I'm not, myself, a huge history geek, though I do read some history, and I follow a few history blogs (EOTW is my favorite). How anyone, though, who does not have her head inserted an entire meter up her ass, can buy the revisionist history that the RW has been peddling about Reagan over the past years, I would like to know.
See, I lived through the Reagan years. I remember how horrible they were. Reagan unleashed the viciousness and the hate. He made it cool to be racist, to be evil, to be selfish. He made someone like Rush possible. I remember the transformation of America -- how previously sane sorts began to say racist, hateful, nasty things, and to say to me, this is what everyone believes, we're just honest enough to say it in public!
That shit is Reagan's legacy. That.
That, and deregulation, and the destruction of America's safety net, and the damage to our environment, and the celebration of greed, and the celebration of racism, and the idea that being kind was somehow evil (oh, I hate this PC nonsense, my students still say to me, somehow thinking they're being brave and bold) -- that's what Reagan did to this country.
Hurt the decent things about us, and encouraged the worst bits of our nature.
This is what I like about Obama: he might be taking us in the other direction.
America wants to be a good country, most of us. Maybe it's not too late.