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The Ronald Reagan Presidency

Based on the clues, guess these facts about Ronald Reagan and his presidency.
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First submittedJuly 9, 2013
Last updatedAugust 23, 2019
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His Vice President
George H.W. Bush
1984 election opponent
Walter Mondale
1980 election opponent
Jimmy Carter
First name of the First Lady
Nancy
State he governed
California
State where he was born
Illinois
His name for the Soviet Union
The Evil Empire
Nickname of his proposed
missile defense system
Star Wars
Disease he was diagnosed
with in 1994
Alzheimer's
Scandal where the U.S.
sold arms to Iran
Iran-Contra
"Just Say No" to these, according
to the First Lady
Drugs
Person who shot him in 1981
John Hinckley
His first wife
Jane Wyman
Hint
Answer
Space shuttle that exploded
Challenger
His nickname, because no
scandals could stick to him
The Teflon
President
Nickname, based on his
speaking ability
The Great
Communicator
Childhood nickname, based
on his haircut
Dutch
Nickname, based on his role in
"Knute Rockne, All American"
The Gipper
 
Fill the blanks in these quotes
Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall
Honey, I forgot to duck
It's morning again in America
Government is not the solution to our problems;
government is the problem
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level 77
Jul 20, 2013
Didn't know his first wife or childhood nickname, though neither had much to do with his presidency. What's the "honey, I forgot to duck" line from? Sounds familiar.. is that from his commercial/spokesman/corporate shill (most important experience he had prior to becoming president) days?

oh wait, nevermind, just clicked... he said that after getting shot, right?
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level 57
Mar 18, 2014
His most important achievement prior to becoming President was being a corporate spokesman? Seriously? Did you miss that whole "Governor of California" thing?
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level 77
Mar 26, 2015
I didn't say achievement. I said experience. Considering he sold the country out to bankers and corporations, his experience as a corporate spokesman was apparently what he drew upon most when making decisions as president, yes.
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level 38
Jul 17, 2017
He was a mediocre actor, a poor governor, a forgettable spokesman and a disastrous president. Yes, he sold out to the bankers and other "elites". Hallmark of a former Democrat.
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level 80
May 21, 2014
kalbahamut, your comments are typically well thought out, but are you just trolling with that comment about Reagan's experience?
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level 77
Mar 26, 2015
No, not at all. Again, I wasn't saying it was his most significant achievement.
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level 46
Nov 13, 2014
This coming from a guy that I'm sure voted twice for a "Community Organizer."
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level 77
Mar 26, 2015
You're sure? Well if you say so. Anyway, I would much rather have a community organizer as president than a corporate spokesman. Does that even need to be stated? Someone who endeavors to bring people together to work toward improving the lives of people in a community... vs... a paid puppet for big business? It's so sad that you think this is even a worthy insult.
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level 67
Oct 22, 2016
+1 to Kalbahamut for all of these comments.
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level 61
Oct 23, 2016
Of all the senseless and juvenile barbs thrown at Obama, none is more pathetic than mocking him for being a community organizer. This is a brilliant man with an Ivy-League degree. Instead of taking some cushy, high-paying job, he moved to one of the worst neighborhoods in the country, and tried to help the people there become self-reliant and productive. What exactly is bad about this? Is it the selflessness it shows? The concern for others? The effort to make genuine change in the lives of the people in a struggling community? The willingness to take on a really difficult challenge? The choice of altruism over wealth? I keep hearing this insult, and I cannot for the life of me understand why it is supposed to be effective.
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level 49
Oct 25, 2016
+1 jmellor, coming from a Republican.
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level 60
Nov 5, 2016
It's getting really deep in here!!! Flowing in from both Kalbahamut (who I usually agree with) and jmellor13. Compared to Reagan, Obama and both current candidates are a joke!
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level 67
Oct 9, 2018
jmellor13 was absolutely right with that comment. Also, while Obama may have started off as a "community organizer" as Republicans like to tout so much, he also spent several terms in the Illinois Senate and 4 years as a US Senator, but lots of people like to just forget all that since it fits their narrative to make him sound unqualified.
