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The Changing Attitude By Liberals Toward President Ronald Reagan

Updated on February 5, 2011

The Changing Attitude By Liberals Toward President Ronald Reagan

I was fresh out of the Army when my landlord and neighbors ganged up on me about my intent to vote for Ronald Reagan - although I was not a Christian then, I thought that anyone who was against abortion had my vote… not-with-standing his take on race or the other cumbersome issues of the day that affect the modern Presidency. It is rather pleasantly surprising to hear many Liberals lauding President Ronald Reagan, on this his 100th birthday. Those who were not around during Reagan’s Presidency must know that this man was hated here and abroad. I remembered when I served in Germany… President Reagan decided to place Nuclear Missiles in Europe, which brought about much vitriol against him and America… that soldiers like myself heard when we engaged in conversation with some Europeans. The hatred here for the ‘Gipper’ was no less… coming from most Liberal Americans – go back and look at the editorial pages and political cartoons from that era to see what I am speaking about.

Even our current President, the epitome of Liberal ideology, is in the habit of lauding President Reagan. This seemingly aberration only proves that there are times when we cannot judge the policies of a President until years later. I know by reading history that President Truman was hated when he too left office, and now, Truman is considered among the great Commanders in Chiefs. To many of us, we did not need the passing of time to see the merits of President Reagan’s policies: curtailing Communism; willing to speak out against the demerits/detriment of the cradle to grave mentality; the incubus that is burdensome taxes; and espousing the economic benisons of the free market. Believe it or not, the same vitriol used against President Reagan is now being used against Governor Sarah Palin. Like now, the elites then would say that President Reagan did not have the intellectual curiosity, and they especially made fun of Reagan’s past vocation of being an actor. What I remembered is that our enemies feared us and I got that same feeling again, to a lesser extent, when the younger President Bush was in office, but under President Reagan… this respect and fear from our enemies were more palatable and lingering.

Perhaps there is hope that the younger President Bush too in the future will be lauded for his stance against the Jihadists – wasn’t there signs plastered on billboards asking the pointed query: miss me yet! There are those who want to include President Ronald Reagan’s face among those Presidents memorialized on Mount Rushmore – I say let the chiseling begin. There are many Eastern Europeans and the Poles who also should be lauding President Reagan for defeating the Soviet Union and lest I should forget… much respect for the assist Pope John Paul and Prime Minister Maggie Thatcher gave to President Reagan in helping him combat and win the great ideological struggle of the twentieth century… happy birthday President Reagan.

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      Nia 

      3 years ago

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      Kimberly Schimmel 

      6 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      I well remember Reagan--the first president I was old enough to vote for. I was living in Evanston, IL at the time--fresh from the cornfields of Indiana. When my husband and I went to vote in the primary and said we were Republicans they looked at us like we'd said we were Martians! Those people howled about how Reagan was going to get us all nuked. Fools!

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      Verily Prime 

      7 years ago from New York

      Let me get this - because I gave President Reagan some props, I am unable to 'create' and embrace 'new' ideas. Like most elites, apparently only your way is the path to elightenment. As a traditional Christian, I am acutely aware that I am flesh and blood - flawed and all. In essence, I will never have the ability to deem someone a saint, since it's against the tenets of what I believe. By the way, there are certain behaviors that will never be embraced by someoone like me... no matter how popular said behaviors are... I take no lessons from the trees bending to the prevailing societal or political breeze if it offends my religious belief.

      -Verily Prime

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      TeaPartyCrasher 

      7 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

      Of course, so much of the mess we're in, both here, by way of his pro-corporate and anti-union policies (See "Capitalism--a Love Story", and spit out you corporate tea in the process) and abroad (Iran and Iraq, Afghanistan) can be laid at the feet of "St. Ronnie".

      And people want to use him as an icon. Only shows their inability to create and embrace new ideas.

    • Verily Prime profile imageAUTHOR

      Verily Prime 

      7 years ago from New York

      hi Rachel:

      thanks for reading the blog - perhaps, it is a matter of political persuasion which will determine who is a good President, etc - but the research on President Reagan will show back then how he was looked upon compare to now...

      -Verily Prime

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      Rachel Woodruff 

      7 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Reagan was before my time, however when Bush was President people said that Reagan was the best President ever, now I fear I hear the opposite, that Reagan was among the worst. I don't know if this idea is new, or if it just to take away from our current predicament, but I applaud your birthday salute, it was beautifully written. Thank you.

      Rachel

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