THE Gipper

Ronald Reagan was such an overwhelming success as President that not even his political opponents the Democrats dare impugn his name. Ronald Reagan not only stared the communists eyeball-to-eyeball and made them blink, made them back down, ultimately bankrupting their Evil Empire; he inherited an economy in shambles from Jimmy Carter and turned it around. Reagan’s tax cuts initiated the greatest period of economic expansion the world has ever witnessed – we are still enjoying the benefits of his economic stewardship.

Ronald Reagan was incredible on so many different fronts.  His sheer genius could probably be summed up in his take on the conflict with the Soviet Union, expressed during his run for the Presidency in 1979.  "The Cold War?  Here's we end the Cold War: we win, the Soviets lose."  How succinct, how simple and forthright.

What we need to do with our problems nowadays in the Middle East is "Go out and win one for the Gipper!"

 

sturmbringener sturmbringener
46-50, M
8 Responses Jun 26, 2007

Is this guy serious? This is the most ridiculous story I've seen in a long time. It's like a series of bumper stickers, talking points short enough for tiny minds to remember long enough to spew them out again. <br />
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Anyone who thinks the economy is as simple as TAX CUTS = AWESOME ECONOMY is clearly uninformed. Why don't you look at the war he declared against the American manufacturing industry and middle class? Why don't you look at how he demolished tariffs, and coupling this with Clinton's disastrous free trade agreements, resulted in millions of our jobs being outsourced to nations where labor is cheap and there are no safety regulations and children work around the clock in sweatshops....<br />
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Nevermind, don't trouble yourself with reality. Go back to your Ra-Ra hero worship and bumper sticker slogans. Such feeble minds...

Jimmy Carter inherited some BS from his predecessors; let's not put that in the corner. I will also remind you that they were Republicans. <br />
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Let's face it; the world doesn't like us right now. We are not using our power in a productive and positive way. Yes, we were attacked. Yes, Clinton should have further investigated the 1st Trade Center bombing. BUT, if being a Republican run country means being a bully to the rest of the world, it's not cool. That being said, its not cool to sit back and LET other countries/terrorists walk in and fly planes into our buildings either. <br />
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Clearly the priorities are different for the Dem's that the GOP. I feel that the Republican's have a 'fight' mentality and, like I was taught: don't start a fight, but don't chicken out when someone hits you either. <br />
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Why are we starting fights? We got smacked yes, but did we go after the one who smacked us? Initially, yes. Now, the troops struggle in Afghanistan (where the 'smacker' is) for equipment, ammunition, etc and we are fully involved in Iraq and what did they do to US? Nothing. Was Sadaam Hussein a great guy? No. Do we have the right to go there and start a fight? No. Lots of people in the world don't like GWB; does that give them the right to invade our country? No! <br />
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I liked Ronald Reagan - did I love all of his policies? No.<br />
I liked Clinton - did I like his all of his policies? No.<br />
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Why are we not voting for people instead of a party? <br />
Help me to understand why the party is more important than the person? <br />
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(ps...proud to write the word PERSON instead of MAN because we know now, it doesn't have to be a MAN!!)

So what is your point??? Here's mine.... You are certainly right about Clinton having his hands tied by the Republican Congress. Measures taken by the Clinton Administration to thwart international terrorism and Bin Laden's network were historic, unprecedented and sadly not followed up on because of the Republican Congress. Consider the steps<br />
offered by Clinton's 1996 Omnibus anti-terror legisiation, the pricetag for which stood at $1.097 billion. The Clinton Administration poured more than a billion dollars into counterterrorism activiities. Threat meeting were held 3 times a week to assess conspiracies. His National Security Advisor, Sandy Berger, prepared voluminous dossier on al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden actively tracking them. Clinton raised the issue of terrorism in virtually every important speech he gave in the last three years of his tenure. In Congress, Clinton was thwarted by the reactionary conservative majority in virtually every attempt he made to pass legisiation that would attack al-Qaeda and terrorism. His 1996 omnibus terror bill, which includes many of the anti-terror measures we now take for granted after 911, was withered almost to the point of uselessness by attacks from the right; Senators Jessie Helms and Trent Lott were openly dismissive of the threats Clinton spoke of. After the attacks, virtually every member of the Bush administration put forth the talking point that, "no one could have anticipated anyone using airplanes as bombs." The facts tell a different story. And lets not forget the 911 atrocity happend on Bush and Company watch. I doubt this will change your mind about anything, but these are the facts. if you want to believe them or or.

Clinton had his hands tied by a Republican Congress, AND he was so inept in foreign affairs he did NOTHING after World Trade Center Bombing #1 (1993), Khobar Towers bombings #1 & #2, after the embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania he slung a few tomahawk cruise missiles and blew up some tents and an aspirin factory, did NOTHING after USS Cole bombing and set us up for September 11th plot . . .

You are welcome my friend. I wasn't aware of the 70%. But I know it has to be up there. Bush has us in so much debt I don't know how we will ever get out. And to think Clinton had a balanced budget and a trillion dollar suplus when he left office. And still had time for a little hanky panky(*.*)

Thanks Brandy!<br />
Let's not forget that GWB and the Gipper are responsible for 70% of all the debt that the US has ever incurred.

Lets not forget the Iran-Contra affair, where Reagan approved selling weapons to the radical ISLAMIC regime in Iran and using proceeds from the sales to illegally fund the Contras, a guerrilla/terrorist group in Nicaragua. Which was in violation of US and International law. 225 different people either quit, were fired, arrested, indicted, or convicted for either breaking the law or violating the Ethics Code. Then of course there was the Hud scandal, involving administration staffers granting federal funding to constituents and defrauding the US government out of money intended for low income housing. Then there was the Lobbing Scandal, the EPA controversy, the Savings and Loan bailout, and on and on. And lets not forget how Reagan cut many school programs, including free meals for children who couldn't afford to pay. Oh yes, he was the typical Republican President, much like the one in office today.

No, we're talking about the Reagan who went into office with the plan regarding the Cold War: "We win, they lose," then stared eyeball-to-eyeball with the Communists and made them back down. Sure he spent trillions - that's what you do to win wars. FDR and LBJ did the same thing in their day, and Bush 43 is doing it now. That's what countries DO during wars, they spend their treasure. In the case of Reagan it actually worked, and then the Republican Congresses of the 1990s paid off the debt. Historical fact. Speaking of facts, that October Surprise deal is the stuff of fiction - not a single shred of evidence has ever surfaced on those accusations, likewise that drug smuggling pipedream you made up. I was in the US military during the Reagan years and we were busy kicking out the drug gangs that were vestiges of the Carter years. And anyway, if Republican economic policies are so bad, bad, bad how come we've been enjoying the greatest period of economic growth, prosperity and expansion in the history of the world - twenty five years so far and heralded in by the Reagan Administration. Disagree and make your points but leave the tinfoil hat-wearing, kool aid drinking moonbat theories to yourself they just blow your credibility buckmaster.