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    More truth about Reagan

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    Killer, Coward, Conman
    More Proof Only the Good Die Young

    by Greg Palast; www.GregPalast.com; June 08, 2004

    You're not going to like this. You shouldn't speak ill of the dead. But in this case, someone's got to.

    Ronald Reagan was a conman. Reagan was a coward. Reagan was a killer.

    In 1987, I found myself stuck in a crappy little town in Nicaragua named Chaguitillo. The people were kind enough, though hungry, except for one surly young man. His wife had just died of tuberculosis.

    People don't die of TB if they get some antibiotics. But Ronald Reagan, big hearted guy that he was, had put a lock-down embargo on medicine to Nicaragua because he didn't like the government that the people there had elected.

    Ronnie grinned and cracked jokes while the young woman's lungs filled up and she stopped breathing. Reagan flashed that B-movie grin while they buried the mother of three.

    And when Hezbollah terrorists struck and murdered hundreds of American marines in their sleep in Lebanon, the TV warrior ran away like a whipped dog ... then turned around and invaded Grenada. That little Club Med war was a murderous PR stunt so Ronnie could hold parades for gunning down Cubans building an airport.

    I remember Nancy, a skull and crossbones prancing around in designer dresses, some of the "gifts" that flowed to the Reagans -- from hats to million-dollar homes -- from cronies well compensated with government loot. It used to be called bribery.

    And all the while, Grandpa grinned, the grandfather who bleated on about "family values" but didn't bother to see his own grandchildren.

    The New York Times today, in its canned obit, wrote that Reagan projected, "faith in small town America" and "old-time values." "Values" my [nss][nss][nss]. It was union busting and a declaration of war on the poor and anyone who couldn't buy designer dresses. It was the New Meanness, bringing starvation back to America so that every millionaire could get another million.

    "Small town" values? From the movie star of the Pacific Palisades, the Malibu mogul? I want to throw up.

    And all the while, in the White House basement, as his brain boiled away, his last conscious act was to condone a coup d'etat against our elected Congress. Reagan's Defense Secretary Casper the Ghost Weinberger with the crazed Colonel, Ollie North, plotted to give guns to the Monster of the Mideast, Ayatolla Khomeini.

    Reagan's boys called Jimmy Carter a weanie and a wuss although Carter wouldn't give an inch to the Ayatolla. Reagan, with that film-fantasy tough-guy con in front of cameras, went begging like a coward cockroach to Khomeini pleading on bended knee for the release of our hostages.

    Ollie North flew into Iran with a birthday cake for the maniac mullah -- no kidding --in the shape of a key. The key to Ronnie's heart.

    Then the Reagan roaches mixed their cowardice with crime: taking cash from the hostage-takers to buy guns for the "contras" - the drug-runners of Nicaragua posing as freedom fighters.

    I remember as a student in Berkeley the words screeching out of the bullhorn, "The Governor of the State of California, Ronald Reagan, hereby orders this demonstration to disburse" ... and then came the teargas and the truncheons. And all the while, that fang-hiding grin from the Gipper.

    In Chaguitillo, all night long, the farmers stayed awake to guard their kids from attack from Reagan's Contra terrorists. The farmers weren't even Sandinistas, those 'Commies' that our cracked-brained President told us were 'only a 48-hour drive from Texas.' What the hell would they want with Texas, anyway?

    Nevertheless, the farmers, and their families, were Ronnie's targets.

    In the deserted darkness of Chaguitillo, a TV blared. Weirdly, it was that third-rate gangster movie, "Brother Rat." Starring Ronald Reagan.

    Well, my friends, you can rest easier tonight: the Rat is dead.

    Killer, coward, conman. Ronald Reagan, good-bye and good riddance.

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    Re: More truth about Reagan

    Powerful stuff. Palast seems to have hated Reagan even more than I did.

    Thanks for the post, Charles.

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    Re: More truth about Reagan

    More "opinion" about R Reagan.

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    Re: More truth about Reagan

    I wonder if some of this might fall into the "evil is relative" catagory.
    For example, a lab rat will hate the guy in the white coat who is experimenting on him for the purpose of saving human lives. That rat even has every right in this world to "kill" that human if can do so. However, when the guy from the lab goes home, his little girl and wife hug him and just adore this evil guy. He is quite decent actually, gives to charity, treats his family well and so on. But to that rat, he is "Hitler" and worse!

    I notice that Reagan's wife stuck with him to the bitter end and took care of him for 10 years. She was quoted as saying "he would have done the same for her after all" There are so many people who absolutely loved the guy.

    It seems that some of his policies though are responsible for alot of suffering and some bloodshed though. I get the impression from the interviews I've watched that he even believed his policies would be good for this country and even those friends who vehemently disagreed with him on politics still loved the guy as a person.

    I imagine the "facts" in Palasts article are accurated but the tone of it was quite snotty and inappropriate this soon after the death of a President. Losing a President, no matter how much you disagree with their policies, is a very painful thing for this country. The office is more than the man.
    Palast is a good researcher and writer but for this week, he can go screw himself! My wife noticed him in an interview and thought he was a jerk. Looks like he proved her right today.


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