Thursday, February 7, 2008
Reaganitis McPain and TRUE Conservatism
Much has been said in this primary by both republicans and democrats about Ronald Reagan. First of all I must say that I have been dissappointed in my own party for abandoning the current President. This President would have much more political power were it not for nazi conservatives who have abandoned him. I expect libs and dems to not support the President, but not his own party. Shame on republicans. You may not agree with the President on immigration but faltering support in a time of war is shameful. I also find it interesting that partisan dems can't even give the President credit when he aligns himself with a philosophy from their party. Shame on democrats. I am tired of delusional Americans.
So the candidates are married to Ronald Reagan. I was in jr. high and high school when Reagan was President. The "preppie" and the "yuppie" were the big thing. I drove a Honda scooter to school and had a convertible rabbit during my college years. It was a time of prosperity and it became the "me" generation. For the most part Reagan enjoyed average approval ratings. In 1983 was his lowest approval at 38-40% depending on the poll. 1983 had a very high unemployment rate and Reagan was hated as much world wide as President Bush if not more so. He was all about peace through strength and the cold war was in full force. I remember when action movies were full of Russian demons and we cheered when the Rocky's of the screen defeated them. It made for great ass-kicking movies. Back in the day we could rip on our enemies without getting arrested by the PC police. There was always some sort of communist to kick the crap out of in the eighties and it was a patriotic time in our history. Reagans highest approval rating was after he was shot. He enjoyed a 70% approval rating. I remember watching TV coverage in my history class in jr. high. This was before the 24/7 news sources that dominate the airwaves today. Reagan on an average had a 50% approval rating and at the end of his Presidency was down to 40% again with the Iran-Contra scandal. His retrospective rating is 87% positive by republicans and 50% positive by democrats. His overall retrospective is about 67%. Bill Clinton had much higher approval ratings throughout his Presidency but has lower retrospective numbers, though with time they may jump just as Reagans have.
Reagan was very much a compassionate conservative like George W. Bush. He raised taxes and his Reaganomics and trickle down economic policies were criticized by his Vice President, George Bush 41, who called them voo-doonomics. His deficits were the largest in history at the time and even George senior saw no option but to raise taxes even after we all read his lips and thus, losing his second Presidential term. Bill Clinton raised taxes again and of course the rest is history. Reagan was an extremely good communicator. To me this is the problem of the Bush Presidency. George for whatever reason refuses to communicate with Americans. Or maybe America refuses to hear George W. Bush. I beleive it is the latter. However, my problems with the extreme right at the moment is the inherent screaming for "conservative" values and yet the very person they use as an example, Ronald Reagan, was not an extreme conservative like everyone fantasizes about. I love Ronald Reagan for his ability to speak to the heart of Americans. The ideals of the republican party are fundamental American traditions. As many are screaming about the McCain nomination and hugging Ronnie like he was the last living true conservative, open your eyes and you will see that Ronnie was not a textbook republican. And for the record I lived in Arizona for 5 years and I agree with John McCain and the President on their immigration policy. But that is another subject I will blog about at a later date. And for the Reaganites, 1986 Amnesty Bill signed sealed and delivered by the Gipper.
So while republicans fight about core conservative values and which ones are the most important, let's not forget that the war on terror is our main objective! I know John McCain is stronger on terror than either of the donkey boneheads!!! So gut it up PHANTS! It is time to plug our noses and support the Senator from Arizona or we may have a Senator from New York or Illinois and both of them are endorsed by Al Qaeda! And that my friends STINKS!! A deal breaker for me would be a Huckabee Vice........Mitt for Vice. That I could live with!!!