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level 77
May 6, 2019
^right. And then 4 years later those same people were happily voting for the guy whose only experience prior to running for president was being a reality TV star on an incredibly stupid TV show where he pretended to fire Meatloaf and Gary Busey for mismanaging a lemonade stand.
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level 61
Aug 30, 2019
Kal, you know very well that Trump's prior experience is more than just a TV show. Or maybe you don't know much about his past. Like him or not, his past experience is mostly that of a business tycoon. The TV show started in 2004, after decades of experience in the business world.
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level 77
Aug 30, 2019
ctleng, I know a lot about Trump's past. I wish I knew less than I do. He's done NOTHING with his life other than be a huge loser. He and his father conspired to defraud the United States out of hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes so that Donny could inherit huge sums of money. He then took that huge sum of money and squandered it totally, going bankrupt six times. Running virtually every business, hotel, casino, etc he was associated with straight in to the ground in spite of not paying contractors and hiring illegal immigrants whom he also often didn't pay. He lost over a billion dollars in one decade making him close to the single biggest loser in the United States. He conned his way on to the Forbes 500, and then used his placement on that list to con his way in to more money that he would eventually lose. Somewhere along the way he got in deep with Russian mobsters and oligarchs and the dirty banks they did business with as everyone else had the sense to stop lending him
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level 77
Aug 30, 2019
money. He failed at marriage - being divorced multiple times, repeatedly philandering and associating with known human traffickers and pedophiles. He became a celebrity in the 80s because of his daddy's name and good fortune and because of a book that was ghost-written for him called The Art of the Deal, a book that Trump himself had nothing to do with writing, a book that created a myth of Trump as a successful businessman and shrewd negotiator. A myth that many rubes fell for and some still believe in. But he has always been an abject failure as a businessman and real estate developer. Just a spoiled entitled trust fund baby profiting off of his dad's name and other people's foolishness in giving him cash.

In the early 2000s, when American television was often recycling old washed up celebrities for kitschy reality TV shows like Celebrity Boxing, Celebrity Big Brother, Dancing with the Stars etc, Trump got put on such a show where he played the same character that had been
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level 77
Aug 30, 2019
invented in the book a couple decades earlier. That of a tough, shrewd, successful businessman. Anyone with an IQ in the triple digits could easily see through this ridiculous facade and know immediately that this buffoon was just an empty suit. And his success as a reality TV star means that his peers are NOT Gates, Jobs, Buffett, Carnegie or Rockefeller but ACTUALLY Anna Nicole Smith, Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian, and Honey Boo Boo. But somehow ordering Meatloaf and Lil John to bake cookies was entertaining for some and gave people the impression that the man really was a big business hot shot. Even though this was literally the first time in his life that anything he was involved with directly had actually been successful.

If you ignore the work that Trump did before the Apprentice you are actually doing him a favor, because everything he did before that show was just abject failure. He's done less than nothing.
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level 24
Aug 30, 2019
I actually respected kablamahut for his smarts and informative comments, but saying Trump has done nothing but be a huge loser his whole life is pretty outrageous lol. Totally discredited
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level 77
Aug 30, 2019
It's demonstrable and well documented fact Bigfoot. Stop watching Fox.
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level 75
Aug 30, 2019
Hilary lost get over it. Go outside and get some fresh air, or maybe find a hobby. Life's too short to be this miserable.
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level 77
Aug 30, 2019
"cool story, bro"
"check your privilege"
"come at me, bro"
"TL;DR"
"(blah blah) butthurt (blah blah blah)"
"Hillary lost get over it"
... and other phrases commonly uttered by those with IQs equivalent to the common sea cucumber.
