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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-27-09 12:03 PM
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43. I'm as puzzled as you are.
I remember him as a dangerous fool. Shared 'sado-monetarist' economic policy with Maggie Thatcher; supporter of some nasty dictators; helped to build up the forerunners of the Taliban; etc., etc. Also known for his verbal slips and general all-round muddle-headedness. His best quality was perhaps laziness; unlike Maggie, he spent quite a lot of time sleeping and resting from his labours in the cause of messing up the world.

As regards the end of the Cold War, this had more to do IIRC with the USSR bankrupting itself with huge arms race spending and general inefficiency, and the fortunate coincidence that when all the chickens came home to roost, they for once had an intelligent and competent leader, rather than one whose instinct would have been to start a war. If people like Gorbachev had been in charge from much earlier, perhaps the USSR would have evolved rather than imploding (and of course,if they hadn't had Stalin in particular, millions of people wouldn't have been killed).
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  -Am I the only one puzzled by the blind worship of Ronald Reagan? glarius  Oct-27-09 10:36 AM   #0 
  - Reagan was a slick, polished pitchman who could sell anything  Warpy   Oct-27-09 10:38 AM   #1 
  - He was an underrated actor  peace frog   Oct-27-09 11:03 AM   #21 
     - I thought he was an overrated actor  Warpy   Oct-27-09 01:25 PM   #52 
     - On the big screen, sure  peace frog   Oct-27-09 01:33 PM   #55 
     - I think he was a bad actor, but it's the bad actors who  joeybee12   Oct-27-09 01:31 PM   #54 
     - See my comment above  peace frog   Oct-27-09 01:34 PM   #56 
        - Yeah, he was nothing more than a B character actor...  joeybee12   Oct-27-09 02:28 PM   #60 
     - Yes, he had a very sunny personality that just appealed to a lot of people.  barb162   Oct-27-09 03:35 PM   #67 
  - He brought them back from the depths of Watergate.  kentuck   Oct-27-09 10:38 AM   #2 
  - And don't forget his heroics with the Iranian hostage situation  lunatica   Oct-27-09 11:30 AM   #29 
  - He had dementia while in office., you're not the only one.  TwilightGardener   Oct-27-09 10:38 AM   #3 
  - He stuck it to the unions, cut rich people's taxes, demonized the poor and restoked the false  Brickbat   Oct-27-09 10:39 AM   #4 
  - Not only puzzled, but sickened and enraged  Zomby Woof   Oct-27-09 10:39 AM   #5 
  - Because he's exactly what they wanted ...  meegbear   Oct-27-09 10:40 AM   #6 
  - 100%correct  Bitwit1234   Oct-27-09 11:17 AM   #26 
  - I never thought he was a good president  flakey_foont   Oct-27-09 10:40 AM   #7 
  - Ronald Reagan was the perfect Republican President  AllentownJake   Oct-27-09 10:41 AM   #8 
  - Perfectly stated.  CrispyQ   Oct-27-09 11:58 AM   #42 
  - People were sucked in by the actor-in-chief  livetohike   Oct-27-09 10:43 AM   #9 
  - He is their one and only Hero  Winterblues   Oct-27-09 10:44 AM   #10 
  - It is called "cult of personality," and Reagan's cult survived his demise.  Ozymanithrax   Oct-27-09 10:45 AM   #11 
  - My favorite was that he "defeated he Soviet Union."  YOY   Oct-27-09 10:47 AM   #12 
  - you forgot "single-handedly" (eom)  gmoney   Oct-27-09 01:45 PM   #57 
     - With one ball tied behind his nutsack.  YOY   Oct-27-09 03:37 PM   #68 
  - I am puzzled by blind worship of  Autumn   Oct-27-09 10:48 AM   #13 
  - After Ford and Nixon.......  Uben   Oct-27-09 10:48 AM   #14 
  - It's always been puzzling to me too, given the facts  lunatica   Oct-27-09 10:50 AM   #15 
  - he was the worst one embarrassment after another president until Bush Jr.  eShirl   Oct-27-09 10:57 AM   #16 
