Editor,

Fawning followers of Ronald Reagan (Grocott column, April 21, 2020) hardly admit that he raised taxes at least seven times and once was a head of unionized workers. He is noted for many things including his famous “states’ rights” speech in Philadelphia. Not the city of brotherly love in Pennsylvania, but the city of hate in the state of Mississippi. Best known as the center of the KKK killers. 

Reagan chose Philadelphia, Mississippi, to give his “dog whistle” message to the Southern States that it was OK to continue their Jim Crow activity. This was of course part of Nixon’s Southern Strategy. Divide and conquer. Clearly a politics of division. Do away with all those welfare queens and while you’re at it, do away with that socialistic Social Security.

Reagan was also known for his famous declaration that: “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’” Continuing his approach that you’re on your own kiddo, and don’t look to the government for help. Just fend for yourself. If you want a helping hand, just look at the end of your own arm. Fight those viruses on your own.

And make your own face masks while you’re at it.

Jerry Brozell

San Mateo

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(18) comments

Tafhdyd

Don't forget that Reagan also closed the mental health hospitals in California putting all those mental cases out on the streets.

Jorg

One of Reagan's worst "sins" was perhaps to excite the evangelicals and invite them into the ring, without which we would not have had neither Bush jr., nor Trump in the WH! Just imagine how much better off we, and the rest of the world, would have been without those two Republican misfits!

Christopher Conway

I guess you are just left dreaming and wondering then.

Dirk van Ulden

Dear Tafhdyd, Governor Reagan closed the mental hospitals pursuant to legislature pushed and signed by his predecessor, Governor Brown, the father of Moonbeam. Reagan is often blamed for the consequences by those who ignore history. We have had many chances to correct that mistake but no liberal politician is willing to lock them up, instead they have found a way to capitalize on the mentally-challenged now on the street. It is called, Homeless, Inc., a multi billion dollar enterprise.

Tafhdyd

The mentally disturbed are also called the source of cabinet members of the Trump Administration. Remember that when he drained the swamp he said he would select the finest to run the government. Those few that are still there are as unqualified as Donald. The ones that left are of two categories. They either left on their own because they couldn't stomach the corruption of Donald or they said something Donald didn't like so he had someone get rid of them because he doesn't have the spine to face them himself.

Gloria Gael

Liberal democrats don't hate this country. We hate the way Trump is destroying it. And the way he continues to take credit for everything Obama did for us - high GDP, low unemployment, etc. Trump only cares about himself, and maybe a little about rich people. I will be voting against him in November, and I will be proud to vote against the man who is destroying our democracy.

Dirk van Ulden

Gloria - you and your fellow travelers have never provided any substance to your allegation that President Trump is destroying our democracy. Who are the 'our' anyway? He certainly is not destroying the democracy that I savor on a daily basis. Or, do you only want a democracy that fits your narrative?

Christopher Conway

I guess our votes will cancel eachother

Terence Y

I would extend Mr. Conway's statement to include liberal Democrats who hate our country now. Just look at Pelosi throwing a hissy fit by ripping the SOTU speech and the idiotic Russian collusion and impeachment hoaxes. I'd like to remind Mr. Brozell that it was Democrats who passed Jim Crow laws, along with endorsing slavery. And NY, NJ and CA government helping? Helping to bankrupt their states while also being leaders in COVID deaths in the US.

JME

He has a long way to go from catching up with the record

of American deaths under Lincoln.

Terence Y

You mean American deaths due to the Democrat Party wanting to keep slavery in place? Eventually starting the Civil War that Lincoln presided over? Thank you for reminding everyone about the history of the Democrat Party, Mr. Emanuel.

Christopher Conway

if you were a liberal Democrat and hated our country in 1980, I am sure you would feel like Reagan was not all that. But if you loved the USA and you hated the inflation and the economy that Jimmy Carter was leaving us, you would think that Reagan was the best thing to ever happen to this country. I feel the same way about President Trump. God bless Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump, American heroes.

Cindy Cornell

To state that liberal Democrats hate our country is appalling and more divisive rhetoric.

Jorg

So typical of the Trumpocrats, Cindy! They don’t seem to understand that the exact opposite is true, namely that the majority of us love this country and hate what Trump has done to destroy it, - more than any other Republican presidential misfit has done. To cheer what Trump and his unqualified, inept co-conspirators are doing, even “praying” for another destructive term, is hating what this country stands for. Republicans cannot win if all voters are allowed to exercise their constitutional rights, so the usual Republican tricks and voter suppression are necessary. It isn’t “love” for the country to cheer an incompetent occupant of the WH who has made himself a laughingstock around the world, in sharp contrast to President Obama, who was able to restore respect for America after the former Republican so-called president had pretty much destroyed it, with unnecessary, ill-conceived wars we are still paying for, with lives and world respect. No wonder President Obama has been elected “Most admired living person” 12 years in a row. But for the Trumpocrats to grasp that? No way.

Christopher Conway

Stating that liberals The author lost me when she said, "In most communities, the most vocal residents are retired, white and own homes". As soon as someone brings race into any argument, I immediately tune them out.

Christopher Conway

it might be appalling and divisive but it also a fact.

JME

If you love all Americans please wear a mask.

Terence Y

If you love America, vote Trump. If you hate Trump more than you love America, well, my condolences for your next 5 years. So my condolences, Mr. Emanuel.

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