Once again, a Republican politician distorts Ronald Reagan’s record
What is it about today’s Republicans that makes them think of Ronald Reagan’s presidency in terms that are completely at odds with the reality of it?
Over the past five years, more than a few of this blog’s posts have dealt with the persistent mythology among 21st century Republicans about the record of our 40th president. It’s hard to tell whether these current GOPers are intentionally peddling what they know to be nonsense — simply to mislead their dimwitted constituents — or whether they’re just as dimwitted themselves.
Our latest example of such poppycock comes from Republican Congressman Mo Brooks (above) of Alabama, who says Reagan would oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants if he were here today.
“President Reagan would insist that those who are here illegally must repent and atone for their illegal conduct by returning to their country of origin and getting in line with everyone else,” Brooks said on the House floor.
Steve Benen sets the record straight HERE:
Reagan “knew that it was not right for people to be abused,” [former Wyoming Sen. Alan K. Simpson] says. “Anybody who’s here illegally is going to be abused in some way, either financially [or] physically. They have no rights.”
Peter Robinson, a former Reagan speechwriter, agrees. “It was in Ronald Reagan’s bones — it was part of his understanding of America — that the country was fundamentally open to those who wanted to join us here.”
Reagan said as much himself in a televised debate with Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale in 1984. “I believe in the idea of amnesty for those who have put down roots and lived here, even though sometime back they may have entered illegally,” he said.