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My Tribute to Ronald Reagan, The Gipper
JEFFHEAD.COM ^ | June 5, 2004 | Jeff Head

Posted on 06/05/2004 3:05:55 PM PDT by Jeff Head

My Tribute to Ronlad Reagan, The Gipper

These are my feelings at the passing of a truly great American...one that history will show whose life and service to this nation we were all tremendously priveleged to have personally witnessed.

Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) was simply the greatest President in my lifetime, and I believe the greatest President of the 1900's. Probably among the greatest three Presidents this nation has ever had.

He epitomized the traditional American spirit of positive, can-do attitude, reliance on fundamental moral principle eminating from faith in God, dedication to the principles of individual liberty and a commitment to the soveriegnty and independence of this great, free Republic we call the United States of America.

His foreign policy "brought down the wall" and curtailed one of the greatest menaces to freedom the world has ever known. Contrary to revisionist and liberals/marxists/socialists who would want to bestow some of that glory and honor on the likes of Gorby...the world knows...God knows...that it was Ronald Reagan and his drive and vision that ended that particular incarnation of the Evil Empire. History shall record it so.

His economic policy turned the misery index into a boom for American industry and into personal opportunities for growth for the individual American citizen. I lived through Carter's misery index, having gotten married as a young 22 year old during that disasterous administration...and having grown up seeing the Rockafeller Republican mechanisms before Reagan...I personally saw and lived through the unbelievable difference Ronald Reagan made.

We were proud of our nation, proud of ourselves, proud of the flag and proud to be called American citizens under Ronald Reagan. His enthusiasm was contaiguos...his optimism was inspriring and his ability to communicate and get even many who did not initially agree with him to come around to the "American" way of thinking was legend.

In some ways I feel as though a sterling light, a great shining beacon on a hill has gone out...even though his administration ended years ago.

Despite that, his influence has remained...and it is now up to us to ensure it continues.

We have several challenges in our time...the great challenge of terrorism based on Islamofascism and the even worse evil (IMHO) of one of its chief abettors and manipulators for its use against America...another evil empire in our time, the Red Chinese and those globalists who are enabling them. We also have the even more insidious challenge of the continued encroachment on personal liberty, on our national soveriegnty and independence that many enemies and sappers amongst us, within our own perimeter, us continue to foist on our Republic. They do it under many names, in the name of the UN, NGO's, globalism, choice for death, so called third ways that are nothing more or less that the way of tyrants past and present, Environmentalism, sustainable habitats that are in reality controlled habitats...and the list goes on and on. I pray we can follow in Reagan's footsteps and resolutely meet these challenge head-on as the Gipper did.

God bless and rest you Ronald Reagan...and God comfort and keep you Nancy.


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FYI...my thoughts at the time of the passing of this great man.

Jeff

1 posted on 06/05/2004 3:05:56 PM PDT by Jeff Head
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To: joanie-f; Dukie; Squantos; JohnHuang2; k.trujillo; Travis McGee; jim macomber; Critter; Lurker; ...

My thoughts on this great man.


2 posted on 06/05/2004 3:06:46 PM PDT by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com - The next World War)
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To: Jeff Head


3 posted on 06/05/2004 3:09:12 PM PDT by perfect stranger
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To: Jeff Head

With the perspective lent by the passage of time, Ronald Reagan's presidency casts an ever-larger shadow over his underlings.


4 posted on 06/05/2004 3:10:04 PM PDT by luvbach1 (In the know on the border)
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To: Jeff Head
Great post, Jeff.

Farewell, Mr. Reagan. May God bless you and keep you.


5 posted on 06/05/2004 3:10:05 PM PDT by Joe Brower (The Constitution defines Conservatism.)
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To: Jeff Head

Jeff, the light will just be brighter now; just think of all the people who will just be learning about Reagan.

Good thoughts.


6 posted on 06/05/2004 3:10:21 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Jeff Head

The sentiment is lovely, but you spelled his name wrong above the pic.

Also, he was *President* Ronald Reagan and respectfully should be addressed as such.

