RIP President Reagan

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Hollie Newton
Jun 6, 2014

 

50 years ago, 1964: The Sandusky High School graduated a class of 377, the largest in the history of the school. And the smallest in the foreseeable future, according to Superintendent Wallace Glenwright. "There will be 100 more three years from now."

25 years ago, 1989: Appealing to the Chinese government to stop its "violent and bloody" attacks on student demonstrators, President Bush suspended U.S. military sales to China and warned of more significant economic sanctions if the repression continued.

10 years ago, 2004: Ronald Reagan, 93, the cheerful crusader who devoted his presidency to winning the Cold War, trying to scale back government and making people believe it was "morning again in America," died after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease.

Comments

bondgirlM

Mr. President we need another like you. So sorry you're not president today.

Ralph J.

My thoughts are that Reagan was one of the better Presidents. I have mixed feelings about the Iran-Contra affair.

http://www.brown.edu/Research/Un...

deertracker

Really? Mixed about what?

meowmix

Oh brother--the guy suffered from Alzheimer's while he was in office. It would only stand to reason that is why he is so beloved by the goof-ball righties.

deertracker

You are so right. The guy also raised taxes 11, that's ELEVEN times and tried to get one over on the American people with the Iran-Contra mess. How many times did he LIE saying " he couldn't remember?"

Why would anyone want more of that? Try all you want but you can't rewrite history. Cons are so WEAK!

Someone must be out on bond!

RIP Ronnie!

Contango

Re: "The guy also raised taxes 11,"

TRA86 was a compromise between raising taxes and cutting spending.

The Dem Congress reneged and never cut spending, but instead raised taxes.

The Dems lied per usual.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tax...

Ralph J.

Nancy Reagan must also suffer from Alzheimer's. She thinks that Obama is doing well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...

bondgirlM

If in fact Ronald Reagan had Alzheimers while he was president, he clearly is the longest survivor with the disease. He was president from 1981 to 1989 and was diagnosed with Alzheimers in 1994 and died in 2004 So how long do you think he suffered with it while he was in the White House? Because according to your calculations he had to have had it for 15 to 20 years before death...very unlikely. And if in fact you are correct which I doubt, he sure made a better president with Alzheimers than Clinton or Obama without it.

meowmix

The announcement that he was diagnosed with Alzheimers occurred in 1994. His own son Ron Jr. wrote that he thinks he showed symptoms of it by the 3rd year of his presidency. Also, on average, from onset of symptoms, people with Alzheimer's disease can live from 8 years (the average) up to 20 years. What's scary about today's current Republican party is that while Reagan was one of the worst presidents this country has had to endure over the last 100 years, he would be considered too moderate to be nominated by today's conservative standards--that's why you righties poster children are nut jobs like Cruz, goofball Ben Carson, Michelle Bachman..oh my, there are just too many to list.......

bondgirlM

His son Ronnie is living off his daddy's earnings, well, other than running around in his tutu.

Contango

Re: "goofball Ben Carson"

"Dr. Carson was a professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery, and pediatrics, and he was the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital."

Comparing those credentials with whatever you got, you're the "goofball."

Contango

Re: "Alzheimers"

Compared to what; the massive amts. of coke and marijuana that the current POTUS consumed during his physical development?

Contango

Re: "Reagan was one of the worst presidents this country has had to endure over the last 100 years,"

Nah, that would be Pres. Carter. That's why Gov. Reagan creamed him in a landslide.

meowmix

Jimmy Carter was a great statesman--uh remember the Sadat-Begin accord??? There was not one US serviceman killed as a result of war during Carter's tenure. That's not a bad record. The Iran hostage affair is what gained him a bad name, but if you really read about him, you'll learn he was actually a very good president.

bondgirlM

Meowmix were you around during double digit interest rates during the Carter years?

grumpy

Double digit inflation, double digit mortgage rates, double digit unemployment. They invented a new economic indicator to show how poorly the US economy was doing... the Misery index.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mis...(economics)

Contango

Re: "if you really read about him,"

I read a biography of him while he was POTUS.

A very intelligent man, but an incompetent president.

bondgirlM

Contango you see when liberals can't argue facts they ALWAYS resort to name calling because it takes the focus off of the REAL issues.

jazzbo

bondgirlM-
Contango was totally unaware that people are calling each other names.
I'm sure that the news came as a shock to him.
It was good of you to finally make him aware.

anthras

Re:"His own son Ron Jr. wrote that he thinks he showed symptoms of it by the 3rd year of his presidency."

Ron jr. is a liberal what would you expect him to say?

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thinkagain

1 Reagan = 1000 Obumheads

Darwin's choice

Your formula is incorrect, 1 Reagan cannot be equaled by all the obama's/obamabots combined!

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thinkagain

I stand corrected.

AJ Oliver

21 Reagan admin officials were charged and convicted of crimes by juries. That is a record . .
Not just crap throwing or wild & reckless accusations.
Convictions . . . by juries.
When you elect people to high office who do not believe in what govt. does - OF COURSE you're going to get massive corruption.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/20...

Contango

Re: "dailykos"

Great source, what's next The Daily Worker or Pravda?

Babo

The convictions are a matter of public record. There would be far more convictions in the GW Bush and Obama administrations but the USDOJ as a matter of policy stopped pursuing corporation executives criminally and letting them and their companies off with slaps on the wrist aka civil fines. Both parties have no interest in interfering with sources of campaign money.

