The Zombie Reaganism Trap

Ronald Reagan delivers his acceptance speech at the 1980 Republican National Convention in Detroit, Mich. (National Archives/via Wikimedia)
America has many problems that require lots of answers. Most of the answers won’t come from looking at the 1980 GOP platform.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE Z ombie Reaganism is a trap for the Republican Party. Even many Republican politicians who want out of the trap end up walking back in. This is a problem because Zombie Reaganism causes Republican politicians to focus on the wrong things, and costs conservatives the trust of many Americans.

Zombie Reaganism is the application of a distorted version of 1980s Republican politics to a very different time. It might be understood through several examples.

Zombie Politics

First, there is the Republican Party’s outdated relationship with the tax issue. Modern Republican tax policy was born in the tax revolt of the late 1970s. The “revolutionaries” then were

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