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Honoring Ronald Reagan

Nearly 25 years after he left office, Ronald Reagan is widely regarded as at least once of the near great Presidents, if not great. It's time to make his birthday a national holiday or at least add him to the official Presidents day honoree list of Washington and Lincoln. It is also time to start planning a memorial in Washington or at least put him on Mt. Rushmore.

by Anonymousreply 7802/23/2013

Death to OP.

by Anonymousreply 302/22/2013

We can celebrate it by trading arms for hostages!

by Anonymousreply 402/22/2013

Worst. President. Ever. Positively reptilian.

by Anonymousreply 502/22/2013

Well....

by Anonymousreply 602/22/2013

Was watching The Dark Knight Returns animated film earlier and even cartoon Reagan was vile.

by Anonymousreply 702/22/2013

Then start the ball rolling, OP, don't just sit here and be all faux, naive whiner about it all. Gosh, golly, gee, he's so wonderful he should be on Mt. Rushmore!

Actually RR should be on the other side the mountain, the side where Washington and Lincoln and Roosevelt take a shit.

by Anonymousreply 802/22/2013

He fucked up the USA more than any other. He was the gateway to the idea that if you're poor you're a criminal and if you have to pay taxes, you probably shouldn't- both which have ruined this country. that and busting the unions makes him the WORST president ever in my book.

by Anonymousreply 902/22/2013

OP: I would support enacting a presidential directive forcing the Koch brothers to put his image on the toilet paper they make. I could support that? OK?

by Anonymousreply 1002/22/2013

Shortly after he left office, nut bags throughout the country went to work getting everything in the world named after him. The semi-retarded governor of Virginia came up with the brilliant idea of naming Washington National Airport after him for the sole reason of rubbing it in the noses of Americans living in the DC area. (People in DC pay more attention to what's going on in Washington, so they tended to appreciate exactly how good a president Reagan actually was.)

There is an appropriate monument to Reagan--the Department of Commerce Building. At the time it was built, and perhaps to this day, it was the most expensive government building ever. One of the hallmarks of Reagan's regime was wasteful federal spending. He gave us the deficit.

When they eventually rename all the things already named after Ronald Reagan, they should leave his name on this building. I know that I am intheminority among thinking people, suggesting that a federal building be named for the man who, for 20 years, defined the term "AssClown President," but it's important to remember things like him, to keep them from happening again.

by Anonymousreply 1102/22/2013

The blood of my dead friends is on his hands! I always enjoyed that his death was slow and painful! WOOHOO!

At least my friends died quickly.

George H.W. Bush and Dick Cheney both seem intent on lingering ,so yay! Ready for Rumsfeld ?

PP,come back anytime Freeper ass fraggle,kisses!

by Anonymousreply 1202/22/2013

Fuck Ronald Regan up the ass with no lube until he bleeds. Oh, my bad...I forgot...he has no ass because he's DEAD.

Thank Christ Almighty that fucker is DEAD. Let's celebrate THAT every year.

by Anonymousreply 1302/22/2013

R13, he really should have a death commemoration. Maybe Nancy could dance there each year.

by Anonymousreply 1402/22/2013

Just remember, it's a good day in America because Ronald Reagan is still dead.

by Anonymousreply 1502/22/2013

OP is just bored and trolling. Don't feed it.

by Anonymousreply 1602/22/2013

He was possibly the most disgusting thing that ever happened to the American people. He was totally and completely against the working people and even though most don't seem to know it, he was the beginning of the end of our middleclass. I wish there was a hell that he were living in.

by Anonymousreply 1702/22/2013

Free Republic has been down for the last few days. Until those clowns get their act together, we are going to have to expect this sort of garbage. BTW OP, we already have a monument to Reagan. It's the deficit he left us with.

by Anonymousreply 1802/22/2013

Actually I wished he had lived longer and suffered more.

by Anonymousreply 1902/22/2013

Ditzy Ronald Reagan and his selfish, grasping wife neglected and mistreated their kids. The kids paid them back with juvenile stunts and vicious tell-all books. All the children wanted to cash in on the fame of the parents but their plans did not pan out. Everyone has family problems but when all three of your kids hate you it tells you a lot. Today in the scrutiny of the internet age I wonder how the family turmoil would be received by the public.

