Tag Archives: Reagan

‘A freeze is not a fix’

I confess to having little experience with unions, but judged from a distance the developments in the West Virginia teachers strike are quite new in the modern history of organized labor. The teachers have ground the state to a halt … Continue reading

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How presidential rankings can rankle and reek

The latest presidential rankings suggest #metoo and racial tumult have affected several reputations, notably Andrew Jackson (out of the top ten and tumbling, thank the lord or Jon Meacham) and Woodrow Wilson’s (same). Poppy Bush is solidly in the top … Continue reading

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Responses to violence

Julia Azari reviews the history of presidential responses to acts of violence on black citizens: In 1906, for example, a group of African-American soldiers in Brownsville, Texas, was accused of shooting multiple people. They were acquitted by a court and … Continue reading

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The modern roots of Charlottesville

On Sunday, Aug. 3, 1980, the Republican candidate for president made the following remarks at the Neshoba County Fair: Today, and I know from our own experience in California when we reformed welfare, I know that one of the great … Continue reading

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The danger with the Mueller investigation

As readers know, Ronald Reagan is such a, uh, touchstone that his influence persists even in our contemporaneous scandals. What most dispirited me about Iran-Contra was the determination of the Tower Commission not to even whisper “impeachment,” despite abundant evidence … Continue reading

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Because y’all want more Reagan out of me

I’ll have a MoPop Conference post-mortem up soon. Here’s a copy of my paper “Mourning in America: How Ronald Reagan Smiled on a Low, Dishonest Decade” Mourning in America

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Trump’s America, Chapter 312

I reread the NYT’s 2004 obit for Ann Grusuch Buford. This paragraph struck me: In appointing her administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, President Reagan made Ms. Burford a leader in his effort to bring economic discipline to environmental cleanup … Continue reading

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Your dad’s sane GOP

Notes on Donald Trump’s self-immolation: * Actually, the Republican Party has had people like Donald Trump in it who impugned the patriotism of war heroes. In Georgia a man named Saxby Chambliss beat Democrat Max Cleland in a Senate race … Continue reading

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Elie Wiesel — RIP

To others I will leave the responsibility of eulogizing one of the late twentieth century’s most searing novelists, for I’m not as familiar with his work as I should be; but my first acquaintance with Elie Wiesel was in 1985 … Continue reading

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Sadism and the American foreign policy elite

If foreign policy hasn’t emerged as a subject this primary season other than as metonym for incoherence in Syria or insanity about forcing Mexico to pay for a wall it doesn’t want, it’s because no one has presented saner alternatives. … Continue reading

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Homosexuality in the Reagan administration

The Reagan White House, reports Steve Weisman as quoted by Charles Keiser, “was definitely a place where you would hear one staff member call another staff member ‘a fag’ behind his back.” he Reagans came from a Hollywood milieu that … Continue reading

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Nancy Reagan — RIP

Not long before her Ronnie’s landslide reelection in 1984, Nancy Reagan could afford to be gracious to Andrei Gromyko, an eminence as integral to the ornamental functioning of the Cold War as the Pledge of Allegiance (Gromyko was tolerated because … Continue reading

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