Grenada...does anyone even remember the tiny Caribbean island we invaded in the 1980s to keep Cuba from going all Communistic? The one that had a population of 100,000 at the time?
I didn't think so. The people at The Reagan Library are hoping that people born after 1980 don't remember either. Which is why they're so eager to push St. Ronnie. The man already has an airport that had a perfectly good name, Washington National, re-named after him instead, and TWO frickin' postage stamps in the past 6 years. Enough is enough.
Take a listen to This American Life, where a group of schoolkids are literally shepherded (railoroaded?) into Reagan worship on a visit to his library. What happens when one student decides to think for himself and NOT invade a small island nation that probably excels at turning fruit ripe in the heat of its warm sun, but probably couldn't turn any nation 2500 times its size into a communist one?
And enjoy this compilation of recollections of Ronald Reagan's real record:
- Advocate of the useless "Star Wars" (Strategic Defense Initiative) missile defense technology boondoggle that the Heritage Foundation estimated would cost $115 billion in 1987, which we haven't seemed to utilize since spending all the money.
- Indifferent and insensitive to the AIDS epidemic, whose lack of concern spurred the AIDS quilt & the Silence=Death campaign.
- Aider and abettor of thugs who always seem to evolve into our next enemy: Reagan's Osama Connection: How He Turned a Jihadist Into a Terrorist Kingpin
- Myth-maker-in-chief: 5 Myths About Ronald Reagan (#4, under him, the national debt went from $700 mn to $3 billion).
- Liar-in-chief: We Fought A War on Lies, and the Lies Won
- Slasher of funding for the arts: Reagan and the NEA
- Simultaneous tax cutter and big government deficit spender
- Supporter of South African apartheid (said sanctions wouldn't work)
- "States' rights" advocate (of the Southern Strategy, code word for racial/economic inequality)
- Reagan's real legacy as a precursor to the Tea Party: he was quoted as saying, "Government is not the solution, government is the problem"
The Reagan Library may be eager for kids to learn a slanted version of history, but they won't so long as I can testify to what I know about that time.
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