Hmmm, pretty slanted piece. Jarvis minimizes (or fails to mention) Reagans
greatest accomplishments, and then cleverly tries to counter-balance them with
less-significant negatives. Reagan was often thwarted by Democratic majorities
in Congress, and therefore had to set aside some of his objectives. But he
held a core set of conservative principles that led to accomplishments which
greatly benefit our country even today. No, Reagan was not perfect, but I
still feel that he was one of our greatest presidents. He was not a moderate.
We should not consider the Era of Reagan to be over, but rather should return
to his core principles of smaller government, lower taxes, and greater freedom.
Reagan's legend is far greater than the bumbler I remember.
Gingrich claims to be the one true heir of Ronald Reagan, Newt will say and do
anything to get your attention. I guess Newt still wants to build a 5 star
resort yet on the moon, and for security guards do more research and then
development for "star wars." We know that Reagan is famous for
preaching that helping the wealthy would help the rest of us, but since that
time they did not create any jobs for the middleclass. In case Newt pushes for
the new world order and wants more guns and much more deregulation's, he'll
massively increased military spending, and never lower taxes with a balanced
budget. Yes Newt should admit that Reagan was a pragmatic moderate. But
"moderate" is the dirty name, it would let the cat out of the bag, of
true American Exceptionalism" (aka) bow down to K Street and Wall Street
Corporate sneakiness, outright-scams and con-games. Koch Brother's and
ReaganBushClintonBush-villes economics, deregulated for kickbacks for the Koch
Brothers and Grover Norquist, in their "Field Of Dreams," (of corn and
sugar cane), with more corruption, and "crony capitalism." Wnat
about Reagan's illegal immigration policy and Newt's?.My truthful
Reagan was the last Republican I voted for.Today - he would be a
RINO, a Moderate, a Tax and Spend Liberal who publically advocated Liberalism,
and would be castigated and executed by the Tea-Party and GOP of
today.The game hasn't changed, The radicals have just moved
the goal posts to uber-right-world-fantasy-land of make believe.
And don't overlook Reagan's immigration policy, which most in the Tea Party or
Minuteman factions today would describe as amnesty. The revisionist history and
the deification of Reagan by the far Right is hard to comprehend. Reagan was
conservative for his day (relative to Nixon, Carter, Ford, and GOP leaders like
Dick Lugar, Bob Dole, and Howard Baker), but the GOP pendulum has swung so far
to the right that today, as the columnist concludes, he would be classed as a
moderate. Reagan, running on his record, would not have garnered more than 3%
in the 2012 Iowa caucus. He'd have been that liberal guy over with Romney and
Huntsman, overshadowed by Santorum and Bachman.
Reagan is the Gold Standard? Of what?The Gold Standard of ways to
fool gullible voters?
Jarvis' article makes me believe even more strongly that Gingrich thinks the
rest of us are idiots. He keeps labeling himself as the "true"
successor to Reagan, the true conservative in the race, while labeling Romney as
a liberal. In truth, if, today, Gingrich were running against Reagan, he would
be denouncing his opponent with the same blather he uses against Romney.
Even Reagan was not perfect. Thing is what happened 30 years ago is diffrent
than what will happen today. Reagan was good for his time just like Lincoln
was. Reagan even improved on things as President.Who will be best
right now. Lincoln couldn't say what Washington would do needed to do what was
best in his day. Invoking his name rather than looking at what should we do