I'm starting this thread as a space where Reagan's policies can be freely discussed and debated. Personally, I have refrained from commenting in the threads about his illness and death out of respect for him and his supporters. However, I think it is very important to rigorously examine his presidency and it's consequences. My personal politics were heavily influenced by the Reagan Administration. As a teenager, I saw the movie Salvador, which deals with U.S. policy in El Salvador at the time of the transition between the Carter and Reagan administrations. I was stunned and found it very difficult to believe that the U.S. would support a regime like that in El Salvador, that was responsible for torturing and massacring thousands of their own people, as well as the rape and murder of U.S. nuns. So, I began to research the subject on my own and found the broad outlines of the situation depicted in Salvador to be accurate. That process began my active participation in politics.