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RE: [humanism-174] Ronald Reagan

From: Marni H.
Sent on: Sunday, August 19, 2007 11:41 PM

WOW! Share your feelings with the group, Michael…

No arguments here! This is perhaps the most scathing, yet eloquent indictment of Reagan that I’ve ever seen. Maybe you should publish it.




From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Michael
Sent: Sunday, August 19, 2007 10:59 PM
To: [address removed]
Subject: RE: [humanism-174] Ronald Reagan


Okay, here goes...

My take on Ronald Reagan is that he was a catastrophic nightmare for the U.S.  He was hardly intelligent, superstitious to the extent that it impeded his ability to function, disinterested in governing effectively, reacted only to situations as they arose, clueless when it came to the biggest issues and concerns of his time, incompetent when it came to delegating power, disengaged from the actions of his underlings, unconcerned with the genuine welfare of our people, and incapable of understanding the importance and power of the presidency the people had given him. 

He was a fraud so far as his public image was concerned.  The nickname "the Teflon president" should not be lauded as some do; it is a serious indictment of a man who repeatedly escaped responsibility from grave issues he should have been nailed to the cross for.  "Well, he gave great speeches."  SO WHAT?  There are tens of thousan ds of people in this country who can give a great speech- that doesn't qualify them to hold public office, or even to endorse the ideas they are putting forth.  Oh, and he didn't write his speeches.  When he did speak of his own volition, what he said was contemptible beyond reason.
"I have flown twice over Mt St. Helens out on our west coast. I'm not a    
scientist and I don't know the figures, but I have a suspicion that that one little mountain has probably released more sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere of the world than has been released in the last ten years of automobile driving or things of that kind that people are so concerned about."
  This is something he had read in a book denying the impact human beings had on the environment.  It's wrong, by the way.  "Mount St. Helens, at its peak activity, emitted about 2,000 tons of sulfur dioxide per day, compared with 81,000 tons per day by cars." 

"In England, if a criminal carried a gun, even though he didn't use it, he was not tried for burglary or theft or whatever he was doing. He was tried for first degree murder and hung if he was found guilty"  Said in response to a query about his favorite British law.  That isn't true.  There is no law that even comes close to that in Britain.

"You can't help those who simply will not be helped. One problem that we've had, even in the best of times, is people who are sleeping on the grates, the homeless who are homeless, you might say, by choice." & "Is it news that some fellow out in South Succotash someplace has just been laid off, that he should be interviewed nationwide?"  These two illustrate his coldheartedness towards just about anyone not wealthy enough to write him a donation at a party.  There are many, many more examples of his contempt for the middle and lower classes in our society.

"A few months ago I told the American people I did not trade arms for hostages. My heart and my best intentions still tell me that is true, but the facts and the evidence tell me it is not."  A few months ago I lied to the American people about trading arms for hostages.  My pride and arrogance want me to stay silent about this, but the scrutiny of the media will not let me.

Be it his record on health care, poverty, drugs, national security, education, AIDS, civil rights, the establishment of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday  he opposed, his support for the Contras in Nicaragua at the expense of thousands of lives, his support of the regime of apartheid in South Africa as the rest of the western world turned against it, the Iran-Contra affair, the War on Drugs...the list could keep going.  Every single action he took was for the worse.  He left us, and the world at large a less safe, healthy, hospitable, friendly, fair and free place.

The only people to profit under Reagan were the criminals at the heads of the biggest corporations.  They saw their profits soar, and their success and greed influenced the culture of the 1980's.  People became self-absorbed and greedy.  Drug use soared, high school and college dropout rates climbed, and society turned against itself. 

Every issue we face today is a result of what happened under Reagan and Thatcher.  The U.S. established it's supremacy in the 1980's; the USSR only managed to hold out until 1990.  Terrorism, and the strife in the middle east has entered a new phase because of our actions over there.  We see the consequences of a corporate led economy every single day.  The U.S. is headed toward a bad place because of it's debt, and there is little effort to stop this. 

The ideals Reagan postulated- Supply side economics, U.S. domination in foreign policy, the integration of religion into government, the scapegoating of minorities, the abhorrence of social services, all these things contribute to the decline of our nation.  No other president has advocated such a pernicious compilation of ideas in our history, and, having seen these these carried out in Reagan's, Bush's, Clinton's to some extent, but especially W's administrations, it should be clear just how wrong they are. 

That is why I HATE Ronald Reagan- he made the people in my country feel good about bad ideas.  His voice inspired so much carnage and despair, I would be remiss if I died without seeing him considered by our people a pariah in the pantheon of presidents.



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