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Rewrite, Sugarcoat, Ignore: 8 Ways Conservatives Misremember American History—for Partisan Gain | The Nation

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Add Rubio to the rewrite column

Marco Rubio is the great Reagan-pompadour hope of the GOP for 2016.

He recently gave a speech at the Reagan library where he gave his take on an idealized America which he thinks existed prior to the New Deal: “…it was institutions and society that assumed the role of taking care of one another. If someone was sick in your family, you took care of them. If a neighbor met misfortune, you took care of them. You saved for your retirement and your future because you had to…. We took these things upon ourselves…. but all that changed when the government began to assume those responsibilities…as government crowded out the institutions in our society that did these things traditionally, it weakened our people in a way that undermined our ability to maintain prosperity.”

Ah. yes, the good old days where there was always a buddy to spare you a dime. Boy-wonder Marco of course was not around pre–New Deal. I don’t know what thoughtless think tank fed him that malarky, but I do know it wasn’t my parents, or relatives or friends who for sixty and seventy years after the New Deal idealized FDR as our greatest leader. It wasn’t the millions who have been able to live in dignity in their later years, or with a disability, instead of facing poverty, ill health and premature demise. The America Rubio idealized did not exist at all, except for the Koch family.