Monday, September 16, 2013

History Lesson

Overheard a kid in my office – who obviously never took time to learn about anything that happened before he was born – saying Ronald Reagan was one of the greatest Presidents in American history. Au contraire, mon frere!

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Ronald Reagan: Worst President Ever?
February 20, 2012

On Presidents’ Day, opinion polls rate the greatest U.S. presidents, with Ronald Reagan now typically scoring at or near the top — and George W. Bush at or near the bottom. Though the Bush rating is hard to dispute, Robert Parry argued in 2009 that Reagan deserved a similar placement.

"Reagan’s presidency represented a dangerous escape from accountability – and reality . . . Despite the grievous harm that Reagan’s presidency inflicted on the American Republic and the American people, it may take many more years before a historian has the guts to put this deformed era into a truthful perspective and rate Reagan where he belongs — near the bottom of the presidential list."


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Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories in the 1980s for the Associated Press and Newsweek. His latest book, Neck Deep: The Disastrous Presidency of George W. Bush, was written with two of his sons, Sam and Nat, and can be ordered at His two previous books, Secrecy & Privilege: The Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq and Lost History: Contras, Cocaine, the Press & ‘Project Truth’ are also available there. For more on related topics, Robert Parry’s Lost History, Secrecy & Privilege and Neck Deep are now available in a three-book set for the discount price of $29. For details, click here.


whkattk said...

Reagan may not have been the absolute worst president we've had (Bush II and Nixon top the list for me) but he did more than his fair share of fucking things up; his denial of HIV/AIDS comes to mind...

SteveXS said...

I wouldn't say RR was one of the worst Presidents -- an award like that belongs to Buchanan & Bush. I would agree tho that he was one of the most dangerous because of the terrible things he did (or approved) and got away with because of that smiling face.