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Reagan would cringe to see moral and political downfall of the US



Published: Thu, July 17, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

Reagan would cringe to see moral and political downfall of the US

“If we ever forget we are one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.”

— Ronald Reagan

I wonder what the Great Communicator is thinking these days when he looks down and sees what is happening to the country he so dearly loved. Could he possibly comprehend the dramatic change that has taken place in our society since the days he was with us? He must be saddened to see that some are doing everything in their power to remove all traces of God from our schools and any public gatherings.

To them who would impose their views contrary to those who created this and the Bill of Rights, I should remind you the framers who created the near flawless government we have enjoyed for the past two centuries were men who believed in God. They knew in order to bring forth a government that guaranteed individual freedom and the dignity of its people, they would need spiritual guidance. Their spiritual guidance became the foundation of the greatest government on the planet.

It is sad indeed there are those who are not satisfied with a government that has served the people so well and those who complain we should do more to share the wealth.

A healthy capitalistic system with competent leadership is the only formula that will give the country the chance to restore a healthy economy and regain our self- respect from the rest of the world. To those who would abandon capitalism for a socialistic type of government I ask, “Where have you been these last years?”

Haven’t we seen the result of a bloated government? A so-called government that has done nothing but sit on their butts and spend billions of dollars we do not have.

They apparently have totally discarded the danger of the $17 trillion deficit hovering over our heads. This administration just continues to borrow and print money with little or no regard of the consequences.

As to our current leader: “A Prince whose character is just marked by every act that may define a Tyrant is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.” That quote is taken directly from this country’s Declaration of Independence.

Leon J. White, Columbiana


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1steivo(452 comments)posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Great letter Leon. Can you believe that there are some on this board who actually blame Reagan???

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2Millerh113(121 comments)posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Without a more equitable distribution of wealth you have Brazil and appalling poverty. Is that what you want here? Remember what made this country great were not the robber barons and millionaire capitalists but the genius and sweat of the American working man. As for Reagan he was in way over his head; Nancy ran the government. He should never left sunny California. Incidentally there is a big difference between social programs like social security and Medicare and socialism. If you don't know the difference you should enroll in a course in political science and economics.

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3dontbeafool(885 comments)posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

well put Miller. America was built on the working class and manufacturing. Now it is just the super rich paying the politicians to make policies in their favor. Then at the same time, you have the right and left who work harder to try to screw the other side, rather than to pull together and get something accomplished. These politicians start campaigning 6 months after they take office for the next election. Corrupt system, and the only people who can fix it is the corrupt people, which will not happen. I don't see this ever getting any better.

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4steivo(452 comments)posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

The last thing we need is a redistribution of income. What is badly needed is a redistribution of work. There are too many who do not and will not work while others are toiling away endlessly. You are right about the politicians in permanent campaign mode. The Liar is the best example of that. If he spent half the time running the country as he does on endless fundraisers, we would be a lot better off.

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5jeratboy(127 comments)posted 1 month, 1 week ago

If the so called robber barons did not start those companies there wouldn't be any workingman.

Typical Y-Town attitude. I live in an area that never had a steel mill, car plant, or any manufacturing that employed more than a few hundred and we are doing great. Don't you think forgetting the old ways would be the way to go and do what we can to help the next generation of so called robber barons?

Only in towns like Y-Town do you hear insults of Reagan. Everywhere else, that is doing good, know why more voted for him than any other presidential candidate ever!

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6steivo(452 comments)posted 1 month, 1 week ago

jeratboy,
I am from Y-T and all you will ever hear from me is that Ronald Reagan is the best President in the history of the U.S. and it is not even close.

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7lajoci(205 comments)posted 1 month, 1 week ago

"The last thing we need is a redistribution of income. What is badly needed is a redistribution of work."

What we badly need are jobs, which the so-called "job creators" have failed to create.

Want people to work? Make some jobs, job creators!

Otherwise, shut up!

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8steivo(452 comments)posted 1 month, 1 week ago

There are jobs everywhere and in some areas labor shortages all the while the percentage of people working is at an all time low. The problem is that this Liar has made it so lucrative to decline work that many are doing just that.

You really need to get your head out of the sand and look around.

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9lajoci(205 comments)posted 1 month, 1 week ago

Really?

Post some jobs, genius.

Then I'll get my head out of the sand.

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10steivo(452 comments)posted 1 month, 1 week ago

There are 5 pages of job ads into today's Vindicator. Most of them have been there for weeks without any takers. Why apply for a job when the Liar hands me everything I need for free.

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11cambridge(2996 comments)posted 1 month, 1 week ago

I remember when reagan was governor of California and he closed all of the state run mental health facilities and threw the patients out on the street. It always makes me smile knowing he spent the last ten years of his life as a lump in a dirty diaper. Karma!

