Do you remember those silly bracelets several years back donning, "WWJD"? I remember asking a couple of teenagers what that meant, after the fad had apparently taken off. They looked at me as if to say "Where have you been?" When they translated it for me, "What would Jesus Do?", I was underwhelmed. And this was confirmed for me when I began to observe the slogan being put to use. I noticed that it would frequently be used to say, be "calm", "peaceful", "loving" in the face of evil. The underlying meaning, was to never be critical, throwing out the window the Lord’s righteous indignation at the money changers in the temple, or the many of His saints who stood up to evil. They apparently would not fit the "WWJD" model. WWJD became a recreated idea of Jesus, not an actual Person.
Fast forward to 2004-2005, with the nearing and eventual passing of America’s beloved Ronald Reagan, I was amazed at the increasing revisionist history of Republican leaders to make Reagan out to be someone who never confronted evil in his own party, using his "11th Commandment" which said "Speak no ill of your fellow Republican". The revisionists used their version of Reagan to dissuade Republican primary candidates to avoid criticizing their primary opponents, even to compare their positions on issues, throwing out the window his Republican primary speech where he harshly criticized his Republican opponent and incumbent president Gerald R. Ford.
I guess the reason the WWJD slogan bothered me is the same reason the new WWRD vendors bother me. The WWJD slogan suggests no relationship with Jesus or His teachings, but a reference to a fictional character. The new WWRD (Reagan revisionists vendors) seek to fictionalize Reagan and demonstrate no real understanding of his principles, meanwhile making him into some sort of pseudo-god for Reagan-ites to pay homage to, when it seems we’ve wandered "too far to the right". As a Reagan-ite, let me give them a reminder: Jesus is God. Reagan is not.
And I wouldn’t be the first to say that Reagan occasionally made mistakes in public policy. Sometimes they were big ones, having far reaching consequences. As governor of California, his biggest ones were on abortion and on no-fault divorce. As president, his Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, otherwise known as "amnesty for illegal aliens". Before you believe the WWRD vendors, you must read what Ed Meese, former Attorney General and close advisor in the Reagan administration has to say in Reagan Would Not Repeat Amnesty Mistake.