Reagan could never bring himself to say "AIDS" or "gays and lesbians" although in Hollywood he knew a few for sure.

by Anonymousreply 2102/22/2013

It's weird that Washington, Lincoln and Reagan were all born in February.

by Anonymousreply 2202/22/2013

I've already honored him. I hosted a Welcome Home, Ronnie! celebration for him. The cake was red velvet. Mmmm, my fave!

by Anonymousreply 2302/22/2013

This is why we call people like OP Regressives. They are all stuck in the past. And it's often a past that never existed.

by Anonymousreply 2402/22/2013

kETCHUP IS A vegetable!

by Anonymousreply 2502/22/2013

[quote] Free Republic has been down for the last few days. Until those clowns get their act together, we are going to have to expect this sort of garbage. BTW OP, we already have a monument to Reagan. It's the deficit he left us with.

FR's been back up since yesterday afternoon.

Can't use that excuse anymore.

by Anonymousreply 2602/22/2013

OMFG OP, what the HELL is wrong with you?

by Anonymousreply 2702/22/2013

1. Reagan cut taxes for the Rich, increased taxes on the Middle Class -

Ronald Reagan is loved by conservatives and was loved by big business throughout his presidency and there's a reason for it. When Reagan came into office in January of 1981, the top tax rate was 70%, but when he left office in 1989 the top tax rate was down to only 28%. As Reagan gave the breaks to all his rich friends, there was a lack of revenue coming into the federal government. In order to bring money back into the government, Reagan was forced to raise taxes eleven times throughout his time in office. One example was when he signed into law the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982. Reagan raised taxes seven of the eight years he was in office and the tax increases were felt hardest by the lower and middle class.

2. Tripling the National Debt -

As Reagan cut taxes for the wealthy, the government was left with less money to spend. When Reagan came into office the national debt was $900 billion, by the time he left the national debt had tripled to $2.8 trillion.

3. Iran/Contra -

In 1986, a group of Americans were being held hostage by a terrorist group with ties to Iran. In an attempt to free the hostages, Ronald Reagan secretly sold arms and money to Iran. Much of the money that was received from the trade went to fund the Nicaragua Contra rebels who were in a war with the Sandinista government of Nicaragua. When the scandal broke in the Untied States it became the biggest story in the country, Reagan tried to down play what happened, but never fully recovered.

4. Reagan funded Terrorists -

The attacks on 9/11 by al-Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden brought new attention to international terrorism. All of a sudden, Americans coast to coast wore their American flag pins, ate their freedom fries and couldn't wait to go to war with anyone who looked like a Muslim. What Americans didn't realize was that the same group that attacked the United States on 9/11 was funded by Ronald Reagan in the 1980s. Prepping for a possible war with the Soviet Union, Ronald Reagan spent billions of dollars funding the Islamist mujahidin Freedom Fighters in Afghanistan. With billions of American dollars, weapons and training coming their way, the Taliban and Osama Bin Laden took everything they were given and gave it back to the United States over a decade later in the worst possible way imaginable.

5. Unemployment issues -

When Ronald Reagan came into office 1981, unemployment was at 7.5%. After Reagan cut taxes for the wealthy, he began raising taxes on the middle and lower class. Corporations started to ship more jobs out of the United States while hiring cheap foreign labor in order to make a bigger profit. While corporations made billions, Americans across the country lost their jobs. As 1982 came to a close, unemployment was nearly 11%. Unemployment began to drop as the years went on, but the jobs that were created were low paying and barely helped people make ends meet. The middle and lower class had their wages nearly frozen as the top earners saw dramatic increases in salary.

