Ronald Wilson Reagan
I hope we have once again
reminded people that
man is not
free unless government is
clear cause and effect here
as neat and predictable as a law of
expands, liberty contracts.
merchandisers appeal only to the weaknesses of voters, never to their potential
strength. They make no attempt to educate the masses into becoming fit for
self-government; they are content merely to manipulate and exploit them. For
this purpose all the resources of psychology and the social sciences are
mobilized and set to work. Carefully selected samples of the electorate are
given "interviews in depth." These interviews in depth reveal the unconscious
fears and wishes most prevalent in a given society at the time of an election.
Phrases and images aimed at allaying or, if necessary, enhancing these fears,
at satisfying these wishes, at least symbolically, are then chosen by the
experts, tried out on readers and audiences, changed or improved in the light
of the information thus obtained. After which the political campaign is ready
for the mass communicators. All that is now needed is money and a candidate who
can be coached to look "sincere." Under the new dispensation, political
principles and plans for specific action have come to lose most of their
importance. The personality of the candidate and the way he is projected by the
advertising experts are the things that really matter.
In one way or
another, as vigorous he-man or kindly father, the candidate must be glamorous.
He must also be an entertainer who never bores his audience. Inured to
television and radio, that audience is accustomed to being
distracted and does not like to be
asked to concentrate or make a prolonged intellectual effort. All speeches by
the entertainer-candidate must therefore be short and snappy. The great issues
of the day must be dealt with in five minutes at the most -- and preferably
(since the audience will be eager to pass on to something a little livelier
than inflation or the H-bomb) in sixty seconds flat. The nature of oratory is
such that there has always been a tendency among politicians and clergymen to
over-simplify complex issues. From a pulpit or a platform even the most
conscientious of speakers finds it very difficult to tell the whole truth. The
methods now being used to merchandise the political candidate as though he were
a deodorant positively guarantee the electorate against ever hearing the truth
about anything." - Aldous Huxley, Brave
New World Revisited
For too long, too many people dependent on Social
Security have been
cruelly frightened by individuals seeking political gain
demagoguery and outright
falsehood, and this must stop.
| "To watch the courageous Afghan freedom
fighters battle modern arsenals with simple hand-held weapons is an inspiration
to those who love freedom."
- Ronald Reagan, March 21, 1983
In March 1985, the Reagan administration issued
National Security Decision Directive 166,29 a secret plan to escalate covert
action in Afghanistan dramatically:Abandoning a policy of simple harassment of
Soviet occupiers, the Reagan team decided secretly to let loose on the Afghan
battlefield an array of U.S. high technology and military expertise in an
effort to hit and demoralize Soviet commanders and
Beginning in 1985, the CIA supplied mujahideen rebels with
extensive satellite reconnaissance data of Soviet targets on the Afghan
battlefield, plans for military operations based on the satellite intelligence,
intercepts of Soviet communications, secret communications networks for the
rebels, delayed timing devices for tons of C-4 plastic explosives for urban
sabotage, and sophisticated guerrilla attacks, long-range sniper rifles, a
targeting device for mortars that was linked to a U.S. Navy satellite,
wire-guided anti-tank missiles, and other equipment.
Between 1986 and
1989, the mujahideen were also provided with more than 1,000 state-of-the-art,
shoulder-fired Stinger antiaircraft missiles.By 1987, the annual supply of arms
had reached 65,000 tons, and a "ceaseless stream" of CIA and Pentagon officials
were visiting Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) headquarters in
Rawalpindi and helping to plan mujahideen operations:At any one time during the
Afghan fighting season, as many as 11 ISI teams trained and supplied by the CIA
accompanied mujahideen across the border to supervise attacks, according to
Yousaf and Western sources. The teams attacked airports, railroads, fuel
depots, electricity pylons, bridges and roads....
officers helped Pakistani trainers establish schools for the mujahideen in
secure communications, guerrilla warfare, urban sabotage and heavy
weapons.Although the CIA claimed that the purpose was to attack military
targets, mujahideen trained in these techniques, and using chemical and
electronic-delay bomb timers supplied by the U.S., carried out numerous car
bombings and assassination attacks in Kabul itself.
Ronald Reagan meets his Taliban friends in the White House
Government's view of the
could be summed up in a few
If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it.
And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
Government does not
solve problems; it
supposed to be the second oldest profession.Ronald Wilson Reagan: 40th
president of the US; 33rd Governor of California; radio, film and television
I have come to realize it bears
a very close resemblance to the first.