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12georgejeanie(793 comments)posted 1 month, 1 week ago

Try the fracking industry for a job. What to hard///, too dirty, too cold, too hot, too far away from home, too afraid to leave mommy and daddy you lazy bums crying about no job opportunities get off your dead rear ends and do what your fathers and grandfathers did and go find a job.

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13steivo(452 comments)posted 1 month, 1 week ago

George,
Why would anyone want to work when the Liar gives them everything for free?

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14georgejeanie(793 comments)posted 1 month, 1 week ago

I forgot steivo.

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15Chessiedad(191 comments)posted 1 month, 1 week ago

Hussein has spent the last six years doing everything he can to make it nearly impossible for the "job creators" to "create" jobs. "HusseinCare" is probably the worst of his policies for "job creation". I know several area businessmen who don't dare hire any new employees, and are even cutting back hours for their employees due to "HusseinCare" and the increased costs to employers because of it. Even some of the leading Democrats have said that because of "HusseinCare", those who would rather pursue their "dreams" such as painting or volunteering, as opposed to working for a living can now do so. Now there's " job creating" policies at "work"!

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16walter_sobchak(1893 comments)posted 1 month, 1 week ago

cambridge,
I remember when Reagan was President of the United States, taking over a country that Jimmae Carter turned into a laughingstock. By using a positive attitude, patriotism, and plain speech, he turned us around and put pride back into this nation. You probably believe he was a simpleton or an "amiable dunce" but you can't deny that he transformed America and won the Cold War. He went straight to the American people, pressed his case, and through skilled political maneuvering was able to encourage Congress to see it his way. Contrast that to our current president who, when faced with crises, goes to the next fund-raiser and tees it up for just one more round. But, to take delight in a person getting Alzheimer's is pretty low. No one asks for that disease.

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17steivo(452 comments)posted 1 month, 1 week ago

Walter,
I believe Reagan was the best POTUS in our history.

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18tnmartin(220 comments)posted 1 month, 1 week ago

have to disagree with Steivo. I don't think Reagan was the best POTUS in history. That honor probably goes to Washington. But in modern history, I think the best was Calvin Coolidge.
Reagan was too liberal and too pro-union, and got snookered into Ted "the swimmer" Kennedy's catastrophic and nation-damaging 1986 immigration reform bill. (Which, by the way, should be repealed forthwith). He was better than Jimmy the Peanuthead Carter and George H.W. Bush, but that's a pretty low standard.

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19cambridge(2996 comments)posted 1 month, 1 week ago

walter....reagan didn't have any compassion for the people with mental illness he threw out on the streets and I don't have any for him. He got what he deserved. Like I said Karma!

In 1986 reagan signed an amnesty bill that made 1.7 illegal's citizens but Obama is the devil.

reagan raised taxes seven of his eight years with a total of eleven tax raises while cutting taxes on the rich. Obama cut taxes and they are the lowest since the 1950's but Obama is the devil.

reagan sold arms and bankrolled Osama bin Ladean and al quada. reagan illegally sold arms to Iran. Obama killed bin Ladean but Obama is the devil.

reagan bailed out the crooks in the S&L scandal. Obama made sure Wall Street and the banks paid back the trillion dollars bush just wanted to give away but Obama is the devil.

The teabagger/republicans are delusional when it comes to reagan. The guy was a true scumbag.

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20walter_sobchak(1893 comments)posted 1 month, 1 week ago

Many out here are asking, "does Walter have a list of the 10 best Presidents with respect to how they have advanced this great nation?" He does:

Washington
Lincoln
Jefferson
FDR
Jackson
Reagan
Teddy Roosevelt
Madison
James K. Polk
Ike

Clinton would be in the top 10 if he could have kept his zipper up but he would be in the next 5 with Cleveland, Coolidge, John Adams and Truman.

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21steivo(452 comments)posted 1 month, 1 week ago

I am beginning to believe that the reason you don't like Reagan is that you were one of the ones thrown out of the mental institutions!

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22cambridge(2996 comments)posted 1 month, 1 week ago

Oh, I forgot to mention, Al Qaeda that was bankrolled by reagan blew up the Marine barracks in Beirut killing 241 Marines and injuring many more. That's your boy reagan.

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23cambridge(2996 comments)posted 1 month, 1 week ago

Like I said reagan raised taxes eleven times on the masses while cutting them for the rich and all the while he tripled the national debt by borrowing more money than ALL of the presidents before him COMBINED. Obama cut taxes while cutting the defect in half but Obama is the devil.

