Today would have been former U.S. President Ronald Reagan's 100th birthday.
Ronald Reagan wasn't so great.
Granted, he became the 40th President of the United States of America.
But then again, there were 39 others ahead of him that became the President of the United States.
One of them, Gerald Ford, became president when Richard M. Nixon had to resign in disgrace in 1974 amid the Watergate scandal.
That was back in the OLD days when journalists actually had some balls and did their jobs and investigated and were not afraid to tell people of "influence" to fuck off and reported the real stories going on around the world.
Unfortunately, we probably will never see that type of journalism again because the media is just a bunch of shills for the corporations that now RUN THIS WORLD.
Yes, it is sad that the fourth estate (according to the U.S. Constitution) is afraid to report truth anymore. Things gets spun and twisted to conform to what the bastards running the show want you and me to hear.
Which brings this back to Reagan.
Ronald Reagan was president when the "fairness doctrine" came under fire amid the deregulation of the FCC in 1986.
That set the stage for the arrival ten years later of the sinister Fox "News" Channel, launched by Reagan ass kisser Rupert Murdoch, who was not even a U.S. citizen in those days.
In fact, history shows that the legendary columnist Mike Royko quit the Chicago Sun-Times in 1983 when Murdoch seized control of that newspaper and went over to the rival Chicago Tribune.
That should have told people something way back then.
But most people don't pay attention to those sort of things.
Shame on them.
Reagan infamously said "Tear down that wall" to Gorbachev of the former Soviet Union back in the late 1980's.
The thing is Russia (as it is now called) and the influence running things there was already on the way out and it was just a matter of time before communism in that part of the world was doomed.
(Funny though, China is a communist country and we deal with them, even though economically they are whooping our asses thanks to ridiculous WTO treaties we went into under another globalist known as Bill Clinton).
Reagan was from Dixon, Illinois before becoming a radio broadcaster for the Chicago Cubs and later played in many 'B' grade movies in Hollywood as well as a featured role as the "Gipper" in 'Knute Rockne, All American.'
In the 1960's he became the governor of California and immediately began attacks on organized labor and that continued in the early 1980's when he became the President of the United States when he threatened PATCO workers across America as they prepared to strike the airports.
What about the Iran-Contra Scandal that resulted in the felony conviction of Oliver North?
Reagan stumbled all through that as it was exposed that a deal had been struck with Iran to not let the 53 U.S. hostages go free until after the 1980 election when Reagan was running against incumbent president Jimmy Carter.
The impact of "Reaganomics" as they were called in the '80's still are being felt in this country today as millions of Americans have seen their jobs outsourced, homes foreclosed on, etc.
Reagan's tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans need to be rolled back. Never mind the Bush (Jr.) tax cuts being rolled back, ROLL BACK THE REAGAN TAX CUTS.
The tax rate on people making in excess of three millions-plus dollars annually dropped from 74 percent to 28 percent under Reagan.
Trickle down economics as they are called, do not work and it started with Ronald Reagan some thirty years ago. His own vice-president, George H.W. Bush, called it "voodoo" economics.
That should tell you something.
Ronald Reagan a great president?
A mediocre president at best who was a genuine good guy, but definitely NOT a great president.
Once again, the right wing influence rears it's tentacles and the corporate media obliges with all sorts of warm tributes to Reagan.
How sad it is because there are many former great presidents in the history of this country.
Ronald Reagan ... R I P ... if that's possible.