What Were Ronald Reagan’s Achievements?

Julia Shaw  From The Foundry, by Julia Shaw, February 6, 2012 – 

February 6 is Ronald Reagan’s birthday. While the right has long looked to Reagan as the standard-bearer of conservative leadership, over the past few years, even liberals are waxing Reaganesque.

For instance, before he was the class warrior in the mold of Teddy Roosevelt, President Obama invoked the Gipper to support his millionaire tax. As Reagan historian Steven Hayward remarked, “Ever so slowly, liberals are attempting a subtle revisionism” of our 40th President.

Let’s set the record straight. Just take a look at Ronald Reagan’s greatest achievements as evidence of his conservatism.

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Every President is judged on his performance in two areas: peace and prosperity. By this standard, Ronald Reagan was one of our greatest Presidents, and this is why the last half of the 20th century is often described by historians as the Age of Reagan.

Reagan’s military buildup and competition with the Soviet Union not only kept America safe but also, in Margaret Thatcher’s memorable phrase, won the Cold War without firing a shot. At home, he persuaded Congress to pass an economic recovery program—centered on cutting marginal tax rates—that sparked an unprecedented period of peacetime prosperity. As important, Reagan lifted the country out of a great psychological depression induced by the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr., and sustained by the Vietnam War, Watergate, and the Jimmy Carter malaise. He did so by appealing to the best in the American character.

As Reagan explained in his Farewell Address, quoting the Constitution, “We the People” was the underlying basis for everything he tried to do as President.

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  1. Senator-Blutarksy

    The actions of the Reagan Administration during the Iran-Contra scandal revealed “a pattern of conduct and a state of mind among important people in this administration which must be described as an American style of fascism. I would prefer to avoid that term,
    but it is the only one in the modern political vocabulary that adequately describes the situation.”

    William Pfaff, Chicago Tribune, March, 1987

    The Subornation of Ronald Reagan
    Millions of Americans put their trust in Ronald Reagan to cut taxes, cut back the power of the federal government, and end the domination of the federal government by the Eastern Establishment. Yet the American people, in voting for Ronald Reagan, got Trilateralist George Bush as Vice-President, and an administration filled with CFR and Trilateral Commission members.

    Ronald Reagan was distinguished by his use of anti-Communist rhetoric to defend an interventionist foreign policy. Yet the first loan approved by the Export-Import Bank after Reagan took office was for $120 million to pay for two nuclear reactors for Communist Romania.

    In early 1981, Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger offered a $20 billion line of credit to Red China for the purpose of selling them military equipment.

    President Reagan carried out a policy in the Middle East of increasingly close friendship with Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Egypt. During the Iran/Iraq war, the Reagan administration openly supported the government of Saddam Hussein.

    According to a report by the Financial Times of London and ABC News Nightline, President Reagan authorized military aid to Iraq in a 1983 Presidential Finding. Between 1983 and 1989, the United States government supplied one planeload of weapons every week to Iraq, free of charge. That was your tax dollars at work.

    At the same time, Iraq received large amounts of weapons from the Soviet Union, France and Red China; Britain, Germany, Austria, Chile and South Africa supplied military technology. And Iraq received tens of billions of dollars from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait to pay for these weapons.

    Ronald Reagan left one additional legacy to us, and to our children and our grandchildren. He ran up the National Debt from $980 billion when he took office to about $2.6 trillion when he left office.
    http://www.antiwar.com/berkman/trilat.html

    Not only did Reagan bring in Bush but he “never again uttered a word against the Commission or the CFR… Reagan’s fifty-nine-member transition team was composed of twenty-eight CFR members, ten members of the elite Bilderberg group, and at least ten Trilaterals.

    “He even appointed prominent CFR members to three of the nation’s most sensitive offices: Secretary of State Alexander Haig (a Trilateral founding member), Secretary of Defense Casper Weinberger, and Secretary of the Treasury Donald Regan. Additionally, he named Bush’s campaign manager, James A. Baker III, who then served as chairman of the Reagan-Bush campaign committee, as his chief of staff. Baker is a fourth-generation member of a family long connected to Rockefeller oil interests.” – Rule by Secrecy, pp. 29-30

    Only two months after being elected, Reagan was almost killed. Bush would have stepped into office in 1981 instead of 1988.

    Who do you think controlled the decisions of the 1980’s U.S. Government… Ronald Reagan or Trilateral Commission and CFR bankers and industrialists like Rockefeller?

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