Alright God Damn it that does it I have had it. I don’t give a shit if someone thinks I am speaking ill of the dead. This fairy tale about one of America’s biggest vampires needs a stake pounded through its heart. This vampire’s evil reign has left behind mindless zombies who worship him. These zombies are indeed in search of brains because they have lost theirs. The most recent telling of this vampire’s fairy tale was a recent editorial in the Warren Tribune by syndicated columnist and zombie Pat Buchanan. Buchanan was saying Obama needs to be more like Reagan than FDR because Reaganomics worked and FDR’s New Deal didn’t. The truth is FDR was a hero and Reagan was a zero and no amount of lies from right-wingers can change that.
Busting the FOX/GOP lies about the New Deal
I lived through the Reagan years and I remember what evil greedy times they were. I have told my children if they ever have a teacher try to tell them Reagan was a good president to tell me because I will be at that school in a heartbeat to set that record straight.
The fact is Reagan’s administration was one of the most corrupt in American history. He had 138 of his appointees either resigned under an ethical cloud or were criminally indicted. He had 14 persons in his administration end up imprisoned. His policies led to the greatest financial scandal in American history: the Savings & Loan debacle, which cost taxpayers billions of dollars. The national debt tripled under him. He talked of making government smaller but made it larger. He talked militarily tough but retreated from Lebanon when U.S. marines were killed when their barracks was bombed.
During his reign the number of families living below the poverty line increased by one-third. He punished the poor by making major cuts in Medicaid, food stamps, aid to families with dependent children, and school lunch programs. After his major tax cut, there was a long recession and unemployment that hit ten percent. His tax cuts reduced revenue so much that later in his term taxes had to be raised repeatedly.
Many college students had to drop out or find other ways to pay for school because of his policies, which included slashing federal grants for poor students and cutting survivor benefits for families of the disabled. This vampire did little to advance such goals as education or civil rights. In a nod to white southern racists he kicked off his 1980 general election campaign by promoting “states rights” — southern secret code for segregation — in Philadelphia, Miss., scene of the murder of three civil rights workers 16 years earlier.
During his time in office the press thought he was so amiable that he became known as, “The Teflon President.” It wasn’t until years later after he was out of office that the media started reporting on how damaging his term in office was. The Philadelphia Inquirer stated, “Yes, he butchered facts, invented anecdotes, indulged White House chaos, and seemed dreamily unaware of the illegal deeds done during Iran-contra. He was guilty of all that, as well as union-busting, callousness to the poor, a failure to grasp America’s multicultural destiny.”
He is quoted as saying, “”Facts are stupid things.” He was so anti-environmental he blamed trees for emitting 93 percent of the nation’s nitrogen oxide pollution. His administration tried to redefine relish and ketchup as vegetables for school lunch programs. In the Oval Office, he told Yitzhak Shamir and Simon Wiesenthal, on two separate occasions, that he himself had assisted personally at the liberation of the Nazi death camps in WW II. It was a lie they would later learn.
The other day I heard a right-wing talk show host call Obama, the anti-Reagan as if that was a bad thing. One of the most anti-Reagan guys I’ve ever met was Tom, who actually voted for Reagan his first term but not second. He realized what a mistake he had made and said he hated the term “Reagan Democrat.” He said he preferred to be known as a guy who fucked up once but not twice. He did tell me that Reagan would one day make him rich though. He explained it to me like this, “When that bastard Reagan dies I am going to sponsor bus trips to his grave. The trips will include all the beer you can drink and the only stop to urinate will be when the bus gets to Reagan’s grave.” He reasoned with all the people Reagan screwed over he’d need a fleet of buses. I thought that was awful harsh at the time but now when I hear conservative talk shows stirring up hate by saying that they hope Obama fails because he is a communist who is going to take your gun I’m ready for a trip on Tom’s bus.
Least I forget Reagan supported, armed and trained death squads for brutal dictators throughout Latin America that killed 10’s of thousands of peasants, priests, nuns and union organizers. Given the amount of blood on Reagan’s hands I had to shake my head when a conservative columnist recently talked about Reagan being a winged angel in Heaven. If this piece of human excrement Reagan is not burning in the hottest section of Hell no one ever need fear going there.
If you think I am being overly harsh then you explain what a great president Reagan was to the thousands of family members that stand in public plazas throughout Latin America holding pictures of missing or dead relatives that Reagan aiding in killing. These poor people pray and call out for justice while conservatives in the USA all pray for another Reagan. The truth is humans and the planet Earth herself are the “prey” of conservatives like Reagan. We need to never let anyone get away with saying Reagan was a great president for it is an affront to history. I will not tolerate lies about Reagan being good for this country and I hope you are with me on that and will speak out whenever anyone talks of wanting another Reagan.
Two statements from Reagan showing he talked out both sides of his mouth:
“I favor the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and it must be enforced at the point of a bayonet, if necessary.”
–Ronald Reagan, Los Angeles Times, October 20, 1965
“I would have voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964.”
–Ronald Reagan, Los Angeles Times, June 17, 1966
What Reagan’s friend Thatcher said about him: “Poor dear, there’s nothing between his ears.”
–British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher