KEN KOVACH

Most people today, including the Capitol insurgents, are too young to remember Ronald Reagan and his 1980 campaign. Before becoming President, he was a charismatic, Hollywood actor with a natural stage appeal, so when he spoke people listened. He was very good at coming up with entertaining punchlines to make his political position clear. E.g., “Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” Reagan also said, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” His opinion of government was made very clear in his Inaugural Address when he said, “…government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”

Reagan believed government was a failure because of liberal Democrats. He said, “Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the Democrats believe every day is April 15.” He also said, “It isn’t so much that liberals are ignorant. It’s just that they know so many things that aren’t so.” Some people thought Reagan’s words were funny, spot-on, and poignant. But to others, they were offensive, bullish, and misleading.

I believe Reagan was a patriotic American passionate about what he believed; he just knew so many things that aren’t so. His mind wasn’t with us long enough for him to see that many of his ideas didn’t work. Tax cuts to the wealthy never “trickled down.” Money just continued to flow exponentially to the top. Deregulation gave crooks and corporations opportunities to profit, while exploiting people and the planet. Reagan didn’t get to see how his veto of the Fairness Doctrine Policy enabled bias media platforms to use “his words” to divide us. Perhaps he would have seen the potential dangers and intervened.

Reagan’s ideas became the foundation of the conservatives. And thanks to partisan media, his words were repeated, explained, preached and revered for over 40 years. Reagan’s ideas became a dogma and his main message, government is the problem, evolved to the darker idea that our government is crooked. Then, media pundits took the words “liberal” “Democrats” and affixed endless derogatory adjectives.

Today, blind faith has convinced some to believe that they are the hardworking, tax paying, true patriots on “stand by.” So, the latest mantra, “Stop the Steal,” was heard as a call to save America. On January 6th, they crossed the lines of reason and logic as they beat their way through police officers.

So, as we try to understand how we got so polarized, take into account the charismatic Ronald Reagan and his clever campaign rhetoric.

According to Reagan, the nine most terrifying words in the English language were, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” They should be changed to, “We have met the enemy and he is us!”

Ken Kovach is a resident of Frederick County.

(22) comments

Blackhorsegirl

President Biden spoke to the American people on Tuesday, I believe, speaking about the vaccine plan that has been accelerated. He even answered a couple questions.

Chupacabra

Really? Who's questions? The live feed got cut as soon as he asked for questions from the liberal lapdogs, the only folks invited. Joe is clueless, and would not survive a real press conference with real reporters asking real questions that were not fed to him beforehand.

Blackhorsegirl

Oh, and Mr. Conservative, remember to return, burn, or give to charity the $1400 stimulus check from clueless Joe. You wouldn’t want to be contaminated by an illegitimate government.

You could all gather for a super spreader rally and bond fire to burn checks. Be sure to wear your QAnon, white supremacy, proud boys, neonazi, oath keepers, I live in a fantasy world-have I left anyone out-t-shirts.

Blackhorsegirl

He was walking out of the room. I saw it and, obviously, you didn’t. He was making a needed announcement not doing a back and forth questioning.

Would you rather go back to Trump’s press conferences? You know, where he lied, made up stories, got angry, stomped off the stage, insulted press members by name calling like a spoiled 8 year old, specifically targeted women press members and women of color. Name calling was a way he deflected the subject because he didn’t know the answer. Fortunately, we’re smart enough to know exactly what he was doing and he’s stupid enough to think he got away with it. He was so bad at it, he stopped doing them.

Instead, he started sending his Press Secretary and hired professional liar, Kayleigh McEnany, out to do it for him. The most disgusting part was the gold cross she wore around her neck. That was a travesty.

john brown

raygun opened his presidential campaign with a speech in philadelphia, mississippi, the place were only a decade before three civil right workers were murdered by the klan. that was the first step to the racist hatred of tRumpism. that is all one needs to know about raygun.

shinyhappypeople

Absolutely right! The myth of Reagan endures, and the sad truth is, while Ronnie was just a sweeter sounding bigot, he as well is too far left in today’s MAGAland. He could never get nominated on his beliefs today. It’s no longer enough to dog whistle racist clues to the base (as the campaign kick of in Philadelphia Mississippi was).

