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As Reagan era closes, Republicans lack shared identity

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We should actually view the 'closing' of the Reagan era positively. . .especially if you are a female or racial-ethnic minority.

The Great Communicator is the same guy who calculatedly selected the murder site of 3 civil rights workers as the spot to officially kick off his 1980 presidential campaign. He spoke there to an enthusiastic crowd on the anniversary of their heinous deaths, but didn't bother to mention the slain workers' names or initiate a moment of silence. Meanwhile, the confederate flags were prominently displayed in the background. The bigotry was implicit. I will always view Reagan as the epitome of covert racism.

http://www.alternet.org/columnists/story/18894/

The Reagan revolution didn't merely return America to a world in which God, patriotism, rugged individualism, militant anti-communism and family values ruled supreme. There was the ugly, and dark subtext; unspoken but understood, and indeed anticipated, that the Reagan revolution would roll the clock back to the pre-civil rights days when blacks, minorities and women knew their place.

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The Southern Strategy (coded appeals). . .

http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,399921,00.html?cnn=yes

The sad truth is that many Republican leaders remain in a massive state of denial about the party's four-decade-long addiction to race-baiting. They won't make any headway with blacks by bashing Lott if they persist in giving Ronald Reagan a pass for his racial policies.

The same could be said, of course, about such Republican heroes as, Barry Goldwater, Richard Nixon or George Bush the elder, all of whom used coded racial messages to lure disaffected blue collar and Southern white voters away from the Democrats. Yet it's with Reagan, who set a standard for exploiting white anger and resentment rarely seen since George Wallace stood in the schoolhouse door, that the Republican's selective memory about its race-baiting habit really stands out.

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Gee Commuter don't you know Reagan is like God now, revered and respected. People seem to forget some of his more henious acts.

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I was in kindergarten when Reagan was reelected in 84 - and seriously, it was almost like hero worship. It was probably more that our teachers wanted to teach 5-year-olds a simple civics lesson, but now that I look back it kind of creeps me out. And, if my son's preschool ever put out a big display board with GWB's face on it and all sorts of 'fun facts' about him, you bet they'd hear from me about it. :twocents:

I think Mom raised more of a lefty than she realized at the time....

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People seem to forget some of his more henious acts.

Yeah, it's called selective amnesia.

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I think we are seeing the end of Raegan error type conservatives. Especially as the baby boomers age and some of the left moves towards the middle (think VivaVegas) and some of the extreme right realize how harmful such ideals were and they move a little more to the middle (think McCain here).

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I was way too young at the time, but I never understood how he got off so easy with the Iran-Contra scandal.

It find it sadly ironic that while the right scolds Clinton for not being proactive enough against Bin Laden, it was their hero that created Bin Laden in the first place.

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