The Reagan Revolution: Crash Course US History #43

Hi, I’m John Green, this is Crash Course
U.S. history, and today we’re going to talk about the guy who arguably did the most to
shape the world that I live in. NO, Stan not Carrottop. No, not Cumberbatch although he
did do the most to shape the Tumblr that I live in. I’m talking about The Great Communicator:
Ronald Reagan. Reagan is a fascinating president because
he was, in lots of ways, straightforward. His presidency was called the Reagan Revolution
but it’s a bit odd that he gets so much credit for changing America because he was
one of the least hands-on of all presidents and as you know here at Crash Course we don’t
really indulge in great man history. So we’re going to talk about Reagan but we’re also
going to talk about the forces that predated his presidency that led to the so-called Reagan
Revolution. Mr. Green? Mr Green? I remember some of this
stuff. It’s like almost interesting. I’m glad to be almost interesting me from
the past. Someday maybe you’ll be almost interesting.
Intro The Reagan era began, unsurprisingly, with
his election to the Presidency in 1980. Now, anyone could have beaten Jimmy Carter, but
Reagan succeeded largely by pulling together many strands of conservatism.
Reagan emphasized his belief in “states rights” and he condemned “welfare cheats.”
He also condemned busing and affirmative action. And he won the support of religious conservatives,
including the newly formed Moral Majority, by standing for family values, even though
in fact he was the first U.S. president to have been divorced.
Also, he once acted with a monkey. And there’s nothing “family values” about that.
Stan just informed me that Ronald Reagan did not in fact act with a monkey. He acted with
a chimp. I apologize to all the primate rights people out there. Good lord!
Now Reagan also appealed to the so-called white backlash, working class white people
who resented the advances that African Americans had made during the 1960s and the 1970s.
And economic conservatives liked his anti-union, low taxes, free market positions, and anti-government
crusaders and libertarians liked his assertion that government was not the solution to problems,
but was itself the problem. Then there were the Cold War hawks who liked
his militant anti-Soviet rhetoric and his desire to spend more on the military.
Now that’s a big coalition but it turned out to be just barely a majority coalition.
Still Reagan won in 1980. He even carried the traditionally Democratic
states of Illinois and New York proving that Jimmy Carter truly was profoundly unelectable.
A lot of Reagan’s policy ideas weren’t all that popular at the time, but he truly
was a great communicator. I mean Reagan’s was a former actor and he
knew how to talk to people without them feeling condescended to.
Reagan’s most famous campaign advertisement proclaimed that it was “morning in America”
again, and that relentless optimism (I mean at least if you’re a morning person) was
a welcome contrast to Jimmy Carter being like “you should wear sweaters inside to save
fuel.” Sorry Jimmy this is America! Ronald Reagan used the word “freedom”
more than any other president in American history, but it’s interesting to think about
what he meant by the word “freedom.” Because as we’ve seen in American history
freedom has meant lots of things to lots of people. Is freedom, freedom from government
tyranny? Or is freedom government protection from hunger
and homelessness and military attacks? Do governments ultimately restrict freedom
or provide it? Now there’s no question that the federal
government that Ronald Reagan inherited would have been absolutely foreign to the people
who founded this country. I mean Social Security, Federal Income Taxes,
the National Endowment for the Arts. But some people would argue that the America
of 1980 was much more free for more Americans than say the America of 1790 when after all
slavery was legal. And in fact in the early 19th century many
slave owners said that the government was taking away their freedom to own slaves.
Ultimately, the question for how we should imagine freedom and how we should allow for
it, is at the center of American history. And a big part of Ronald Reagan’s vision
of freedom was economic freedom, which he laid out in his Economic Bill of Rights.
It would curtain union power, reduce federal regulation of industry and the environment,
and most of all lower taxes. All these ideas were a big part of the Reagan
Revolution. But as we know much of what he proposed had been brewing for years during
the rise of conservatism. So what aspects this Economic Bill of Rights
actually ended up happening? Well, his main accomplishment was lowering taxes: in 1981
Reagan persuaded Congress to lower the top tax rate from 70% to 50%.
In 1986, Congress went even further with the Tax Reform Act that lowered the top income
tax rate to 28%. Oh, it’s time for the mystery document!
The rules here are simple… I read the mystery document, I either get
the author of it correct or I get shocked. Alright here we go. Can I just take a preliminary
guess and say that it’s going to be Reagan? “I will not accept the excuse that the Federal
