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The Dark Truth Of Ronald Reagan

May 24, 2017

Ronald Reagan was a controversial political figure in the United States. The Former actor turned politician was the 33rd governor of California from 1967 to 1975 and was elected the 40th president of the United States of America serving two terms from 1981 to 1989.

Considered “the Godfather of the Republican Party,” Reagan inspired so many Republicans to follow the same conservative steps he took as president.

Twenty-eight years later, we have another Republican-elected president with rhetoric similar to Reagan named Donald Trump. Reagan and Trump are often compared for their similar political agenda and presidential campaigns.

It is time for the American people to hear the dark truth of Ronald Reagan.

Racism

Ronald Reagan standing next to racist garden gnome

Ronald Reagan opposed the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act. He strongly approved housing discrimination. When Reagan ran for governor of California in 1966 he said, “If an individual wants to discriminate against negroes or others in selling or renting his house, it is his right to do so.”

Reagan also continued to strengthen the War On Drugs that was started by Richard Nixon in the early 70s. Reagan’s War On Drugs targeted minorities and increased the U.S. incarceration rate. 50,000 people were put in jail for nonviolent drug law offenses in 1980.

According to Alternet.org, “parole was abolished and prisoners must serve 85 percent of their sentences.” Prisoners were not given the option to get parole on minor drug offenses which increased incarceration rates.

In 1964 three voting rights activists were brutally murdered by white supremacists. Sixteen years later in 1980, in his first election campaign stop at the Neshoba County Fair in front of an all white crowd, Reagan said, “I believe in state rights.”

The interpretation of states rights in the south to white people is that whites don’t have to worry because southern states will favor them all the time. In the same place where David Godwin and fellow activist died for fighting for Securing African American voting rights Ronald Reagan was promising whites states rights in the south and promoting racism and white supremacy.

AIDS Epidemic

Ronald Reagan reacted to the AIDS epidemic late.

In February 1983 there were 1,025 reported AIDS cases and 394 death from AIDS. By April 1984 4,117 people had AIDS and 1,087 had died from AIDS. Reagan made no comments about the AIDS crisis.

Representative Henry Waxman, a Democrat from Los Angeles said, “It is surprising that the president could remain silent as 6,000 Americans died, that he could fail to acknowledge the epidemic existence.” Reagan would not acknowledge AIDS letting thousands of Americans die from AIDS.

Reagan finally spoke about AIDS on May 31,1987. By time he spoke about AIDS, 36,058 Americans were diagnosed and 20,849 Americans had died. AIDS spread across 113 countries and were 50,00 people who were diagnosed with AIDS.

What good things did Ronald Reagan do

Ronald Reagan did do some good things but the bad things are always going to outweigh the good things. Reagan gave 3 million undocumented immigrants amnesty giving these immigrants a path to citizenship.

Reagan also ended communism in Russia by requesting the leader of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev to “Tear Down that wall”. He successfully convinced Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall and end communism forever in Russia and broke up the Soviet Union.

He also grew economic growth in a country that was going through a recession.

Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump have so many similarities.  In fact, Ronald Reagan ran his campaign by saying “We Will Make America Great Again,” and 28 years later Donald Trump used the same slogan. Both campaigns promoted hatred and fear and put America first.

Trump and Reagan believe in protecting our country from enemies, so both proposed massive increases in military spending. By the end of his presidency, Reagan increased defense by 48%. Trump is planning to spend about $54 billion on defense. Both believe that the citizens of this country should be protected.

Don’t let the smile and laughter fool you President Reagan discriminated against minorities and Ignored the AIDS epidemic. People credit him for ending the Cold War and increasing economic growth in the U.S., but people choose to ignore the dark truth of Ronald Reagan

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