Instead of wasting your time reading Mr. Isquith’s ‘Liberal’ apologetics for Reagan, go to The American Conservative and read Daniel Larison’s The Perils of Reaganolatry!
‘The trouble for the GOP isn’t just that younger voters don’t remember Reagan, but that most of them have fairly clear memories of the last administration and/or the current Republican leadership. Presidential candidates can talk about Reagan all they like, but it won’t change the fact that for most people that became politically engaged over the last fifteen years Republican governance has a horrible reputation of incompetence and recklessness. Republican candidates almost have to fall back on praising someone who hasn’t been in office in a quarter century, since for most of the time since then their party has become synonymous with failed and disastrous policies.’
Reagan opened his 1980 campaign at the Nashoba County Fair just miles from where civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner were murdered.
Here from Wiki is the entry on his speech:
And for the full transcript of this moral/political obscenity the Nashoba Democrat provides a full transcript :
‘I believe in state’s rights; I believe in people doing as much as they can for themselves at the community level and at the private level. And I believe that we’ve distorted the balance of our government today by giving powers that were never intended in the constitution to that federal establishment. And if I do get the job I’m looking for, I’m going to devote myself to trying to reorder those priorities and to restore to the states and local communities those functions which properly belong there.’
What does Reagan’s ‘I believe in States Rights’ have in common with FDR’s ‘I welcome your hatred’? Reagan was the natural inheritor of Nixon’s Southern Strategy, his appointment of Rehnquist to Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and Scalia as Associate Justice is prima facie evidence of that fact. Also Reagan marks the ascent of the Neo-Liberal Dogma, Thatcher was his British ally: we now live in the collapse of that Dogma!