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level 75
Aug 31, 2019
Haha you are a very sad and insecure man Kal. A low IQ is not something I possess. I just live in reality and outside of the safe bubbles
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level 79
Aug 31, 2019
@coolguy Buddy, just don’t. You’ve already lost
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level 75
Aug 31, 2019
Fake news
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level 79
Aug 31, 2019
Sad. Very sad.
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level 61
Sep 3, 2019
#triggered
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level 77
Sep 3, 2019
#braindead
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level 77
Sep 4, 2019
That Trump eventually went on to win the presidency after this life of abject failure is much more an indictment against the American electorate than it is an achievement of Trump's. Even his election campaign cannot be considered successful, on balance. He might have gotten more votes than some candidates, but the only things he truly triumphed over were decency, sense, reason and intellect. The way that he campaigned showed him to be the insecure loser that he has always been, and his electoral victory was a loss for himself as much as it was for the entire world. Our country is going down the toilet now and Trump's mental state is deteriorating along with it.
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level 62
Sep 11, 2019
Funny how the commenters calling out Kal (with whom I sometimes disagree, bear in mind) don't present a single fact to refute what he says (which are actually proven facts). Just fallacies. That says it all.
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level 67
Sep 3, 2019
Is it possible to just take a quiz without being a totally pretentious d*ck? Just curious.
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level 77
Sep 6, 2019
Yeah, pretty easy. Were you looking for instructions?
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level 72
Jul 27, 2013
The real name of his defence programme was Strategic Defence Initiative (SDI). 'Star Wars' was a pejorative nickname given to SDI by its opponents.
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level 48
Aug 20, 2013
The question asks for the nickname.
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level 59
Aug 20, 2013
It says nickname in the question....
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level 44
Aug 20, 2013
Couldn't guess the haircut-based nickname. My guess was Buzz haha.
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level 59
Aug 20, 2013
I always thought he was the one who the Big Boy mascot haircut was modeled after?
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level 32
Aug 20, 2013
Looks like he kind of invented the war on drugs.
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level 34
Aug 20, 2013
Not really. The term was first used by Nixon in 1971, but even then, the actions and tactics to which he was referring to had been around for over 50 years.
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level 66
Apr 2, 2017
war on drugs was invented by the 'Progressives' - in 1912!
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level 21
Aug 22, 2013
a President with a backbone
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level 21
Aug 23, 2013
got them all with 3 mins left,a child of the 80's
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level 44
Dec 24, 2013
worst president ever
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level 37
May 15, 2014
Probably. Although I'd argue that Andrew Jackson, Buchanan, and Hoover were worse.
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level 70
Dec 20, 2014
Current president isn't out of the running!
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level 67
Oct 9, 2018
Shiloh376 your comment is a lot more applicable now than it was when you made it.
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level 80
May 21, 2014
Maybe if you're talking about his predecessor
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level 50
Jun 25, 2014
Never.
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level 59
Oct 23, 2016
And why exactly is that? Any evidence to back your claim?
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level 68
Aug 30, 2019
not even close lol
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level 43
Jun 26, 2014
Ronald Reagan is not the worst president ever, but even on his best day he was relatively mediocre. However because he is the only Republican president since Eisenhower to win the popular vote twice (and unlike the other two GOP presidents who were elected to two-terms, he did not leave office in disgrace) the Right reveres him with a religious-like devotion. They have created the myth of 'Ronaldus Magnus' and consider him either the greatest president ever or at least worthy of Mt Rushmore. Reagan was mostly a bad president. He deliberately ignored congress regarding the Iran-Contra scandal and lied about it to congress and the American people (if it didn't happen so late in his 2nd term he might have been impeached). He also passed up a deal with Gorbachev for almost complete nuclear disarmament because of his attachment to SDI, which never worked anyway. And there is even evidence in the diary he kept for most of his life that he already had Alzheimer's before his 2nd term was up.
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level 58
Jun 28, 2015
If Reagan wasn't the worst, who the heck do you think was?!!
