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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A Quondam View to the Past, Series II: Ronald Wilson Reagan's Legacy Part III

Yes, Ronald Reagan is the model of modern conservatism.  The man holds a distinction that is unparalleled in US Politics, and that is both good and bad for the conservative brand.

The good of Reagan was covered in the first of this series.  Reagan gave the country opportunity to look-up, smile and say, Ah "We feel good. The Soviet Union is dying and Reagan killed communism.  Hey, Reagan fired a bunch of air traffic controllers, thus teaching the unions a lesson about Right-wing politics and dealing a stomach punch to the power of collective bargaining.  Our Hero is a supporter of a university that forbids interracial relationships among its student body. He is neither Catholic nor Jewish. He wears cowboy boots, rides horses and yes wears a cowboy hat."

He was a "Man" for the ages. His legacy over the near term will continue to serve as the flagship model for people like Newt Gingrich. Most conservatives seem to need to cloak themselves in an "Ideal' model; it is a shame that Reagan is the only model to which they cling. For the uninformed or those who are blindly indoctrinated to the Reagan facade the rhetoric of Gingrich works.  But, for those who live of the opposite end of the Reagan facade, a vastly different picture awaits in the annuals of history.  The first two parts of the Quondam Series related to Reagan's supposed "Changes to Washington D.C." and "Political Malfeasance" in Washington D.C. during Reagan's 8 years in the Oval Office.  I fully acknowledge some identified corruption was from the Democratic Party. Before you grab that last sentence and run to safe (mental) quarters, read the article about Political Malfeasance. The GOP was out of control during Reagan's years as President.

 Newt Gingrich wears the name Reagan just below his tongue like a 'gunslinger' wearing his pistol hanging low on his hip.  Gingrich will never finish two paragraphs without "message' affiliation with the "Father of Modern Conservatism". Actually, if you watch him carefully you can even know when he is about to say the words. How very trite!

Newt's message embodies not only his and conservative perception of the 'ostensible good' from Reagan, it embodies those hidden meanings that are not so public: racially opportunistic code.   

Part III of this series is about Reagan's not so public side.

Aaron Krager (Liberal Writer)

These ten things show the truths conservatives try to hide about the Conservative Icon.

1. Reagan was a serial tax raiser.
2. Reagan nearly tripled the federal budget deficit.
3. Unemployment soared after Reagan's 1981 tax cuts.
4. Reagan grew the size of the federal government tremendously.
5. Reagan did little to fight a woman's right to choose.
6. Reagan was a "bellicose peacenik."
7. Reagan gave amnesty to 3 million undocumented immigrants.
8. Reagan illegally funneled weapons to Iran.
9. Reagan vetoed a comprehensive anti-Apartheid act.
10. Reagan helped create the Taliban and Osama Bin Laden.
Krager goes further while quoting from a book by Kyle Longley and Jeremy D. Meyer.
He was a flip-flopper on civil rights legislation by first stating - "If an individual wants to discriminate against Negroes or others in selling or renting his house, it is his right to do so" and then reversed course. Sounds like Rand Paul of today.

Unfortunately, the following is not the easiest document to navigate as it is an Ebookscrolling between sections and pages requires a bit of patience.  I have included the linked Ebook based on its range of topics and topical depth related to the "False Prophecy" of Ronald Reagan.  I have labored to direct you to pages and sections on pages to shorten your purview. the book is comprehensively varied in scope and complete in its depth of reporting.

Deconstructing Reagan: Conservative mythology and America's fortieth president: by Kyle Longley

Chapter 3:  Reagan and Race Prophet of Color Blindness, Baiter of Backlash  By Jeremy D. Meyer

Sub chapter topic: Reagan as Campaigner: the Sunny Salesman of White Backlash

Pages 70 - 80  Politics and Reagan's strategic maneuvers including refereeing to urban environments as 'jungles' and Page 76 Paragraph 2.

