Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Letter to the Editor

from The New York Times

Re “Debunking the Reagan Myth” (column, Jan. 21):

Paul Krugman is right on the mark. Conservatives have made an entire mythology surrounding Ronald Reagan. He is falsely credited by conservatives with everything from brilliant economic policies to ending the cold war.

Today we are hearing many conservatives lamenting that conservatism has lost its way. The truth is that conservatives had their way. In six years of unified control of the levers of power, they did more damage than is imaginable. It could take us a generation to regain our former prestige and clout.

Conservatism failed in the 1890s, again in the 1920s, again in the 1980s, and again at the beginning of the 21st century. That is the message Democrats need to hammer home at every possible occasion.

Conservatives failed because conservatism is a failed ideology. The greatest periods of American history all rejected conservatism in favor of the ideals our nation was founded on.

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