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level 43
Aug 7, 2016
So I just saw this, over a year after you wrote it! I'm flattered that you'd ask my opinion, but I believe that James Buchanan is the worst president ever, since many of his key decisions (and his lack of decisions) helped bring about the Civil War and the deaths of around 750,000 Americans (not to mention all those wounded or those scarred mentally/emotionally after the war). My top and bottom 10: Top: 1.) Lincoln 2.) FDR 3.) Washington 4.) Wilson 5.) Teddy Roosevelt 6.) Jefferson 7.) Truman 8.) Eisenhower 9.) Obama 10.) Jackson Bottom: 1.) Buchanan 2.) Harding 3.) George W. Bush 4.) Nixon 5.) Hoover 6.) Andrew Johnson 7.) Pierce 8.) Fillmore 9.) Tyler 10.) Carter Rating the presidents since FDR died in 1945: 1.) Truman 2.) Eisenhower 3.) Obama 4.) JFK 5.) LBJ 6 (tie) George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton 8.) Reagan 9.) Ford 10.) Carter 11.) Nixon 12.) George W. Bush
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level 71
Mar 11, 2017
Putting FDR at Number 2 and Wilson at Number 4 is laughable.
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level 67
Oct 9, 2018
I'd put Wilson a little lower, but FDR is right where he belongs on that list. I think Teddy would have ranked even higher had the country faced worse crises than it did during his Presidency, but he did not have to lead the country through something as difficult as Lincoln or FDR did.
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level 67
Oct 9, 2018
And while I'm neither agreeing nor disagreeing with Hdny42's list, how bad do some of those administrations on the "worst" list have to be to rank below William Henry Harrison, whose major accomplishment as President was dying of pneumonia a mere month after taking office?
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level 60
Aug 30, 2019
Most comments on here must be by progressives or socialists. That rating list is a joke as well, besides the first few obvious ones on each. Wilson is on the wrong list altogether. He was the worst type of progressive (possibly socialist) and a raging racist. Meanwhile the Reagan years brought the downfall of the USSR, the best economy since the 50s and ended a two decade downward spiral of political unrest, scandals and bad presidents.
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level 15
Aug 30, 2019
I should be number one.
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level 71
Aug 30, 2019
^ but on which list?? ;)
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level 77
Aug 30, 2019
Trump is way worse than Reagan, and Bush Jr. was worse, too, IMO though that is not as clear-cut. Though it would have been hard to see this from 2015.
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level 75
Aug 30, 2019
Seriously Kal get a hobby. You can say republicans are idiots or democrats are idiots, but the people who vote/believe whatever their party tells them are the real idiots.
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level 77
Aug 31, 2019
The real idiots are those that believe whatever they're told by the party? such as those who believe that Trump, current head of the Republican party, is not the worst president in US history - something that independent conservatives, liberals, and non-partisan observers can all pretty much agree on? Cool, thanks for the help sniffing out real idiocy. I'll keep my eyes peeled.
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level 61
Feb 5, 2016
I typically think rather highly of everyone on this site given our shared interest in obscure, mostly useless information. The comments on anything political, religious, philosophical, etc. are beyond disheartening. I often tell people "there is no such thing as an open-minded intellectual". This is true whether you like to admit it or not. When it comes to contentious topics, people like us (including myself far too often) state our opinions as though they are facts. Nobody changes their mind based on facts but rather on emotion. They then seek to back up their feelings with cherry picked factual evidence from science and history. Intellectuals respect their opponents but never actually keep their minds open. The motto is "question everything, well, except for me of course". My point is that all of you quarreling in the comments above need to check your ego at the door. Stop being arrogant and keep your mouth shut. You cannot prove anything to anyone by slandering each other online.
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level ∞
Jul 28, 2016
So true. You lose an online argument the moment you decide to participate in one. But I'm guilty of doing it too sometimes.
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level 76
Oct 22, 2016
I agree slandering each other is not helpful, but on the other hand I enjoy some of the lively discussions I've seen in the comments, and quite often I learn new things or research a topic further on my own. So IMHO honest debate and open discussion is good, just don't get arrogant or mean-spirited with the comments.
