June 5, 2014, - 3:00 pm
Would Ronald Reagan beat Jimmy Carter if the Presidential Election were held today? Could he even beat Walter Mondale? Could he beat Barack Obama?
Sadly, I think the answer is no to all three. What do you think?
Recently, I was talking with a friend of mine who asked the questions and suggested I put my answers up on the site. The friend, who identifies himself as very conservative on most issues, but moderate or laissez-faire on many social issues, is a multi-millionaire owner of a chain of upscale salons that he built from nothing. He has built other chains and sold them for a lot of money and has always been conservative on most issues because he knows what it is like to work very hard night and day to build a business from scratch, as well as all the government regulations and spoiled, entitled people who want to take it away from him. He identifies as a Republican and always votes that way. The friend and I discussed how disappointed we are with the way things are going in this country. Both of us feel we’ve really lost the country forever in so many ways, and find it depressing, even though, as always, we vow to fight on.
The friend and I both concluded that–and this is very depressing to us both–Ronald Reagan would not have been our President in the America we have today. Instead, we both believed that Jimmy Carter would have beaten Reagan (and Obama would have beaten him, too), even with the hostages in Iran and double-digit inflation. Even with America wearing a “Kick Me” sign all over the world (a sign, by the way, that we’ve put back on with the current occupant of the White House).
If you look at America’s demographics–part of the blame lies with Ronald Reagan and the amnesty he approved–and if you look at the voting patterns, there is just no way a Ronald Reagan would be elected by this America. Heck, they elected the reincarnated, even scarier version of Jimmy Carter twice in Barack Obama.
And, even though Reagan made many big mistakes (pulling out of Lebanon and not responding when our Marines were blown up in the barracks by Hezbollah, along with our embassy; pushing and approving amnesty for millions of illegal aliens), had Ronald Reagan not been elected, America would be hurting a lot more than it is now.
The hostages might never have been released from Iran. Maybe they would have been murdered. Inflation in the double-digits would have continued. And could have gone to the very high double digits. Yasser Arafat might have ruled over all of Israel, which would be “Palestine” and Al-Qaeda would have used it as a base. And everyone around the world would hate us as much as they hate us now, because that’s how it was under Jimmy Carter until Ronald Reagan showed the world (except Hezbollah) who was boss. The iron curtain would still be up along with the Berlin Wall. The Soviet Union would still be here and Communists around the world would be stronger than they are today, except in Nicaragua, where George W. Bush allowed back into power Daniel Ortega and the Sandinistas that Ronald Reagan defeated. The kind of freedom Ronald Reagan inspired was the freedom sought by good people who wanted to realize the full potential of their talents and life decisions, not the “freedom” inspired by Barack Obama (and George W. Bush), where extremist Muslims take over and gang rape women in Tahrir Square and execute women for embracing Christianity.
Ronald Reagan came from the Depression era and washed dishes to earn his way through college. Barack Obama came from mysterious circumstances and was handed everything he got from Harvard to a Presidency, just like today’s reality show stars who are handed things because of making porno tapes or becoming teen moms.
Back then, during the Reagan Presidency and at the time he was campaigning for the White House, there were neither ObamaPhones nor ObamaCare, and there weren’t illegal aliens and their allies in the numbers we’ve got in this country today. Back then, there were less than 15% of the number of mosques and Muslims who hate us in America. Back then, the President wouldn’t have released five master terrorists for the freedom of a Taliban-sympathizing U.S Army deserter who went AWOL to “help the people of Afghanistan.” Ronald Reagan would never have done it. Nor would he have gone to Cairo to tell the world how great Islam is and how bad we are. Reagan didn’t kiss our enemies’ asses. And he didn’t bow down to them. Not constantly, not once, not ever. Back then, the most admired Americans didn’t include slutty porn stars like the Kardashians. There was no gay marriage, there were no reality shows, and there was no selfieFacebookTwitter generation.
America has changed since Ronald Reagan was elected . . . for the worse. And I don’t believe Ronald Reagan would be elected today.
Ronald Reagan always said America’s best days lie ahead. Can we still say that anymore? I don’t think so.
Watch the last six minutes of Ronald Reagan’s final farewell address from the White House (the text of the full speech is here). He saw what was happening to America and predicted accurately what would happen and how to stop it. We didn’t listen. He even spoke of what happens at the dinner table, but American families really don’t even have a “dinner table” where they all get together to eat, anymore.
Here are a couple of pics I took with the late great Ronald Reagan in 1987 (and, yes, I know I look god-awful in these photos, but they’re all I got with him):