Twelve Years in the Wilderness

Twelve Years in the Wilderness....

Some people today call GWB a "monster".  Well, he is, but to me he is a cartoon monster.  It is out there in the open;  he doesn't have a glib, suave speaking style and he is moronic.  But what gave birth to GWB and nurtured him?   Who allowed the republican party to be hijacked by a bunch of hypocritical fundies and allowed their agenda to be thrust onto the American people?   President Reagan.  He is the granddaddy of all monsters and he is actually worse that GWB.

What, you say?  Come on.  Nope, he is - because Reagan is still looked upon favorably by many and the MSM adores him.  He is worse than GWB because Reagan wore a mask that hid his true features.  Some of you are too young to remember those years or perhaps you were not yet born.

I came politically aware in the 1980's.  I was sixteen years old when Reagan took office.   I saw him with his "trickle-down" economics that trickled down shit to the middle class and the poor.  I saw him dismantled the Department of Education, making it harder for middle class kids, like me, to go to college.  I saw a President who actively thrust himself into worker's rights, taking the wrong side and busting up PATCO.  The employees only sought better working conditions, better pay and a 32-hour workweeks.  What a far cry from FDR, who supported and promoted Unions.  

I saw an administration that cuddled up with Saddam Hussein, knowing what they knew about him.  I saw Reagan playing the Middle-East like a game of chess, stating one thing, while dealing to the other side - Iran-Contra.  Horrific.  An impeachable offense, which never happened.  

I saw Reagan's support of the Saving and Loans with deregulation, which caused the U.S Savings and Loan crisis in the late 1980's and early 1990's.  John Kenneth Galbraith, an economist,  called it "the largest and costliest venture in public misfeasance, malfeasance and larceny of all time." It cost 160.1 billion, of which 124.6 billion was paid BY the US citizens.  

I saw Reagan promote the "Welfare Queen" myth, using a woman from the South Side of Chicago as an example - "She has 80 names, 30 addresses, 12 Social Security cards and is collecting veteran's benefits on four non-existing deceased husbands. And she is collecting Social Security on her cards. She's got Medicaid, getting food stamps, and she is collecting welfare under each of her names." Of course, there was never such a person.

He ignored the AIDS crisis, because he could not say the word gay or homosexual.  It wasn't until grandmothers got infected that he mentioned it.  It wasn't until 1987 - when 36,058 Americans had been already diagnosed with AIDS and 20,849 had died.  By that time, the disease had spread to 113 countries, with more than 50,000 cases.

Reagan talked about the "Evil Empire", when in fact, he was truly evil.  But with his glib style and his folksy way of speaking, people ignored it.  Even today, republicans want to put Reagan on Mt. Rushmore and replace Ike with Reagan on the dime.  Reagan is the true monster because he wore a mask which hid his true face.  When you opened the doors to enter "Shining City upon a hill", the corrosive stench would knock you out.  

Those people that worked in the Reagan/Bush I administration came out to play in the GWB administration.  Reagan created the monster.  And his legacy is GWB.

What does Reagan have to do with 2008?  Twelve years in the wilderness.  That is how long the Reagan/Bush I years lasted before a man from Hope took back the White House.  Some of you are critical of President Clinton, but understand this - after 12 years of republicans fucking with our country, President Clinton had to FIX it.  With a house that was hostile to him, even when Democrats had the majority.  He didn't get all that needed to be done, but he managed to undo a lot of the damage those 12 years inflicted on this country and its people.

Whoever is our Democratic nominee, I will support them.  They will face the same challenges that President Clinton faced - to undo the horrific damage done to this country.

I am supporting our Democratic nominee - whoever he or she may be.  For those who state "I hated their tactics" or "Candidate XX is not a TRUE democrat" or "McCain isn't THAT bad".....think about this - Twelve FUCKING years in the wilderness.  Senators Obama and Clinton are not evil, they are not the enemy.  You may disagree with some of their policies - hell, I do.  You may disapprove of their campaign tactics - hell, I do.  But in the end, they are on the same team.  The differences between Obama and Hillary can be typed up, double-spaced, 20 point font and 3 inch margins all around, on one piece of 8 1/2 by 11 paper.  Whoever is the nominee will have the other's back and strongly support them.