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level 77
Oct 22, 2016
Disagree wholeheartedly. I'll state why, and who knows, maybe even influence someone's opinion.
Most intellectuals I respect are true skeptics. A true skeptic is always open-minded. I'm very open-minded myself. And these people will always change their opinions based on facts and evidence, and actively resist things like beliefs based on emotion, confirmation bias, etc. It's not easy doing this, it is human nature, but it is possible.
Stating an opinion with confidence doesn't mean you are closed-minded. You'll annoy fewer people if you take the time to carefully state that everything you say is of course up for debate, and after every opinion add a caveat that you are not infallible, but this is tedious. I'm always open to the possibility that I might be wrong but I'm not going to add this as a post statement to everything I type.
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level 77
Oct 22, 2016

People also often confuse a lot of different things (confidence, different opinions, knowledge) for arrogance. Especially people who prefer not to participate in contentious conversations. This is the majority of people out there. Maybe they believe that, because they would choose not to participate in a debate, other people doing so must have something wrong with them. They might perceive it as arrogance (oh, they think their opinions are sooo important and everyone just has to know what they think!), or pugnacity (oh! people are expressing different opinions! They must be fighting! Why can't we all get along!?), when really some people just enjoy a lively debate. If you do not... then don't read the comments. You'll just find them upsetting. And aside from Internet trolls, nobody is trying to insult, slander, or offend you.
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level 61
Oct 22, 2016
Can't we all just get along? As pointed out above this is not a political website, nor should it be. No one will affirm Reagan's place in history via this string of comments. Now let's all get back to solving quizzes. :)
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level 62
Oct 22, 2016
My favorite president for my birthday. Cool, I guess.
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level 62
Oct 22, 2016
Happy birthday, Gamer!
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level 62
Oct 22, 2016
Thank you!
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level 28
Oct 22, 2016
Can you accept "Tefflon"?
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level 49
Oct 25, 2016
One vote against. I prefer the correct spelling.
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level 73
Oct 23, 2016
Does Alzheimer's really need that S in the quiz?
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level ∞
Oct 24, 2016
I guess we can do without it
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level 49
Oct 25, 2016
I will always remember Reagan pseudo-fondly, for creating a job for me by firing the air traffic controllers.
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level 70
Aug 30, 2019
The comments here have been mostly against Reagan. Could someone in favor of his policies give their reasons?
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level 67
Aug 30, 2019
It was a tremendous achievement to deflect attention from a bombing in Lebanon by invading Grenada with 6,000 Marines, fighting off nearly one hundred airport construction workers over the course of six hours, and then awarding those Marines 7,500 medals? Is that a good start?
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level 70
Aug 30, 2019
I know. And I've only ever read and heard bad things about Reagan, except for rather insubstantial claims (he was "optimistic" and "honest", or, see above, "a president with a backbone", etc.). Yet I'm willing to listen to the other side and see where they're really coming from. I'm curious.
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level 77
Aug 30, 2019
Reagan fans I think would say that he was a great communicator and charismatic leader. They credit his charisma and leadership with defeating the Soviet Union and winning the Cold War. They see him as tough on foreign policy. They also credit the economic boom of the 80s to Reaganomics - tax cuts and deregulation aimed at benefiting the wealthy elites and encouraging growth on Wall Street. (and ignore the recession that came shortly afterward) I agree with maybe 30% of this.
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level 74
Aug 30, 2019
Forgot the obvious question. What did he destroy? The American middle class.
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level 38
Aug 30, 2019
Driving past Dixon, IL on I-88 is pretty inspiring because it shows that even someone from a dump like that can become president. Although I hate the war on drugs and the effect it's had on black incarceration I do have respect for Reagan.
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level 64
Aug 31, 2019
I can't believe I forgot Walter Mondale, my childhood was scarred by memories of my dad and his mother arguing bitterly over that election...she was convinced Reagan was the devil incarnate.