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  •  Agreed, lunachickie. Reagan's use of divide and (2+ / 0-)
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    conquer tactics to get MI unionized manufacturing workers of the time to turn against the poor and make them and the ever growing minority inmate population the enemy resulted in that same population now seeing their senior years threatened with pension, SS, and Medicare cuts and/or losses as the party of Reagan marches on to enrich the already rich.  These were the Reagan Democrats, the beginning of the end of upward mobility, wage stagnation, and amped up reverence for military activity, the same stuff the vets of WWII wanted the country to avoid.

    This is a great diary, one I wish I could memorize because the analysis seems fair and accurate by my lights.

    Building a better America with activism, cooperation, ingenuity and snacks.

    by judyms9 on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 06:48:29 AM PST

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    •  That man (1+ / 0-)
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      was poison to our country. What he did to unions is unforgivable, IMO. And yes, his showbiz background grew new legs on "divide and conquer" in the United States. My mother was fooled by this guy, and she was no dummy. After 9/11 she snapped out of it, but by then it was too little, too late.

      She was kind enough to admit it later on, too; she was never a wingnut GOP--she called herself a Reagan Democrat, which always pissed me off because she grew up during the Great Depression. I kept telling her she knew better. Ah, but where I get my stubborn-ness = not just from my daddy. This was one of the few disagreements I ever had with my mom, mostly we were pretty close.

      This all started with "what the Republicans did to language".

      by lunachickie on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 07:17:18 AM PST

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