McCain of 2008 is NOT McCain of 2000.  Don't trust him.  Otherwise, it will be another 12 years in the wilderness.  Who knows what will be born of the GWB/McCain years?  If Reagan/Bush I spawned GWB, can you imagine what GWB/McCain will spawn?

I am supporting our Democratic nominee.  Will you join me and end our endless wandering in the wilderness?

Tags: Reagan, unity (all tags)

Comments

16 Comments

I hear that.

The Republicans are due some time in the wilderness to get their act together and return with some integrity on their small-government philosophy.

While I look back at Bill Clinton and remember many of my disappointments with him, he was still one of my heroes of the day... and moreso his wife.  The country just wasn't ready for big changes yet, and they were doing well by the campsite rule: Leave the place better than you found it.

We're seeing a re-alignment of our priorities similar to that which took place in 1980.  If we want to live up to the promise of the chance that the left is being given to see if we can bring the United States of America to a real new "morning," then we have to realize that just spinning the wheels for four years under McCain is not going to do the trick.  We need to win, and we need to swing for the cheap seats.

by Dracomicron 2008-05-29 06:42AM | 0 recs
Re: I hear that.

thank you.  I wanted to remind all people of what this country went thru in the 1980's and early 1990's.

The damage that was done was horrific.  We can't afford another 4 years of a republican rule

by colebiancardi 2008-05-29 06:46AM | 0 recs
I agree

we need to "swing for the best" one we have, and make sure there is NO chance for McCain.  We can do it if we remember.

Thanks for the reminder of these difficult years!

by 4justice 2008-05-29 07:19AM | 0 recs
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Reagan also gave rise to the "Reagan Boomlet" (my term) which caused many people who were just becoming politically aware to begin turning toward the Republican Party.  I think this is part of the reason folks in the 40s today tend to vote Republican as more than almost any other age group.

12 yrs of Reagan bs also left the Republicans with an army of experienced operatives who can be selected for high-level positions within a Republican administration.  Most of the worst players in the Bush administration have some connection to either the Reagan or Nixon years and really cut their teeth in that environment.

I say this all the time, but it bears repeating - You may be able to stomach John McCain, but I guarantee that you will not be able to stomach his number two and three appointees at most of the government agencies.  These are the people that really run the show.

by the mollusk 2008-05-29 06:51AM | 0 recs
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Very well thought and and articulated diary.  Thanks for this.

We have a lot of work to do cleaning up after the worst president ever.  

by map 2008-05-29 07:09AM | 0 recs
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Great diary. Thanks from another yellow dog.

by pneuma 2008-05-29 07:27AM | 0 recs
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Another fine diary from you..
Keep them coming.
by nogo postal 2008-05-29 07:48AM | 0 recs
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while you have a great point, I hope this serves as a reminder to the Clinton haters why they should honor the glory no matter what. Too many times, people here bash them, but because they have no idea what Reagan/Bush was, they truly are in the dark.

by DiamondJay 2008-05-29 08:00AM | 0 recs
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That is why I mentioned President Clinton.  I wanted to remind them of what he faced coming into the WH in 1992.  What he was able to do was amazing, considering all the damage that had to be undone.

by colebiancardi 2008-05-29 08:02AM | 0 recs
Very excellent diary

It is full of goodness, an interesting corollary to the Reagan boomlet is the Bush boomlet or the generantion who is coming to voting age now (the millenials).  Bush as turned them towards the democratic party.

by Student Guy 2008-05-29 08:06AM | 0 recs
Thank you Cole

This is much needed on this site.

by blue2008 2008-05-29 08:39AM | 0 recs
Re: Thank you Cole

Blue why do you go around troll rating people w/o even letting them know of it( your reason to do so).

You troll rated me in other diary on a comment that was mojo rated by the very person I was addressing an " opposite view"  to...

why would posses you to troll rate that comment?

by aliveandkickin 2008-05-29 08:55AM | 0 recs
Re: Thank you Cole

Please point it out and I will uprate it. I have been in so many threads today I can't keep track, I am also at work and not paying attention. Please point it out and I will correct my mistake.

by blue2008 2008-05-29 09:29AM | 0 recs
What goes around comes around

We can keep this going for a month or more if that's the way you want it.

by lombard 2008-05-29 05:08PM | 0 recs
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Bravo!

by freedom78 2008-05-29 11:45AM | 0 recs
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Very nice! Rec'ed!

by comingawakening 2008-05-29 12:52PM | 0 recs

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