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Ronald Reagan: The Unvarnished Truth! Myth Versus Reality! | The Progressive Professor
Ronald Reagan is treated as a saint by the conservative movement and the Republican Party, as a man and a President who could do no wrong, but the truth is otherwise. Of course, no President and no human being is perfect, and all commit mistakes or show lack of sensitivity, but the point is that the 40th President's image and historical record needs to come down to earth, on this, the 104th anniversary of his birth, and a quarter century after his leaving office. So what should Americans and others know about Ronald Reagan, that is not general knowledge? As California Governor and as President, the issue of mental illness was dealt with by cutting spending, and throwing mental patients onto the streets of America, creating a great increase in homeless population. As head of the Screen Actors Guild in the late 1940s and early 1950s, Reagan cooperated with the House Unamerican Activities Committee investigation of Communists; worked with Senator Joseph McCarthy during the Red