For several years now, I’ve had great fun here pointing out that Ronald Reagan’s record as president was not what it’s been out to be by the right-wingers of the 21st century.
Snarky pundit Slade Sohmer put it succinctly when he said Reagan’s tenure in the White House “would have to be considered by current conservative standards the worst presidency in American history.”
Reagan nearly tripled the national debt. He compromised with Democrats. He signed an immigration reform bill that granted blanket amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. He talked with our enemies. He raised taxes 11 times. In fact, he raised payroll taxes in order to pay for government-run health care. He presided over double-digit unemployment. He expanded the size of government and created new federal departments. He cut and ran, withdrawing troops from hostile regions. He put two justices on the Supreme Court who voted to uphold Roe v. Wade. He closed tax loopholes to ensure “every corporation pay their fair share.” He even advocated gun control on the op-ed pages of — get ready for it — The New York Times.
No, the real Ronald Reagan was not the Saint Ronaldus Maximus who’s held in such esteem by today’s right-wingers.
But these same folks — who are oh so eager to peddle the MYTH that Barack Obama has frequently apologized for America — seem not to remember Reagan’s own record of apologizing for this country.
HERE‘s a little history lesson for them.
To summarize: the Reagan administration apologized to Japan for a sea incident, to France for the US’ hiding of a Nazi war criminal after WWII, to “Red” China for a police failure to abide by the Vienna Convention, to the Soviet-puppet regime in Poland for subsidizing anti-government radio programs, and to tens of thousands of Japanese-Americans for their internment during WWII.