Government has grown so big and powerful that it is beyond the control of any President,
any administration or Congress. We are going to put an end to the notion that the American
taxpayer exists to fund the Federal Government. The Federal Government exists to serve the
American people and to be accountable to the American people. On January 20, we are going
to re-establish that truth. Also on that date we are going to initiate
action to get substantial relief for our taxpaying citizens and to put people back to work. […] We
will simply apply to our government the common sense that we use in our daily lives.” It is Reagan! Stan is telling me that I’m not going to
get the check mark unless I guess the correct speech? Well he talked about January 20th, so obviously
it’s not his inaugural address. It’s either the acceptance speech he gave
at the convention or like the speech that he gave after he was elected. But I don’t
think…. convention? Yes! So the idea that to lower taxes is the best
way to spur economic growth is called supply side-economics, trickle down economics or,
if you’re George HW Bush running against Reagan in the 1980 primaries, voodoo economics. Sadly, this does not involve zombies or putting
pins in dolls. Instead, it’s about high interest rates to combat inflation coupled
with cutting taxes, especially for wealthy Those rich people then spend more and invest
more in private enterprise which creates new jobs. Also, the thinking goes that lower taxes will
encourage people to work harder since they will be able to keep more of their money. Did this work? Eh. Now we’re getting into
the part of history where it depends on your political perspective. Initially, the high interest rates definitely
provoked a recession in 1981 and 1982. Which was not ideal. But, inflation did drop from 13.5% in 1981
to 3.5% in 1988 and after 1982 the economy began expanding. And the rest of the Reagan era saw consistent
increases in gross domestic product; however, not everyone benefited from that expansion.
While the stock market boomed, wages didn’t rise very much. And in fact, haven’t risen
since. Now one of the central ideas of supply-side
economics is that you have lower tax rates and you also cut government spending. Because,
you know, the government has less money. Which, yeah, it did not happen. The government
is always good at cutting taxes but never good at cutting spending. The Reagan era did see cuts to some programs,
but the really expensive items: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, they remained largely
intact. And instead of cutting the overall amount
of spending it actually went up considerably because of the defense spending binge that
saw the national debt balloon to 2.7 trillion dollars. But Reagan totally did deliver on his anti-union
rhetoric. In August 1981, when the unionized air traffic controllers went out on strike,
violating federal law in the process, Reagan fired more than 11 thousand controllers who
refused to return to work.. So as I mentioned before, the 80’s were
a pretty great decade for Wall Street generally, which is why Oliver Stone made a movie about
it that immortalized the line “Greed is Good.” In the 1980s it became easier to make money
buying and merging companies than actually like running them profitably. But fortunately
we later dealt with that problem….. ugh. We never fix the problems, we only fix the
things that are fine. One of the reasons that American history is
so important to me is that I want us as a country to like summon the courage to deal
seriously with our problems. Sometimes I think that we’re just so cowardly like we’re
the cowardliest country on Earth… alright the French. Right, but like the merger of RJ Reynolds
Tobacco, maker of Winston cigarettes, and Nabisco, which gave us Oreos, not only created
a cancer and heart disease dream team, it also generated nearly $1 billion for the lawyers
and bankers who put the deal together. But if you were like most of us in the 80’s
watching Dallas and Dynasty, working at your regular job, inexplicably having a carpeted
bathroom, than you probably didn’t share in that abundance. The 80’s saw a rising economic inequality,
although not nearly as dramatic as we see today. By the mid 1990s the richest 1% controlled
40% of the nation’s wealth, double the share from 20 years before. Meanwhile the income of middle class families
stagnated and that of the poorest 20% began to decline. And one often overlooked aspect of de-regulation
was the closing of hospitals for the mentally ill. Now, some of these institutions were
hellish, but rapid closure of all of these facilities without replacement services meant
that many patients were left to live on the street. Homelessness increased dramatically. Now of course Reagan is considered the darling
of conservatives today, but by current standards he was something of a moderate. I mean yes, he cut taxes, and he cut funding
for programs that helped the poor like food stamps and school lunches. But during his second term he worked effectively
with the democratic congress. There’s no bipartisanship today. Also, he left the big New Deal and Great Society
programs largely intact. I mean he was too old to believe in cutting
