Monday, June 07, 2004

President Reagan

President Reagan has left our shining city on a hill to go on to an even shinier city. The greatest of the cold warriors, we have him to thank for the freedoms we all enjoy today. Millions of people the world over, particularly in Eastern Europe, enjoy freedom today because of President Reagan's legacy. Rush said today that they should all be listed as survivors in President Regan's obituary.

President Reagan stood up and declared what was right and drew a hard line in the sand. He declared war on the Evil Empire when democrats, liberals, and appeasers, wanted to ignore or befriend the murderous monster from the east. President Reagan was a moral man and had no qualms about speaking of God and the need for God in our great country. Always gracious, always good natured, but always serious and ready to get the job done when a problem presented itself. The left hated President Reagan for all he stood for, he wasn't smart enough or experienced enough to be President. Sound familiar?

One of my most treasured material possessions is a signed note from President Reagan I received when I became an Eagle Scout. I might not even be a Republican today if it wasn't for the impact President Reagan had on me as a young man in high school. I remember editorial comments on TV and in the papers about President Reagan's "staged" press conferences and speeches: the flags waving in the foreground, the backdrops of great American landmarks as he spoke ... but those things all had an impact on me. I saw a strong leader with a clear vision.

I suppose that is why I am such a strong supporter of President Bush. President Bush is the first president since Ronald Reagan to stir those same feelings in me. President Bush has declared war on terror, in spite of calls from the left for appeasement and negotiation. I remember the threat of the cold war and growing up under the fear that a nuke at Wright Patt would vaporize me one day while I was at school; however, I honestly believe that as important as it was for us to win that cold war, the threat posed by Islamic fundamentalism and radicalism is even more serious to our freedoms and our way of life. You see, while communism had no god and no emotional rallying cry for their cause, the radical Islamic movement is able to stir their people to action by invoking the name of Allah. People with a cause will fight much more fiercely than those without. Just as President Reagan knew that he had been placed in a special place at a special time for a certain purpose, President Bush knows he has a specific mission – more important than any of the other issues of the day: To defeat terrorism and beat radical Islam back to the desert it crawled out of.

Thank you for your vision and your legacy, President Reagan. God Bless you.

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