how Hillary should respond to praise of Reagan on King day

You know Senator Obama said last week, that...

Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory of America in a way that my husband and our administration did not. He went on to describe how there was a sense of dynamism and optimism and how President Reagan tapped into a frustration about the excesses of the 60's and 70's.

well as we celebrate the legacy of Dr. King tonight I think we should look at the facts:

President Reagan though he was a great communicator often was on the wrong side of history:

*He opposed the Dr. King holiday for a long time before finally agreeing
*He ignored the Aids epidemic for most of his time in office that has devasted the black community
*He supported the racist apartheid regime in South Africa
*He tried to weaken the 1965 voting rights acts and also defunded civil rights enforcement
*He cut federal programs like medicaid and school breakfast and lunch programs that were designed to help people reach the middle class. ckson

I could go on but to list President Reagan whose term was a disaster for African Americans as a
positive symbol, and yet disregard how the Clinton Administration changed the trajectory of America:

*we had the lowest ever recorded rates of unemployment for African Americans
*the highest homeowner rates ever recorded at the time
*the highest number of African Americans enrolled in college
*7 african americans cabinet secretaries and appointed more African Americans judges to serve than the previous 16 years. nts/eightyears-11.html

We found ways to make the government work for all americans and to work towards building one america. THAT CHANGED THE TRAJECTORY OF AMERICA. It was not inevitable, we had to work for change.

Because of the Republicans who were following President Reagan's legacy, there was an assault on American values. The Clinton Adminstration stood firm and defended Affirmative Action as a way to give qualified people an equal chance at success. And probably the best evidence that the Clinton Administration brought change to America, take a look at the Republicans:

In 2000 in response to our accomplishments, the Republican National Convention, many joked looked like the Rainbow Coalition's national convention! Also, instead of Repubicans trying to win votes by demonizing those trying to make it into the middle class, they have tried to convince people they are better than us at diversity, and that there was a compassionate conservatism alive.

Well the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina told the real truth about the Bush Administration, but during this campaign when Senator Obama says these statements that just aren't true, I think you the voters deserve the respect of having the record set straight.

I have been fighting 35 years for change. Some of it, you can see right here in S.C.
There are ____ childen who have healthcare because of the Schip program I helped to pass. There are _____ veterans who have their benefits because of bipartisan legislation I worked on. I represent Change for the better. If you want to know what change I'll bring look to past to see what changed I've already done.

(written by Craig farmer)
making the word "liberal" safe again!

Tags: clinton, Hillary, obama, race, Reagan, ronald (all tags)



Re: how Hillary

This whole Reagan episode has been a debacle for Obama- but if you remember, he was praising Reagan in that debate not long ago talking about meeting your enemies- though people pointed out Reagan did not do that.

He thought he could get away with praising Reagan and democrats would just ignore it- but that has not been the case and a big miscalculation.

by reasonwarrior 2008-01-21 02:20AM | 0 recs
Yes, it has been a HUGE miscalculation...

For Team Obama. Did they really think that Democrats love Reagan? Did they really think that Democrats love Reagan's "great idea" of destroying the social safety net, busting the unions, and eviscerating our environmental and consumer safety regulations? Obama now has egg on his face for this, and there's nothing he can do to hide this.

by atdleft 2008-01-21 05:19AM | 0 recs
Some good ideas there

Reagan did indeed make the lives of AAmericans harder.  I would like to see Clinton make that case.   Andy trajectory Reagan put the country on was a backwards trajectory.  

by MollieBradford 2008-01-21 03:07AM | 0 recs
Clinton should go to Philidelphia, Mississippi

And call Obama out.

by dpANDREWS 2008-01-21 04:50AM | 0 recs
yeah and obama supporters

falsey talk about the Clintons playing the race card?

Reagan is the one who massed produced the deck

by yellowdem1129 2008-01-21 05:01AM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary Should Definitely Use This!

Very good argument for "change" that is progressive, Craig. Krugman's argument hits the nail on the head too. Narratives have meaning. And, I for one was infuriated and disturbed to see Obama making the case for Reagan and dismissing Bill Clinton's presidency.

I cannot believe that any progressive would be as foolish as Obama supporters are to believe these GOP narratives.

Equally as disturbing to me is the fact that Obama left Nevada without making a concession speech. It's usually regarded as a way to show support for those who worked hard for his campaign. That shows a peevish, petulance on Obama's part: /bawnews/southcarolina121

Obama takes his "Democrat For a Day" campaign to California.

[emphasis mine]

It's seems obvious the Obama campaign realizes their candidate can't win the nomination with Democrats alone. So why not bring in other people, even those who have no intention of voting for him in the general?

Great way to stack the game in favor of our opponents. Let them choose our nominee.

McGlurkin Part II:

The Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell, spiritual adviser to Bush, has endorsed Obama and coordinating with Obama's campaign. Who is Rev. Caldwell?

Caldwell heads a ministry called METANOIA that is essentially a de-programming organization for gay youth who don't want to be homosexual. As a mental health professional, I reject such religious programs as not only not therapeutic, but downright harmful to mental health. It is clear exploitation. /cuskingdombuilders/details.asp?id=23260 &PID=236324

Houston Chronicle has the story on the endorsement: nicle/5469706.html

And, "Reagan changed the a way Bill Clinton didn't..."

Obama's personality traits are becoming clear. These are not the traits of a genuine leader: A prickly arrogance, and sense of entitlement; a trace of mean-spiritedness and self-absorption; and a willingness to pander to right-wing narratives for his own self-aggrandizement.

by Tennessean 2008-01-21 06:14AM | 0 recs
Re: how Hillary should respond to praise of Reagon

Is there a debate tonight?!

by sepulvedaj3 2008-01-21 06:34AM | 0 recs
Re: Ray Gun Itis

Thanks Undies for pointing out how Raygun essentially betrayed his country by negotiating with Iran to KEEP American hostages. I remember well that very depressing time. When Ted Koppel started his news reports with ".. Day xx of the American hostage crisis ..". President Carter's hands were tied. Anyway, bile comes upon me when I hear a Democrat praising Raygun. Only Clarence homas, Colin Powell, and Condi Ricer would do such a thing.

BTW, Obama voted to approve Condi for Sec of State, Clinton voted no. Off-topic but a reminder.

by India 2008-01-21 06:36AM | 0 recs
Its the spelling stupid.

She should try to spell his name correctly. That would help.

by crackityjones 2008-01-21 07:09AM | 0 recs


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