The Real ReaganJune 10, 2004
Ronald Reagan was a beloved man but he was not the President of the United States. He was a ceremonial monarch.
Now that he is gone, we forget the fact that Reagan preached the virtues of a balanced budget and delivered the biggest deficit in history. He preached the virtues of family values but was the nation's first divorced President with four estranged children. Fraud and dishonesty in the Reagan government produced the longest-running, independent-counsel investigation ever, and that is before the Iran-contra investigation exposed the true nature of the criminal empire that Reagan's hands-off policy had produced.
Reagan was very good at delivering prepared text, but he proved to be very uninformed when the press asked him unexpected questions and he spent his presidency evading the media. The pictures of using helicopter noise to dodge the media are as common as the unanswered questions that surround the Reagan presidency. In retrospect, it is safe to say that even Reagan could not accomodate unanswered questions because the "acting President" was not informed. Reagan delegated authority and the casual oversight of those he placed in charge, granted loose canons the opportunity to define the Reagan presidency. Indeed, Ronald Reagan did not exist in the world of unprepared text, and it is not possible to understand the Reagan presidency without examining the conduct of those he placed in charge.
In actual fact, Ronald Reagan was the revenge of Nixon apologists who thought that Nixon deserved to be popular, and he paved the way for equally incompetent people like George Bush.
Like Reagan before him, who turned authority over to people like Bill Casey and Richard Nixon, George Bush turned to Cheney, Tenet, Rumsfeld, Rice and Iran-contra criminals like Poindexter, and he re-invented the very same scandals that trash the American constitution in the name of freedom and democracy. Reagan got away with it because he was charming and uninformed and time will determine George Bush's capacity to dodge the media as effectively as Ronald Reagan did. Skeptics will invariably suggest that Richard Nixon had absolutely nothing to do with Ronald Reagan's Administration, but history has recorded the fact that during Reagan's presidency "Nixon gets into his office every morning about 7:30. By noon, he will have made and taken 40 calls, most of them to Washington. First, he calls the White House and speaks to Ed Meese, Bud McFarlane and President Reagan. Then he starts working the State Department. Everyone from George Schultz on down. He not only gives advice on foreign policy, but on politics in general. What he says is taken very seriously."
In 1960, Ronald Reagan campaigned for Richard Nixon, and in 1980, Ronald Reagan won for Richard Nixon. Those who believed that Kennedy's charisma had robbed the opportunity to advance the Nixonian agenda, turned Ronald Reagan into the heart and the soul of the Republican party. The fix worked; Ronald Reagan communicated the lofty ideals of the Republican party while criminals like Richard Nixon, Oliver North and John Poindexter routinely trashed the Constitution.
In 1992, Independent counsel, Lawrence Walsh, was still probing the Iran-contra scandal, but Reagan was unable or unwilling to cooperate. When he took testimony from Reagan in July 1992, Walsh asked Reagan if his longtime friend and media adviser was a part of his administration and Ronald Reagan said, "I honestly can't swear to that. I'd hate to have him hear me say it." Reagan lost his memory 2 years before he had good reason to blame it on a medical condition. In Novmeber of 1994, Reagan eloquantly disclosed the claim that he suffered from Alzeimer's disease, but whose script was he reading?
Reagan was certainly not in a position to speak his own mind. The man without guile was infuriated over the fact that criminals like Oliver North and John Poindexter had jeopardized his legacy, and his subsequent silence was absolutely necessary, to conceal the fury of violating his own, personal principles.
It is difficult to believe that Ronald Reagan's convenient memory lapse was voluntary because his core decency was consistent, both before and after his apparent illness. On March 4, 1987, Ronald Reagan said, "A few months ago, I told the American people I did not trade arms for hostages. My heart and my best intentions still tell me that is true, but the facts and the evidence tell me it is not." If anybody was granted the right to investigate the facts and the evidence, it would expose the criminal operations of the people Reagan empowered [North, Casey, Nixon, Poindexter, etc.] and the obsession to cover up the truth prevailed. Needless to say, the American people fell in love with Reagan's heart and good intentions, it is the crafty people who surrounded him, who ultimately deserve all the blame.
If we had watched the great communicator communicate throughout an illness that did not intend to conceal anything, we would have been in a better position to understand the progression of Alzheimer's disease, but given the unprecdented hypocricy of the Reagan years, we are merely left with the fact that Reagan's heart and soul was pure, but the criminals he appointed, were absolutely evil.
In a letter to the editor of USA Today, Dorman T. Shindler casually recorded the giant flaws of the Reagan years, when he wrote:
One hopes that after the smoke has cleared, someone at USA TODAY will see fit to write a lengthy piece about Ronald Reagan's "other" legacy: dangerous deregulation; a right-wing attorney general, Ed Meese, who bulldozed civil rights, a Secretary of the Interior, James Watt, who failed to protect the environment, once explaining, "I do not know how many future generations we can count on before the Lord returns'; the Iran-contra scandal; and a tripled national debt.
That these horrific dealings were glossed over or swept under the rug during Reagan's time is unconscionable. That they are still being vastly ignored by the media is sad.
The real measure of Reagan's legacy is his ability to hoodwink supposedly savvy journalists into believeing the fairy tale.