Blackhorsegirl

Conservative’s fishing story is an old one. It only works if the man is not so weak from hunger and deprivation that he can’t hold the fish pole.

Biden declared Texas a disaster and rightly so. I wonder how many good Republican voters will turn down government money because they “don’t want the government interfering in their lives?” They will all have their hands out. I don’t criticize anyone for taking it. Their disaster is terrible, they have a right to the funds and any programs available. And what did Republicans do? Nothing but complain or escape to Mexico for a hot shower. Radical Democrats like AOC raised 4 million dollars+ and came down and did the work standing with other Democrats on the ground.

God forbid a Republican actually do something that looks like the government helping its own people. Golly, Biden “might” receive credit for that.

Spock Here

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Blackhorsegirl

😂. Well, Cruz is your idiot. He’s a lap dog of Trump and spoke at the CPAC conference. As desperate as Texans are, I’m almost sure he will vote against the Covid relief bill. Fortunately, Democrats care about all Americans and Texans will get their relief soon.

Chupacabra

There you go again, lopping all Republicans into a group when it was 1 idiot who did that, a Senator at that. He deserves all the grief he gets for pulling that stunt. He deserves to be removed from office. So do all the other pols who say we have to follow the rules, but they don't.

Spock Here

There you go again, deciding now is the time to not put people in a box, after putting people into a political box for years...

cuphaus

Thank you Mr. Kovach for an excellent open forum. I'll just note that the line about "the problem isn't what people don't know; it's what they know that isn't so," like so many other of Reagan's zingers, wasn't original. That particular one was from Mark Twain.

hagansan

Well done Mr. Kovach!

And we are only learning this morning that it was the brother of insurrectionist traitor Mike Flynn, General Charles Flynn, who was instrumental in holding back the National Guard on January 6th.

Spock Here

I'm thinking the Flynn brothers "are about to go through some things."

Spock Here

As terrible as many of his policies were, I'm convinced he loved this country. His kids have stated he'd be rolling over in his grave at what has happened with trumpism, and I believe they are right. Trumpists wouldn't give him the time of day.

Chupacabra

Well, this Trump supporter loved Reagan and what he stood for. Less government. Teach a man to fish instead of just feeding him.

hagansan

Sure, and when your kidneys fail you can build your own DYI renal dialysis machine. There certainly is a time for entrepreneurial spirit and independence, but there are also opportunities to work together to make America a better future for everyone. Government can, and should, be an instrument for good in the lives of the disenfranchised.

Blackhorsegirl

I keep looking at my watch. I think our conservative Trump loving friends need to get on the road now if they want to be in Washington when Trump comes marching in at the head of his army. I’m sure they want front row seats for his inauguration.😂. Should I buy popcorn for the show?

I don’t see any hysteria on CNN yet so I guess no one is trying to take over our legally election president and the government.

john brown

[thumbup][thumbup][thumbup][thumbup][thumbup] ...LOL

Blackhorsegirl

Yep, CNN is mostly focused on that disgusting sexual predator Governor Cuomo. He just needs to resign and be gone. He’s wasting news time when we’re waiting for Trump to try to overthrow the government again.

Spock Here

Randy Andy is just trying to steal the inaugural thunder by carrying on about his victimhood.

Though, and while I don't support the latest conspiracy theory that Trump wants his tools as governors of CA and NY, and has hyped up accusations on the current govs, the timing is interesting. I will let others enlighten us on those, I'm sick of Trump, Newsome, and Cuomo, and conspiracies.....

Chupacabra

Has anyone seen or heard from the POTUS? No press conferences since he took office? Did he forget he's the POTUS?[lol][tongue]

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