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24steivo(452 comments)posted 1 month, 1 week ago

Reagan raised my taxes 0 times and he cut my taxes big time and I am not rich.

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25billdog1(1158 comments)posted 1 month, 1 week ago

Reagan wouldn't care as long as party came first. That was Ronny's claim.

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26iBuck(214 comments)posted 1 month ago

Reagan's one failing was that he wimped out on a few things. They (congress+Reagan) passed 2 tax cuts and some 13 tax increases. They never made the attempt to eliminate the Departments of Educationism and Energy as mentioned as goals during the election campaign. David Stockman has noted more than once the many needed cuts that the Reagan admin simply caved on. To hear the left whine you'd have thought he was pressing them hard, cutting into the trunk; while in reality they barely snipped the tips off of a few dead twigs. (Great cartoon from that time; Stockman's Tree Surgeons.)

And Reagan's wimping out encouraged the later wimps, GHWBush and Shrub, to wimp out even worse (e.g. "assault rifle" import ban, part D, and, of course, increasing federal extortions), and encouraged the extreme leftists to go even further off the rails.

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27NBees(44 comments)posted 1 month ago

Saint Reagan... work was so scarce during his administration that the employment office told my sister to go apply for welfare as there wasn't enough work for the men. I was working min. wage in a kitchen bringing leftover food home to feed her children. Life was hard. Every time I hear people praising Reagan, it makes me want to spit on the ground.

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28steivo(452 comments)posted 1 month ago

Everytime I hear someone criticize Reagan, considering the Liar we have today, I am disgusted.

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29joemamma(53 comments)posted 1 month ago

i would cringe if i saw the likes of reagan or nancy again !

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30steivo(452 comments)posted 1 month ago

Well, at least I know your feeling. I cringe every time I see Obama.

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31IslandMike(752 comments)posted 1 month ago

The Great Communicator? Reagan's children did not speak to him.
Reagan raised taxes and hurt the middle class
Reagan was a FELON. (See: Iran / Contra)
I guess you forget about Beirut
The writer is clueless about abandoning capitalism in favor of socialism, why do you think your boy Mitt-Flopper (the poster child for ObamaCare) refused to release his tax returns? The wealthy pay a lower percentage in taxes than the middle-class, I'd hardly call that socialism.
As far as removing all traces of God from our schools and public places, perhaps you heard of THE SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE?
As for the deficit and wasteful spending, you didn't have any problem when we were dumping a TRILLION DOLLARS a year into that sewer called Iraq.

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32valleypoboy(105 comments)posted 3 weeks, 3 days ago

So you want to accept moral leadership from the guy who killed the US steel industry. How quickly we forget.

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33bunkpatrol(85 comments)posted 3 weeks, 3 days ago

Reagan was the beginning of the end. EVERY president since and including him has handed this country over to the 1 percent.

Only sweat and blood trickle down. Wait for the cup of the rich to overflow so I can benefit from their dropping crumbs while I toil for their tax sheltered corporations ?

"Let your life be a friction against the machine." Thoreau

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34steivo(452 comments)posted 3 weeks, 3 days ago

The left wing extremists are at it again with the revisionist history. Reagan saved the steel industry:
"In 1984, Ronald Reagan imposed import quotas to stem the tide of cheap foreign steel."

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35whoa21(18 comments)posted 3 weeks, 3 days ago

Senile, under informed and ill-prepared with a touch of Alzheimer's pretty much describes the great communicator.

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36JS(627 comments)posted 3 weeks, 3 days ago

Ancient philosophy is not welcome in todays lack of values.

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37steivo(452 comments)posted 3 weeks, 2 days ago

Under informed, ill-prepared and stupid pretty much describes the Liar.

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38DACOUNTRYBOY(218 comments)posted 3 weeks, 2 days ago

Obama who is the man of the hour has relaxed standards for the masses nationwide.

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39HSG(122 comments)posted 3 weeks ago

Ron Reagan, man of God, our first divorced president, did not have 'time' to attend church, yet so capable of invoking the name of "God' in quotes such as the above.

Also a spendthrift when it came to taxpayer money.

Also, shall we say, less than forthright when it came to Iran-Contra, i.e. "I will not negotiate with terrorists,' and proceeded to do just that.

When his terms were over and he gave deposition relative to Iran-Contra, his testimony contained "I don't know' or "I can't remember" 168 Times! The pathetic thing was, he was probably telling the truth.

One book written by James Baker details how the most complicated of economic or budgetary issues always had to be 'reduced to bullets filling no more than one legal pad page' when presented to Old Ron. Asleep in meetings especially as age and disinterest creeped into play.

Other than minor issues such as the above, quite a capable leader, say for the local grocery or fast food outlet.

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