6. Ignoring AIDS -

By the time the 1980s came around, AIDS had become one of the most frightening things to happen to the country in recent memory. No one understood what AIDS and HIV really was and when people don't understand something, they become scared of it. The fear of the unknown was sweeping across the country and Americans needed a leader to speak out about this horrible virus, that leader never came. Instead of grabbing the bull by the horns and taking charge, Reagan kept quiet. Reagan couldn't say the words AIDS or HIV until seven years into his presidency, a leader not so much.

7. Reagan gave amnesty to 3 million Undocumented Immigrants -

In today's GOP, the idea of any immigrant staying in the United States whether they are legal or illegal isn't something that conservatives embrace. What might shock them is that in 1982 Ronald Reagan gave nearly 3 million undocumented workers amnesty. The biggest reason for undocumented workers coming to the United States is because corporations hire them at a cheaper rate than they would an American citizen. All the laws that would have cracked down on companies who hire undocumented workers were, of course, removed from the bill.

8. His attack on Unions and the Middle Class - The Republican war on unions and the middle class has been heating up in states like Wisconsin and Ohio, but it has been going on for a long time. Unions are formed to give a united voice to the workers in an attempt to create fairness between the corporations and their employees. On August 3rd, 1981, PATCO (Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization) went on strike in an effort to get better pay and safer working conditions. Two days later, taking the side of business, Ronald Reagan fired 11,345 workers for not returning to work.

by Anonymousreply 2802/22/2013

As I understand it, there's not enough stable rock on Rushmore for another face. We're stuck with the ones we've got, unless you want to get rid of one of the others, of whom Reagan is unworthy of even being mentioned in the same breath.

by Anonymousreply 2902/22/2013

My STRONG impression now is that OP posted this in order to receive this very reaction.

by Anonymousreply 3002/22/2013

THE FAIRNESS DOCTRINE

by Anonymousreply 3102/22/2013

That is correct R29. The reason TR's face is so far back is because thats where the stable rock was. The rock Jefferson was carved into is in real bad shape. The blasting required to do anymore carving would most certainly cause it to collapse. But I'm sure people like OP would love to sacrifice TR for Reagan. TR's push for conservation and his disdain for big business makes him the Republican Regressives love to hate.

by Anonymousreply 3202/22/2013

They'd probably prefer to dump Jefferson. Of all of the Founding Fathers, he's the one they like the least.

by Anonymousreply 3302/22/2013

You should contact the Mayor of Washington, OP. Explain why the city should be renamed Reagan, DC.

by Anonymousreply 3402/22/2013

OP may have posted this hoping to get the response we are seeing. He then can run over to Freeperland and whine about how mean the homos are (Regressives love playing the victim). They will then flock over here, read the facts about how Reagan sold weapons to terrorists so to fund another group of terrorists and tripled the debt. Their heads will explode and we will be rid if those dinosaurs once and for all.

by Anonymousreply 3502/23/2013

[quote]Margaret Thatcher

Is she dead yet?

Had to think, didn't you?

by Anonymousreply 3602/23/2013

Casket Dance Time!!!!!

by Anonymousreply 3702/23/2013

R36 Thanks to England's socialist health care system, that old bag is still alive.

by Anonymousreply 3802/23/2013

Maggie Thatcher is not dead, dear. She is alive although like Reagan enjoying a long senile twilight.

by Anonymousreply 3902/23/2013

How about putting him on a three dollar bill?

by Anonymousreply 4002/23/2013

Those that worship the great Ronaldo Maximus Reagan have no fucking idea who he was. He was for gun control, he approved making the illegals citizens in the 80's, largely undocumented Mexicans.

by Anonymousreply 4102/23/2013

Lincoln could only dream of an electoral map like this.

by Anonymousreply 4302/23/2013

Well, considering his brains were mashed potatoes for much of his Presidency, I think it worked out quite nicely for us.

by Anonymousreply 4602/23/2013

Ronald Raygun ended Communism. lmafo

The man should have been shot for committing treason.

r44/r45 = F&F

by Anonymousreply 4702/23/2013

From Burns And Allen

Gracie) And where did you grow up

Ron) I grew up in a small town in Illinois

Gracie) And did you have an exciting childhood.

