I never had much use for Ronald Reagan and in my mind my reasons were justified. When he became governor of California he set about destroying some of the best things living in California had. At the top of my list was essentially access to free college education. The junior colleges cost $7 a semester plus books and the state colleges just $47 and books. The result was the state becoming one of the most educated citizenry in the nation which played no small part in California eventually developing the worlds 5th largest economy.
Elected to the presidency in 1980 he didn’t travel abroad until two years later when he visited several European nations working to strengthening the bonds between them and the US. While in the UK Reagan very eloquently addressed the English Parliament and last week I got to see some of that film footage. The contrast between that man’s seasoned political and communicative skills was incredible when compared to what currently occupies the White House. Reagan knew who America’s enemies were and spelled it out in very clear terms. Trump doesn’t seem to have a clue about who’s threatening this nation and seems hell-bent on climbing into bed with those who threaten us the most.
Trump’s behavior at the recent G7 is a perfect example. The attack-ed our allies, lobbied for the renewed inclusion of Russia while ignoring the reasons Russia was shown the exit sign, and left prematurely as to meet with one of the world’s most horrible dictators. While exiting the G7 he furthered the looming trade war and accused the leader of our oldest and closest friend of lying and engaging in “fake” news.
One of Reagan’s most memorable moments was his demanding, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” I doubt Trump will ever be remembered for such a moment. Instead he appears more interested in pouring praise upon the world’s worst tyrants; Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong Un, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Rodrigo Duterte, and Xi Jinping. These seem to be the people he, at a threat to American democracy, wants to emulate.
His die-hard base appears to love his loud mouth, uninformed, and vulgar form of foreign relations. I doubt many of them have taken a moment to consider the far-reaching consequences of his actions.
I fear Trump is building a world of cards and it isn’t going to be good when a breeze tears it all asunder.