Earlier in the year, Bob Dole told FOX News that Republicans like Ronald Reagan couldn’t make in today’s GOP. This made a lot of people wonder, “have today’s Republicans gone too far?”
Well in June, Bill Maher wondered if Dole’s statement went too far. Maher believes that a lot of the Tea Party’s ideas were similar to Reagan’s and the former president would have no problem gaining support from modern day right wingers.
Ronald Reagan was an anti-government, union busting, race-baiting, anti-abortion, anti-gay, anti-intellectual, who cut rich people’s taxes in half, had an incurable case of the military industrial complex, and said that Medicare was socialism that would destroy our freedom. Sounds to me like he would fit in just fine.
What they can not contest is that even though Reagan did a few things that today’s GOP would not like, he wrote the playbook for them on every issue of consequence. Sure he raised taxes a few times, but when you look at where he started with taxes and where he ended, this is where our income inequality problem began.
He invented voodoo economics that has completely destroyed the American Dream. On race, his ideas couldn’t have been more tea party if he shouted them from a Rascal Scooter. He ran on states’ rights. He invented the notion that black people get all the breaks. Constantly telling the story of the Chicago woman – wink-wink – who has 80 names, 30 addresses, 12 Social Security cards, and her tax-free cash income is over $150,000. And that woman today is RuPaul. Actually, that woman never existed. Reagan just made s**t up. Something else he pioneered for his party today.
He also described Reagan as the “original pitchman for batsh*t” and still doesn’t understand why Reagan is being praised by so many politicians, including Democrats, today:
Why are Democrats conceding the argument on Reagan? Obama talks about him like a brother from another mother.
“He changed the trajectory of America.”
Yes, but not for the better. When you mainstream Reagan, the far right becomes the new middle. He wasn’t a friend to all Americans. He was patient zero for everything you are fighting against now. He was the original teabagger. Stop agreeing that he was a saint. Especially when his two miracles were turning water into polluted water, and walking on the poor.
You can see the rest of Bill Maher’s statements in the video below. It’s from back in June, but it was a segment I always enjoyed, so I figured it would be nice to relive.