Ron) Not really though we had quite a few cyclones

Gracie) Really

Ron) Yes, one year we had, five cyclones, but we had a good cyclone cellar.

Gracie) Well he must've been good if he sold you three of them.

by Anonymousreply 4802/23/2013

He did nothing to help stop the AIDS epidemic, or does the OP choose to forget that? Remember how he laughed at Gays dying of AIDS? He didn't care if the poor starved. His wife was a greedy piece of work with the attitude of Marie Antoinette.

Morning in America? More like a nightmare.

And his great economic achievement probably had more to do with oil being TEN DOLLARS a barrel, due to Alaskan oil entering the marketplace. That was because of all the drilling done in the 1970s, pre-Reagan.

by Anonymousreply 4902/23/2013

r44, The USSR collapsed because they had no economy. When a nation has no economy, it doesn't last too long. The USSR would have collapsed if Reagan was president or not.

by Anonymousreply 5002/23/2013

[quote] He ended communism

Cuba, China, Vietnam and North Korea beg to differ.

by Anonymousreply 5102/23/2013

[quote]He oversaw the transition to a service economy.

Which has resulted in stagnant wages for all but the very rich.

Thanks, Ronnie!

by Anonymousreply 5202/23/2013

R44, I could give a crap whether he wore an Aids ribbon or not.

I do expect my President to acknowledge an epidemic, however, and to adequately fund the medical community in their efforts to prevent more deaths.

And, as has already been mentioned, the downfall of the middle class lays at the feet of Ronald Reagan.

What's the deal with Ron Reagan? When I see him on MSNBC, it's like he grew up in a different family.

by Anonymousreply 5302/23/2013

Morals and 1. Reagan cut taxes for the Rich, increased taxes on the Middle Class -

Ronald Reagan is loved by conservatives and was loved by big business throughout his presidency and there's a reason for it. When Reagan came into office in January of 1981, the top tax rate was 70%, but when he left office in 1989 the top tax rate was down to only 28%. As Reagan gave the breaks to all his rich friends, there was a lack of revenue coming into the federal government. In order to bring money back into the government, Reagan was forced to raise taxes eleven times throughout his time in office. One example was when he signed into law the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982. Reagan raised taxes seven of the eight years he was in office and the tax increases were felt hardest by the lower and middle class.

2. Tripling the National Debt -

As Reagan cut taxes for the wealthy, the government was left with less money to spend. When Reagan came into office the national debt was $900 billion, by the time he left the national debt had tripled to $2.8 trillion.

3. Iran/Contra -

In 1986, a group of Americans were being held hostage by a terrorist group with ties to Iran. In an attempt to free the hostages, Ronald Reagan secretly sold arms and money to Iran. Much of the money that was received from the trade went to fund the Nicaragua Contra rebels who were in a war with the Sandinista government of Nicaragua. When the scandal broke in the Untied States it became the biggest story in the country, Reagan tried to down play what happened, but never fully recovered.

4. Reagan funded Terrorists -

The attacks on 9/11 by al-Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden brought new attention to international terrorism. All of a sudden, Americans coast to coast wore their American flag pins, ate their freedom fries and couldn't wait to go to war with anyone who looked like a Muslim. What Americans didn't realize was that the same group that attacked the United States on 9/11 was funded by Ronald Reagan in the 1980s. Prepping for a possible war with the Soviet Union, Ronald Reagan spent billions of dollars funding the Islamist mujahidin Freedom Fighters in Afghanistan. With billions of American dollars, weapons and training coming their way, the Taliban and Osama Bin Laden took everything they were given and gave it back to the United States over a decade later in the worst possible way imaginable.