  - The definitive book on Reagan - Sleepwalking Through History  Phoebe Loosinhouse   Oct-27-09 12:17 PM   #45 
  - He did way more than ignore AIDS  Caliman73   Oct-27-09 02:24 PM   #59 
  - The Flag on your post says it all, you and anyone outside the US...  whoneedstickets   Oct-27-09 10:58 AM   #17 
  - It is a typical 'style over substance' Republican virtue they find compelling.  Ikonoklast   Oct-27-09 11:01 AM   #18 
  - Bingo, this country is still so hooked on style over substance  treestar   Oct-27-09 11:07 AM   #22 
  - I wonder if that's just human behavior, not just Americans, but people,  raccoon   Oct-27-09 11:42 AM   #35 
     - I think you're's just people.  glarius   Oct-27-09 11:52 AM   #40 
     - That sounds worse than Bush and his guitar playing  treestar   Oct-27-09 01:12 PM   #48 
     - I'm not sure  treestar   Oct-27-09 01:13 PM   #49 
     - People remember what they see (or are told they see)  EFerrari   Oct-27-09 01:30 PM   #53 
  - Agree. Plus, the ultimate style over substance, Sarah Palin  stanwyck   Oct-27-09 11:21 AM   #27 
  - the GOP loves to have "heros" - look what they tried to do to Jessica Lynch and  DrDan   Oct-27-09 11:02 AM   #19 
  - I always thought he was an asshole. nt  AlinPA   Oct-27-09 11:03 AM   #20 
  - Because he was ! That was overlooked by those who adored him.  barb162   Oct-27-09 03:32 PM   #64 
  - I always thought he was a boob.  BonnieJW   Oct-27-09 11:14 AM   #23 
  - A lot of the wingers who worship St. Ronnie  MineralMan   Oct-27-09 11:15 AM   #24 
  - Reagan taught idiots  morgan2   Oct-27-09 11:17 AM   #25 
  - Or any other politician, for that matter. They'll all break your heart at some point. nt  Captain Hilts   Oct-27-09 11:25 AM   #28 
  - Way I figure it, he was packaged and presented  madamesilverspurs   Oct-27-09 11:33 AM   #30 
  - Some people prefer symbol over substance.  Gold Metal Flake   Oct-27-09 11:34 AM   #31 
  - Great post. nt  raccoon   Oct-27-09 11:43 AM   #36 
  - Reaganomics is what's responsible for the current economic fuck up.  Initech   Oct-27-09 11:34 AM   #32 
  - Recently read "Tear Down this Myth" . ..  HughBeaumont   Oct-27-09 11:36 AM   #33 
  - Great post. nt  raccoon   Oct-27-09 11:44 AM   #37 
  - Hey, I've been puzzled by that for nearly three decades.  damntexdem   Oct-27-09 11:37 AM   #34 
  - No, you're not. See also,  raccoon   Oct-27-09 11:45 AM   #38 
  - I've often wondered about that myself  PatSeg   Oct-27-09 11:45 AM   #39 
  - Americans prize their mythic delusions above all.  Greyhound   Oct-27-09 11:52 AM   #41 
  - We are still trapped by Alger. :( n/t  juno jones   Oct-27-09 03:30 PM   #62 
  - I'm as puzzled as you are.  LeftishBrit   Oct-27-09 12:03 PM   #43 
  - There's an interesting chapter in Oliver Sacks' 'Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat'  LeftishBrit   Oct-27-09 12:11 PM   #44 
  - This *is* pretty funny.  Ikonoklast   Oct-27-09 01:48 PM   #58 
  - Sure did a lot about the spreading of AIDS  EC   Oct-27-09 12:20 PM   #46 
  - i live at ground zero of all things reagan....  madrchsod   Oct-27-09 12:35 PM   #47 
  - Reagan never fooled me. I was always dumbfounded by why he fooled so many others  Berry Cool   Oct-27-09 01:17 PM   #50 
  - He never fooled me either. Did you ever ask people who liked him  barb162   Oct-27-09 03:34 PM   #65 
  - Reagan: The Great Prevaricator  KamaAina   Oct-27-09 01:18 PM   #51 
  - I was puzzled by it 30 years ago.  juno jones   Oct-27-09 03:27 PM   #61 
  - Sometimes I don't understand it, but then again it was a personality thing  barb162   Oct-27-09 03:32 PM   #63 
  - They call him Ronaldus Magnus.  tanyev   Oct-27-09 03:34 PM   #66 
  - Of course not  ismnotwasm   Oct-27-09 03:44 PM   #69 
  - They're pushing him again now in an attempt to distract us from the disintegration  gkhouston   Oct-27-09 03:48 PM   #70 

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