Thursday, February 14, 2008

A dose of Reagan to treat what ails us

I admit, I'm growing more and more apathetic about the apparent choices for president. No originality, all fit pretty squarely in to the Democratic mold (including McCain), and their speaking is uninspiring.

To give some brief relief to my apathy I spent some time listening to Ronald Reagan speeches and interviews. The one posted above focuses on his wit, and boy did he have one.

I'm not necessarily a "Reaganite", but I did admire his leadership ability, statesmanship, and general governing philosophy.

3 comments:

Frontier Forest said...

How absolutely refreshing if Reagan could be here today to calm down some of the harsh political rhetoric with his wit and humor! While watching this 5 minute snippet, with every bit of wit I had to smile, with the humor, a big laugh. No doubt the speech that will always be remembered was that one that was almost stopped from being spoken. The most dangerous and yet most famous line of all his speeches. The one demanding line that all his writers, staff and entourage told Reagan to omit. Thank the Lord, he refused! On June 12, 1987, standing at the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin, Germany, Reagan delivered his speech to the people of West Berlin, yet it was also audible on the East side of the Berlin wall. “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

pjw said...

I agree with you, Tony. As Christians, I think we are going to have to trust that God is Sovereign and will work through whoever is elected.

Rick Calohan said...

Ronald Reagan was President of the United States from January 20, 1981-January 20, 1989. I had just turned 14 and was in the 8th grade. I have always loved history and part of the love was reading the biographies of many presidents. Back then, I read everything that that was available on FDR, Truman, and Kennedy. Being stuck in the public schools and being an avid watcher of the three networks news cast ABC, CBS, & NBC I thought if we did not wake up to a nuclear holocaust that my senior class trip was going to be in either Nicaragua or El Salvador. I was the epitome of a liberal Democrat and proud of it. Even though at the time I disagreed with him on many things, I always had great respect for President Reagan. His wit, his humor, his charm, and his great charisma helped lead our nation through some of its darkest hours. One of the many things I cherish is a letter he wrote to me. I had written to him regarding his policy on workfare. I agreed it would be wonderful to give those who had no jobs who were depended on welfare an opportunity to give back to their communities and to their country. To be 15 years old and to receive a letter from the President of the United States even if it may have been by a staffer but after learning more about Ronald Reagan, I think it had to have come from him.

The letter albeit very short, and only a paragraph reads:

September 15, 1982

Dear Richard:

Thank you for taking the time to let me know of your friendship and support. The views and suggestions of our nation’s young people are important to me, and I thank you for sharing your ideas with me.

With my best wishes,

Sincerely,

Ronald Reagan

My dad who had for a time worked on the printing presses with the Kansas City Police Department looked at that letter carefully and said, “Son that is no automated signature, that is President Reagan’s signature and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.”

To view my letter from President Reagan

http://www.flickr.com/photos/calohan/763866539/sizes/l/in/set-72157600738638977/


Well, I am 41 now, and I am a conservative, and a Republican, and like Ronald Reagan, I did not leave the Democratic Party, it left me. It left me back in 1994. Senator McCain may not be another Ronald Reagan, but just as God’s Divine Providence has given us Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, TR, FDR, Truman, Ike, Kennedy, and Reagan, and dare I say it a George W. Bush, it is my prayer that the side that is pro-life, for a stronger defense, for lower taxes, for balanced budgets, and believes that a government that governs least governs best shall prevail.

To find out more on What Ronald Reagan Would Do? Visit the Heritage Foundation

http://wwrdheritage.org/

Or his Presidential Library

http://www.reaganlibrary.org/

Ronald Reagan was President of the United States from January 20, 1981-January 20, 1989. I had just turned 14 and was in the 8th grade. I have always loved history and part of the love was reading the biographies of many presidents. Back then, I read everything that that was available on FDR, Truman, and Kennedy. Being stuck in the public schools and being an avid watcher of the three networks news cast ABC, CBS, & NBC I thought if we did not wake up to a nuclear holocaust that my senior class trip was going to be in either Nicaragua or El Salvador. I was the epitome of a liberal Democrat and proud of it. Even though at the time I disagreed with him on many things, I always had great respect for President Reagan. His wit, his humor, his charm, and his great charisma helped lead our nation through some of its darkest hours. One of the many things I cherish is a letter he wrote to me. I had written to him regarding his policy on workfare. I agreed it would be wonderful to give those who had no jobs who were depended on welfare an opportunity to give back to their communities and to their country. To be 15 years old and to receive a letter from the President of the United States even if it may have been by a staffer but after learning more about Ronald Reagan, I think it had to have come from him.

The letter albeit very short, and only a paragraph reads:

September 15, 1982

Dear Richard:

Thank you for taking the time to let me know of your friendship and support. The views and suggestions of our nation’s young people are important to me, and I thank you for sharing your ideas with me.

With my best wishes,

Sincerely,

Ronald Reagan

My dad who had for a time worked on the printing presses with the Kansas City Police Department looked at that letter carefully and said, “Son that is no automated signature, that is President Reagan’s signature and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.”

To view my letter from President Reagan

http://www.flickr.com/photos/calohan/763866539/sizes/l/in/set-72157600738638977/


Well, I am 41 now, and I am a conservative, and a Republican, and like Ronald Reagan, I did not leave the Democratic Party, it left me. It left me back in 1994. Senator McCain may not be another Ronald Reagan, but just as God’s Divine Providence has given us Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, TR, FDR, Truman, Ike, Kennedy, and Reagan, and dare I say it a George W. Bush, it is my prayer that the side that is pro-life, for a stronger defense, for lower taxes, for balanced budgets, and believes that a government that governs least governs best shall prevail.

To find out more on What Ronald Reagan Would Do? Visit the Heritage Foundation

http://wwrdheritage.org/

Or his Presidential Library

http://www.reaganlibrary.org/

I am proud to say that he was my Commander in Chief from October 17, 1985 January 20, 1989 and that his Vice President George H.W. Bush was my Commander in Chief from January 20, 1989 - March 30, 1992. I am a Reagan Republican, and proudly display my commemorative California GIPPER license plate on my Reagan Mobile.