Why Ronald Reagan Seems So Awesome

Posted on August 22, 2012

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His competition. That’s why.

Lets run the recent roster shall we?

There was the first George Bush, a one term POTUS who invited us to ‘read his lips’, puked on the Japanese prime minister and was simply amazed by the cutting edge technology of supermarket scanners.

Then there was Bill Clinton. Contrast the economic prosperity, successful, and blessedly brief use of American military power and a balanced budget with Gennifer Flowers, Paula Jones, White Water, Vince Foster, Ron Brown, Troopergate, Monica Lewinsky and impeachment.

Then we had the second George Bush. Need I say more?

Today we have Barak Obama, a young president who came into office riding a wave of anti-incumbency, then governed exactly like a veteran DC bureaucrat.

A president who promised America that he’d end partisanship, then introduced the most partisan legislation we’ve seen since Bill and Hilary Clinton picked the same fight (and lost) in 1993.  Too be fair, it was a fight he won.

A president who told a war weary citizenry he’d end the wars and close Guantanamo Bay and then did the exact opposite while involving America in conflicts in Libya and Uganda.

He preached peace and then unleashed the drones, real-life robots, honest to goodness Transformers – to kill in the name of ‘freedom’.

Those are the fellas who have followed Ronald Reagan, so how about the presidents who preceded him?

There was Jimmy Carter – a mealy-mouthed Georgia peanut farmer who told Americans facing an oil crisis and record inflation to suck it up and stop being so whiny.

Before that, Gerald Ford – the only President of the United States who was never elected President.

Before that we had ‘I’m not a crook’ Tricky Dicky Nixon, you remember him – he resigned rather than be impeached. Little bit of 70’s ancient history we refer to as Watergate.

Then there was Lyndon Johnson, like Ford he was a vice president who ‘inherited’ the presidency, unlike Ford he did win an election. His legacy includes the ‘Great Society’ and 68,000 dead Americans in the Vietnam War.

It wasn’t that Ronald Reagan was so gosh-darn awesome, as honest as Abe and brave as George Washington, the Gipper has been deified by today’s GOP simply because those other guys sucked as presidents.

Reagan made hating your own government fashionable, patriotic even, he was a proven liar as evidenced by Iran/Contra and his totally made-up, as mythical as a minotaur Chicago ‘welfare queen’.

He started the country down the path of Wall St deregulation that helped bring us to the financial ruins we live in today and the income chasm between the rich and everybody else set in and began to grow like a cancer under Reagan’s watch.

Want more? Okay.

Average wages declined, in fact, while Ron and Nancy lived in the White House, minimum wage was frozen at $3.35 an hour and the number of Americans living in poverty increased – from 26.1 million in 1979 to 32.7 million in 1988.

In Central America tens of thousands of graves are filled with the dead of El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala because President Reagan secretly funneled billions in taxpayer dollars into those countries while fighting a proxy war with the Soviet Union.

But despite these historical facts Reagan has been idolized and exalted by the GOP and even a few on the left side of the aisle.

The fact that the Tea Partiers, the Michelle Bachmanns, Allen Wests and Todd Akins, the current crop of modern conservative leaders, make The Gipper look like Franklin Delano Roosevelt by comparison, may also contribute to the Reagan worship phenomenon.

 

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