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iemitsu

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1. I'm glad you made this an OP. Good analysis of the Reagan legacy.
Sat Dec 29, 2012, 04:30 PM
Dec 2012

You brought back my memories of that time in our past (that has has such a negative influence on our present).
I remember feeling the same as you about Reagan when I first heard he was running for President. A slick, greasy salesman. A man who had sold the fantasy of the frontier west so long he became the embodiment of its mythology. Either chosen by God (Manifest Destiny) or by natural selection (Social Darwinism) , Ronald Reagan rode into our political scene, a rugged individual in a big, white hat, who was going clean up the town by ridding it of corrupt bureaucrats and replacing them with hand-picked guardians of conservative values. These would replace trained civil service people for the beneficiaries of the spoils system (his henchmen).
His message, as you note, was always to sell something ugly, sugar-coated with smooth justification to make it seem worth swallowing. I was appalled to find people I grew up with attracted by his spiel and doubly so to hear the media label Reagan, "the great communicator". He never really said anything. He just spoke in a way that hypnotized his audiences, at least those with suggestive personalities or those open to the fantasy he sold. He was not a great communicator. It was difficult to distill his message from the prattle.
It was during his reign that I began to distrust the media. Their concerted effort to bolster a mediocre man's image and enable his sweeping changes to our system was obvious and upsetting (no internet for alternative sources of information).
Oh, and you forgot to attribute to Reagan one other gift. He brought good-old, American racism out of the closet, that it had been put into by the Civil Rights movement. Today it once again flourishes in the open air.

I'm glad you made this an OP. Good analysis of the Reagan legacy. iemitsu Dec 2012 #1
It was said at the time of his election... ewagner Dec 2012 #9
Well, you were a darned sight smarter than those who became republicans iemitsu Dec 2012 #41
Thank you for adding your great writing as their own Pretzel_Warrior Dec 2012 #2
I would recommend this a thousand times if I could. cordelia Dec 2012 #3
the man was the republican anti-kennedy. unblock Dec 2012 #4
If Ronnie Raygun's name is on a cesspool somewhere, you have my permission not to change it. WhoIsNumberNone Dec 2012 #5
the shrine to the false god hopemountain Dec 2012 #6
That, too... IthinkThereforeIAM Dec 2012 #13
Welcome to DU, hopemountain! calimary Dec 2012 #15
yes! i'd forgotten about hopemountain Dec 2012 #22
Thanks! calimary Dec 2012 #27
He taught this country Mr.Bill Dec 2012 #7
REAGAN MADE GREED AND IDIOCY FASHIONABLE Skittles Dec 2012 #8
Please, No! Jackpine Radical Dec 2012 #10
Jackpine... ewagner Dec 2012 #11
I couldn't agree more! calimary Dec 2012 #28
He was always lauded by the media as the "great communicator"... SunSeeker Dec 2012 #12
He was good at reading speeches Mr.Bill Dec 2012 #14
I always said he was lost without his script. k8conant Dec 2012 #34
"great communicator" my ass. More like poster boy for the banality of evil hunter Dec 2012 #36
Yes, if there is a hell, he's there. nt SunSeeker Dec 2012 #42
re:ronald reagan. The "legacy" (from the depths of HELL). allan01 Dec 2012 #16
I also despise Reagan. PufPuf23 Dec 2012 #17
it is no wonder hopemountain Dec 2012 #26
Thank you and welcome to DU hopemountain. PufPuf23 Dec 2012 #33
Every time Chris Matthews on MSNBC says how much he admires him I hit the mute button. libinnyandia Dec 2012 #18
I knew, even as a young boy, that this man was a phony. I kept wondering why people thought... BlueJazz Dec 2012 #19
He was horrible. Blue_In_AK Dec 2012 #20
Reagan was a democrat until roughly 1954 Rain Mcloud Dec 2012 #21
666 St. Cloud Road, Bel Air, CA green for victory Dec 2012 #23
I, too, am old as dirt... LibertyBell7 Dec 2012 #24
Welcome to DU, LibertyBell7! calimary Dec 2012 #31
If you've seen one redwood, you've seen them all, don't you know? Blue_In_AK Dec 2012 #37
He made crapping The Wizard Dec 2012 #25
I never thought I'd hate a president Unknown Beatle Dec 2012 #29
Isn't that true? Horrible that both plus Bush I Pretzel_Warrior Dec 2012 #32
K&R! Lugnut Dec 2012 #30
I've always said on here (and other places) that he was the worst president ever. TroubleMan Dec 2012 #35
Yet, deification is indepat Dec 2012 #38
I have always thought this. Matariki Dec 2012 #39
When reagan was politicking in the early 70's for governor, maybe president..he stood behind a large Tikki Dec 2012 #40
Thank you! Most excellent OP! nt Mnemosyne Dec 2012 #43
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