Ron Reagan

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Ronald Prescott "Ron" Reagan (born 1958) is an American former talk radio host and MSNBC news commentator. He is most well known for being the son of Saint Ronald Reagan, despite his liberal views and position as an atheist.

Politics[edit]

Ron Reagan's approach to politics comes from the other side of the fence than that of his father.

Ron is a critic of Dubya. He has criticized Bush's opposition to stem-cell research using embryonic cells, which Ron believes could be used to find a treatment for Alzheimer's disease (which his father suffered from and eventually died from). Ron has also accused the Bush of "cheating to get into the White House" and "hijacking" his father's legacy.[1] Ron ultimately roasted Dubya in an article he wrote for Esquire, titled "The Case Against George W. Bush".[2]

Ron Reagan was a supporter of Democratic Party candidates John Kerry and Barack Obama.[3]

Atheism[edit]

Unlike his father, who was a Presbyterian, Ron Reagan identifies as an atheist. He has stated that he would never run for any political office because of this, as "polls say that people won't elect an atheist."[4] Ron has said that he likes Buddhism,[5] though he does not affiliate with any organized religion.

Ron is a member of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, and in 2010 he was named to the organization's honorary board of distinguished achievers.[6] In May 2014, Ron Reagan appeared on a commercial hosted by the Freedom from Religion Foundation, in which he smugly proudly declared himself "an unabashed atheist" who was in fact "not afraid of burning in Hell."[7]

Relationship with his brother[edit]

It can be assumed that Ron and his adopted big brother, Michael Reagan, may not get along quite well. They differ in views on religion, politics, their father's reputation, and, well, basically everything. As a matter of fact, Michael called Ron "an embarrassment" for making the claim that their Pa may have suffered from early onsets of Alzheimer's during his presidency in his memoir My Father at 100.[8] Because we can't have honest observations about a loved one's health if they cast doubt on our political agenda, can we?

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Johnston, Jenifer. Reagan Junior Warns Bush: 'Stop Hijacking My Father's Reputation'⁠. Sunday Herald. September 26, 2004.
  2. Reagan, Ron (2004). "The Case Against George W. Bush". Esquire. http://web.archive.org/web/20040810032603/http://www.esquire.com/cgi-bin/printtool/print.cgi?pages=5&filename=%2Ffeatures%2Farticles%2F2004%2F040729_mfe_reagan.html&x=38&y=16. Retrieved April 25, 2015. 
  3. Reagan, Ron. Making It Official: I Endorse Barack Obama. Huffington Post. October 31, 2008.
  4. "Interview With Ron Reagan Jr.". Larry King Live (transcript). CNN.com. June 23, 2004. http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0406/23/lkl.00.html. Retrieved 2013-11-27. 
  5. Solomon, Deborah (June 27, 2004). "The Son Also Rises". New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2004/06/27/magazine/27QUESTIONS.html?ex=1205812800&en=2cf65449d478f3c3&ei=5070. Retrieved August 30, 2014. 
  6. "Honorary FFRF Board Announced". Archived from the original on 2010-12-17. http://web.archive.org/web/20101217052917/http://ffrf.org/news/releases/honorary-ffrf-board-announced/. Retrieved 2008-08-20. 
  7. "First 'atheist ad' on ‘Daily Show’, ‘Colbert Report’ features Ron Reagan". Freedom From Religion Foundation. May 20, 2014. http://ffrf.org/news/news-releases/item/20732-first-%E2%80%98atheist-ad%E2%80%99-on-%E2%80%98daily-show%E2%80%99-%E2%80%98colbert-report%E2%80%99-features-ron-reagan. Retrieved August 30, 2014. 
  8. Hohmann, James (Jan 15, 2011). "Mike Reagan calls brother, Ron Reagan, an 'embarrassment'". Politico. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0111/47655.html#ixzz3G8adOUO6. Retrieved Oct 15, 2014.