- He Allowed Abortion.
Reagan was the first national politician to proclaim himself as “pro-life” – a person who strongly value life. He was even labeled by conservatives as the “father of pro-life movement.” But that’s not what the records say. Many of today’s people are unaware that in June 1967, only after six months as a governor in California, Reagan signed a law, known as Therapeutic Abortion Act, which allowed women to obtain safe and therapeutic abortion. After the law was enacted, the total number of abortion significantly increased from 518 in 1967 to 100,000 per year in the remaining years of his term as governor.
When he first saw the result, he was shocked and didn’t know how to react. Later, however, he felt guilty about the unintended consequences of his actions, but never accepted his responsibility. Instead, he blamed the doctors, arguing that they had misinterpreted the law.
To prove his sincerity of being a pro-life, Reagan advocated a solid pro-life position that abortion was wrong and shouldn’t be allowed during his presidential campaign in 1980. But when he won, he did nothing to advance his pro-life movement.
- He Ignored AIDS Epidemic.
By the time the 1980s rolled around, AIDS/HIV had become a great concern for people not only in the country, but in the entire world. During that time, people were so scared, especially when they saw that more and more people were dying every day because of it. Their fear grew larger because no one understood what the disease was. No one even gave them any idea about it. They waited for a leader to understand what was happening, but no leader came out to speak about the issue. Reagan, who was the president at that time, just kept quiet.
By the fall of 1981, the first 100 AIDS cases were reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), but Reagan said nothing about it. On February 1, 1983, the number increased to 1,025 with 394 deaths in the U.S. But again, Reagan kept silent on the subject. 1,000 more cases were reported six months after that, until on April 23, 1984, the CDC announced 4,177 AIDS cases and 1,807 deaths. But again, Reagan kept silent. Even when his friend, Rock Hudson, was diagnosed with AIDS, he still did nothing to stop the further spread of the virus. Reagan couldn’t even say the word “AIDS,” that as if he would die if he say that word.
But after some activists begged Reagan to do something about it, he eventually addressed the issue of AIDS in 1987. But by that time, 36, 058 Americans had already been diagnosed with the disease, and 20,849 had died.
So there you have it! I hope by now, you have much better idea about the truth of Reagan’s legacy. No, he was not a great president. And he was definitely not the greatest being to ever walk this planet. Reagan did a lot to hurt our country. He made several wrong decisions, broke a lot of promises, and destroyed many American lives.
What do you think? Do you agree with my assessment? If you disagree be prepared for a healthy argument in the comments section below.