Medicare. He was like “all of my friends are on this.” And the 80s also didn’t see the fulfillment
of the desires of the Christian Right. I mean divorce rates went up, abortion continued
to be legal, women didn’t leave the workforce. In fact, Reagan appointed the first woman
to the Supreme Court. Are you kidding? We didn’t have a woman in the Supreme Court
until the 1980s? This is the craziest country ever. Even affirmative action persisted, and Nancy
Reagan’s urging of Americans to “Just Say No” to drugs didn’t convince anybody. And then we have Ronald Reagan’s reputation
as the man who ended the Cold War. The thinking here goes that Reagan spent so much money
on defense that the Soviet Union bankrupted itself trying to compete. And there may be a case to be made there but
we don’t want to remove agency from the people who protested the oppression of life
behind the Iron Curtain. So while you can argue that the Reagan administration
helped create good conditions for the change that happened, the people who made the change,
made it. Alright. Let’s go to the ThoughtBubble. In his first term Ronald Reagan took a really
hard line against the Soviet Union. He called it an Evil Empire and even once joked that
the U.S. would “begin bombing in 5 minutes.” That was ill advised. Reagan also sponsored
the largest military buildup in U.S history including the MX missile. The highlight was his proposed Strategic Defense
Initiative aka Star Wars: space-based missiles and lasers for shooting Soviet missiles out
of the sky. This was a fantastic idea, although it would have violated the 1972 Anti-ballistic
Missile Treaty, but anyway it was technologically impossible to build. The force was not strong
with this idea. Reagan also pressured NATO to put missiles
in Western Europe and the war games that NATO staged in 1983 were so realistic that the
Soviets almost scrambled their planes and launched ICBMs. Now if that had resulted in nuclear war, we
would have a very different story on our hands, but it didn’t. And Regan’s aggressive
nuclear posturing had a couple of positive results. First, it boosted the world wide anti-nuclear
weapons movement, called the FREEZE movement. Second, it turned Reagan into the most successful
nuclear abolitionist in the atomic age. There’s nothing like a reasonably close
brush with nuclear apocalypse to tone down your rhetoric a little. In his second term
Reagan was much more conciliatory towards the Soviets and worked to reduce the number
of warheads. In his first term, according to the historian
Victor Sebastian, “[Reagan] spent nearly as much on defense as Presidents Nixon, Ford,
and Carter combined and much more than both the cost of the Korean and Vietnam wars,”[1]
but in his second, Reagan toned down both the spending and his rhetoric, declaring,
“Our constant and urgent purpose must be a lasting reduction of tensions between us.”[2] Thanks, Thought Bubble. So, Reagan was able
to negotiate the first reduction in nuclear weapons with the new Soviet Premier Mikhail
Gorbachev in 1986. In fact, the two leaders might have tried
to get rid of nuclear weapons altogether, but Reagan’s unwillingness to give up his
Star Wars initiative made that impossible. That was a big deal, but the rest of Reagan’s
foreign policy was somewhat less triumphant. For instance, he sent Marines to Lebanon as
part of a peacekeeping mission, but then withdrew forces after 241 of them were killed by a
car bomb. And Middle Eastern policy played a key role
in the biggest controversy of Reagan’s presidency: the Iran-Contra Scandal. This was truly one of the craziest schemes
ever hatched up by an American presidential administration. Which is really saying something. The Contras were rebels seeking to overthrow
the socialist Sandinista government of Nicaragua. Because they were anti-communists and the
Cold War was in full swing, the Reagan administration wanted to support them. But Congress passed
a law saying that they couldn’t. So two administration officials, John Poindexter
and Oliver North, got creative. They hatched a plan to sell arms to the Iranian government,
still technically our enemies, and then funnelled some of the profits from these illegal arms
sales to the Contras. And Congress would never have to know about
it. Except that they found out. Congressional hearings followed, and we learned
a lot about Ronald Reagan’s penchant for delegating the details of his policy to underlings. In this case, that served him well as he could
plausibly claim that he knew nothing about the clandestine activities of these two rogue
employees. And this gets to the big point of the Reagan
era. I’m not sure that it was really about Reagan. In fact, I’m not sure that any great-man
history is really about the great men that supposedly spearheaded it. Whether or not you think America is better
off from the rise of conservatism we’ve seen since LBJ’s great society. It wasn’t
really, and it still really isn’t about individuals. It’s about us collectively deciding what
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  1. I love Reagan and his administration, he was a great man and he had a sense of Humor, always cracking a joke about the soviets