Reagan was one of the nearly 100 million Americans who tuned in on November 20,
1983, to watch the television
movie "The Day After,"
about the consequences of a
nuclear holocaust. In his
diary, Ronald Reagan reported that
the movie left him "greatly
depressed." According to the
film's director, after the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty was signed
in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 1987, he received a telegram from Reagan's office
saying: "Don't think your movie
didn't have any part of this, because it did." - Kelly M. Greenhill
was the only modern president to leave
office more popular than when he
was the ever smiling eternal
optimist; ignoring unpleasant facts,
fantasies, glossing over the grimmest
realities while often relying on dubious
anecdotes and statistics.
Ronald Reagan romanticized the past
and drew on an essential
optimism about the
Ronald Reagan was
the penultimate celebrity
Ronald Reagan was supremely suited
to take advantage of the electronic mass media
that now dominate and shape modern political dialogue, placing
Ronald Reagan enjoyed
subconscious recognition of him as a
larger than life
wild west cowboy,
World War II, and football
hero, who with the blessing of
stepped out of
the fantasy world of Hollywood to hold
the reins of Presidency of the United States of America.
survival of an assassination
attempt set his legendary
life in stone.
The mark of
Ronald Reagan's presidency was
Ronald Reagan campaigned as an
implacable foe of government deficit spending but he left office with a federal
debt that was nearly triple its level when he took office.
Ronald Reagan vowed to shrink
government and eliminate Cabinet departments but he wound up adding one, the
Department of Veterans Affairs.
Ronald Reagan fired striking
controllers ultimately destroying their
union although at one time
he was union president of the Screen
Ronald Reagan claimed he to never
bow to terrorists and yet his
administration supplied arms and spare parts to
Iran in an
Ronald Reagan espoused basic
values but he was a divorced man with
Reagan's tenure was epitomized by a freewheeling
and free spending, with tax reductions for affluent who grew richer while the
number of families
living below the
poverty line increased by one-third.
|I helped the Office of Policy
Development organize a two-day brainstorming conference on the subject at Wye
Plantation in Maryland, where the UK experience was reviewed, possible
privatization candidates assessed, and
possible next steps debated.
That led to creation of an interagency Privatization Working Group, which the
Reason Foundation supported via a whole series of federal privatization studies
(on candidates such as the Postal Service, the air traffic control system,
Amtrak, and others).
Two tangible accomplishments followed from these
efforts. The first was the successful privatization of Conrail, the
northeastern freight railroad taken over by the federal government from the
Penn-Central. It was sold via a stock offering to investors in 1987 for $1.6
The other was the appointment of the President's Commission on
Privatization in 1987.
There was more real privatization during the
Clinton administration than during Reagan's terms. Under Clinton, the federal
government sold off the Elk Hills Naval Petroleum Reserves ($3.6 billion), the
United States Enrichment Corporation ($3.1 billion), and many billions of
dollars' worth of electromagnetic
spectrum, as well as the competitive contracting of more than a hundred
airport control towers and numerous military base functions.
Privatization Commission paved the way for the subsequent efforts by Clinton
and Gore, having made privatization ideas respectable enough to be considered
by Gore's National Performance Review and the White House's National Economic
Council and Office of Management & Budget.
Ronald Reagan changed
the nature of the debate over the size and scope of the federal government.
It remains the job of our generation to privatize many more assets and
business enterprises of our overgrown federal government." - Robert W. Poole
Jr., director of transportation studies and founder of the Reason Foundation,
August 1, 2004
Ronald Reagan's second term
began concerns about the mounting budget deficit led to greater interest in the
possibility of a federal
privatization effort along
the lines of Thatcher's, the idea being
to sell billions of dollars' worth of federal assets and enterprises to
investors, using the proceeds to pay down the national
industry caused the
savings and loan debacle, which left
taxpayers holding the bag for
$200 billion in losses while the soulless
apostate bankers bought assets for pennies on the dollar.
Reagan persuaded Americans to believe
in themselves and in an imagined
past, telling us we were better than other
people, God's chosen, citizens
of a shining city on a hill. Simply
speaking and speaking simply, Ronald
Reagan had a gift for turning issues into
dumbed down America, persuading us to
suspend belief by combining fact
and fiction, persuading us to make
governance just another subsidiary of his
old business - entertainment." - Richard
|"A moment I've been dreading.
