10 June, 2004
This just in: Ronald Reagan still dead. I swear, I’m more sick of the man now than I was after dealing with having him for my President for eight years. To counterbalance all the knee-jerk, “the man is dead now, so we must praise him” press that’s going on, here are a few things to think about:
Although AIDS was first reported in the medical and popular press in 1981, it was only in October of 1987 that President Reagan publicly spoke about the epidemic. By the end of that year 59,572 AIDS cases had been reported and 27,909 of those women and men had died.
Reagan and his close political advisers also successfully prevented his surgeon general, C. Everett Koop, from discussing AIDS publicly until Reagan’s second term.
To not kick a man when he’s down, I’ll skip the exploding US debt, his lack of a stance against Apartheid and that whole Iran-Contra thing.