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Sun Nov 15, 2020, 02:42 PM

How Ronald Reagan's Coded Racism Paved the Way for Trump

A former entertainment personality decides, in his later years, to go into politics. To curry favor with the Republican Party whose nomination he seeks, he cozies up to red-state extremists and evangelicals via a healthy dose of racist dog whistles. He couples that with decrying communists, liberalism, and anyone out in the streets protesting for social justice. To top it off, he then aligns himself with corporate America, running on a pro-free market, anti-regulation, tax-cutting ticket that aims to benefit the 1-percenters who make up the most powerful portion of his base—and help keep him and his family living in the lap of luxury.

Sound familiar? Of course it does, although in this instance, I’m not talking about our outgoing president, Donald Trump, but our 40th commander-in-chief, Ronald Reagan.

Such similarities are hard to miss in The Reagans, Matt Tyrnauer’s four-part Showtime docuseries (premiering Sunday, Nov. 15) about the beloved (by some) Republican president and his wife Nancy. A skillful assemblage of archival footage and talking-head interviews with former colleagues, journalists, and scholars, it casts a critical gaze at the Gipper, investigating his rise to power—and subsequent ability to charm the mainstream even through tumultuous times—from a sober remove, free from the magnetic spell he cast over the public during his tenure as California’s governor (1967-1975) and in the Oval Office (1981-1989). While it sometimes undercuts itself by leaning too heavily on certain voices, it’s a valuable examination of a leader whose legacy is more complicated than it often appears, and whose political career established the foundations upon which the present Republican Party is built.

Central to Tyrnauer’s portrait are the concepts of storytelling and myth-making. After growing up during the Great Depression, which his parents survived thanks in large part to FDR’s New Deal, Reagan parlayed his good looks and charisma into cinema stardom—or, at least, into numerous B-movie parts and roles that took advantage of his handsome stoutness. Thanks to bad eyesight, he wasn’t able to enlist in WWII, but from the beginning—and, to some extent, with the help of gossip columnist Louella Parsons—he was able to fashion a persona predicated on all-American wholesomeness by appearing in wartime propaganda movies, Westerns, and Knute Rockne, All American, which allowed him to figuratively fulfill his gridiron dreams. He was a self-made man who willed himself into being a celebrity. As his son Ronald Reagan Jr. opines, “We’re all the heroes of our own stories. He was just a little better at it than most people, I think.”

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Reply How Ronald Reagan's Coded Racism Paved the Way for Trump (Original post)
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Nov 15 OP
Thomas Hurt Nov 15 #1
DanieRains Nov 15 #2
jimfields33 Nov 15 #3
Kingofalldems Nov 15 #5
LessAspin Nov 15 #4
nwliberalkiwi Nov 15 #6
Rhiannon12866 Nov 16 #7
LessAspin Nov 22 #8
Kid Berwyn Nov 23 #9
LessAspin Nov 23 #13
Kid Berwyn Nov 26 #14
Kid Berwyn Nov 26 #15
IsItJustMe Nov 23 #10
IsItJustMe Nov 23 #11
Paul Politerude Nov 23 #12

Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun Nov 15, 2020, 02:49 PM

1. Not just Trump he started us down the path to christofascist theocracy...

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun Nov 15, 2020, 02:56 PM

2. "Welfare Queens Driving Cadillacs"

Who could forget that one.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun Nov 15, 2020, 03:25 PM

3. I cannot believe that after 40 years and two 8-year term democratic presidents,

That the country still follows all that is Reagan. Weird. I really don’t think that but it does seem to be the consensus. I’m mystified that Clinton and Obama are not credited for the incredible things they have done. Both will do well historically. Will Reagan? He shouldn’t but if articles giving him credit continue the fake reputation will hold.

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Response to jimfields33 (Reply #3)

Sun Nov 15, 2020, 05:48 PM

5. Presented with zero evidence.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun Nov 15, 2020, 05:46 PM

4. Ronald Reagan the Motion Picture

starring Dennis Quaid as Ronnie Raygun and introducing Jon Voight as a racist piece of crap..


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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun Nov 15, 2020, 07:53 PM

6. Dead Children

Reagan supported the dictator of Guatemala when the dictator killed 112 children in one village. May Reagan's soul roast in Hell!!

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Nov 16, 2020, 03:06 AM

7. Not to mention starting his presidential campaign in Philadelphia, Mississippi

Where the three Civil Rights workers were murdered in 1964.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun Nov 22, 2020, 03:43 PM

8. Reagan didn't code it in private...

Racist Reagan refers to black UN delegates as monkeys.


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Response to LessAspin (Reply #8)

Mon Nov 23, 2020, 12:43 AM

9. Reagan, White as Snow



Reagan, White As Snow

by Alec Dubro
www.tompaine.com/, May 13, 2007

EXCERPT...

Domestically, he opposed every legislative remedy for African Americans, betraying a meanness of spirit and an open racism. As Sidney Blumenthal wrote in The Guardian in 2003:

Reagan opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, opposed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (calling it "humiliating to the South", and ran for governor of California in 1966 promising to wipe the Fair Housing Act off the books. "If an individual wants to discriminate against Negroes or others in selling or renting his house," he said, "he has a right to do so." After the Republican convention in 1980, Reagan traveled to the county fair in Neshoba, Mississippi, where, in 1964, three Freedom Riders had been slain by the Ku Klux Klan. Before an all-white crowd of tens of thousands, Reagan declared: "I believe in states' rights."

It's hard to believe now, but in 1965, a higher percentage of congressional Republicans voted for the Voting Rights Act than Democrats. Reagan, then, wasn't following party tradition; he was making a grab for the white racist vote-and it worked. Southern Democrats abandoned the party en masse for one more welcoming to white supremacy. No wonder so many loved, and still love, the man: He validated people's whiteness.