George brought his n'er-do-well son around
this morning and asked me to find the kid a job. Not the political one who
lives in Florida; the one who hangs around here all the time looking shiftless.
This so-called kid is already almost 40 and has never had a real job. Maybe
I'll call Kinsley over at The New Republic and see
if they'll hire him as a contributing editor or something. That looks like easy
work." - REAGAN DIARIES, May 17, 1986
"Ronald Reagan's administration brought
CIA tactics to
bear domestically to reshape the way Americans
perceived the world."
- Robert Parry President Reagan's "National Security
Decision Directive 77" was made when the Contras were earning a gruesome
reputation as human rights violators and terrorists. To change this negative
perception of the
Contras, the Reagan administration created a full-blown, clandestine
Central Intelligence Agency Director William Casey participated in the
creation of an inter-agency public
diplomacy mechanism that included the use of
seasoned intelligence specialists
to accomplish what a covert CIA operation in a foreign country might attempt
to change the opinion of and Congress and the American public that
Reagan administration's policies followed
the right path - specifically
give aid and support to human rights violators and terrorists.
Involved in the propaganda initiative were veteran
Central Intelligence Agency officer Walter Raymond Jr. and chief of the
National Security Council's Intelligence Directorate Donald Gregg - a
resulted in the creation of the Office of Public Diplomacy for Latin America
and the Caribbean in the Department of State (S/LPD), headed by Otto Reich*, a Cuban exile. On one
occasion, five intelligence
experts from the Army's 4th Psychological Operations Group at Fort Bragg,
North Carolina, were assigned to work with Otto Reich's fast-growing operation.
Another important figure in the pro-Contra
propaganda was National Security
Council staffer Oliver North.
In August 1986 Walter Raymond Jr. sent a
memo to William Casey which described a shift of control of the S/LPD
now being run by neoconservative Robert Kagan* who had replaced Otto Reich
to the control of the Bureau of
Inter-American Affairs, which was headed by Assistant Secretary of State
Richard R. Miller,
former head of public affairs at AID, and Francis D. Gomez, former public
affairs specialist at the State
Department and USIA, were hired by S/LPD through sole-source, no-bid contracts
to carry out a variety of activities on behalf of the Reagan administration
policies in Central America. They became the key link between the State
Department and the Reagan White House with the private groups and individuals
engaged in a myriad of endeavors aimed at influencing the Congress and public
The truth is the State Department was used to run a
prohibited, domestic, covert propaganda operation.
Established despite resistance from the Secretary of State, and
reporting directly to the National Security Council, the [S/LPD] attempted to
mask many of its activities from the
Congress and the American people. S/LPD targeted
American journalists who reported
information that undermined the
pro-Contra propaganda. News
executives removed or punish out-of-step reporters.
"Today's powerful right-wing
media gained momentum as part of the Casey-Raymond operations of the early
1980s." - Robert Parry
Another Walter Raymond Jr. authored memo
dated Aug. 9, 1983 suggests the right-wing media
mogul, Rupert Murdoch, was already part of the covert
founder Sun Myung Moon, publisher of the Washington Times, also showed up in
the Iran-Contra operations, using his
newspaper to raise contra
funds and assigning his CAUSA political group to organize support for the
In the two decades since the Iran-Contra scandal, both Rupert
Murdoch and Sun Myung Moon have continued to pour billions of dollars into
media outlets that have influenced the course of
United States history, often through the planting of
propaganda and disinformation much
like a CIA covert action might do in a hostile foreign country." - Robert Parry
Elliott Abrams was
convicted of misleading Congress in the Iran-Contra Affair and later pardoned
by George H.W.
Bush. Elliott Abrams became
deputy adviser to George W.
Bush's National Security Council, where he directed United States-Middle
East policy. Otto Reich became a senior advisor for Republican presidential
candidate John McCain on Latin
"A more factual synopsis of the Reagan presidency
might read like this: That Reagan was a transformative figure in American
history, but his real revolution was one of public-relations-meets-politics and
not one of policy.
His positive legacy as president today hangs on
events that most historians say were to some great
measure out of his
control: An economic recovery that was
inevitable, especially when world oil prices returned to normal levels, and an
end to the Cold War that was more driven by internal events in the Soviet Union
and in Eastern Europe than Americans want to acknowledge.
His 1981 tax
cut was followed quickly by tax hikes that you rarely hear about, and Reagan's
real lasting achievement on that front was slashing marginal rates for the
wealthy - even as rising payroll taxes socked the working class.
