Ever since January 20, 1989, certain elements of the right-wing have been engaged in a campaign to rehab the image of Ronald Wilson Reagan, our 40th President. Anti-tax zealot Grover Norquist has two passions: One is to slash taxes and reduce Government until it can be "drowned in a bathtub". The other is to get Reagan's name and image on anything and everything from schools to dimes.
The blind worship of Reagan reminds me a little of the idol worship that surrounds the cult of JFK. But JFK's Camelot image can be explained easily by the timing and gruesome drama of his assasination. (Oh and don't forget his wife!)
Reagan worship is harder for me to understand.
It's amazing but Wing-nuts and dittoheads have a collective amnesia about Reagan hiking taxes (1986), lying to the American public about Iran Contra (1986), Cutting and running after a terror attack that killed 200+ Americans (Beirut, 1982), never submitting a balanced budget (not once!), and the fact that he never went to church except for special occasions.
This last fact is currently be revised by Citizens United, one of the goofball VRWC groups that spent millions trying to bring down Bill Clinton. They have a new book that paints Reagan as a pious and spiritual man, a man of great faith, whose reign was guided by The Hand of Providence
From the promo-site:
Hand of Providence explores the life and decisions of Ronald Reagan through his Christian beliefs and tells how faith guided him through his distinguished career and led him to unprecedented success.
In the tradition of Citizens United treatment of Bill Clinton, please allow me to remind them that Reagan was a womanizing cheat
who was kicked out by his first wife. And during his subsequent bachelorhood he allegedly raped a young actress
named Seline Walters.
... and while I'm at it, I still have yet to hear a good answer why he kicked off his 1980 campaign in Philadelphia, Mississippi where three civil rights workers had been slain less than two decades before. In his declaration he stated that "I believe in state's rights!"
Yep... overtly racist pandering is certainly good Christian behavior.