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CBS almost reported Reagan was mentally unfit in 1986

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  • "I now believe [Reagan aides and his wife Nancy] covered up his condition, and many continued to as they wrote their memoirs. But then, the public knew something wasn't right. There were all sorts of signs. We all looked the other way," Leslie Stahl concluded in her book.
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David Edwards, Raw Story

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarski

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Two sons of former President Ronald Reagan have been engaged in a public disagreement over whether their father exhibited early signs of Alzheimer's disease while still in the White House.

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Veteran CBS reporter Leslie Stahl, who saw Reagan have mental lapses in 1986, could possibly play a role in settling that feud -- or cause it to become even bigger than it already was.

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In his new book, titled "My Father at 100," Ron Reagan, who's identified himself as a liberal and an atheist, wrote that in 1984, he began to "experience the nausea of a bad dream coming true" with regards to his father's mental condition.

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The younger Reagan added that as early as 1986, his father had become alarmed at his growing lack of certain memories. "[He] had been alarmed to discover, while flying over the familiar canyons north of Los Angeles, that he could no longer summon their names," Reagan wrote.

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Mission Accomplished: The Reagan Occupation and the Destruction of the American Middle Class, David Michael Green, Buzzflash
The middle class is on its knees and shrinking fast.  Unions have been broken into irrelevance.  Government, supposedly an agent of the public interest, has become a complete tool of those it is meant to monitor.  Both political parties are fully owned by the oligarchy.  The public has been brainwashed into seeing its allies as enemies and its enemies as allies.  We have been drained of hope that any actor on the horizon can come to our rescue.

How Republicans created the myth of Ronald Reagan, Will Bunch, Salon.com
With the Gipper's reputation flagging after Clinton, neoconservatives launched a stealthy campaign to remake him as a "great" president.