In 1980, Richard Nixon secretely cultivated the unaccountable power he always craved, and that became absolutely clear when he said, "I am confident that President Reagan and the members of his administration will have the vision to see what needs to be done and the courage to do it." As long as the media ignored books like, "Break-ins, Death Threats and the FBI; The Covert War Against the Central America Movement", Richard Nixon was able to feel very confident about the 1980's. Written and exhaustively researched by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ross Gelbspan, the book recorded two hundred verified instances of break-ins, burglaries, death threats, harassment and arson, but the media failed to report the unified plot to destroy peace advocates who challenged Reagan's Central American policy. No press coverage, no crime. The flip side of this perversion is that Richard Nixon developed the idea that he could use the media to destroy his adversaries -and therein lies the genesis of the media-driven Whitewater scandal. Richard Nixon unleashed the monster, (the Gingrich Revolution) and it took the United States Senate to contain another constitutional crisis.
The disturbing element of the secret war that Nixon waged is the unreported casualties. It is difficult to catalogue the casualties -the media failed to show up, but it is certainly possible to identify Richard Nixon's high profile targets. In particular, Nixon and cronies like Gordon Liddy were determined to give Ronald Reagan a protest-free administration, and they prepared to nip anti-war demonstrators in the bud. As far as Nixon was concerned, anti-war demonstrators were irresponsible, hateful failures. In his own terms: "They basically are haters, they are frustrated, they are alienated -they don't know what to do with their lives . Nixon's obsession to control these haters was so extreme, that even the Kent State massacre was a bizarre source of satisfaction. Richard Nixon made that perfectly clear when he said: "I can think of those Ivy League presidents who came to see me after Kent State, and who were saying, please don't leave the problem to us -I mean let the government do something. None of them would take any of the responsibility themselves."
If the paranoia and the hatred that Richard Nixon manifested did not claim the life of John Lennon, the timing of the murder is the most startling coincidence in world history. Indeed, at the time of Lennon's death, Richard Nixon was in the middle of a pervasive declaration of war which was, in the mind of Richard Nixon, a titanic struggle to win world war III. In his own words, Richard Nixon said: "If America loses World War III, it will be because of the failure of its leadership class. In particular, it will be because of the attention , the celebrity and the legitimacy given to the trendies" ...And that is the justification for the murder of John Lennon, because, as Nixon continued, "in a less hazardous age we could afford to indulge the prancing of the trendies on the stage of public debate. But now our national survival depends on learning to distinguish between the meaningful and the meaningless." As far as Richard Nixon was concerned, the murder of John Lennon was urgent, necessary and even essential.
Richard Nixon spelled it all out in his book "The Real War" and when his style of leadership had claimed the life of John Lennon, he wrote "Real Peace." Talk about leaving your fingerprints at the scene of the crime. The murder of John Lennon was essentially Nixon's way of claiming both sides of the peace debate, and that is quite obvious to anyone who studies the dark side of Richard Nixon. Indeed, Nixon was a sophisticated fraud and cover up artist who even managed to get away with serious, undisclosed Watergate crimes. The crimes that were high enough to remove Nixon from office were simply the tip of the iceberg and the master felon made that absolutely clear when he said: "the factual truth about Watergate could probably never be completely reconstructed, because each of us had become involved in different ways and no one's knowledge at any given time exactly duplicated anyone else's." Suffice it to say, Nixon cronies like Howard Hunt, Frank Sturgis and Gordon Liddy were well versed in the art of political assassinations and if they didn't kill anybody they were hopeless failures.
British Barrister, Fenton Bressler, proved that John Lennon was stalked and slain with the method of a political assassin in his exhaustively researched book "The Murder of John Lennon," but the media missed it. The media ignored the fact that the assassin embraced Richard Nixon's claim that John Lennon was valueless and meaningless. As late as 1992, the motivation that claimed Lennon was so vivid that Mark David Chapman told Larry King that he struck out at something that he perceived to be phony. He was not a deranged fan as the media insisted, he was a moral minority who satisfied Richard Nixon's paranoia. Indeed, Mark David Chapman has been consistent. As soon as he murdered Lennon, his boast left not a single need to second guess. According to Chapman, "I murdered a man. I took alot more with me than just myself. A whole era ended. It was the last nail in the coffin of the 60's." Indeed, it was Richard Nixon Starting Over.
For all you intelligent skeptics, Nixon’s feigned commitment to law and order is quickly becoming the joke of the century, and it is perhaps significant to note that his relentless determination to destroy Kennedy, was an open book. In his memoirs, Nixon exposes the obsession that he and Hoover shared to blame the Kennedy assassination on Oswald the “Communist”, an obsession which produced the bizarre claim that prior to his attempt on Kennedy’s life, Oswald planned to assassinate Nixon. Intelligent, comprehensive researchers clearly understand Nixon’s foreknowledge about the Kennedy assassination, and Nixon himself routinely betrayed his knowledge about the murder of the century. In an August 22, 1972 press conference, Nixon said: "If ten more wiretaps could have found the conspiracy [to assassinate JFK] -uh, if it was a conspiracy -or the individual, then it would have been worth it." Nixon had trouble separating the pretense from the reality, and in the end, he indicted himself.
For all you intelligent skeptics read this, if you are still not convinced.
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