How did Reagan escape blame for Beirut, which was far worse than Benghazi?

All through these endless Benghazi committee hearings — which ultimately have been pointless, except for partisan  political considerations — I’ve been reminded of a similar, but worse, situation that arose during Ronald Reagan’s first term as president. Of course, many of today’s Republican lawmakers don’t really remember the Reagan administration, which is why they portray it as more conservative than it actually was. They seem to know nothing of how Reagan was held blameless for what happened in Beirut,...

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GOP debate at Reagan library will feature false portrayals of our 40th president

The second Republican presidential debate of the current cycle is scheduled for Wednesday night at the Ronald Reagan Library in California, which means that all or most of the participants will feel obligated to pay at least passing homage to the so-called patron saint of modern conservatism. But, of course, these accolades likely will be at odds with the facts of the matter. 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...

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Fatal shootings of police officers far less common under Obama than under Reagan

At this point in Ronald Reagan’s presidency, 576 police officers had been shot and killed. So far in Barack Obama’s presidency, the number is 314. These figures come from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. So much for the nonsense we hear from the right-wing noise machine.  ...

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It seems that Barack Obama is much less a narcissist than Ronald Reagan was

In a  comment I ran across on Facebook yesterday, an acquaintance of mine declared in familiar — and grossly mistaken — right-wing fashion that President Obama “is a narcissist.” What a laugh. Of course, there’s at least a whiff of racism in that narcissism rap against Obama. It suggests that the black man in the White House is a bit uppity. But never mind that angle. Let’s focus instead on the roots of the narcissism charge against Obama and the lack of evidence to support it. This whole business arose a...

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The sight of black folks toting guns prompted Ronald Reagan to oppose open-carry

In my seven-plus years as a blogger, I’ve had a lot of fun debunking the many myths about Ronald Reagan widely believed among today’s right-wing Republicans. These people generally are surprised, for example, to learn that Reagan was an advocate of gun control. Even more surprising is the story of how the Gipper became such an advocate when he was governor of California in the late 1960s. The Black Panthers were a big deal in California in those days, and their militancy scared the hell out of much of the white populace....

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