Today is the centennial of the birth of a man. That’s it. Sure, the man became President of the United States, but do did 42* other people. Yet, with the exception of Washington and Lincoln, we really don’t make a big deal about the births of Presidents. And, what’s more, is that Reagan is being trumpeted as the arch-conservative…. the prime example of conservatism in the United States.
It is curious why Republicans have elevated Ronald Reagan to god-like status when history shows he presided over what is arguably a period of criminal activity and economic despair for millions of Americans. Reagan’s administration illegally sold arms to Iranian officials in exchange for American hostages despite an arms embargo in place at the time. If it wasn’t bad enough selling arms illegally, Reagan secretly used some of the proceeds to fund anti-Communist rebels in Nicaragua that was directly prohibited by Congress. (here)
I’m asking myself the same thing – but we Americans see to do that with our own leaders. What amazes me is that it has happened so quickly, especially in the age of instant information. It took Lincoln years to be rehabilitated. Now, thanks to modern technology and Jim West (BBC), Lincoln is being reevaluated which I hope will show just how much he destroyed the Constitution. But I digress.
Reagan was far from a real conservative.
He raised taxes, exploded the Federal Government, pushed the Middle Class over the edge, and supported apartheid (there is a reason he began his presidential campaign, post convention in Philadelphia, Mississippi), and he has helped to give us the Taliban.
But, what did he do that even I could give him credit for?
He restored the American Presidency. Nixon had destroyed it, Ford bungled it and Carter had failed to assert it. Yet, Reagan had restored the superficial decency of the office and in a real way, the entire country. I’ll let you decide if that was a good thing or not.He knew how to use the medium of television, the Flag, and stood against the Soviet Union, eventually forcing it into economic disparity.
“Let us resolve tonight that young Americans will always … find there a city of hope in a country that is free… And let us resolve they will say of our day and our generation, we did keep the faith with our God, that we did act worthy of ourselves, that we did protect and pass on lovingly that shining city on a hill.”
But for me, I cannot help but to remember the other Reagan and wonder why in the world are we feting a man with such a record.
One of the reasons that I left conservatism, besides becoming a Christian and loving God, was that I was tired of the hypocrisy. When Reagan stood up and challenged the tax raisers with his ‘Make my day’, and then raised taxes… And a whole host of other issues…
Celebrate him if you want, but my Saviour lives!
- Ronald Reagan Was No Saint, And He Needs to Be Remembered Correctly (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)
- Ronald Reagan Birthday: Facts That May Surprise You About The Former President (PHOTOS) (huffingtonpost.com)
- Ronald Reagan Quotes: Unforgettable Lines From The Former President (PHOTOS) (huffingtonpost.com)