It probably began with Barry Goldwater, but he lacked the charisma needed to attract the national popular vote. In stepped The Gipper to take the puppet position as President of big money, greed, and self-interest. Ronald Reagan was a perfect choice for right-wing scheming. He lacked intellect, he lacked principles, he was willing to do just about anything to be "popular." Reagan's life is a perfect example of what right-wingers say, and what right-wingers do.
After graduation from Eureka College, Reagan spent some time as a radio sports guy. But Hollywood was beckoning and Hollywood was made for a guy like Ronnie. Rather quickly he developed a reputation as a guy who romanced the ladies...lots of them. His marriage to a starlet was an example of his lack of principles. He cheated.
In the beginning Reagan was a Democrat and labor union leader. He led the actors' union. But there were too many politicians among the Democrats ahead of him, so he conveniently switched to the Republican Party. He was tailor-made to be a lackey and spokesman for the greed and anti-intellectulism of the right-wing. He presented himself as a representative of what they wanted.
Reagan was a hero to the war corporations. His military support and image helped increase money for military hardware. He loved to speak as a sort of general-in-charge. His future lay in front of him with lots of chances to strut his military stuff. Reagan, of course, never was in the military.
There were always problems between Ronnie and his kids. Usually it was hidden from the public, but sometimes one of the kids would be outspoken to the media. But some way was found to quell things.
Ronald Reagan's first hours as President of the United States were celebrated as the hero who freed the American hostages in Iran. Somewhat later it was found that there was a secret deal playing out in which under Reagan's leadership, U.S. military weaponry was sold to Iran. That scandal was bad enough. But the money from the secret sales to Iran was used to finance the Contras in Nicaragua. The Contras had one mission: to overthrow the democratically elected government in that Central American nation. As with many of Reagan's major actions, it was diabolical and it was contrary to the democratic principles of the U.S. And always, it was twisted to somehow look like it was good ole American action.
Visiting Germany for the first time as President, Reagan could have chosen many places to visit, but he chose a cemetary where members of Hitler's SS were buried. Naziism was a right-wing movement, and the right-wing leader of America paid homage. Egads.
The powerful, miltary leader, Ronald Reagan, was confronted with the bombing of some American troops in Lebanon by a small group of terrorists. Heroically, Ronnie Reagan, put his tail between his legs and pulled all American troops out of Lebanon [where they were sent by Reagan in the first place).
Further evidence of the strutting military hero, Reagan decided to show our power to defeat Communism and invaded the powerful "socialist" nation of Greneda,a little island in the Caribbean.
There is so much more to tell about the lies and deception that fill the Ronald Reagan mythology. Suffice to say, it set the stage for the vast changes that evolved in the Republcian Party. The GOP was once a respected and respectful political party in the U.S. No more. It has continued to fill itself with anti-intellectuals who get financial support from some of the greediest corporations and individuals in America. Their image is one of a carefully constructed cabal. Deception rules. Greed rules. Special interests rule. Money rules. Pay-offs rule.
It goes from international policies of the U.S., down to local politics. It is all for sale. We have been told that because Ronald Reagan cracked down and locked people up and threw away the key that crime went down. Never mentioned is in the states that did not crack down and throw away the key, the crime rate went down also. Now we are faced with a horrendous recidivism in prisons. We have even privatized them, so these prisons are rewarded with money when their prisoners return after being released. Prisons pay dividends. After all, only the common people pay for it in taxes. Meanwhile the right-wing states it is against taxation. Lower taxes, that's their cry.......especially for the rich.