Society has a right to defend itself when children become weapons of ignorance. The defense is knowledge. The attack crystallized on 1/20/1981. Reagan demeaned knowledge. As California’s governor he gutted the State’s system of public universities.
Reagan was far from original: “Government isn’t the solution. It’s the problem.” He cribbed that from Eldridge Cleaver, one of the founders of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. Reagan was pro-2nd Amendment for others, but wanted the Panthers’ guns confiscated.
For one opposed to government, Reagan ran up (then-)record Federal deficits. The U.S. needed a military on even greater quantities of steroids. Reagan knew a lot about war, as the only POTUS to have worn a Nazi uniform, the closest he got to combat in WWII.
Reagan’s policies lead to gutting public education. Education is essential to modern society. We have faced almost two years of pandemic. Basic principles of science, for example the theory of evolution, have been ignored. Too many people have died.
The ignorance has been built over several decades. Religious advocates have latched onto public dollar$ (a/k/a vouchers) to advance dogma while decrying those who “indoctrinate,” as they indoctrinate and teach to follow, not question those in power.
Tax dollar$ are diverted to voucher$ to indoctrinate children to believe that evolution only is a “theory.” COVID has a bigger field in which to evolve thanks to the many indoctrinated by these madrases. Reagan was more harmless As a Nazi: that only was a movie.