  2. "States rights, agaisnt welfare, against forced bussing, and against affirmative action"… you can just say racist lol

  3. "They are taking my freedom to own slaves" sheesh… What's this world coming to? What's next? My freedom to boot out the Indian?… What a cruel, cruel world

  4. In my opinion President Reagan was the best president in United States history Hands-On President Reagan was a great man.

  5. Why didnt you say anything about the 3% drop in the lower tax brackit or that he raised the earnd income credit?

  6. Why did you count SS as government spending? SS dont come out of the income tax as dose the rest of the budget SS is taken out of the SS tax

  7. Let me FIX this video. The tax decrease was not primarily for the wealthiest (a common trope from his detractors from the beginning). Wages increased dramatically for people, primarily by decreasing the inflation and also real wages DID increase. And NO, Reagan did not use RACE in any way. His detractors did and Democrats still use it as a weapon. He brought about the end of the Cold War, and his admin brought about a resurgence of American technological dynamism. The silly Iran-Contra affair is again his enemies trying to make a mountain out of a mole hill. People don’t even know why it was a thing, and this video repeats nonsense that was never true or substantiated. His 1984 election is the most one sided election in the last 70 years, and he was the most popular president in that same time period. His administration is single handily more responsible for American greatness today than any President since him, and for all of us living today he is the greatest President in our life time. The Reagan Revolution started in 1980 and every President since has been in it’s shadow. I would argue there are 7 truly GREAT Presidents who fundamentally changed the country. Washington, Jefferson, Jackson, Lincoln, Teddy R, FDR, and Reagan.

  8. Reagan was old fbi informant for Hollywood so accused communists and destroyed California public university and education cuz mad at Berkeley hippies protesting war. Reagan was the Powell memorandum and conservative set dream, and hypocrisy with Iran contra arms deal later and Nixonian interference in Iran hostage issue for them NOT to be released until he was elected. Reagan destroyed unions, depressed minimum wages, defunded education and let American crazies out of institutions where they remain today. One crazy hinkley tried to kill him. Ironically, Reagan himself needed institutional care by end of his second term.

  9. 10:25 Aight, Imma let the jab at the French pass just for this once because of the RATM reference, but I'm keeping an eye on you guys

  10. I love you, John Green, but the main reason there is no bipartisanship today is because extremists in BOTH parties castigate anyone for "giving in." Let's not pretend that this is exclusively the fault of one party.

  11. 10:54 Slovenia and Macedonia are separate from Yugoslavia, Poland is a part of the USSR, Yugoslavia is in the soviet sphere… Who made this map and why?

  12. Trickle down economics defiantly work and great how he failed to mention unemployment dropping to an all time low. Wages did increase but more importantly the cost of luxury goods decreased. Supple side ecanomics does 3 things that he did not mention- decreases the cost of goods through refined manufacturing, makes acquiring business loans much easier because banks have more capital and provides the consumer with enough spending power to dictate through their patronage what products are developed and sold. Also through Regans defense spending he bankrupted the Soviet Union who had to maintain pace which vastly accelerated their decline and in the long run saved lives and much more money. you can tell his opinion by his legitimizing use of the phrase economic inequality which is unimportant. What matters is equality of opportunity and not of outcome.

  13. we used to study the founding fathers. Can you go over every one of the founding fathers and what they believed?

  14. Before the rise of conservatism, economically, Americans were richer, had better wages, had better housing, had better regulations from exploitation, and had better means to keep the dogs of merger companies in check. Regan destroyed all of that. While I respect him for his policies with divorce, I believe this sent waves that paved the way for the oncoming disaster that was The Great Recession.

  15. Reagan did more than just barely win. It was a landslide and his 1984 landslide was even larger.
    1980 Election Results

    Candidate Party Electoral Votes Popular Votes

    Ronald Reagan Republican 489 43,901,812

    Jimmy Carter (I) Democrat 49 35,483,820

    John Anderson Independent 0 5,719,850

    Ed Clark Libertarian 0 921,128

  16. Working class whites didn't support him because they were racist, as you imply. It was because of a generally bad economy. Stop selling yourself as a "just the facts" guy when you clearly have a left leaning agenda

  17. Your cute little insidious comments don't fool me: Woody Guthrie's logo on your Mac. He was a Communist sympathizer. Please be neutral when you teach history.

  18. Social Security is a self-sufficient program. The money from our paychecks pays retirees nearly directly. You can see where the math of that doesn't sustainably work, I hope.

