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The Republican hardliners who rushed the U.S. Congress in 2010, taking the legislative process hostage, are inspired by former president Ronald Reagan. For them, he symbolizes a time when tax cuts equated to jobs and America’s economic might ruled the world.

It’s a flawed world view, which is apparent to the majority of Americans who live outside these lawmakers’ gerrymandered districts. As the Tea Party Republicans pump themselves up for diplomatic battle with Mr. Reagan’s old foe, Russia, they are about to learn that American influence isn’t what it was in 1984.

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