History152 Anthony DeJesus Final Paper

History152 Anthony DeJesus Final Paper - It was during the...

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It was during the Reagan years that the government’s influence was limited to an all-time low, authority was zealously rejected, laissez-faire was greatly expanded, the American people were fully trusted, the president believed that no evil lurked in the heart of humanity [1] and a potential nuclear war breakout (along with the end of the human race) was avoided due to diplomacy and dialogue. Overall, Reagan’s terms in office marked the golden period in American history in which the United States enjoyed its longest recorded period of peacetime prosperity without recession or depression [2] . It was the first time in American history that “an unreligious and divorced man ran for president and won the support of the Religious Right and conservative upholders of family values” [3] . Ronald Reagan’s Ideologies had a great impact on his life, his presidency, and the policies that he implemented. Reagan respected William Wordsworth who rebelled against the rules of classicism to make “freedom and pleasure the emotions that move the world.” [4] One of the many interesting ideologies that Ronald Reagan had was that he believed, no matter what, that only the state knew how to sin. Even when speaking about the “Evil Empire” he never used the term evil or bad to describe the people of the Soviet Union. Contrary to the Federalist Authors who “believed that if the democratic people were left free to act on their own without external restraints, nothing would be safe- property, social order, women’s virtue, or the bottles of Madeira behind the tavern bar” [5] . According to John Patrick Diggins’ biography, Ronald Reagan: Fate, Freedom, and the Making of History, Reagan constantly emphasized a point he would repeat again
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and again: “Conflicts are created when government acts apart from society and its citizens.” [6] Reagan was convinced that people had no need of compulsory authority and that if left to themselves, they could run their own lives.” [7] Perhaps the deepest influence came from his mother, whose Protestant religious views looked away from outside authority and to the inner self for guidance; Reagan believed in believing in one’s intuition. One could say it is because of this Emersonian [8] ideology that was instilled in him during his early life, which many people criticized, that he had any desire whatsoever to sit down with the leader of an “Evil Empire” and negotiate anything. Throughout his presidency, Reagan transformed his views from the very liberal end of the spectrum to the very conservative end even though Diggins and other historians argue that when he was on the conservative end, Reagan had more in common with the liberals that he cared
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