Yesterday, I met up for coffee with one of my professor’s from school to catch up. Our conversation led to politics, as it usually does. My teacher is a classic Irish-American from New Hampshire, accent and all. He is a big union guy, worked very hard for a telephone company for many years, then decided later in his life to follow his dream of becoming a teacher. He is a fantastic teacher. Friendly, warm, funny, and very smart. I enjoy being able to sit with him and discuss my feelings in regards to the current political climate in this country. We were discussing the current lack of rational civil discourse when a mutual friend who was sitting with us mentioned Reagan. Ah, yes, the great communicator. The guy who helped back Saddam Hussein’s army, fueled the War on Drugs, perpetuated the Iran-Contra scandal, invaded Granada, tried to make abortion illegal, and cut taxes by 60% for the top 1% of the wealthy. Oh, I not going to stop now. Mr. trickle down economics was also responsible for doubling the national deficit, allowing home loan interest rates to get as high as 16%, tripling the national debt, and on top of all of this, he raised taxes eleven times. The whole debt ceiling nightmare of last year was maddening. The Republicans cried like babies when the news came that President Obama was going to raise the debt ceiling.In 2002, Republicans gave Bush their full support when they voted for him to raise the debt ceiling, seven times. Reagan also raised the debt ceiling numerous times. His reckless policies led to a rise in the homeless population, as well as the erosion of the middle class. It is amazing to me that this guy is still held up on a pedestal by folks who still believe he was a great president. In fact, his approval ratings very low by the end of his second term, and he wasn’t very popular. Yet, he has risen from the ashes. The non-stop right wing propaganda machine has created a very good revisionist version of Ronald Reagan and his years as POTUS. It is unfortunate that he is held with such high regard, considering the damage he did to this country. The myth of Ronald Reagan is alive and thriving out there in the cultural wastelands of the US of A.