Tag Archives: Ronald Reagan
Despite suggestions from such conservatives as Charles Krauthammer and Newt Gingrich to temper their rhetoric, more than a few Republicans these days are claiming that the so-called scandals that currently beset the Obama administration are the worst in American history.
Let’s knock down that nonsense with just two examples of past scandals, shall we?
For starters, the notion that Obama’s problems are worse than Watergate hardly merits discussion. Richard Nixon, after all, needed a presidential pardon from his successor, Gerald Ford, to keep him safe from criminal prosecution.
The current political controversy over last year’s tragedy in Benghazi, Libya, brings to mind an even greater tragedy of nearly 30 years ago in that same part of the world.
On Oct. 23, 1983, a terrorist truck-bomb was detonated at a U.S. Marines barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, killing 220 Marines, 18 sailors and three soldiers. It was the biggest single-day death toll for the Marine Corps since the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II.
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.
Republican slaves of the National Rifle Association who also worship the memory of Ronald Reagan seem to have forgotten something HE WROTE in 1991:
“Anniversary” is a word we usually associate with happy events that we like to remember: birthdays, weddings, the first job. March 30, however, marks an anniversary I would just as soon forget, but cannot.
It was on that day 10 years ago that a deranged young man standing among reporters and photographers shot a policeman, a Secret Service agent, my press secretary and me on a Washington sidewalk [above].
The death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher brings to mind certain realities about the record of her close friend Ronald Reagan.
As I’ve pointed out on numerous occasions, Reagan would be considered a RINO (Republican In Name Only) by current GOP standards.
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.”
This president is a president every conservative Republican and Tea Party member should loathe.