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Ronald Reagan-An American Myth

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On Sunday, March 21, 2010, President Obama signed historic health-care legislation ending a 100-year effort, started by Teddy Roosevelt, to bring some sort of universal health care to The United States. The effort, through the years, was bipartisan, consisting of desires by both Republican and Democratic presidents.

The momentous achievement was met by some of our citizens with anger, which promoted violent attacks against Congressmen and women who voted for the bill. Office windows have been broken, a gas line to a home was severed and both telephone and e-mail death threats are frightening.

Why are these people so angry? Is it the prospect of 30 million more people receiving health-care insurance, or do they want insurance companies to continue rejecting people with pre-conditions? I don't think any of these reasons are in play, and I believe it is the culmination of a movement and a state of mind that has grown in this country since Ronald Reagan uttered his famous words, "Government is not the solution, government is the problem."

The Republicans opposed to the bill adopted the slogan, "A government takeover of health care." They didn't have to explain anything. Those words were enough. Your mean spirited, unscrupulous, inefficient government is so ingrained that no explanation was necessary.

Why in the world did these people run for office in the government that they loathe?

Recently, I began to hear about the extensive plans in the works to celebrate the 100th birthday of our country's second worst president. Needless to say, Reagan held the undisputed title until the arrival of George W. Bush. We need a truth revelation before we are drowned in praise of the man who started this country on this path to government mistrust, criminal deregulation, greed and an uncharitable view of our needy. Does that sound like 2010? If so, you can thank "the great communicator."

Starting during Teddy Roosevelt's administration there was a movement in this country to bring about social justice and a progressive era. The objective was to apply strong government regulation to business on behalf of labor and farmers and to provide them with security, opportunity and social benefits.

The government's role in the lives of the common citizens of The United States increased dramatically for the first 64 years of the 20th century. Roosevelt's New Deal, Truman's Fair Deal and Kennedy's New Frontier were milestones on the road to progressivism.

Perhaps the most progressive president of that time was Lyndon Johnson. His contribution has been muted by the debacle of the Vietnam War. However, he should also be remembered for his efforts on behalf of all Americans. His Great Society had the most impact on the progressive movement in the century. Medicare and Medicaid; the Voting Rights Act; immigration laws; pollution control and other social legislation awoke the sleeping Conservative giants.

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Publisher of a medical journal entitled Practical Pain Management. previously headed a company that I created publishing six alternative medicine product magazines.
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