Thursday, 21 January 2016

Reagan Hagiography

It is clear to see that there is a mixed reaction of whether Reagan was a good president or not. There are certainly many people that believe his time in office was wasteful, however he also has many supporters who observe his presidency as a success with good progress made.

Wayne Allen Root in Forbes Magazine stated that “Reagan was not afraid to ruffle feathers and put dramatic, even radical plans on the table. That is how he created the Reagan Revolution that revitalized America.” 

There are many contemporary sources that show their support for Reagan's presidency, one of which being Newsmax, an American news page. This source states that the president had many troubles that were already existing when he entered into office. These included high rates of unemployment and inflation as well as the problems of the cold war which saw the Soviets invading Afghanistan a year earlier. But through all of these issues, the page reports that Reagan solved many of these existing problems whilst also helping "Americans feel proud of their country again."

Newsmax states that Reaganomics created the "largest economic boom in U.S. history." His free market policies drastically reduced taxes and created more than 16 million new jobs dropping the figures from 7.5% to 5.4% unemployment.
The page also reports that Reagan fought the Cold War by introducing the Strategic Defence Initiative, which protected the United States from any nuclear missiles that may be fired from the U.S.S.R, he boosted anti-communist resistance movements and was influential in the tearing down of the Berlin Wall.

In 2012, Reagan was voted the best modern day president in the Harris Poll. Candidates were asked to select the president who they believed to be the best since World War II. Reagan won with 25%, and Franklin Roosevelt followed behind with 19%.

This shows us that the admiration for Reagan clearly exists in today's society and even though there are many people who express their hatred for him, there are others who firmly believe that his presidency was a success.


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