What a terrific article! It certainly puts a lot of the public comments about this great man in their proper perspective.
I have been wondering about something since he passed on. What if Reagan had not won the election against Jimmy Carter in 1980? How would the course of American and world history have been changed? For me, it is a sobering, almost terrifying, thought. So many forget how he was viewed in his term of office - hardly as the giant that so many of us have come to understand him to be. As the article points out, there are many to this day who cannot bring themselves to acknowledge his achievements.
People forget Gorbachev was APPOINTED AFTER Reagan BECAUSE of Reagan.
Remember the Charm Offensive of Gorbachev? It was supposed to counter Reagan's inroads to Europe.
Gorbachev was supposed to be a "I am a Reagan too." He was a commie then, and is a commie now. (just now he does in with the environmentalists instead of the USSR.)
> The irony of Reagan never caring about who got the credit is that history will heap it on him while ignoring those who did.
Reagan is one president who did not have to search for a legacy. He earned one the old-fashioned way.
This one's a keeper. Bookmarked.
In those days you had Jimmy Carter "fearing" the future because of that character that replaced him. The list of like minded Democrats could go on all day. Yet you also had Republicans that agreed with the Democrats. This list included such luminaries as Kissinger, Nixon and even George Will (in observing US Soviet relations under Reagan).
When comparing giants and dwarves, think about what occupied Reagan's time. He set an agenda regarding foreign and domestic issues that mad the 1980's a watershed on the world stage. To a great extent Bush (H.W.) benefitted.
Look at the issues that occupied the time of the next 2 term guy. I recall some period of time when he decided it was important to protect the American people from telemarketers. Now, that's something to get historians all in a flutter.
What do you expect from people whose ideology trumps human decency.
I am still amazed at the self-delusion/idiotcy of the libs. They will never understand President Reagan and what he accomplished, and certainly will never willingly give him any credit in accomplishing it.
"Reagan was a giant in the company of dwarves."
I saw George Schultz, President Reagan's first Secretary of State, interviewed on Fox News last night. He told about how at Reijkevik (sp?) Gorbachov opened the summit by offering a whole list of concessions the first day. Reagan and Schultz were surprised and delighted. Then the second day, Mr. Gorbachov revealed what those concessions were conditional upon - the US dropping SDI. President Reagan and Mr. Schultz left the summit with nothing concrete to show for it. The political pressure on him must have been enormous. However, history has shown that he made the right decision. Amazing story.
Outstanding article. Thanks for posting it.
The could have do so if only Ronald Reagan had not pushed them to the precipice and forced them to acknowledge the futility of such an idea! Reagan was the giant, Gorby was the dwarf! Deluded Liliputians!
Have the appeasers at the New York Times ever written a word about the gulags yet?