before and after Reagan

Ronald Wilson Reagan

I hope we have once again reminded people that
man is not free unless government is limited.

There’s a clear cause and effect here that is
as neat and predictable as a law of physics:
as government expands, liberty contracts.

"The political 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

Ronald Reagan and the Taliban

For too long, too many people dependent on Social Security have been
cruelly frightened by individuals seeking political gain through
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 soldiers....

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....

CIA operations 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.

President Ronald Reagan meets his Taliban friends in the White House

Government's view of the economy
could be summed up in a few short phrases:
If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it.
And if it stops moving, subsidize it.

Gary Webb

Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.

Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession.
I have come to realize it bears a very close resemblance to the first.

Ronald Wilson Reagan: 40th president of the US; 33rd Governor of California; radio, film and television actor.

"Ronald 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

Ronald Reagan was the only modern president to leave office more popular than when he entered.

Ronald Reagan was the ever smiling eternal optimist; ignoring unpleasant facts, idealizing hopeful fantasies, glossing over the grimmest realities while often relying on dubious anecdotes and statistics.

Ronald Reagan romanticized the past and drew on an essential American optimism about the future.

Ronald Reagan was the penultimate celebrity president.

Ronald Reagan was supremely suited to take advantage of the electronic mass media that now dominate and shape modern political dialogue, placing image over substance. Ronald Reagan enjoyed American culture's subconscious recognition of him as a larger than life wild west cowboy, World War II, and football movie hero, who with the blessing of American society stepped out of the fantasy world of Hollywood to hold the reins of Presidency of the United States of America.

Ronald Reagan's survival of an assassination attempt set his legendary life in stone.

The mark of Ronald Reagan's presidency was paradox.

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 air traffic controllers ultimately destroying their union although at one time he was union president of the Screen Actors Guild.

Ronald Reagan claimed he to never bow to terrorists and yet his administration supplied arms and spare parts to Iran in an arms-for-hostages deal.

Ronald Reagan espoused basic small-town American values but he was a divorced man with estranged children.

Ronald Reagan's tenure was epitomized by a freewheeling entrepreneurialism 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 bankrupt Penn-Central. It was sold via a stock offering to investors in 1987 for $1.6 billion.

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.

Reagan's 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

As 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 debt.

Ronald Reagan's zeal for deregulation of industry caused the savings and loan debacle, which left middle class taxpayers holding the bag for $200 billion in losses while the soulless apostate bankers bought assets for pennies on the dollar.

"Ronald 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 emotions. In reality, he dumbed down America, persuading us to suspend belief by combining fact and fiction, persuading us to make politics and governance just another subsidiary of his old business - entertainment." - Richard Reeves

Reagan meets George W. Bush and Laura

"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 and propaganda

"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 propaganda operation.

In 1983 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.

reagan brain damage

"The most reliable scientific sources say permanent brain damage
is one of the inevitable results of the use of marijuana."
- Ronald Reagan

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 specialists in propaganda and disinformation.

This effort 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 Elliott Abrams*.

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 opinion.

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 propaganda operation.

rupert murdoch

"Unification Church 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 contras.

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 American affairs.

"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 office..

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

genral electric spokeman

General Electric makes Ronald Reagan

(or it takes major corporate backing to become President)

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.

NBC Universal 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.


Universal 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

remembering Reagan

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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