Mr. Quigley, your statement: Mr Walker, you have a quote on homosexuality which is not A.I.D.S. and an anecdote. Do you have one of Ronnie actually saying A.I.D.S? is answered easily by looking at the chronology.....
The quote was spoken 5 years before the term "AIDS" was even coined. That and the anecdote were included to debunk the myth perpetrated by those with a dislike for President Reagan that he was homophobic and uncaring towards gays. The quote often passed around by the left, “Those who live in sin will die in sin", was never uttered by him and came from a movie script. Do you honestly think he was unaware of his friend Rock Hudson's sexual orientation?
Reagan addressed the issue publicly in the first year of his second term during a press conference on the subject as posted below, not "toward the end of his eight year run" as you claim. The disease was still relatively new to society and there was considerable uncertainty in the medical community about how AIDS was transmitted. Anyone remember the 4 H Club? Reagan was a religious person and perhaps he didn't care to discuss it but actions speak louder than words. Dubya didn't talk about it a lot either but I'll put his record up against Bubba's any day, that is if you feel the need to make this a partisan issue.
"The sainted Ronald Reagan bowed to the bigots accepting the judgment from God belief, and only actually said “A.I.D.S” once toward the end of his eight year run. He had sat quietly during the worst years of the pandemic. He sat quietly as American citizens died."
Problem with the internet Joe.....revise history and eventually you'll get called out.
Contrary to what the uninformed and ignorant* may wish to believe.....
“Ronald Reagan has blood on his hands.The man was in the White House as AIDS exploded, and he was happy to see plenty of gay men and queer people die.
He was a murderous fool, and I have no problem saying so."
Matthew “Matty” Hart*
He was neither a bigot, a racist nor a homophobe.
“Whatever else it is,” Reagan wrote, “homosexuality is not a contagious disease like the measles. Prevailing scientific opinion is that an individual’s sexuality is determined at a very early age and that a child’s teachers do not really influence this.” Reagan added: “Since the measure does not restrict itself to the classroom, every aspect of a teacher’s personal life could presumably come under suspicion. What constitutes ‘advocacy’ of homosexuality? Would public opposition to Proposition 6 by a teacher — should it pass — be considered advocacy?”
Proposition 6 failed 58.4 percent to 41.6
Ted Graber, the Reagan's White House decorator, spent the night with his "partner" Archie Case in the Reagans’ private residence at the White House.
"Including what we have in the budget for ’86, it will amount to over a half a billion dollars that we have provided for research on AIDS, in addition to what I’m sure other medical groups are doing. And we have $100 million in the budget this year; it’ll be 126 million next year. So this is a top priority with us. Yes, there’s no question about the seriousness of this and the need to find an answer."
Sat quietly as American citizens died, really Joe?
I realize you have taken up the GOP bashing mantle onboard cc2day and I am aware of your history in Oklahoma so I understand your passion on the subject but don't let the truth come back and bite you in the ass.
The first case of AIDS aka GRID" (gay-related immunoDeficiency) and "HTLV" disease (human t-lymphocyte) reported was in June of 1981 and in 1982's budget there was 8 million in the budget dedicated to research and anyone can see from the above chart that he was not only proactive about it, he started the ball rolling on research and prevention.