5. Unemployment issues -

When Ronald Reagan came into office 1981, unemployment was at 7.5%. After Reagan cut taxes for the wealthy, he began raising taxes on the middle and lower class. Corporations started to ship more jobs out of the United States while hiring cheap foreign labor in order to make a bigger profit. While corporations made billions, Americans across the country lost their jobs. As 1982 came to a close, unemployment was nearly 11%. Unemployment began to drop as the years went on, but the jobs that were created were low paying and barely helped people make ends meet. The middle and lower class had their wages nearly frozen as the top earners saw dramatic increases in salary.

6. Ignoring AIDS -

By the time the 1980s came around, AIDS had become one of the most frightening things to happen to the country in recent memory. No one understood what AIDS and HIV really was and when people don't understand something, they become scared of it. The fear of the unknown was sweeping across the country and Americans needed a leader to speak out about this horrible virus, that leader never came. Instead of grabbing the bull by the horns and taking charge, Reagan kept quiet. Reagan couldn't say the words AIDS or HIV until seven years into his presidency, a leader not so much.

7. Reagan gave amnesty to 3 million Undocumented Immigrants -

In today's GOP, the idea of any immigrant staying in the United States whether they are legal or illegal isn't something that conservatives embrace. What might shock them is that in 1982 Ronald Reagan gave nearly 3 million undocumented workers amnesty. The biggest reason for undocumented workers coming to the United States is because corporations hire them at a cheaper rate than they would an American citizen. All the laws that would have cracked down on companies who hire undocumented workers were, of course, removed from the bill.

8. His attack on Unions and the Middle Class - The Republican war on unions and the middle class has been heating up in states like Wisconsin and Ohio, but it has been going on for a long time. Unions are formed to give a united voice to the workers in an attempt to create fairness between the corporations and their employees. On August 3rd, 1981, PATCO (Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization) went on strike in an effort to get better pay and safer working conditions. Two days later, taking the side of business, Ronald Reagan fired 11,345 workers for not returning to work., delivered by the unethical. Creepy at best.

by Anonymousreply 5402/23/2013

While you're at it, OP, why don't you revive the movement to make ketchup a vegetable.

by Anonymousreply 5502/23/2013

R45, we were not in a recession when Reagan came into office. The recession of 1981-82 was intentionally caused by the Federal Reserve manipulating interest rates to stop inflation - inflation was the main economic issue in 1980.

by Anonymousreply 5602/23/2013

For the love of God, won't anyone piss...err I mean TRICKLE DOWN on OP's head from a great height????!!!! Reagan's policies lead to the drastic widening gap between the 'haves and the have nots', directly undermining the middle class. He cut social and educational programs, while vastly increasing military spending on useless programs such as the "Star Wars" initiative, which never came to fruition, only loading the pockets of those millionaires who had buisinesses with defense contracts. Also, while Nancy was telling all the youth of America to "just say no" to drugs, he was covertly funding arms shpments to terrorists, as well as dictators, by enabling the import and sale of cocaine to the U.S. While he was the darling of the "moral majority' Ronald Reagan was a lying, gad'handing crook (but then so was the moral majority's founder, Jerry Falwell, whose name was so ironically appropriate).

by Anonymousreply 5702/23/2013

Republicans can't name another Conservative President in the past century that is deserving of their adoration.

Democrats have had several great Progressive presidents, even republican presidents like Eisenhower.

So they focus all their attention on Reagan.

And yes, republicans would remove any of the 4 men on Mount Rushmore and replace them with Reagan.

by Anonymousreply 5802/23/2013

I just threw up a little, OP.

by Anonymousreply 5902/23/2013

Small government conservative president:

THERE HAS NEVER BEEN ONE.

by Anonymousreply 6002/23/2013

[quote]chicken full of salmonella

That was Clinton and that big Arkansas chicken company.

by Anonymousreply 6102/23/2013

No, darling. It was Reagan deregulation. Same with hamburger full of ecoli.

by Anonymousreply 6202/23/2013

'Honor' and 'Reagan' don't belong in the same sentence.

by Anonymousreply 6302/23/2013

Close to half of the American people quite logically regard Reagan as one of the worst presidents of the US. He was A FOOL who surrounded himself with nothing but criminal-minded thugs.

