Reagan Revolution through President Obama
Ronald Reagan was movie star turned President for two consecutive terms. This itself was an extraordinary accomplishment; very presidents have served two full terms. During his terms these was the most important years in half-century, perhaps in a century. When President Reagan came into office the country it was dreadful, terrible time in America and for Americans. In 70’s, the U.S. had been on the retreat on almost every front. We retreated in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Angola, Ethiopia, Nicaragua and the face of the OPEC oil cartel. We surrendered the Panama Canal. We closed our eyes to Soviet violations of important treaties. By our actions, we allowed the Soviets to invade Afghanistan. Then there was Iran. There we allowed the overthrow of the Shah’s government, which was our good friend and vital to our security. The hostages were held for 444 days.
The next turning points were, The Iran-Contra Affair, the United States sold weapons to Iran for use in their war with Iraq. Reagan did this despite an embargo against Iran, which was imposed after the 1979 hostage crisis. More damning is that members of Reagan’s administration took profits from the sales of arms to Iran and sent the money to a right wing guerrilla group in Nicaragua called Contras, who were battling the left wing government. It was never proven that Reagan was aware of this situation. At Reagan request, Congress investigated the affair, and indicted several of his men. The aftermath includes resignations, fines and imprisonment for handful of Reagan’s functionaries, and public embarrassment for the president. Besides calling for free markets domestically, Reagan asserted deep commitments to liberty of international trade. Cutting tax was popular and still is today. They did come down substantially. Many loops holes were eliminated like now with this economy. However, cutting the spending was unpopular and the democratic congress restrained as a result of the cuts proposed by President Reagan. This would be the same with President Obama with the Senate.
The other turning point was the end of the Cold War, which terminated the fifty-year struggle between the United States, and the Soviet Union. With the conclusion of the cold war the world became a more open, accessible place, and this development, sometimes called globalization would be a key economy that shapes the 1990s.
The ways the AIDS epidemic shook was first detected in homosexual men, making politicians slow to respond to the epidemic because it affected people they could safely ignore. Reagan found having the surgeon general, the leading spokesperson of matters of public health in federal government, to refrain from discussing the AIDS crisis, dismissing it as only a gay disease. But AIDS rapidly spread beyond the gay community and has since become a disease that affects all Americans who practice unsafe sex or share unclean, blood-tainted needles. The nation blood supply industry at first resisted suggestions that AIDS virus could be transmitted through blood transfusions, the initial evidence that such transmission was occurring and refused to implement testing procedures to screen out infected blood. This was because they did not want to scare the public. It was not until the evidence became overwhelming and then they began better screening of blood, according to the New York Times 1987.
There were a lot of turning points on current society, economy, politics and culture. At home, too, things were terrible in the 1970s. The U.S. surrendered to high taxes, inflation, and gasoline shortages, to massive government interference in the economy and in the lives of individual Americans. We surrendered to crime on the streets and to low standards in our schools. Some of the things that help in deregulation movement are affecting us today are and perhaps worst of all,