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Arizona --- Thanks for sharing the article. For many of us, Ronald Reagan ranks amongst one of the worst presidents in history, and I hate the homage paid to him by Republicans and even some Democrats. Some of this is pandering I suppose. Here's another article of interest by Robert Parry:
Consortium News: Ronald Reagan: Worst President Ever?
"...there’s a growing realization that the starting point for many of the catastrophes confronting the United States today can be traced to Reagan’s presidency. There’s also a grudging reassessment that the “failed” presidents of the 1970s Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter may deserve more credit for trying to grapple with the problems that now beset the country, despite their other shortcomings as leaders."
Parry covers a range of topics in which Reagan should be judged harshly, but the media and politicians including President Obama obligingly give him a pass. Parry concludes:
"Despite the grievous harm that Reagan’s presidency inflicted on the American Republic and the American people, it may take many more years before a historian has the guts to put this deformed era into a truthful perspective and rate Reagan where he belongs, near the bottom of the presidential list."
I agree with both articles.
"Morning Joe" just compared Trump to Reagan, and I have to admit that there are some remarkable similarities.
Here's a few key sentences:
If you believe that government is bad, then it makes sense to put people in charge of agencies who are committed to destroying those agencies. Reagan did that with the Departments of the Interior, Agriculture, and Education, the Environmental Protection Agency and more.
You also appoint people that really should have been vetted. He made his old crony, Edwin Meese, attorney general. But Ed was embroiled in corruption charges his whole time in office, demoralising the entire Justice Department. His Secretary of Labor, Ray Donovan, was indicted.
His Secretary of Defense, Casper Weinberger, was charged by the independent counsel, but pardoned by Reagan's successor, George HW Bush, before it could go to trial. His National Security Advisor, Robert McFarlane, pleaded guilty to misdemeanour criminal charges in connection with the Iran-Contra scandal but was also pardoned. McFarlane's successor, John Poindexter, was convicted of multiple felonies also in relation to the same scandal, but the ruling was later overturned.
Reagan only had one African American cabinet member, Samuel Pierce, who was put in charge of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Pierce knew nothing about housing and was as incompetent a cabinet minister as we have ever had, just like Trump's only African American cabinet member, Ben Carson, who also incompetently runs the same department.
Next to Nixon, Reagan's administration was the most corrupt administration in the last 50 years. In 8 years, his administration racked up 26 criminal indictments, 16 convictions, and 8 prison sentences. In 8 years, Obama had NONE.
If you compare scandals by party, in 28 years in office, the Republicans had 120 indictments, 89 convictions, and 4 prison sentences.
In 20 years in office, the Democrats had THREE indictments, ONE conviction, and ONE prison sentence.
For some reason, people think that the Republican Party is the "law and order" party.
As the last paragraphs in the link above point out, Trump will very likely be much worse than Reagan.
Along with a team of experienced prosecutors and attorneys, Robert Mueller has indicted, convicted or gotten guilty pleas from 34 people and three companies, including top advisers to President Trump, Russian spies and hackers with ties to the Kremlin. The charges, which Mueller referenced during his opening statement to the House Judiciary Committee on July 24, range from interfering with the 2016 election and hacking emails to lying to investigators and tampering with witnesses.