Reagan

"[Ronald] Reagan ... was most definitely a global empire builder, a servant of the corporatocracy. At the time of his election, I found it fitting that he was a Hollywood actor, a man who had followed orders passed down from moguls, who knew how to take direction. That would be his signature. He would cater to the men who shuttled back and forth from corporate CEO offices to bank boards and into the halls of government. He would serve the men who appeared to serve him but who in fact ran the government - men like Vice President George H. W. Bush, Secretary of State George Shultz, Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger, Richard Cheney, Richard Helms, and Robert McNamara. He would advocate what those men wanted: an America that controlled the world and all its resources, a world that answered to the commands of that America, a U.S. military that would enforce the rules as they were written by America, and an international trade and banking system that supported America as CEO of the global empire." John Perkins

Rachel Maddow- beware the ghost of reagan

 

Happy Birthday Ronald Reagan (2/6/2009)

Since Reagan the middle class has been sinking, and the top 1% has reaped all of the gains. Income inequality has soared and democracy has correspondingly weakened. That is a consequence of Republican policy.

Features of the very Republican Reagan administration included:

The Iran-Contra scandals which made felons of dozens of Reagan officials.

An appeal to every wedge issue possible: race, religion, sexuality, language, immigration, states rights, and a renewal of class struggle. The wealthy won. You can see it.

An assault on labor that permitted further weakening of employee rights and tended to impoverish many workers.

Massive military buildup for a ten foot tall Soviet Union that was based on twisted 'intelligence'. When the USSR collapsed we had to continue feeding the military-industrial complex in its quest for empire and world domination. The same NEOCONs behind this military adventure were the war criminals who lied to go to war in Iraq.

The huge military buildup was put on the tab. Fiscal responsibility is only a Republican talking point when they have little to say about the actual budget.

To demonstrate that the President was above the law, he pursued an illegal war in Central America that included a torture manual, training at the School of the Americas, drug running to the inner US cities, illegal arms sale to Iran, and ultimately led to the conviction of a number in his administration. Many of the felons returned to take jobs in the Bush administration.

When the World Court ruled that the US was liable for damage mining the harbors in Nicaragua, Reagan simply ignored the World Court. Republicans have no respect for international law.

We are number one. ..in incarcerations.

The Bush believers in small government implemented the most vicious assault on civil liberties ever seen in the US. We barely escaped with habeas corpus. The 'nofly list', 'Patriot Act', the Military Commissions Act, real id, all illustrate just what R's mean when they talk about small government. We know now that the NSA listens to everyone's phone. Read them the Constitution next time you pick up the phone.

So we see now the consequences of the Republican agenda: the US military budget is larger than the rest of the world's combined, it has a shredded social safety net that includes the most expensive health care of the developed world, pensions are disappearing (except maybe for Social Security...but Republicans attempted to remove that too.) Say goodbye to your standard of living. Most likely the empire won't last long either because the industrial base and prosperity that enabled it have disappeared.

The worst Republican idea of all is that the President needs to be a 'strong man', the Congress has been weakened and the result is that people can only speak in flawed elections

We are accelerating our race for extinction, and you can count on Republicans to oppose any change in course.

Bibliography

Reagan's Reign of Error: Mark Green and Gail MacColl

Out of Control: The Stroy of the Reagan Administration's Secret War in Nicaragua, the Illegal Arms Pipeline, and the Contra Drug Connection: Leslie Cockburn

Visions And Nightmares, America After Reagan: Robert Lekachman

Tear Down This Myth, the Right-Wing Distortion of the Reagan Legacy: Will Bunch

Sleepwalking Through History, America in the Reagan Years: Haynes Johnson

Day of Reckoning, the Consequences of American Economic Policy Under Reagan and After: Benjamin M. Friedman

Greed is Not Enough: Reaganomics, Robert Lekachman

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