The Reagan we aren’t seeing on TV

I sus­pect much of this coun­try feels, as I do, that Ronald Rea­gan was not the saint that the rad­i­cal Right would like us to believe. Still, the media cov­er­age this past week has not only been gush­ing­ly pos­i­tive, but also all-con­sum­ing.

While watch­ing that car­riage parade around for 4 hours last night, and suf­fer­ing through Dick Cheney’s polit­i­cal eulo­gy, I kept think­ing of the hor­ri­ble things this guy was respon­si­ble for—and many of them meet my def­i­n­i­tion of High Crimes and Mis­de­meanors.

  • He gave Iran weapons, laun­dered mon­ey through Sau­di banks, and fun­neled the mon­ey to the death squads in cen­tral Amer­i­ca, after Con­gress specif­i­cal­ly passed a bill for­bid­ding any help to the Con­tras.
  • He sold cocaine (see the report pre­pared by a cer­tain Sen. John F. Ker­ry in the ear­ly 90s), to fund the death squads in cen­tral Amer­i­ca. 500,000 peo­ple died in these wars.
  • He pulled us out of Beirut. And then, invad­ed Grena­da like the next day, so he didn’t look like a total wuss. Islam­ic extrem­ists cheered, and no one could fig­ure out what the hell Grana­da did to war­rant inva­sion. Bait and switch.
  • He trained Osama on how to beat a super­pow­er in Afghanistan.
  • He cre­at­ed the home­less prob­lem, and said that peo­ple “choose” to be home­less.

And yet, no arti­cles of impeach­ment in eight years… don’t get me start­ed on what they did to Clin­ton.

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