Donald Trump’s supporters view him as the second-coming of Ronald Reagan….

 

Trump’s unwillingness to address the authoritarian excess of Vladimir Putin- even his tacit support of the Russian strongman – should signal to everyone that our foreign policy has radically changed since the 1980’s.

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Earlier posts on this blog highlighted the foundations of American foreign policy- supporting democratic principles and opposing authoritarian regimes.

Reagan’s call for an end to totalitarianism…  shows just how different the two men really are:

“No, democracy is not a fragile flower. Still it needs cultivating. If the rest of this century is to witness the gradual growth of freedom and democratic ideals, we must take actions to assist the campaign for democracy.”….What I am describing now is a plan and a hope for the long term — the march of freedom and democracy which will leave Marxism-Leninism on the ash-heap of history as it has left other tyrannies which stifle the freedom and muzzle the self-expression of the people.”

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