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  •  Why single out Reagan? (0+ / 0-)

    The answer to that should be obvious:

    Reagan was president during the period when AIDS was spreading like wildfire!

    And, needless to say, the job of the president is to provide leadership.  In this particular respect, he failed utterly.  And you can't pin that on Carter (whose presidency ended before anyone other than a very small handful of medical personnel had heard of GRIDS, the original name for AIDS), Mondale (who lost in 1984), or anyone else...because they weren't in the White House during this crucial period.

    Really, even if you otherwise liked President Reagan, his handling of the AIDS crisis was certainly a failing.

    Political Compass: -6.75, -3.08

    by TexasTom on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 06:36:18 PM PDT

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    •  BUt who else (0+ / 0-)

      even brought it up? It wasn't a campaign issue  see: CARTER/ MONDALE (that I can recall) and It wasn't even a high profile public issue (sadly) until Magic Johnson. My point is it is easy to say THAT PERSON should have done something way back when I wasn't around.

      But is one thing to say it is a shame that Reagan wasn't on the bleeding edge of a radical new mysterious medical condition showing leadership on an issue that was just emerging and, as the diarist did, say he was to blame for more AIDS cases.

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