Ronnie And Me

first_imgRonald Reagan left us a decade ago, when he wrote his letter to the American people that announced his entry into Alzheimer’s disease. “I now begin the journey,” he wrote, “that will lead me into the sunset of my life.”When he died last month, I almost forgot that he was still alive.The media reacted with frenzy: They treated Reagan as both a hero and an icon, as someone to admire and someone to worship. He earned a state funeral and funereal commentaries from the pundits. Republicans swarmed around his legacy, as Democrats silenced themselves from criticism. Reagan got a free pass to the by and by.I owe Reagan an enormous debt. He was no ordinary president for me. Reagan made an entire generation of people like me into straight-forward Leftists – we are the generation that fought against his policies in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Grenada, Lebanon, Libya, South Africa·We organized for sanctions on South Africa when apartheid reigned there: Reagan vetoed every effort, and he made scurrilous remarks about the good faith of the white supremacist leaders. During his speech in opposition to sanctions in 1986, Reagan referred to South Africa continually as South America. South African Bishop Tutu reacted to the speech with this, “Your President is the pits as far as blacks are concerned. I found the speech nauseating.” Reagan financed the illegal war in Nicaragua through arms sales to Iran, and while hearings convulsed Washington they did not touch Reagan. In 1987, he called the Iran-Contra deal a “mistake,” and yet Congress did not move to impeach him for the illegal actions on his watch. Nor did it much affect those around him: Oliver North is now a well-paid media commentator and John Negroponte (famous cover-man for the Honduran death squads) will be the first US Ambassador in “Liberated” Iraq.When the Lebanese fighters humiliated the U.S. marines in Beirut, Reagan scripted a “wag the dog” scenario: to divert attention, he quickly invaded Grenada. The excuse: he had to save some American medical students, but the bursar of the school in Grenada Gary Solin told the press on the day of the invasion, “Our safety was never in danger. We were used by this government as an excuse to invade Grenada.”Reagan made me who I am, an unabashed leftist: for that thanks.But that’s not my only debt. I owe him more.I, like many desis, am grateful to him for his 1986 immigration act that allowed many of us to gain green cards through the amnesty provision.But, his gift came at a costly price. That same legislation had an innocuous section called “employer verification” that allowed the state to prosecute any employer who had an “illegal immigrant” on the payroll. In 1990 the General Accounting Office released a study that showed us what this section had produced.Many Latinos and Asians, including desis, began to have a hard time finding employment in the waged work sector because employers were chary of hiring those without papers. It is not that these Latinos and Asians had no papers, just that run of the mill racism meant that those of us who looked like forever immigrants also looked like illegal ones, so many employers chose not to hire us for fear of being fined or shut-down.In addition, Reagan’s immigrant act was designed cleverly to undercut the labor movement. In the first few months of his presidency, Reagan went after the air traffic controllers’ union, PATCO, the only one incidentally that had supported him during the presidential campaign against Jimmy Carter. The salvo against labor was part of Reagan’s general policy on behalf of the upward distribution of wealth: he worked for the rich, to benefit them and to screw the working people. The immigrant act brought in people who worked in a sector of the economy that was once heavily unionized: construction work, hotel work, small manufacturing work, etc. Now with this enlarged labor pool and with weak rules for unionization, employers who did overcome their racism and hire these new immigrants could forgo the power of unions, pay low wages with few benefits and make enormous profits.Reagan’s policy pitted immigrants against other workers, and created the framework for the massive anti-Asian backlash of the 1980s: the 1987 Dotbusters formed in New Jersey to harass and attack desis are part of a nation-wide anti-immigrant wave. By the way, it is rather sick that the Organization of Chinese Americans decided to commemorate the death of Reagan with a sickly tribute press release – what about Vincent Chin, killed in 1982 as part of the early wave of anti-immigrant hysteria set off by Reagan’s “war” on Japanese products, and the many others who suffered mightily from the anti-immigrant sentiment exacerbated by the 1986 act.My television only plays PBS and Bollywood videos. It refuses to participate in the pabulum that passes for “news.” I’d rather get that from the web, from newspapers and magazines or else from the telephone updates that my mother in Kolkata gives me. I only read about what an old friend called the “sycophantic homage” to Reagan. Even in the Reagan years I found television hard to watch, partly because Reagan’s myth machine had already made “news” unbearable. During the Reagan years, the news media began to slavishly follow the dictates of the White House and write more about the “feeling” of the president than his policies.Reagan’s legacy is not only the toxic world that we live in, or the lefties that he helped produce, but the noxious myth-culture that he has given us. Our current president thrives on it. For Bush, like Reagan, image is everything, and truth is overrated. No wonder the Bush camp wanted to celebrate Reagan so: he allowed them to relive the image and to obscure the truth, which is that these are murderers and plutocrats whose “morning in America” is our mourning for America.   Related Itemslast_img read more

Eumir Marcial leads PH boxing team in SEA Games

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games Mayfield and Chubb combine to carry Browns past Ravens 40-25 “All the teams are allowed to replace any boxer until the official weigh-in, which is a day before the competition starts on December 3.”Heading the coaching staff are elite men head coach Ronald Chavez, elite women’s head coach Nolito Velasco and foreign consultant Don Abnett.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers This jewelry designer is also an architect Becoming his own man Also in the line up are Carlo Paalam (light flyweight, 49 kg), Rogen Ladon (flyweight, 52 kg), Ian Clark Bautista (bantamweight, 56 kg), Charly Suarez (lightweight, 60 kg), James Palicte (light welterweight, 64 kg), Joel Bacho (welterweight, 69 kg) and John Tupas-Marvin (light heavyweight, 81 kg).In the distaff side will be Josie Gabuco (light flyweight, 48 kg), Irish Magno (flyweight, 48 kg), Aira Villegas (bantamweight, 54 kg), Nesthy Petecio (featherweight, 57 kg) and Risa Pasuit (lightweight, 60 kg).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Even as the roster has been drawn up, Abap secretary-general Ed Picson said the association reserves its right to make last-minute changes.“This list is not cast in stone. We reserve the right to replace any boxer who does not live up to the criteria set by the coaching staff, which includes not only performance in the ring or the gym, but also in terms of punctuality, attitude and overall behavior,” Picson. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical View comments FILE – Phillippines’ Eumir Felix Marcial, red, and Uzbekistan’s Israil Madrimov fight in their men’s middleweight boxing semifinal at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)MANILA, Philippines—The Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (Abap) on Monday announced the composition of the Philippine team which will see action in the 30th Southeast Asian Games here in the country starting November 30.Heading the contingent is World Championship and 2-time SEA Games gold medalist Eumir Felix Marcial (middleweight, 75 kg). The 23 year old airman claimed the second ranking in the world at the Championships held in Ekaterinburg, Russia in mid-September.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politicslast_img read more