Was Ronald Reagan more of a narcissist than Barack Obama?

In the nearly eight years I’ve been writing this blog, nothing has been more fun for me than puncturing the popular conservative myths about Ronald Reagan’s political career. The Gipper, as his fans affectionately called him, defied the right-wing stereotypes applied to him on a whole host of issues — taxes, spending, gun control, abortion, the size of government, compromising with Democrats, negotiating with America’s enemies, arms control, relations with Israel, etc., etc. And now there’s cause to point out...

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The death of Jim Brady brings to mind Ronald Reagan’s support for gun control

Today’s conservatives generally seem not to remember that Saint Ronaldus Maximus was an advocate of gun control. The death of former White House Press Secretary Jim Brady is a perfect occasion  to remind Americans of what Reagan actually said about guns. A good example is a COLUMN Reagan once wrote for The New York Times: While there has been a Federal law on the books for more than 20 years that prohibits the sale of firearms to felons, fugitives, drug addicts and the mentally ill, it has no enforcement mechanism and basically works on...

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Remember what Ronald Reagan did when the Russkies shot down a passenger plane?

The current generation of American political conservatives is not well-known for its firm grasp of history. Accordingly, it strikes me as a good idea to warn these right-wing partisans against making any snarky suggestions that Ronald Reagan would have done better than Barack Obama in dealing with yesterday’s missile attack on a civilian passenger plane in the skies over Ukraine. HERE‘s a history lesson worth taking to heart: On Sept. 1, 1983, the Soviet Union shot down a Korean Airlines passenger airliner traveling from New York...

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Yet again, Rand Paul is distorting Ronald Reagan’s presidential record

It’s widely taken for granted these days that Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky will be running for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, although he hasn’t formally declared his candidacy. One of the sure signs of Paul’s intentions in this regard is the extent to which he’s been praising Ronald Reagan, the patron saint of the GOP. Never mind that the senator had some unflattering things to say about Reagan just a few years ago (see HERE). The partisans Paul is currently courting aren’t likely to notice that...

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On this Memorial Day, a few thoughts on Ronald Reagan’s imaginary war experiences

Ronald Reagan, God bless him, had a great imagination — perhaps as a result of his career in Hollywood, where everything is imaginary. And while Reagan never greatly distinguished himself as a thespian on the silver screen, he was a pretty good actor as president. He was so good, in fact, that he seemingly could convince even himself that the made-up stories he told as commander-in-chief were all true. My two favorite such stories are his claim that he witnessed the liberation of Nazi death camps in Europe toward the end of World War II...

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