It's true that Reagan knew enough to occasionally disguise his racism. He appointed Samuel Pierce to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development, where Pierce presided over the halving of housing subsidies. No matter. Reagan couldn't remember the man's name. Once, at a reception for the nation's mayors, he greeted Pierce with a '"Hello, Mr. Mayor." Despite this, a few black conservatives, such as Armstrong Williams, were willing to validate him as someone who knew better than the "civil rights establishment" what was good for African Americans.

But it was in foreign affairs that he showed that he could rise above mere opportunism and flaunt his racism for all the world to see. He was the best friend that South Africa's apartheid government had in the developed world.

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http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Ronald_Reagan/Reagan_WhiteAsSnow.html

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PS: Lisa Pease is TOPS!

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Reply #9)

Mon Nov 23, 2020, 05:28 PM

13. Iran-Contra

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Response to LessAspin (Reply #13)

Thu Nov 26, 2020, 02:06 AM

14. Saving Private Capital.



Bell Book Says Officials Told Racist Jokes : Reagan Aide Says He Doubts Claim by Ex-Education Secretary

October 21, 1987|Associated Press

WASHINGTON — President Reagan's first secretary of education says mid-level Administration officials made racist jokes and other scurrilous remarks during civil rights discussions, but Reagan's chief spokesman said Tuesday he does not believe it.

Terrel H. Bell, in a memoir of Reagan's first term, said the slurs included references to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as "Martin Lucifer Coon" and calling Title IX, a federal law guaranteeing women equal educational opportunity, "the lesbian's bill of rights."

SNIP...

Bell did not identify those who made the racist or scurrilous comments. He could not be reached for further comment.

In his book, he says the jokes about King were made as Reagan was deciding whether to sign or veto a bill establishing King's birthday as a national holiday. He eventually signed it.

Bell said: "I do not mean to imply that these scurrilous remarks were common utterances in the rooms and corridors of the White House and the Old Executive Office Building, but I heard them when issues related to civil rights enforcement weighed heavily on my mind."

Bell added: "It seemed obvious they were said for my benefit, since they often accompanied sardonic references to 'Comrade Bell.' "

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http://articles.latimes.com/1987-10-21/news/mn-9912_1_racist-jokes

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Response to LessAspin (Reply #13)

Thu Nov 26, 2020, 04:27 PM

15. Readers Are Leaders

The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government

Joseph Palermo
L.A. Progressive, Jan. 12, 2016

In The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government, David Talbot, the journalist who founded Salon.com in 1995 and wrote a great book on the lives of John and Robert Kennedy, Brothers (2007), has produced another page-turner that unearths mountains of new evidence about the seamier side of the rise of the United States’ Cold War national security state.

Talbot has achieved something rare in our scholarly discourse these days on the origins of the Central Intelligence Agency and the men who were responsible for shaping the Cold War ethos that for decades dominated American foreign policy in the 20th Century. By presenting the contours of Allen Dulles’s life and his everlasting imprint on the nature of the CIA in a cogent and highly readable way, Talbot offers us a new and sophisticated analysis of America’s secret Cold War history.

The Devil’s Chessboard is quite simply the best single volume I’ve come across that details the morally bankrupt and cynical rise of an activist intelligence apparatus in this country that was not only capable of intervening clandestinely in the internal affairs of other nations but domestically too.

Talbot’s exhaustive research, lively prose, strong moral conviction, and the ability to convey history’s relevance to our contemporary politics make The Devil’s Chessboard an invaluable contribution to our understanding of the institutional transformation that took place in this country at a time when rabid anti-communism dominated the thinking of foreign policy elites.

CONTINUES...

https://www.laprogressive.com/allen-dulles/

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Nov 23, 2020, 11:32 AM

10. I remember the epidemic of AIDS was raging across the USA during that time period.

Reagan sat on his thumb and did absolutely nothing until it started hitting the blood banks.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Nov 23, 2020, 11:40 AM

11. Reagan was one of the first Republican to use this depraved strategy to gain support.

But he was not the creator of it. That belongs to Richard Nixon.

EXCERPT...

Source: Wikipedia

THE SOUTHERN STRATAGY

In American politics, the Southern strategy was a Republican Party electoral strategy to increase political support among white voters in the South by appealing to racism against African Americans.[1][2][3] As the civil rights movement and dismantling of Jim Crow laws in the 1950s and 1960s visibly deepened existing racial tensions in much of the Southern United States, Republican politicians such as presidential candidate Richard Nixon and Senator Barry Goldwater developed strategies that successfully contributed to the political realignment of many white, conservative voters in the South who had traditionally supported the Democratic Party rather than the Republican Party. It also helped to push the Republican Party much more to the right.[4]

The "Southern Strategy" refers primarily to "top down" narratives of the political realignment of the South which suggest that Republican leaders consciously appealed to many white Southerners' racial grievances in order to gain their support.[5] This top-down narrative of the Southern Strategy is generally believed to be the primary force that transformed Southern politics following the civil rights era.[6][7] This view has increasingly been disputed by historians such as Matthew Lassiter, Kevin M. Kruse and Joseph Crespino, who have presented an alternative, "bottom up" narrative, which Lassiter has called the "suburban strategy". This narrative recognizes the centrality of racial backlash to the political realignment of the South,[8] but suggests that this backlash took the form of a defense of de facto segregation in the suburbs rather than overt resistance to racial integration and that the story of this backlash is a national rather than a strictly Southern one.

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Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_strategy


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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Nov 23, 2020, 03:29 PM

12. We had Broadcast TV and No Internet during the Reagan Administration

 

Murdoch and Zuckerberg did the major damage!

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