(In my humble opinion)


7 posted on 06/05/2004 3:11:11 PM PDT by Velveeta ("Do what's right......because it's right." President Ronald Reagan)
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To: Jeff Head
HIGH FLIGHT

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds -- and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of -- wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long, delirious burning blue,
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew.
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

--John Gillespie Magee, Jr. (1922-1941)


8 posted on 06/05/2004 3:11:16 PM PDT by AntiGuv (When the countdown hits zero - something's gonna happen..)
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To: perfect stranger

May he rest in Peace....the Peace that passeth all understanding.


9 posted on 06/05/2004 3:12:05 PM PDT by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com - The next World War)
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To: Jeff Head

A truly great man is gone! But will never be forgotten!


10 posted on 06/05/2004 3:12:30 PM PDT by Chapita (There are none so blind as those who refuse to see! Santana)
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To: luvbach1

Amen...spot on.


11 posted on 06/05/2004 3:12:36 PM PDT by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com - The next World War)
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To: Jeff Head

The correct flag etiquette for the death of a president or former President is to fly the flag at Half-mast for 30 days.


12 posted on 06/05/2004 3:13:41 PM PDT by sgtbono2002 (I aint wrong, I aint sorry , and I am probably going to do it again.)
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To: Jeff Head
Great tribute! Thanks for posting!

WFTR
Bill

13 posted on 06/05/2004 3:14:03 PM PDT by WFTR (Liberty isn't for cowards)
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To: Joe Brower
Thanks Joe...I know that God will keep and rest Ronald Reagan. His death marks the passing of a truly great man and a bright spot in a world so filled with darkness.

May we, in our turn, do our all to shine the light of truth and brighten it up to whatever degree lies within our power.

14 posted on 06/05/2004 3:14:23 PM PDT by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com - The next World War)
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To: Jeff Head

A fitting tribute Jeff, good on ya for this.


15 posted on 06/05/2004 3:15:01 PM PDT by eastforker (The color of justice is green,just ask Johny Cochran!)
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To: Howlin

Well, I know five kids and now three grandkids who will learn the truth of this great man.


16 posted on 06/05/2004 3:15:17 PM PDT by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com - The next World War)
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To: Velveeta

I'll correct that spelling on my page.
<p.
Thanks for pointing it out.


17 posted on 06/05/2004 3:15:42 PM PDT by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com - The next World War)
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To: Jeff Head

You're welcome.

The rest is beautiful and fitting.


18 posted on 06/05/2004 3:16:30 PM PDT by Velveeta ("Do what's right......because it's right." President Ronald Reagan)
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To: Jeff Head

I've got at least ten children and grandchildren covered!

We can do it......one person at a time.


19 posted on 06/05/2004 3:16:57 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: AntiGuv; Luis Gonzalez
Thanks for that lovely pom.

Where never lark, or even eagle flew.

Luis...I have bookmarked a thread from some time ago by you with this same name. It just reminded me of that great post.

20 posted on 06/05/2004 3:19:22 PM PDT by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com - The next World War)
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To: Chapita

You are spot on with that one my friend, he shall never be forgotten.


21 posted on 06/05/2004 3:19:58 PM PDT by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com - The next World War)
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To: WFTR

You are welcome.


22 posted on 06/05/2004 3:20:42 PM PDT by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com - The next World War)
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To: Jeff Head

Nicely done, Jeff.
My flag flies on a 6-8 foor pole at an angle from the front of the house and is not adjustable so I had to do a quick reqorking of it since it wasn't set up to fly at half staff. But it is now.
This loss is personal, not the least of which reason is the near despair I felt for my country after the Carter years and the constant diminishment of us, the citizenry, by the person who was supposed to lead. This President did indeed lift us up. Jeff, he gave us back the country we all loved and were losing. What greater gift?


