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Please write at least two strong paragraphs in response to the prompt below. Each paragraph should be 10-14 sentence for a total of 600-700 words. Use lots of examples and details in your response; you are explaining your position/ideas to someone else, and supporting your ideas with examples is key to successful communication. Also, please respond with a healthy 5-8 sentence paragraph to at least two of your peers–engage them in conversation.
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Ronald Reagan appealed to many Americans because of his skills as the “Great Communicator,” but his base of support was to be found especially among conservatives; by focusing on his domestic programs, explain why.
President Ronald Reagan earned the nickname as “The Great Communicator” mainly with his ability to speak in an educational tone to the average American. He could be viewed as a teacher to all citizens. During his television debate with Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan spoke directly to Americans. He was one of the first Presidents to utilize television to garner votes and allow people to get to know him. He made Americans feel like he worked and will work for them. He claimed that his speeches held basic truths that are easily recognizable, for example preserving individual freedom. This is one or the many ways that he won over conservatives.
President Reagan detested and rejected liberal arguments, mainly that we as Americans have to choose between a left and right. He infamously stated, “there’s only up or down, up to a man’s age old dream of individual freedom consistent with law and order,or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism.”
Reagan’s domestic policies are commonly referred to as “Reaganomics”. Reaganomics, also known as supply-side economic policies included the largest tax cut in American history and increase of defense budget to counteract the Soviets.He also had four core principals that spoke to conservatives. They are as follows:
1. Reduce tax rates on income from labor and capital
2. Reduce regulation (commonly accepted and loved by conservatives)
3. Reducing inflation by tightening money supply
4. Reduce and limit government spending (also was a high point for conservatives)
Another notable action he had a hand in was ending the air traffic controller strike. This put 12,000 employees back to work and creating more economy, stimulating spending. Conservatives appreciated his free market approach and development of private businesses.
With all the evidence provided, Ronald Reagan was revered by fellow conservatives based on his “Reaganomics” and limited government involvement.
Ronald Reagan served as President of the United States from 1981 to 1989. When Reagan ran for office, the United States was still in the height of a cold war with the Soviet Union, the economy was in recession, and many were looking for a reliable leader to solve the pressing social problems of the time. As a Republican, Reagan took a conservative position in all of his politics.
The most holistic and far-reaching attempt to implement the schemes and slogans of the ideologists of conservatism was “Reaganism”. The coming to power of the republican administration was prepared by the previous activities of various political groups and think tanks of a right-wing conservative orientation, the “boom” of activity of which occurred at the end of the 70s. A distinctive feature of modern conservatism is the highlighting of the problem of “personal freedom”. In the name of this “freedom”, Reagan and his associates criticize state regulation of the economy, oppose social programs that, they say, “restrict the freedom of choice” of Americans, demand a return to the time of “free enterprise.”
In his 1980 presidential campaign, he promised to lower taxes in order to stimulate the economy, reduce government intervention, uphold the rights of the state and, above all, maintain strong national defense. All of these fundamental principles are consistent with Reagan’s economic policies and his decisive stance against Soviet influence, as well as his war against drugs and are aimed at addressing a number of civil rights issues. Under Reagan, the 1980s were both successful and turbulent.
His most important mission, Ronald Reagan considered the fight against the Soviet Union, which he called the “empire of evil.” To this end, he strengthened the military power of the United States. Supporters of Reagan highly appreciated his ability to embody optimism, patriotism and moral values of the American people. His opponents reproached the president for his, as they believed, too simplistic and militaristic view of the world.
Some called Reagan “the Teflon president” because he seemed to be in no way harmed by scandals or foreign policy failures. By the end of the presidency, he was 77 years old, he survived the attempt on his life, and many looked at him as “the grandfather of the nation.” He was also given the nickname “great communicator” for his excellent oratory.
In recent years, conservative organizations across America have demanded to perpetuate the image of Reagan; Washington National Airport was named after him. There were also calls to put his image on a 10-cent coin.
- Olsen H. (June 26, 2017). How the right gets Reagan wrong. Retrieved from https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/06/26/how-the-right-gets-reagan-wrong-215306
- Zelizer J. E. (February 3, 2016). This is Reagan’s party. Retrieved from https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/02/this-is-reagans-party/459603/