Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Leave Reagan Dead Already

I guess time really does heal all wounds.

Among conservatives and ignorant Americans, however, time actually makes horrible people turn into heroes.

Is it just me, or has everyone all of a sudden forgotten how much of an asshole President, old geezer Ronald Reagan was? Has anyone bothered to remember the disaster of Reaganomics, the effects of the so-called, "War on Drugs," the massive explosion of the national debt, the fact that he gave Osama Bin Ladin the billions he's now using against us, issued Saddam the weapons he used to invade Kuwait, and, of course, the Iran-Contra affair? With the headlines and the daytime specials being run on the dick, you would think that he was some kind of grand hero. "He made America feel good again." Which America are they talking about? It certainly wasn't the America of the lower and middle classes, that's for sure.

What's even worse is that there are actual lies being promoted on his behalf, like the idea that it was because of Reagan that the USSR collapsed. Bullshit. The Communist government fell because of internal economic pressures that had nothing to do with Uncle Sam or its geriatric leader. As a matter of fact, the US government was in SHOCK that the USSR fell. I guess no one remembers the controversy that underwent the CIA in the late 80's, early 90's, over the fact that all of their "intelligence" never detected the kinds of problems that were going on in Russia. They were so busy worrying about Russia's nukes, when they should've seen that the government had bankrupted itself ages ago. So, scratch that "achievement" off Reagan's record.

Next, we've got the silly idea that Reagan was the most popular President of all time. Bullshit. Clinton left office with higher ratings than he did, and that was after all that crap with Monica, and his impeachment. But, Clinton makes right-wingers boil in anger, so it's not even mentioned.

Connected to that idea, people are actually saying now that Reagan presided over a period of unbridled economic growth in US history. Hello? Are we forgetting Clinton's Presidency, where the US economy boomed the greatest in economic history, and the average yearly earnings for an American worker doubled?

(Note: I'm not in any way saying Clinton was "better" than Reagan, but I am certainly saying that people are getting their facts wrong about Reagan)

So, my point? The man is dead already. Bury his ass, and move the fuck on. If you're going to revisit the past, don't freaking make shit up to make him look good. Let's take his Presidency for what it was; the seed for many of the problems we're going through today. I'm not saying to treat the man like Nixon, but, at the same time, don't treat him like a great war hero or something. Offer memories of the both the good and the bad.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh, my God, I'm glad someone finally see it. His "kind" face is on the cover of every publication here, just let it GO already. The funny thing is, that someone overseas, in a different country, is actually the one to say it. Anna

10:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My nephew has a presidents fact thing, that has all the presidents & trivia on them. For reagan, the Info button sez this: Ronald Reagan was known for his great commonication skills & his good use of the television to win his elections. Though he was responsible for a great defecit in the country's [budget {or some shit like that}], it led to the end of the cold war. All and all, he was a respected man.

and blah blah blah..

6:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Having lived through Reagonimics and his trickle down theory of economics I can tell you it was not the best time to be a minority middle class woman with a child. There were no incentives to speak of unless you were flat out on welfare. If you had a half way decent job making ANY kind of money, you didn't qualify for any help. I couldn't believe at one point when I was making like $20,000 a year the state actually told me I was making enough money to support 4 people. I was like WTF!!!! If anything it just made me work harder so one day I could say FU!

11:17 PM  

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