Now, scrutinize Reagan

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For the past 10 years I have enjoyed your editorials, but the one Jan. 22 (“Putting aside partisanship”) topped them all.

It is so good of you to mention that Barack Obama could be a transcendent president. But – and there is always a but – he needs to stop campaigning, whatever that means. When you ask him to compromise with the Republican Party, do you mean the way he tried to during his first term, and was immediately labeled as a radical socialist or worse?

I can see you are very much concerned about the future of our country, and this makes me very happy.

You brought up Ronald Reagan and his going over the heads of Congress directly to the people, using his voice and acting experience. That gives me the opportunity to talk about Mr. Reagan, who was voted our best president in modern times. A well-informed paper as yours must be aware of the fact that, in the 1960s, Mr. Reagan was a regular FBI informant, dealing directly with his friend J. Edgar Hoover.

Also you should know that just before the 1980 presidential elections, when the Ayatollah Khomeini was ready to release the 50 American prisoners to President Jimmy Carter, Mr. Reagan has been accused of suggesting that
the release should be delayed until after the elections, which Khomeini agreed to, thus giving Mr. Reagan a political victory and cementing future deals of selling weapons to Iran and using the profits to fund the so-called “contras.” Mr. Reagan compared this group to our Founding Fathers – they were trained by the CIA under the direction of John Negroponte.

All this history brings me back to Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes, who wrote in 1990: “Why do we elect retarded presidents like Reagan if not to prove that all men are equal? We prefer recognizing ourselves in this idiot who talks like us, looks like us, makes our jokes, shares our mental lapses, amnesia, prejudices, obsessions and confusions, justifying our own mental vulgarity. How consoling! A new Roosevelt, a new Kennedy would force us to admire them for what we are not, and that’s an unsettling feeling.”

Joaquin Godoy

Aiken, S.C.

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justthefacts
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justthefacts 02/03/13 - 09:47 am
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Baloney

"Also you should know that just before the 1980 presidential elections, when the Ayatollah Khomeini was ready to release the 50 American prisoners to President Jimmy Carter, Mr. Reagan has been accused of suggesting that
the release should be delayed until after the elections, which Khomeini agreed to, thus giving Mr. Reagan a political victory and cementing future deals of selling weapons to Iran and using the profits to fund the so-called “contras.” "

carcraft
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carcraft 02/03/13 - 10:05 am
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Ah, I wonder if Mr, Godoy was

Ah, I wonder if Mr, Godoy was born, in a coma, or out of the country during Obama's first term. President Obama made a bunch promises such as holding health care hearings on C-span. It never happened but in an attempt Obama held a panel hearing of Republicans and Denocrats. When McCain made a wise suggestion about doing something and ask President Obama why not Obama stuck his nose in the air and said," Because I won and you lost'! So much for comprimises with the Republicans!

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carcraft 02/03/13 - 11:20 am
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Mr. Godoy also seems to

Mr. Godoy also seems to forget about the fact that there were boxes of papers where Reagan had written out and worked out his beliefs, philosophies and thoughts to great extent. Far from being ignorant as Mr. Godoy would assume, Reagan was very well read, very intelligent and well founded in his beliefs. Unlike Obama, Reagan was a successful actor, had been head of the Screen Actors gild (actors union) , and Governor of California. Every thing about Obama is smoke and mirrors from his college, his grades, his "teahing" positon, his Illinois Senate run, and his US senate period when he ran for President and voted present. Hit the bong one more time for the old chom gang and tell me about the poem POPS please!!!

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ymnbde 02/03/13 - 10:48 am
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these lies haven't been repeated enough

to be believable, except perhaps by rabid dogmatic freedomophobes. Why does this letter writer so easily believe the lies propagated by countries and people that are womanophobic, homophobic, Christianophobic, knowledgeophobic, scienceophobic, etc, unless he has all those phobias himself?

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dichotomy 02/03/13 - 12:27 pm
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The good thing about

The good thing about Joaquin's mothly drivel is that it is usually so irrelavent it doesn't even require a response unless I'm just really bored.

Notice Joaquin would rather talk about Reagan than about Obamacare doubling private insurance rates, Obama and Hillary Clinton's foreign policy installing the Muslim Brotherhood in power in most of the Middle East and now spreading it to Africa, about the unemploymet rate still being 8% after 4 years of Obama, about the INCREASING number of people on food stamps, welfare, and unemployment, about killing the Canadian pipeline, about the economy contracting to a pitiful 1% rate last quarter from it's miserable average of 2% for the the last 4 years of Obama, and about all of the businesses that are laying off people and closing stores in preparation for the 2014 full implentation of Obamacare.

Joaquin, regardless of what you thought about Reagan, or Bush, it ain't got anything to do with what's happening now. The fact is NOTHING good is happening NOW.

Now if you want a real topic to write about Joaquin, do your next column on the recent Obamacare ruling by the IRS that Obamacare subsidies ONLY apply to the emplyee self-only insurance policies, not the family plans, and that the government now anticipates that 30 million people will not have health insurance, mostly women and children, when Obamacare is fully implemented next year. We will all be paying DOUBLE what we used to pay and we will have DOUBLE the number of uninsured that we had before Obamacare. Obama's centerpiece legislation has turned out to be the EXACTLY what the conservatives told you it would be. Double the costs, more people uninsured, less doctors, and LESS quality healthcare.

The unintended consequences of the middle of the night, in a locked back room, "pass it before we know what's in it" Democrat legislation are showing their ugly heads.

Maybe you didn't like Reagan but Obama is a ZERO. Not one of his policies has improved anything for anyone and ALL of his policies have made us, and our children, much poorer financially.

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crkgrdn 02/03/13 - 01:50 pm
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Absolutely without merit and evidence.

This is pretty scary. I work hard to not wind up in the mind of writers like this.
Yes, there are UFOs and their crew are among us. Here's the proof.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 02/03/13 - 09:08 pm
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Safe for another 30

Safe for another 30 days....(eyeroll)

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OpenCurtain 02/03/13 - 09:29 pm
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Some one is wearing Liberal

Some one is wearing Liberal ROSE colored glasses and re-writing history to meet and justify their misbeliefs.

Reagan was challenged by Ultra War Hawks Ultra Peace Nicks every step of the way as he was trying to reduce the Nukes and contain the USSR expansion. Sure he pulled a few rabbits out of the hat. But he did not waste US Lives to fight in Central America when he backdoored congress and avoided a war and the profit it meant to many if there was a war..

The names of those challenging him were both Dem and Rep would surprise you. Yes Colin Powell & NEWT were among those that fought President Reagan at every turn. He worked with Tip Oneal (Ultra DEM) to pass good agreements & PRO-USA laws. He knew how to work with people FOR AMERICA and to PROTECT AMERICA.

The person would do good to learn history 1st hand and read:
Reagan's Secret War (written from recently De-Classified Doc's)
and The Rebellion of Ronald Reagan written by a James Mann

They are both cheap and available in the Dollar Stores, in case he is a Frugal Liberal.

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