Reagan expanded the federal payroll, added a new
cabinet post, and created a huge debt that ultimately tripped up his handpicked
successor, George H.W.
Bush - who controlled the "President" during most of Reagan's term in
What Reagan did shrink was government regulation and
oversight - linked to a series of unfortunate events from the savings-and-loan
crisis of the late 1980s to the sub-prime mortgage crisis of the late 2000s.
This nation has never seen the kind of bold, crudely calculated and
ideologically driven legend-manufacturing as has taken place with Ronald
Reagan." - Will Bunch 01/028/09
makes Ronald Reagan
(or it takes major corporate backing to become
General Electric Theater
debuted 1 February 1953 as an "all-company project" sponsored by GE's
Department of Public Relations Services. GE Department
of Public Relations Services sent Ronald Reagan to twelve GE plant cities in
November 1954 to promote the program idea, further his identity as spokesman,
and become familiar with company people and products. By the time General
Electric Theater concluded its eight-year run in 1962, Ronald Reagan had
visited GE's 135 research and manufacturing facilities, and met some 250,000
individuals. The tour provided the platform for Ronald Reagan to sharpen his
rhetorical skill. The connections Ronald Reagan made at this time gave him the
foundation to run for President.
The Radio Corporation
of America (RCA) was founded by GE in 1919. In 1986 GE reacquired RCA,
primarily for the NBC television network. In 2004 GE bought Vivendi's
television and movie assets, becoming the third largest media conglomerate in
the world. The new company was named NBC Universal.
GE's divisions include GE Capital, GE Technology Infrastructure, GE
Energy Infrastructure, GE Consumer & Industrial and NBC Universal.
NBC Universal includes: NBC Network Television
stations which are WNBC - New York, KNBC - Los Angeles, WMAQ - Chicago, WCAU -
Philadelphia, KNTV - San Jose/San Francisco, KXAS - Dallas/Fort Worth, WRC -
Washington, WTVJ - Miami, KNSD - San Diego, WVIT - Hartford; NBC News; NBC
Sports; NBC Studios; NBC Universal Television; Universal Media Studios;
NBC Universal Television Distribution; NBC Universal International Television.
NBC Universal Cable includes the A&E Television Networks
which consist of A&E, The Biography Channel, The History Channel, History
Channel International, The History Channel en Español, Military History Channel, Crime &
Investigation Network and Bravo, Chiller, CNBC
(co-owned with Dow Jones), CNBC World (co-owned with Dow Jones),
MSNBC (co-owned with Microsoft), NBC WeatherPlus, mun2,
Sci Fi Channel, ShopNBC, The Sundance Channel, Sleuth, USA Network, Universal
HD, The Weather Channel, WeatherPlus.
Global Networks include LAPTV (Latin America) - co-owned with Paramount
Pictures (Viacom), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (owned by MGM Holdings) and 20th Century
Fox (News Corporation); Telecine (Brazil) - co-owned with Globosat Canais,
Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks (Viacom), MGM and 20th Century Fox Film
Corporation; Universal Channel Latin America (except Brazil); Universal Channel
Brazil (co-owned with Globosat Canais); Sci Fi Channel Latin America; NBC
Universal Global Networks España.
Telemundo which includes KVEA/KWHY - Los Angeles, WNJU - New
York, WSCV - Miami, KTMD - Houston, WSNS - Chicago, KXTX - Dallas/Fort Worth,
KVDA - San Antonio, KSTS - San Jose/San Francisco, KTAZ - Phoenix, KBLR - Las
Vegas, KNSO - Fresno, KDEN - Longmont, Colorado, WNEU - Boston/Merrimack, KHRR
- Tucson, WKAQ - Puerto Rico.
Studios (co-owned with Vivendi), Universal Pictures, Focus Features,
Rogue Pictures, Working Title Films, Universal Studios Licensing, Universal
Animation Studios, Universal Interactive, Universal Pictures International,
Universal Home Entertainment, Universal Home Entertainment Productions, United
International Pictures (co-owned with Paramount Pictures/Viacom); Universal
Operations Group, Universal Production Studios, Universal Parks & Resorts,
qubo - Qubo Venture LLC
Reagan Doctrine, which in the mid-1980s consisted
mainly of supporting four anticommunist and ostensibly pro-democratic
insurgencies: UNITA in Angola, the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, the Mujahedin in
Afghanistan and the Contras in Nicaragua. In retrospect, the results of this
policy were decidedly mixed.
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