That said, Bush II was even worse.

I think we need to re-name Reagan National Airport. Everyone in DC refuses to call it that. But as always the people get no say in whom our airports are named for. Our other main airport, Dulles, is named for a fascist.

by Anonymousreply 6402/23/2013

Reagan on Rushmore?! That's hilarious! Or, rather, it would be if the people who are suggesting it weren't serious.

by Anonymousreply 6502/23/2013

Every horrible thing about the USA today can be traced directly to Reagan. He was evil and led to a country of so many people who are not just dumbed down and bad but are also truly evil. What else would you call people who are not just greedy but actually want to see people die for lack of health care and see disabled children and the old people starve and actually cheer at the very mention of those things happening (think back to the Rethug primary debates)? Pure evil!

BTW, OP, you knew you'd get this response when you posted didn't you? I don't believe you love Reagan. I think you just want to set people off and your post is a good thing. I'm happy to see most DL'ers have the intelligence and have good human decency to remember what Reagan really was.

by Anonymousreply 6602/23/2013

I agree with all the Reagan-bashing here, he was a fucking disaster of a president. I will add that Reagan also gave evangelical Christians, aka the religious right a seat at the table of power. Prior to Reagan, evangelicals were widely seen as the whack jobs they were and were not taken seriously - like Margaret White in "Carrie." Reagan gave them - and their hideous bigotry - a sense of legitimacy and influence. For that alone, I hope hell is hot enough for him.

by Anonymousreply 6702/23/2013

Every time I hear "Reagan National Airport" I want to puke. I also wish it would be re-named. Perhaps as Reagan's legacy continues to diminish as younger generations get older and more older Reagan-era conservatives die off, it will be.

by Anonymousreply 6802/23/2013

[quote]Ronald Reagan is widely regarded as at least once of the near great Presidents

No he is not.

by Anonymousreply 6902/23/2013

When was Reagan's Alzheimer's first diagnosed? Certainly well before he left office. 1985 or so?

by Anonymousreply 7002/23/2013

R67, it was actually Jimmy Carter who brought religion into politics in a big offensive way. Carter never won a NYS primary.

My little brother, now 50, is a Reagan lover galore. He believes Reagan "brought" interest rates down and cut taxes that benefited him (neither true). What is it about men that they think of taxes as cutting their balls off? They're so hung up on taxes.

by Anonymousreply 7102/23/2013

Nixon made Reagan possible. Bush I invaded Reagan "true believer" pre-tea party dolts like a virus, and took White House. Then, most strange of insertions, we were raped by Bush II consortium, cause it obviously wasn't dim W doing the thinking.

by Anonymousreply 7202/23/2013

Amen, R51!!!

by Anonymousreply 7302/23/2013

The OP is obviously a freeper breeder. On Karl Rove's payroll. He still pays people to go onto sites like Datalounge to pretend to be gay Republicans.

by Anonymousreply 7402/23/2013

Volcker, who brought interest rates way down after artificially raising them and creating a severe recession, was a Carter employee. Reagan had no part in it.

by Anonymousreply 7502/23/2013

Why the fuck would anyone want to honor Ronald Reagan?

Why hasn't this thread been closed for pure shitiness?

by Anonymousreply 7602/23/2013

Complete ahistorical insanity.

by Anonymousreply 7702/23/2013

Yes, R75. Not only was Paul Volcker appointed by Carter, Reagan re-appointed him in 1983. Interest rates reached their highest in 1981 -- under Ronnie.

by Anonymousreply 7802/23/2013
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