Sunday, December 4, 2011

Ronald Reagan a leftist?


By Charles A. Morse
web posted February 25, 2002

My leftist friend says that Ronald Reagan looked good on his
91st birthday and how nice it was that Congressmen, including
Democrats, paid their respects. At first glance, it struck me as
odd that she spoke well of a President she had always loathed.
Then it dawned on me. The tragic Reagan of today is the Reagan
she had always hoped for, namely, one that can't talk back. In
his present sad condition, Former President Ronald Reagan can
no longer threaten the left and, as such, he has now become, de
facto, a good leftist himself. After all, he can no longer question
political correctness, he's completely dependant on others, and
he no longer thinks for himself. The left can at last claim a victory
over Reagan, the only type of victory they could ever have
against such a genuine patriot.

No figure in the latter part of the twentieth century elicited a
more committed and enduring hate from the left than Reagan.
While unapologetically standing for moral absolutes and limited
government, Reagan won two elections with wide popular
margins and was, in fact, one of the most popular presidents in
history. This flew in the face of the left's bogus posturing as
representatives of "the people." No leftist or leftist cause ever
garnered such popular support. In spite of eight years of an
unprecedented and ugly drumbeat of propaganda leveled against
him by leftist media and institutions, nothing would shake this
support. The left would never understand that Reagan's
connection with average Americans came from an instinctive
understanding that he stood for individual freedom.

In his first year, Reagan cut taxes and reduced spending in all
departments except defense. Regarding welfare, Reagan spoke
of helping "the truly needy" which enraged a left that viewed
welfare as a transfer of wealth to bureaucracies and poverty as a
business. Reagan's tax cut, like John F. Kennedy's before him,
greatly contributed to the economic prosperity of the 1980's and
1990's. This might have led, the left feared, to a populace that
could realize that big government and big taxes were not the
answer to economic and social ills. The danger for the left was
that average people might get by quite nicely without them. Such
prosperity threatened to erode the left's constituency. With their
authoritarian and overstuffed schemes, the left feared that
Reagan's government might expose the irrelevancy of their entire
enterprise and raison d'etre.

Rather than being content with d├ętente or containment toward
the leftist Soviet Union and its satellites, Reagan sought to roll
back and defeat Communism, which, for the left, was like the
ramming of a crucifix into the heart of their vampire. Reagan
supported the freedom fighters against the blood soaked tyranny
of Ortega in Nicaragua, he defeated the Castro-ite puppet in
Grenada, and he supported freedom-oriented governments and
movements in Latin America, which greatly contributed to
genuine progress toward democracy. Reagan supported the
Polish Solidarity movement thus helping to eventually liberate
Poland, Eastern Europe, and even Russia itself, from the brutal
jackboot of a left wing communism that was responsible for the
murder of over 100 million people and the untold suffering and
poverty of millions more.

On March 8, 1983, in a speech in Orlando, Florida, President
Reagan asked for prayers for the "salvation of all of those who
were in that totalitarian darkness...Let us be aware that...they are
the focus of evil in the modern world." He admonished his
audience to beware of the "temptation of blatantly declaring
yourselves above it all and label(ing) both sides equally at fault,
(and the temptation) to ignore the facts of history and the
aggressive impulses of an Evil Empire."

Reagan didn't flinch from identifying the difference between good
and evil. The reason the Evil Empire comment sent the left into
such paroxysms of scorn was not only because it plainly
identified their own faith as evil, but, more fundamentally,
because Reagan was openly stating the truth in the face of a
political belief system that had everything invested in denying the
very existence of fundamental truths. Like Franklin D.
Roosevelt's open opposition to National Socialism after Pearl
Harbor, Reagan, with his Evil Empire speech, placed the
American government, and society, for the first time, in absolute
moral and literal opposition to international socialism. This one
comment, more than anything else, led to a significant collapse of
the left's beloved communism.

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