ELDER PATRIOT – At the beginning of this electoral cycle and even before, the GOP Elites insisted on declaring the “Era of Reagan over.” Now they have resorted to warning us that we’ve been duped, that Donald Trump is no Ronald Reagan. Which is it and what of that claim? I ask because I have come to reflexively question these people whenever they make declarations such as these. I’ve learned through a half-century of experience that whenever the political set says anything the opposite is almost always true.
Reagan was guided by a simple concept, “Peace through Strength.” He presided over the greatest peacetime military build-up in history and his strategy paid off. Not only did America avoid involvement in any major international conflicts during his time in office he also Reagan was able to negotiate a significant nuclear arms reduction with the Soviet Union that ultimately resulted in the collapse of Soviet hegemony in Eastern Europe and in freedom for hundreds of millions of people. Likewise, the Soviet threat to Western Europe was rendered impotent.
Reagan’s policy of peace through strength had led to the fall of the Berlin Wall, the disintegration of the Soviet Union, and Marxism-Leninism being dumped on the ash heap of history.
Former Czech President Vaclav Havel later said this of Reagan’s accomplishment, “The fall of the Soviet empire is an event on the same scale of historical importance as the fall of the Roman Empire.”
For the neo-con elites who seized control of the Republican Party when Reagan’s term had expired the significance of this had to be discredited. Along with their Democrat co-conspirators, they have spent the past 27 years fanning the flames of war, in service to the Military-Industrial Complex that former President Eisenhower had warned us about.
The continued misuse of the military, as much as anything else, is why the neo-cons are intent on burying the Era of Reagan and now are intent on denying Trump the presidency.
Trump reminded us that he understands this when he declared that once Reagan’s second term was over, “our foreign policy began to make less and less sense. Logic was replaced with foolishness and arrogance, which ended in one foreign policy disaster after another.”
Any sober analysis of the current situations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen would make it hard to argue that our military adventurism has accomplished anything positive after a decade and a half in the Middle East. Certainly, the price we have paid in blood and treasure will never be justified. Not to us and not to the countries and people we claimed we were there to help.
Trump summoned the lessons of Ronald Reagan in crafting his foreign policy that he outlined in a speech this past Monday, “the major and overriding theme will be — “America first.”
“Our goal is peace and prosperity, not war, unlike other candidates, war and aggression will not be my first instinct,” Trump declared.
Now as the elites demand that the “Era of Reagan” is over, the people are demanding that the “Era of Trump” begins. The people get “it.” As with Reagan they just needed a leader to awaken their good sense.