23 posted on 06/05/2004 3:24:51 PM PDT by jim macomber (Author: "Bargained for Exchange", "Art & Part", "A Grave Breach" http://www.jamesmacomber.com)
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To: Jeff Head

Let's Win One for the Gipper

Notre Dame Football Coach ROCKNE:
Well, boys ... I'm going to tell you something I've kept to myself for years -- None of you ever knew George Gipp. It was long before your time.
But you know what a tradition he is at Notre Dame... And the last thing he said to me -- "Rock," he said -
"sometime, when the team is up against it -- and the breaks are beating the boys -- tell them to go out there with all they got and win just one for the Gipper. I don't know where I'll be then, Rock", he said -"but I'll know about it - and I'll be happy."

There is a hushed stillness as Rockne and the crowd of boys look at each other.

PLAYER # 12: Well, what are we waiting for?
With a single roar, the players rushed through the doorway.


24 posted on 06/05/2004 3:25:19 PM PDT by garjog
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To: Jeff Head

I was ten when he dabated Mondale. I watched it on TV (I started following politics early in life) and I still remember the following one liners:

"There you go again."
"Some people are going to try to make age an issue in this campaign. But I will not hold my oppoonent's youth and inexperience against him."

Viva President Ronald Reagan!


25 posted on 06/05/2004 3:26:10 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Reagan - The 1st anti-terror president.)
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To: Jeff Head
My tribute will be later this evening. I've been practicing, knowing this day would come, and at dusk, I'll be in my front yard playing this (badly, but with all my heart and soul) in President Reagan's honor.

 
26 posted on 06/05/2004 3:27:08 PM PDT by hispanarepublicana (Mr. Fox, give us our water!!!)
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To: Jeff Head

The good that men do lives after them. A wonderful tribute, Jeff. Thank you.


27 posted on 06/05/2004 3:29:31 PM PDT by Eastbound ("Ne'er a scrooge or a patsy be.")
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To: Jeff Head

Well done.


28 posted on 06/05/2004 3:31:24 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: perfect stranger; Jeff Head
Thanks!

perfect stranger: Precious!!

29 posted on 06/05/2004 3:31:25 PM PDT by Boxsford
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To: Jeff Head

Thank you Jeff for that wonderful tribute! I think the photo that you selected truly represents the spirit of the man.


30 posted on 06/05/2004 3:32:20 PM PDT by TrueBeliever9 (Life is uncertain. Ride your best horse first. Unknown but sounds like John Wayne.)
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To: Jeff Head
Beautifully stated, good buddy. Thanks for the ping.

God bless and rest you Ronald Reagan...and God comfort and keep you Nancy.

Amen.

31 posted on 06/05/2004 3:32:31 PM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: Jeff Head

32 posted on 06/05/2004 3:33:49 PM PDT by John Lenin
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To: Jeff Head; xm177e2; mercy; Wait4Truth; hole_n_one; GretchenEE; Clinton's a rapist; buffyt; ...

Drive-by mega ping for a very worthy thread.


33 posted on 06/05/2004 3:33:49 PM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: Jeff Head
I can't say it any better than you did.

What a blessing he was to this country, indeed, to this world. He set the bar high and I am grateful that I was alive during his presidency.

We know that it is a blessing that he has been called Home. May he rest in peace and may God comfort his family, his friends and this country as we morn his passing.

34 posted on 06/05/2004 3:33:52 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (Lori)
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To: Boxsford

Brings a tear to my eye.


35 posted on 06/05/2004 3:34:03 PM PDT by perfect stranger
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To: Jeff Head
I remember when Reagan was shot..I was in the 9th grade. I will always remember that he joked to Nancy.."Honey, I forgot to duck."

What a man he was...a true American hero.

Okay..I am tearing up here.

36 posted on 06/05/2004 3:35:29 PM PDT by GulfWar1Vet (MidMO FReepers! See www.hometown.aol.com/MidMOFreeper for FreeRepublic Chapter of Mid-Missouri...)
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To: Jeff Head

Thanks Jeff.


37 posted on 06/05/2004 3:36:16 PM PDT by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul.)
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To: Jeff Head


President Reagan's last day saluting as he boards the helicopter at the U.S. Capitol, Washington, DC. 1/20/88

38 posted on 06/05/2004 3:36:29 PM PDT by John Lenin
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Thanks for the ping. Already on it. Sniff!