44846GWP

I prefer to remmber another great American we lost 46 years ago today, on June 6th, 1968, Robert F. Kennedy. May he rest in peace.

Contango

Re: "Robert F. Kennedy."

Yea, he was JFK's AG, no possibility of collusion and corruption there! lol

44846GWP

You are such a Pig Winnie.

Contango

Sacred cows make the best hamburger.

- Mark Twain

44846GWP

"remember", my bad.

KURTje

Reagan did the same as Hitler - he ruled by the Zodiac. His seer was Joan Quigley. Who can forget ketchup being a food.

Contango

Re: "Reagan did the same as Hitler"

Comparing Pres. Reagan to Hitler?

Real kookoo even for you.

AJ Oliver

Hey Mr. Know-it-all & Coward Contagion - So where are the errors in the KOS piece? Can you point to any at all? Didn't think so. Since you don't "believe in" science, you don't believe in facts either. As Ronnie said at the 1988 GOP convention, "Facts are stupid things."

Contango

Re: "Hey Mr. Know-it-all & Coward Contagion,"

“If you are harsh and impolite to a person on an anonymous blog, chances are you are not a particularly brave person.”

- AJ Oliver, 05/09/2014

Are you describing your own character?

Cherry picking facts is a lot of fun, yes?

44846GWP

Talking about yourself Winnie?

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The Hero Zone

People of my age never have had the chance to vote for a conservative president in our lifetimes. It is an experience that is lost to us. I imagine it would be quite refreshing to be able to do. I'd sure love a candidate that can win 49/50 states.

KURTje

Pooh's got an altar built to Raygun, D*ck Chaney ,& Lew Wasserman. Also ran - zip again. (please create your own writing style too...your plagiarisms are old)

44846GWP

"Plagiarisms"? Where? Maybe you should look up the word.

Contango

Re: "plagiarisms,"

Quotation marks and it's credited - 'not' plagiarism.

Reality: 20, kooky kurtie: - 100.

KURTje

Blo on oldster. Blo.

meeksbaker

Ronald Reagan didnt due a damn thing in the white house. Hell he was old with Alzheimer's. He acted his way thru it. Best president ever my butt. Folks kill me the way the honor a man like he is a GOD or something. He traded guns raise taxes 11 times. And passed the Brady bill gun control law. But since he is white he is great than I take it...lmfao.....

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The Hero Zone

Rep. Gerry Connolly says Reagan raised taxes during five years of presidency
http://www.politifact.com/virgin...

You would do well to read the whole thing for context, but here:
"Our ruling

Connolly said Reagan, as president "raised taxes" in 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986 and 1987. Reagan did, in fact, sign off on at least one tax increase during each of those years.

Some of the increases were modest in scope. And it’s important to note that overall U.S. taxes, when measured as a portion of the nation’s GDP, went down during Reagan’s presidency.

But there’s no doubt that Reagan was willing to cut budget deals that included raising revenues. We rate Connolly’s statement True."

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What about his support of the Brady Bill? Hmm, why not read his own words on it as was submitted to and published by the New York Times:
"...four lives were changed forever, and all by a Saturday-night special -- a cheaply made .22 caliber pistol -- purchased in a Dallas pawnshop by a young man with a history of mental disturbance.

This nightmare might never have happened if legislation that is before Congress now -- the Brady bill -- had been law back in 1981.

Named for Jim Brady, this legislation would establish a national seven-day waiting period before a handgun purchaser could take delivery. It would allow local law enforcement officials to do background checks for criminal records or known histories of mental disturbances. Those with such records would be prohibited from buying the handguns..."

http://www.nytimes.com/1991/03/2...

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Hmmm what about the Iran-contra affair? It's pretty upsetting when a President circumnavigates Congress to his own agenda, isn't it? We can only hope our current President never stoops to such scandalous behavior.

"Iran-contra affair, in U.S. history, secret arrangement in the 1980s to provide funds to the Nicaraguan contra rebels from profits gained by selling arms to Iran. The Iran-contra affair was the product of two separate initiatives during the administration of President Ronald Reagan. The first was a commitment to aid the contras who were conducting a guerrilla war against the Sandinista government of Nicaragua. The second was to placate "moderates" within the Iranian government in order to secure the release of American hostages held by pro-Iranian groups in Lebanon and to influence Iranian foreign policy in a pro-Western direction.

Despite the strong opposition of the Reagan administration, the Democratic-controlled Congress enacted legislation, known as the Boland amendments, that prohibited the Defense Dept., the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), or any other government agency from providing military aid to the contras from Dec., 1983, to Sept., 1985. The Reagan administration circumvented these limitations by using the National Security Council (NSC), which was not explicitly covered by the law, to supervise covert military aid to the contras. Under Robert McFarlane (1983–85) and John Poindexter (1985–86) the NSC raised private and foreign funds for the contras. This operation was directed by NSC staffer Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North. McFarlane and North were also the central figures in the plan to secretly ship arms to Iran despite a U.S. trade and arms embargo...

Read more: Iran-contra affair | Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/encycl...

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Reagan was not a God. He was a man with the same foibles as other men.

"It may be a reflection on human nature, that such devices should be necessary to control the abuses of government. But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself. A dependence on the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government; but experience has taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions." - James Madison in "The Federalist No. 51", 1788

http://www.constitution.org/fed/...

200+ year-old words still never rang truer today than then, do they, meeksbaker?