It’s too bad that former President Ronald Reagan passed away this week, but the way a lot of the media organizations and especially many on the right are placing this guy on a pedestal above all others is really getting sickening.
It didn’t take three days after him passing away before certain conservative groups were calling for a national holiday in honor of our 40th President, certain other GOP lawmakers are insinuating that he single-handedly brought down communism, and among other things, a poll on the front page of cnn.com asking, “Should Ronald Reagan’s image replace Alexander Hamilton’s on the $10 bill?” has 31% of respondants saying yes. Worse, there’s serious consideration for just that from the GOP.
Before we go plastering his name on all the remaining airports, highways, currency, schools, and federal buildings that we haven’t already “Reaganized”, people should put a little perspective on the whole thing and relax.
He wasn’t the greatest president ever. He wasn’t soley responsible for ending communism in the USSR. He was anti-gay at best and homophobic at worst. He sold weapons to Iran and was buddy buddy with a guy who’s first name is Saddam, last name begins with an H. He supported CIA sponsored coups of more than a few Mid-American countries. He supported apartheid in South Africa and wasted hundreds of billions of dollars on defense pork barrel spending (helllllo ‘Star Wars’!). And on and on…
I’m not saying he was a bad guy, or even a terrible president. I’m just saying people should take a balanced look at things instead of sweeping all the bad things under the carpet ‘out of respect’ for the man.