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.



  1. Steverino

    None of these politicians from the far right squadron can speak or think for themselves so invariably try to make up words as if it’s the gospel according to St. Ronnie. Now that we heard from Mo let’s hear from Larry and Curly.

  2. Q Jordon


    I was listening to a podcast about a month ago, and the subject was Ronald Reagan. I did not catch the name of the individual being interviewed, however, he has something to do with the satire paper, website, and podcast of “The Onion”.

    He is going to write a book comparing all Presidents to what degree were they like Ronald Reagan. The “Interviewed” was trying to see how among the Presidents that we have had was most “Reaganistic”.

    As I listen to the interview, I could not control my laughter. For in the end, the soon to be author of the book made a claim that falls in line with what you have stated here.

    Most Republicans of today have no idea on how Reagan governed. He raised taxes eleven times, he supported immigration in ’86, and he understood the need to rid our nations of nuclear weapons. Also, He realized we are not the world’s policemen.

    By most the Republican standards of today, Ronald Reagan of yesteryear could not be voted in against the perception of the Ronald Reagan of today.

  3. His effigy should be burned in the street for selling out the Middle Class to Big Business. Reagan has a legacy so distorted by the Conservative idolization of him that we may never have a clear picture of the real man behind the television set beyond the elaborate myth now concocted around him. Did he really rid the world of commie scum? Did destroy or save our economy? Check out my portrait of The Gipper and help me figure it out on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/02/happy-100th-gipper.html with some Cold War Hollywood!

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