Speaking of Facebook, a few months back there seemed to have been some sort of flare up of Reagan worship. It may have been due to the Republican nomination process. Probably the candidates invoke Reagan as if he's some sort of hero. People post pictures like the one to the left with talk of all of his "freedom" promotion.
This is a bitter pill to swallow because Reagan is nothing but a mass murderer. And I'm an argumentative guy. I want to try and dispel these completely false notions that my friends and family have. But as many people already know, friends and family don't always react positively to this sort of thing.
I've gone through stages on Facebook. Sometimes I argue a bit, but I generally don't post controversial claims myself. If others take it upon themselves to post something political I take that as a sign that they are interested in some critical feedback. Well, that has proved to be mistaken. I've done that and I think many are ready to disown/disfriend me, if they haven't already. I'm compelled to just take out my frustrations here.
Reagan is nothing short of purveryor of genocide. I say that not to be inflammatory, but in the legal sense. Genocide is generally understood to be the mass extermination of peoples of a particular race or culture. But as originally understood in legal documentation it included extermination of groups that shared a political ideology. Stalin through political maneuvering was able to alter the law so that genocide didn't include extermination due to political ideology because if that qualified as genocide Stalin would be guilty. The political ideology qualification was excised from the law, and so as the law stands today Reagan may not be guilty of genocide. But this Stalin modification is illegitimate in the eyes of some legal scholars and also I think the the eyes of most normal, non sociopaths.
To take just one of a myriad of Reagan's horrors look into the El Mozote massacre. The peoples of Latin America didn't prefer Reagan's (and prior administration's) so called free market economic policies. The US government has been determined to implement them in any case. When the people are informed and oppose the system you want to impose the only way to sustain it is through violence and repression. At El Mozote in El Salvador a US trained death squade entered the village, tortured and murdered all the men, raped and murderd all the women, including girls as young as 10, and then bludgeoned and burned up the children that had just watched their parents get murdered. When news of this broke Reagan denounced the reporters as liars and the rest of the right wing machine proceeded with a smear campaign. Reporters were treated as Communists. The NY Times felt the pressure and demoted the man that had reported on the massacre, Raymond Bonner. He subsequently left the paper. All of the reporting was later confirmed as true. The death squad went on to continue to rape and murder with Reagan's backing, including the murder of six priests along with a housekeeper and her daugter.
Tell friends and family that and they'll immediately become very defensive and hostile. And I understand that. I used to be a Reagan worshiper as well. People should not feel guilty that they are unaware of this stuff or that they worship a mass murderer. There is an intensive propaganda effort in the US that normal people are subjected to, and this is difficult to overcome.