Sunday, February 06, 2011

Reagan at 100

I have loved Ronald Reagan since I was 9 years old. He has been a true inspiration in my life. Though, we never met, he has meant so much to me in my life, as an American and a conservative Republican - more than any other public figure. Though he's been gone for over 6 years now, he hasn't been forgotten. He was a true leader. A true statesman. A great American. He provided so much wisdom to American political culture. He was so popular and is still popular today. It simply amazes me that politicians don't heed the warnings he gave. They don't follow the example he set. They don't learn the lessons he taught us. Of course, he was special. One of our truly greatest presidents. Even the statist Obama is trying to emulate him. Of course, that commie is simply trying to emulate Reagan's style, not his substance. I doubt he'll pull it off because he doesn't believe it. It's a ploy...but I digress.

Ronald Reagan was a great man. Today marks the 100th Anniversary of his birth. We all should be grateful for the leadership he provided. When he became president America was in a dark hour. It isn't that he "saved us." Reagan would never think such a thing and neither will I. However, he did shine the light on the path that would make us more free, more stable and better off than when he took office. His way also liberated millions around the globe. He should get credit for leading the way.

Right now, America is in another dark hour and the country is seemingly headed down the toilet due to statist policies and weakness on the foreign stage. Many want to see another Reagan come in and save us. That won't happen. Reagan was one of a kind. Hopefully, America will get some new leaders that lead us the way and pick up where Reagan left off in understanding the perils of big government, but it's just as likely that we'll get another Bush or worse, Obama. But, again, I digress.

The point is that Reagan was one of a kind and we were damn lucky that he was born 100 years ago and grew to be the great leader he was. We're not always so lucky. Usually, we're not.

Happy Birthday, Ronald Reagan. We still miss you, but are grateful for the life you lead and the wisdom you left behind. Thank you so much.