    The military on the other hand….. Oh, wait. They STILL can't provide accounts of expenditures.

  19. We created the term “yuppie” to describe the millions of people who were getting rich under Reagan. My family was one of them. Everyone who grew up in the 80s remembers it with nostalgia and as a golden age. It’s because of Reagan.

  20. Your an idiot.
    A member of Gorbachevs cabinet admitted in 1994 that Reagan’s handling of the Striking airline employees showed the Russians that Reagan was a man who wasn’t playing games and a man they wouldn’t be able to push around.
    Throwing mentally ill onto the streets another poorly researched claim. That occurred under the carter administration when they ruled it was a violation of a persons right to hold them against their will resulting in the mass exodus of the mentally ill.
    In an interview Reagan’s son Michael said that his father argued and talked about the expanding power of Russia and how no one was doing anything about them. This was in the 60s and 70s. I remember the media and democrats freaking out about his evil empire speech. No one was doing anything about Russia. Their collapse was completely Reagan’s doing.
    Another myth: SDI. It couldn’t be done? America went from no rockets being able to make it into space to walking on the moon in nine years. Yes it could be done. SDI was brilliant and was the catalyst to bring down the evil empire of Russia. Regan told Gorbachev that when we built SDI we would share it with the world, friend and enemy, making all nuclear weapons obsolete. This was his genius, and it worked. If you need help on 80s history on your next vid hit me up cause you need the help.

  21. The Reagan Revolution: When ignorant anti-govt conservatives got fooled into voting for a big govt authoritarian. History will not be kind to Boomer clowns.

  22. The fact that Youtube comments section loves Reagan pretty much confirms that he was one of the the worst presidents in history, president for the morons by the morons.

  23. George Bush couldn't have been more wrong calling monetarism 'voodoo economics.'

    …Voodoo is an ideology of liberation

  24. So blowing up the 'Truth Doctrine' and leaving the American unions gut shots and bleeding out don't count as "hands-on"? This man (& the ppl that carried his work forward) changed America the same way "W" and Nixon did – all for the worse!

  25. Strange how the times change. I also wonder how 1 man took care of a household, a car, kids and wife, put kids in the hell did one modest salary do all that in the day? It almost seems like 2 people working screwed things up, like it inflated the market, or was it we did not buy stuff beyond our means back in the day? Something happened that made it hard for 1 person to provide for a family these days or Americans are just glutens….. you decide

  26. All of the birds died in 1986 due to Reagan killing them and replacing them with spies.

    The birds work for the Bourgeoisie!

  27. Just some data. I was 21 years old in 1981. Ronald Reagan’s tax package created accelerated depreciation. I just bought a store in a local regional mall. That money in my pocket to help me expand my business. On a more factual note about Contrasting Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. It was actually Jimmy Carter who lowered capital gains taxes just before he left office. The lag time of the effect that had on the economy was a couple years. That money filtered into Silicon Valley, which at that time was more radio frequency and radar. It transformed it into Silicon Valley. And it the economy exploded. The rest is history. Had Jimmy Carter lowered capital gains taxes earlier in his presidency. I believe history would’ve changed. His stubbornness to do so cost him the presidency and created years of suffering in his presidency. See how many homes were built in 1979 1978 in your area. 18% interest-rate‘s.Unconscionable. We were paying off the Vietnam war, we inflated it away. The Fed had to get a reign on runaway inflation, and raised interest rates.

  28. Reagan ran on the fact that Jimmy Carter had at that time $1 billion deficit which today would be nothing. But by the end of his term it was multiples of that. The problem Reagan had was Tip O’Neill. Tip O’Neill would not budge. Supposedly they want to have a drink together once in a while and try to work things out. Tip wanted the social programs, Reagan wanted the defense contracts. So we got both.
    Guess we got to pay for them both?
    Taking the wall down was more a function of a CIA plan I believe. I’m sure Reagan went along with it because he couldn’t stand communists. In doing so I believe he relieved the world of a lot of suffering under communism and socialism. If he were alive today he would self defecating. The liberty and freedom he gave to the world, our own socialist academia is whittling away at. These kids can laugh at Reagan, but when socialism is fully implemented we’ll see who has the last laugh.🤔😂

  29. I’m not sure what you mean at 13:00. This nation was based on individual freedom and the right to keep one’s own profits of their work. We are not a collective.
    The former and I repeat former Soviet union was a collective. How did that work out?

