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  •  Reagan's racism: Native Americans (9+ / 0-)

    In a speech to students at Moscow State University, President Reagan explains the American Indian situation: the US has "provided millions of acres" for "preservations - or the reservations, I should say" so the Indians could "maintain their way of life," though he now wonders, "Maybe we should not have humored them in that, wanting to stay in that kind of primitive lifestyle. Maybe we should have said, 'No, come join us. Be citizens along with the rest of us.'" For the record, Indians have been citizens since 1924.

    Take the fight to them. Don't let them bring it to you. - Harry S. Truman

    by jgoodfri on Wed Nov 14, 2007 at 08:09:40 AM PST

    •  Ronnie - (3+ / 0-)

      Was everything that traditional "Country Club" Republicans were not.
      It's no accident that the trajectory of modern Republicanism began with Reagan.

      Prior to the "Reagan Revolution" Republicans had been identified with women's rights, trust-busting, safer foods and drugs, conservation - even civil rights.  The Republicans paid a dear price for their so-called "Southern Strategy".

    •  Wow, blast from the past (4+ / 0-)

      I did the typing for the guy who translated that speech into Russian (he dictated the translation to me, I typed it), and we gnashed our teeth and yelled the entire time.  I didn't particularly remember those lines from it, but I do remember that there were a bunch of references to movies... the realm of make-believe where Reagan was most comfortable.


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