Ronald Reagan sucked. He just did. I’m going to tell you a couple of reasons why he sucked because way too many people like him or don’t realize how horrible of a president he was. For some reason, a bunch of people that lived under his presidency think he’s a God or something, and Republicans see him as their Jesus, but I’m here to tell you that all of that is wrong. Here’s why:
I’m gonna start off with something that he did as governor of California, because even though his presidency was pretty bad, he also sucked as a governor. When Black Panthers were protesting police brutality by keeping their own arms to defend themselves from violence, Ronald Reagan passed the Mulford Act, which prohibited the open carry of firearms without a permit. The same man who would later preach about the importance of the Second Amendment infringed on the rights of those who needed it most.
That’s just the beginning though; his presidency was even worse:
To start, he vetoed an anti-apartheid bill (with sanctions, etc.) passed by Congress because he was friends with South African leaders and wanted to maintain “friendly relations” with a government institutionalizing racism openly and publicly. Congress passed the bill anyway because even they knew it wasn’t cool to do nothing. Pretty clearly Reagan cared more about his buddies in power than those who were struggling and being oppressed by them.
Also, don’t get me started on the Iran-Contra affair. Literally, the one time that the U.S. has been convicted of terrorism by the World Court was caused by Reagan. So to start off, Reagan initially made a deal with Hezbollah, a paramilitary group that was holding seven Americans hostage. He agreed, behind our government and peoples’ backs, to give them arms and money for the release of these men. That sure sounds like negotiating with terrorists to me. It gets worse, though, because instead of just selling arms and money to the terrorists, he decided to divert some of the funds to death squads in Nicaragua. For context, Nicaragua was run at the time by the socialist Sandinistas. So, you know, Ronald Reagan decided to spread freedom by giving some of the money that was supposed to go to violent paramilitary groups in Iran, to even more violent paramilitary groups in Nicaragua. By the way, these Contras also ran drug cartels that flooded the US with cocaine in the 1980s. This story just keeps getting better! This is all not even mentioning other death squads Reagan funded in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Argentina. He really liked screwing with South American countries.
Reagan also caused 9/11. When the Soviets invaded Afghanistan, Reagan sent funding, arms, and training to Islamic fundamentalist groups in the mountains of Afghanistan. After the Soviets left, he allowed the same fundamentalists to occupy the Afghani parliament, giving the Taliban the power and control that they would eventually use to help Al-Qaeda attack America. We all know what happened after 9/11: the wars, occupations, failed exits, etc. Well, you can blame Reagan for all that too.
So yeah, I think you can now see that Ronald Reagan sucks. There are a million other things I could bring up, but I feel like these points are the most important and I don’t really feel like explaining more. I mentioned mainly foreign events, but he also kind of killed our middle class, which still has lasting effects today. Anyways, if someone starts talking to you about why Ronald Reagan is good, just send them this
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