  30. Dude, I was alive during this time and aware. We (whites) did not resent blacks. The country was dirty, violent, and economically depressed. Reagan cleaned up the country. Everyone's life improved. Deal with it, revisionist history buffs.

  31. African Americans didn't make gains in the 60s and 70s. From the end of slavery into the 50s they were catching up with whites in the north. Remember the northern midwest was less racist, and had many white allies. Then broad socialist policies like the "great society" caused more black unemployment and poverty, broken families, ect.

  32. The only thing Reagan really did was remove the regulations that prevented private entities from using the machinery of government for illicit profit. When people say they want to lose the "big government" and want "small government", they are playing into a simple conceit that is NOT what it means on the surface. It was basically the other side of the coin from that insanity called socialism. It means we are getting rid of the rules that prevent us from preying on you. And people just ate it up, bent over and said, "give it to meh!" He was, ironically, the most anti-capitalist President ever short of George W.

  33. a recession but the middle class grown inequality as well but everyone was better off… And after society get's rich enough and poverty is so rare countries can feed people and… Then inequality might be a issue but… Not so much…
    Just Google Reaganomics for more info about the economy…

  34. I dont think Reagan was that great he put America in 24 Trillion dollars in debt because of Reagan-economics that we still do today… its stupid

  35. Side note:
    The closing of many of our mentally ill hospitals had a lot to do with the development of newer anti-psychotic medications that worked far better than the older ones. The majority of the patients were now able to function well in society.

  36. The government shouldn't restrict or provide freedom. They just recognize the basic freedoms and defend the country from attacks and other than that, just stay out of our way.

  37. Reagan was one of our worst Presidents yet. He is why the US is in such a limbo today. Because of him, we have the highest incarceration rate and almost half of our population is below the poverty line yet he is still praised by many oblivious Americans.


  39. Did you ever think that our gov should cut spending? How can lowering taxes work if we cannot get people to agree on cutting back spending? more taxes=slavery. People work their butt off to get their money stolen by politicians for their partisan projects

  40. Regan was a lackluster idiot with no concern for the actual people of the USA. His concern was to just pander to the religious "right" and the wealthy. You are welcome to change my mind. I'll let you know if you make a case.

  41. Since when is economic inequality a bad thing? It only makes sense that a free nation with more than 12 people would have economic inequality, because free individuals choose for themselves the happiness they pursue. Some people pursue wealth and luxury because that's what makes them happy, while some people pursue other things, like family life, a trade, or philanthropy because that's what makes them happy. Who are you to tell Elon Musk that he shouldn't pursue his dreams of economic success and innovation, or to tell a pastor that his devotion to God is misplaced and his lifestyle isn't worth everything he has invested into it, or to tell a cook at your local soup kitchen that her kindness and charity shouldn't be what makes her happy? One thing I love about America is that it isn't a singular hivemind that only works towards the goal of survival like a colony of ants, and we wouldn't want it to be, because ants don't have very interesting lives.

  42. Too bad he increased the deficit (so much for common sense), wasted money on the Battleships, wasted money on Star Wars (still do not have the technology working 40 years later). Carter was a decent man, and probably the most decent president in recent history. Today the US is rated 11th in freedom…so much for being the land of the free. Economic freedom is good only for the 1%, not the average American. Regan was the biggest disaster to the US of any president, and Trump is a continuation of Republican stupidity. Rich people do not spend more…LOL. The US was best after Roosevelt, who was the one that increased the top tax rate to 90%.Also what mostly damaged the Ussr, was Chernobyl (almost responsible for disaster that would have seriously impacted the world, but did destroy 1000's of sq miles in Ukraine and Belarus), the Chernobyl coverup and the disaster in Afghanistan,

  43. In all fairness the deregulation of insane asylums was a result of the ACLU suing the Reagan administration on the grounds of it being unconstitutional. The ACLU won, blame the Dems for that one!

  44. Ironic. He says that Reagan shouldn’t get much credit for not being hands on, yeah, that’s the presidents and government job.

  45. "Excuse me, I have an announcement to make: Jesus was black, Ronald Reagan was the devil, and the government is lying about 9/11. Thank you for your time, and goodnight."

  46. It's incredible that a laptop with "This machine kills fascists" is at the foreground of a whole video on a presidential term that supported and installed fascism all over Southern and Central America.

  47. Just wanna point out you said christian conservatives wanted to get women out of the work place. That is not correct at all.

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