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June 05, 2004

ronald reagan

I've been watching some of the tributes to Ronald Reagan on TV this evening and I've found a lot to think about and a lot to remember. I truly believe that he was the greastest President I've seen in my lifetime, and that's 52 years.

Was he perfect? Not hardly. But who is? I didn't believe that we should have cut and run in Lebanon after the barracks bombing. I didn't believe that Reagan should have listened to lying Democrats and signed a back-door tax hike on the promise that Congress would cut $2 in spending for every $1 in increased revenue. I didn't believe that he handled Iran-Contra very well, although I see that affair as a tempest in a teapot and far less damaging to the country than Bill Clinton giving nuke material to North Korea, selling secrets to Red China or ignoring Osama Bin Laden the way he did.

I also remember the reign of Jimmy Carter. Those were dark days for this country. Double-digit inflation, a stagnant job market, 18% interest rates and a general "malaise." Carter laid the groundwork for the problems we face in the Middle East today with his neglect of the military, his policies of appeasement and his total betrayal of the Shah of Iran. But he personally booked the White House tennis courts. Whatta man.

Reagan was like a breath of fresh air after a long time underground. His optimism, his wit and his patriotism were refreshing to me. I also agreed with his idea that "a rising tide lifts all boats." During the brief recession of 1991, Bill Clinton mastered the ability to curl his lip and sneer about "trickle-down economics" as if someone were pissing on every taxpayer in the nation. But trickle-down economics worked and Bill Clinton floated HIS boat on Reagan's tide.

I've read Reagan's letters and I know that NO ONE could write such eloquent words without believing them. He was an intelligent man and a wonderful speaker. Sure, he was an actor and trained to perform before a camera, but he also performed from the heart. Bill Clinton performed like a TV evangalist.
If you can't see the difference between those two, I feel sorry for you. You have no soul.

Reagan restored the United States to greatness. He ended the Cold War, and when he told Gorbachov "Tear down this wall," he meant it. The wall fell and so did the Soviet Empire, which WAS EVIL, even if nobody but Reagan had the balls to say it.

Maybe that's what I really liked about Reagan. The man carried a full set of stones and that fact was obvious to me. I believe that the fact was obvious to other world leaders, too. Reagan said what he meant and he meant what he said. That quality scares the shit out of some people because they are so unaccustomed to seeing it in a successful politician. Reagan could schmooze with the best of them, but he always let people know who was Tall Dog.

He brought back respect to this country. He brought back prosperity. He resurrected American pride. He will have my eternal gratitude for making me happy to say that I voted TWICE for him.

I loved the man.

Comments

Do a Google News search for Danny Glover.

I bet you can't keep from using the n-word when you read his vile, insane rant.

It makes you wonder what mind-vomit the AP left out of his speech.

Posted by: Laurence Simon on June 5, 2004 08:51 PM

I cancelled my long-distance contract with MCI because of Danny Glover. But I'm not going to use the N-word.

He's just an asshole.

Posted by: Acidman on June 5, 2004 09:19 PM

Nice essay. Nice to know that others feel what I feel. This was the first time a politician's death has ever made me cry. Reagan saved this nation. My chief regret is that I only came of voting age in time to support GHW Bush in 88.

Posted by: Chris on June 5, 2004 09:25 PM

Rob,
Danny Glover aside, that was a beautiful post full of truth and focus. A raised glass to Ronald Reagan and Acidman.

Posted by: Patrick on June 5, 2004 09:27 PM

Yes.
Here, Here!

Posted by: JMFlynny on June 5, 2004 09:43 PM

I was at the Reagan Library yesterday. What a coincidence, my daughter's class was there competing in a "We the People" constitutional debate.

I walked by a display commemerating his stand against the air traffic controllers union during their strike early in his first Presidency. His exact words, upon firing all striking controllers for breaking the law: "now people know what to expect from me; I say what I mean, and I mean what I say". I believe the world came to know the truth of those words, and was better for it.

Ole

Posted by: Ole Eichhorn on June 5, 2004 09:46 PM

I feel bad for those to young to remember but this is a good way to keep his memory...Lovely post..
:hugs:to:you Trease

Posted by: Trease on June 5, 2004 10:25 PM

I was in the Navy at that time. And what a change. Durring Carter, my ex was working for the feds. We both thought we would be at least one paycheck shy when his last budget battle was literally going to cause the government to "go broke". They got smart enough to pay the military, but her check was held up better than a week. President Reagan was a much needed breath of fresh air. God bless Reagan may he rest easy at long last.

Posted by: Guy S. on June 5, 2004 10:27 PM

Amen! Very well put.

Posted by: Brandy on June 6, 2004 02:06 AM

I voted for him and very proudly staked his sign outside my apartment in Houston. I use to snicker on Nancy's Just Say No to drugs Campaign when the whole whole knew Patti was a doper. That didn't mean I didn't admire her for trying and I certainly admire their long lasting and loving marriage. They truly loved one another and that's admirable.

Posted by: Lexia on June 6, 2004 08:55 AM

Ronald Reagan will go down in U.S. History as one of the greatest Presidents and perhaps THE greatest!
What kind of legacy will Danny Glover leave for America? Do you think he will be written about in American History? You all know the answer to that. He's not worth the price of a shotgun shell to blow his fucking head off.

Posted by: BUCK on June 6, 2004 12:02 PM

What a great post for Dutch! Nice work. I too raised a glass to Acidman and Ronald Wilson Reagan. May you both grace the front of the $10 bill someday.

Posted by: Florida Bill on June 8, 2004 11:50 AM
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