Ronald Reagan Administration Essay

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In 1980, troubled by a unstable economy at home, a hostage crisis overseas, and the end of prior administrations that were not trusted, America elected Ronald Reagan by a landslide margin of victory. At sixty-nine years old, he was the oldest President to be elected. He was born in a small town in Illinois and served two terms as California governor starting in 1966. Reagan's track record proved to be very strong and included welfare cuts, decreasing the number of state employees, and halting radical student protesters. Like other GOP members, Reagan came into office promising to limit the power of government and to strengthen American military power overseas. "In this present crisis," Reagan said in his inaugural address, "government is …show more content…
Many critics saw Reagan's military tactics as illegitimate. They disagreed with the amount of funding relegated to military efforts in Central America. These funds were used to intervene in Grenada and El Salvador, and helped wage a covert war against the revolutionary government of Nicaragua.( As expected from a hesitant liberal Congress, funding for the Nicaraguan war was blocked. Nonetheless, the National Security Council raised the money to finance the intervention. Reagan saw the Soviets at the heart of every international dispute, from revolution in Central America to international terrorism in the Middle East. To thwart the Soviets, Reagan called for the largest and most expensive peacetime military buildup in American history (reaganfoundation). With his telegenic features and extensive experience in front of a camera from his career in Hollywood, Reagan was ideally suited for politics in a growing media age. Though intellectually unambitious and often disengaged in his leadership style, he brilliantly articulated themes of patriotism, individualism, and limited government that resonated with millions of Americans. The President worked tirelessly in effort to propel his campaign for a second term. Reagan's victory in the 1984 presidential election underscored his political popularity. Through his speeches he reiterated his anti-Communist rhetoric, that Soviets and Communism, as a whole, would

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