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Aquino’s Passing Reminds us of a Reagan Accomplishment

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 2:40 am - August 2, 2009.
Filed under: Politics abroad,Ronald Reagan,Strong Women

Given all the issues on my plate and my departure for San Francisco tomorrow (I’m blogging before bed Saturday night in LA), I won’t have much time to blog on the passing of former Filipiino President Corazon Aquino, described by the AP as “the beloved democracy icon who swept away a dictator and inspired nonviolent resistance to autocratic rule.

What the AP doesn’t mention was how the Reagan Administration helped her achieve that status, arranging for the exile of Ferdinand Marcos, the pro-American dictator she ousted in a popular election in 1986.  Marcos had claimed he won, yet few outside of his circle believed him.   With hundreds of thousands protesting the result and the military divided, some then feared civil war might break out.   (Remind you of something else in the news recently?)

Alas that the AP is reluctant to report the support the Gipper gave to democracy, a legacy which endures today in the Phillipines.  Let us hope that with the passing of Mrs. Aquino. Reagan’s successor takes note of the near quarter-century of democracy in this Asian archipelago and learns from one of the Gipper’s many successes.

And let us all remember the courage and principle of this late, great lady, Corazon Aquino.



  1. Reagan deserves praise for his ability to grasp the importance of the People-Power Revolution and wisk Marcos out before the people could lynch him.
    Just as he deserves strong condemnation for his strong support of Marcos that started in 1969
    By the way, it was Carter who started the atmosphere that gave the student led revolution legs. His constant condemnation of Marco’s human rights violations brought the issue to forefront. Marco’s hated Carter because Carter created the language that the students would use to oust him.

    Comment by gillie — August 2, 2009 @ 10:17 am - August 2, 2009

  2. #1 – How can you condemn Reagan for supporting a coup in 1969 that began before his presidency or political career began?

    You are REALLY reaching in your efforts to hate, gillie.

    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — August 2, 2009 @ 11:45 am - August 2, 2009

  3. Of course, this only further serves to illustrate the gulf between Reagan and Obama. Reagan helped enable Aquino’s coming to power, whereas Obama would rather ignore the plight of the Iranians and he wants to restore an aspiring dictator to power in Honduras.

    With regard to Gillie’s comment, I’d agree with Peter that it’s quite a stretch to blame him for Marcos, but it should be noted that 1969 wasn’t before Reagan’s political career began. Reagan was governor of California then.

    Comment by Kurt — August 2, 2009 @ 2:21 pm - August 2, 2009

  4. The difference between Reagan/Marcos and Obama/Zelaya is that Obama actually *wants* a leftist dictator in power in Honduras, just as he supports Chavez in power in Venezuela. We’re not talking about same goals/different techniques between Reagan and Obama here–we’re talking about different goals.

    Comment by Scott Spiegel — August 2, 2009 @ 3:11 pm - August 2, 2009

  5. 1st peter I meant reagan’s long close friendship with the despot Marcos started in 1969 where they became quite familiar. Sorry if that was not clear.

    2nd For you to compare Iran and the philippines only highlights your complete ignorance. Marcos was “our sonofabitch.” We had a long history there and a decent amount of credibility with the people and we were known as the power behind the thrown. If we pulled out support away from Marcos he would be gone. Iran is nothing like that at all.

    But of course, why should I expect historically accurate comparisons from a a conservtaive? My mistake, I forgot your intellectual honesty went into the tank a long time ago.

    Comment by gillie — August 2, 2009 @ 7:34 pm - August 2, 2009

  6. Giving Carter credit for Marcos? Isn’t that like giving Hamas credit for peace talks?

    Comment by The_Livewire — August 2, 2009 @ 7:48 pm - August 2, 2009

  7. #6
    Watch out Henny Youngman!

    Comment by gillie — August 2, 2009 @ 9:31 pm - August 2, 2009

  8. #5 – Please cite proof of this “long friendship” between Reagan and Marocs; otherwise I call bullshit (as I often do with one of your comments). How does a California governor influence a Filipino president?

    #7 – Watch out Rodney Dangerfield (because you certainly have no respect from us, gil).

    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — August 3, 2009 @ 12:02 pm - August 3, 2009

  9. No response yet from gillie. And no surprise, obviously.

    His colon must be installed backwards.

    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — August 5, 2009 @ 11:06 am - August 5, 2009

  10. Maybe this article will shed a bit of light about the “long friendship” between Reagan and Marcos.

    Comment by aquasolaris — August 9, 2009 @ 1:22 pm - August 9, 2009

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