Regan, the political actor.


An emotive, deaf and lazy President, Regan lived the Presidential life as though it was film, overflowing with rhetoric and devoid of substance. Regan could not believe that someone could be President without being an actor first and constantly allowed fiction to protrude in his dealing with Congress, the media and the distant public. Military spending rose 41%, during the period 1983-1987 and was argued by Regan, in the State if the Union Address in 1985, “to be an investment in peace”. Government size decreased dramatically, with the usual; women, blacks and lower paid workers suffering most. In attempting to emulate his hero FDR, he dismantled many of the social institutions that were the new deal. In foreign policy Regan maintained the ideal of “plausible fakery” that embodied his role in WWII.


The role that Ronald Regan played in the allied defeat of totalitarianism has been well stated. Enlisted in the First Squadron of the Motion Picture Unit, Regan never left America, or flew in a plane. His fakery was overwhelmed in by a sense of self and national fulfilment as he deemed his role not only plausible, but definitive. Willis, in Regan’s America, asserts that the overstated role of actors within American society, however, it is not the case that all actors assume film to be reality in the same sense that Regan did. Not only did Regan accept as true the war presented by the propaganda he helped make, he went further, imaging himself in the conflict himself. Regan, when asked by an Israeli Prime Minister, what his role was in the war, the President answered that he filmed the death camps. The falsehood was swiftly covered over by his powerful aides, and the bashful Regan progressed none-the-wiser.


In power Regan was hostage to his aides. His schedule demanded it, as he spent according to Chafe, around three and half hours a day on ‘official duties.’ The aides were in charge not only the formatting of the President, but were present as equal members of security briefings, and decided all of the Presidents meetings, including those with Cabinet. To a Westminster citizen, these reports on Regan are disturbing. Too many are not responsible for their actions, and the selective information which misleads the President, and can not be politically held accountable.


The economic revolution which Regan’s watch saw through