of Reagan’s legacy, not some sanitized revisionism.

Oh, and that whole thing with trading hostages for arms with Iran. There was that, too.

4 Responses

  1. …and don’t forget his fight with the Unions…America has gone down hill since…just about every econimic indicator since him shows the demise of the middle class….

  2. Ronnie boy was the cause of the acceleration of the decay of the US and the beginning of the reign of right-wing terror and selfish, ignorant, racist, misogynistic, homophobic control of the Republican party.

  3. And getting the US its first war crimes conviction, there’s that, too. Supporting terrorism and terrorists.

    I just happened along here after seeing that you had been banned over at Neil’s place (as has happened to me, join the club).

    I DO seriously wonder what it is about Reagan that causes so many to hold him in relatively high esteem? I think it has to do with his “feel good-ism,” and that he was in charge at the time of the fall of the Soviet Union. But EVEN IF you grant him some credit for that (and I don’t – if two guys are playing Russian Roulette, you don’t call the winner a genius) – there was so much objectively negative that came along with the package that I don’t see how he rates so high…

    Based on what???

  4. More on Reagan:

    “Reagan who once as a young man, “who was unusual in his opposition to racial discrimination, and brought back black people to his own home to stay because the local inn would not allow them to stay there;” was now opposed “Civil Rights” legislation in the 1960’s, saying “If an individual wants to discriminate against Negroes or others in selling or renting his house, it is his right to do so”.

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