39 posted on 06/05/2004 3:38:25 PM PDT by areafiftyone (Democrats = the hamster is dead but the wheel is still spinning)
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To: eastforker

Thank you...my few words are glaringly inadequate...at a time like this almost any words, regardless of eloqunce, are inadequate...but they are what is in my heart and the best I can utter at this time.


40 posted on 06/05/2004 3:39:13 PM PDT by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com - The next World War)
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To: JohnHuang2

THE CIC AND HIS MEN


41 posted on 06/05/2004 3:39:44 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: Jeff Head

The last great president (no offense President Bush) has passed into God's waiting arms. May he be blessed in his eternal reward, and may his family know God's love and peace in their time of sorrow.


42 posted on 06/05/2004 3:40:08 PM PDT by pctech
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To: Jeff Head

First president I ever voted for and will forever be proud of my vote. We will miss you greatly. God Bless President Reagan. Rest in Peace with the Angels for you surely are one of them.


43 posted on 06/05/2004 3:40:58 PM PDT by areafiftyone (Democrats = the hamster is dead but the wheel is still spinning)
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To: Jeff Head

Thanks, Jeff... God bless.


45 posted on 06/05/2004 3:44:19 PM PDT by backhoe (-30-)
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To: Howlin

Exactly! Muitliply that by millions and the work proceeds at a rapid pace.


46 posted on 06/05/2004 3:44:45 PM PDT by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com - The next World War)
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To: Jeff Head
...[that] sterling light, [that] great shining beacon on a hill has gone out.

No it hasn't, Jeff, because the entire meaning and purpose of Ronald Reagan's public life was to make sure it didn't. He was there to "pass the torch"; from "the Greatest Generation" to its descendants two generations "behind." God bless Ronald Reagan for his intelligence, wisdom, humanity, and undeniable ability in the highest executive office on the face of this planet. He literally changed the dynamics of the world, for the better -- in the interests of liberty, peace, and justice.

But we must not fail to recognize the fact that Ronald Reagan, when things got dicey, got plenty of help from like-minded friends -- Prime Minister of Great Britain Margaret Thatcher; and His Holiness the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, John Paul II. May God bless all of these extraordinary human beings.

Somehow I'm tempted to feel that Ronald Reagan's passing leaves the world the poorer. He was a man of principle and impeccable devotion to the ideas that made and make America a truly great country and society.

But then I think, judging by his record which is now history, he did successfully manage to "pass the baton" to succeeding generations. If that is so then, God willing, America will persist and flourish for yet another 200 years.

God Bless America. And God Bless Ronald Reagan.

47 posted on 06/05/2004 3:45:21 PM PDT by betty boop (The purpose of marriage is to civilize men, protect women, and raise children. -- William Bennett)
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To: jim macomber
Thanks, Jim. He did indeed restore pride and faith and love for our country...at a time when the other side had laid us very low indeed.

God's hand was with Ronald Reagan IMHO...and still is, only now it is grasping his and pulling him into a warm embrace.

49 posted on 06/05/2004 3:46:34 PM PDT by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com - The next World War)
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To: Jeff Head
You are so right.

I made my first visit to the USA in 1985. I was welcomed by President Reagan's cheerful face in the passageway at JFK. Just that made me feel that there was something special in the air.

And then; the bouncing, positive attitude that I found everywhere I traveled. The country was positively buzzing.

Not at all what you had been expected to find, if you watched the broadcast news in Sweden or Britain. And certainly not the malaise that we had been used to associate with the US ever since the Vietnam war, Watergate, Carter etc.

Instead it was the "can do" mentality of the US of the late 1800s which had lasted to the Kennedy years, and now reinvented by the Reagan revolution after some sad decades.

Ronald Reagan was truly a Great American, and thus, a great man. It is a sad day when such a man passes away, but we have to console ourselves with the fact that we have been blessed with his presence.

ScaniaBoy
50 posted on 06/05/2004 3:48:05 PM PDT by ScaniaBoy (Part of the Right Wing Research & Attack Machine)
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