Reagan was a corporate hack loser and against average Americans long before his presidency.This is a movie review by Ronald Reagans son. No sugar coating here
By Michael Reagan | Aug 22, 2013
There you go again, Hollywood.
Youve taken a great story about a real person and real events and highest position in White House service?
Guess which one had a happy, quiet life and was married to the same woman for 65 years? And who had one son who served honorably Americas racial injustices so deeply that he quits his White House guy next door?(Im surprised it wasnt the vice president.)
After comparing Hollywoods absurd version of Eugene Allens life story with the truth, you wonder why the producers didnt just call it The Butler from Another Planet.
Screenwriter Danny Strong says he was trying to present a backstage kind of view of the White House that portrayed presidents and first ladies as they really were in everyday life.
Well, I was backstage at the White House -- a few hundred times. I met and knew the real butler, Mr. Allen, and I knew a little about my father.
Portraying Ronald Reagan as a racist because he was in favor of lifting economic sanctions against South Africa is simplistic and dishonest.
If you knew my father, youd know he was the last person on Earth you would call a racist.
If Strong had gotten his facts from the Reagan biographies, hed have learned that when my father was playing football at Eureka College one of his best friends was a black teammate.
Strong also would have learned that my father invited black players home for dinner and once, when two players were not allowed to stay in the local hotel, he invited them to stay overnight at his house.
Screenwriter Strong also might have found out that when my father was governor of California he appointed more blacks to positions of power than any of predecessors -- combined.
the South African sanctions in the 80s had nothing to do with the narrow issue of race. It had to do with the geopolitics of the Cold War.
But facts dont matter to Hollywoods creative propagandists. Truth is too complicated and not dramatic enough for scriptwriters, who think in minute terms, not the big picture, when it comes to a conservative.
Despite what Hollywoods liberal hacks believe, my father didnt see people in colors. He saw them as individual Americans. If the liberals in Hollywood -- and Washington -- ever start looking at people the way he did, the country will be a lot better off.
Ronald Reagan speaks out on Socialized Medicine
Audio / 1961
How the Heritage Foundation, a Conservative Think Tank, Promoted the Individual Mandate / 10/20/2011 / http://tinyurl.com/7yztznx
ROMNEY: Actually, Newt, we got the idea of an individual mandate from you.
GINGRICH: Thats not true. You got it from the Heritage Foundation.
ROMNEY: Yes, we got it from you, and you got it from the Heritage Foundation and from you.
GINGRICH: Wait a second. What you just said is not true. You did not get that from me. You got it from the Heritage Foundation.
ROMNEY: And you never supported them?
GINGRICH: I agree with them, but Im just saying, what you said to this audience just now plain wasnt true.
ROMNEY: OK. Let me ask, have you supported in the past an individual mandate?
GINGRICH: I absolutely did with the Heritage Foundation against Hillarycare.
ROMNEY: You did support an individual mandate?
ROMNEY: Oh, OK. Thats what Im saying. We got the idea from you and the Heritage Foundation.
GINGRICH: OK. A little broader.
Assuring Affordable Health Care for All Americans
October 1, 1989 / http://tinyurl.com/8xb6rd9