Reagan was an avowed supporter of Bob Jones University throughout his two-terms as President of the United States. If my memory does not fail me, I believe that Bob Jones prohibited racial  intermixing in any way. Imagine being prohibited from dating a friend who happens to be African-American, Hispanic or Asian? The university is also known for harboring anti-Catholic beliefs and doctrine.

In 2004 published an article which echos much of the linked articles in this piece.  

Ronald Reagan launched his campaign for the presidency in Philadelphia, Mississippi. That is the place now infamous from the civil rights movement. It was where three civil rights workers were murdered in one of the most well-known cases of racist violence from the 60s. During his first run for office, Reagan proudly waved his Dixiecrat credentials, saying: "I believe in states’ rights and I believe in people doing as much as they can for themselves at the community level and at the private level." 

After taking office in 1981, Reagan began a sustained attack on the government’s civil rights apparatus, opened an assault on affirmative action and social welfare programs, embraced the White racist leaders of then-apartheid South Africa and waged war on the tiny, Black Caribbean nation of Grenada. During his presidency, Reagan fired members of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights who criticized his civil rights policies, including his strong opposition to affirmative action programs. One of the commissioners recalls that the judge who overturned the dismissal did so because "you can’t fire a watchdog for biting." Reagan also attempted to limit and gut the Voting Rights Act and he slashed important programs like the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act that provided assistance to many African Americans.

There is a critical set of information in the following linked excerpt.  There is no evidence that Ronald Reagan himself was in any way a avowed or even a closet racist. He did, however, surround himself with people who were racist (Pat Buchanan) or (to a larger extent) people who were adroit at practicing the art of "code".  (AH, Did I not suggest Newt Gingrich is making same use of code to appear to the more anti-tolerant segments of the nation.
 Race in the Reagan Area  (

Reagan's "New Southern Strategy": Speaking in Code

Enter Ronald Reagan. Reagan bore no similarity whatsoever to old-fashioned racist firebrands like Alabama Governor George Wallace, who once proclaimed, "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, and segregation forever," or Birmingham Sheriff Bull Connor, who unleashed attack dogs and fire hoses on peaceful civil rights marchers. There's little or no evidence that Reagan, personally, held racist views at all. But Reagan mastered the art of speaking about race in code, obliquely appealing to white prejudice without turning off voters who might be offended by more naked displays of racism. Reagan thus managed to appeal to racists without being overtly hateful himself.  

Lee Atwater, the most influential Republican political operative of the 1980s and Reagan's campaign manager in 1980, called Reagan's subtle approach to white backlash voters the "New Southern Strategy."31 Atwater acknowledged in 1981 that the strategy had been designed to appeal to "the racist side of the [George] Wallace voter" without antagonizing other Americans who might be offended by ugly Wallace-style racism. As Atwater explained, "You start out in 1954 by saying, 'Nigger, nigger, nigger.' By 1968 you can't say 'nigger'—that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like 'forced busing,' 'states' rights,' and all these things that you're talking about are totally economic things and a by-product of them is [that] blacks get hurt worse than whites. And subconsciously maybe that is part of it... because obviously sitting around saying, 'We want to cut this,' is much more abstract than even the busing thing and a hell of a lot more abstract than 'Nigger, nigger.'"3
Throughout his presidency, Reagan supported the apartheid government in South Africa and even labeled Nelson Mandela's African National Congress a notorious terrorist organization. 
In 1981, Reagan explained to CBS that he was loyal to the South African regime because it was "a country that has stood by us in every war we've ever fought, a country that, strategically, is essential to the free world in its production of minerals."
Reagan actually vetoed U.S. Congressional Anti-Apartheid Legislation.

s I sum-up Part III of the Quondam Series, allow me to remind you of a very famous racist who was recently released from his contract with MCNBC. Pat Buchanan often speaks about his work in the Reagan Administration. I can only imagine Buchanan's behind the scenes the influence on the Reagan Years in the Oval Office. 

To be continued: Part IV The Financial Case against the Reagan Legacy

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