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Dementia, Power & the Presidency…

I see that Ron Reagan Jr., has a new book out on his father, the former president, Ronald Reagan.  I also see that he’s getting a lot of flak concerning some of his comments from the corporate media.  Attack even their servile gods at your peril…

Ronny's Promised Land...

 

He spilled the beans on the fact that President Reagan was exhibiting Alzheimer’s symptoms as early as his first term in the White House.

I’m shocked.  Is there anyone out there who was not brain dead at the time unaware of that fact?

On his good days they could trot the president out for a photo-op and to parrot a few lines (although Nancy stayed close to prompt him).

It was a standing public joke at the time (1980-88) as to whether or not Reagan could even stay awake at Cabinet functions.  (The media is centrally owned and controlled now; you won’t see such gaffs.)

I recall back in ’66, when I was a factory worker in Detroit, Local #212, UAW, we were given the day off with pay so long as we attended a speech by Ronnie Reagan in the company auditorium.

A bad day?

I’d guess some 2/3rds of the workers who checked in, walked out after some 10 minutes of his speech.  Reagan was there in his role at the time as a spokesman for the anti-union General Electric Corporation.

Reagan’s first foray into politics was in the Screen Actors Guild.  As  president of SAG from 1947-to-52, he was also a Confidential Informant (CI) for the FBI (code #: T-10).  He fingered members he considered “leftists” for Hollywood blacklisting and HUAC investigations.

With his first wife, Jane Wyman (1940-48), he had a daughter, Maureen, and an adopted son, Michael.  With his second wife, Nancy Davis, he had Ron Jr., and Patty.  Both of his natural children were estranged from him during his later White House years.

As a proven “patriot” (snitch), and a corporate shill, he was later sponsored for the governorship of California and the presidency of the US.

The corporate media campaign to depict him as “grandfatherly” (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington [1939]) allowed the Reagan Revolution to be taken seriously by his public.  It was actually the first sustained salvo in a ruling class war to impoverish gov’t and its social programs, deregulate all corporate and media controls, put corporate-friendly judges on the Supreme Court, and lower taxes for the rich.

Once elected, he was relegated to stage right.  He was simply a figure-head.  While the men around Reagan generally ran the gov’t, the Keeper of the Keys for Reagan personally and the White House was his wife, Nancy Davis.

The corporate news is having field day with trotting out critics of Ron Jr., who is not conservative.  They used to refer to Michael as “Ronald Reagan’s adopted son.”  As a right-conservative and critic of his half-brother, Ron Jr., Michael has now been publicly upgraded to “Ronald Reagan’s oldest son.”

Apparently Nancy is praising the book.  I suspect she still has it in for some of the former handlers around Ronny, and never was a dutiful Stepford-corporate wife to begin with.

Many in the public believe that a president has substantial power.  Yes and no—generally, no.

He is increasingly free to do as he wishes, so long as it complies with and serves those in economic power.

               Dr. Publico

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  1. I agree with you that anyone who was not brain dead spotted Reagan’s Alzheimer’s early in his first presidency yet many persons continue to insist that it was not until his second term that the condition set in. This same kind of mystery occurs among FDR “experts” [pardon the expression] like Michael Beschloss and Doris Kearns Goodwyn who hammer away at the preposterous idea that Frankie’s polio and paralysis were hidden from the American public. In fact, I knew about it when I was 10 years old and so did everybody else in America.

    Ronnie’s imbecility was our age’s equivalent of Frankie’s polio.

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