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Happy Birthday Ronald Wilson Reagan
various | Feb 5 2006 | Self

Posted on 02/05/2006 6:56:29 PM PST by al baby

Ronald Reagan Fortieth President 1981-1989

Born: February 6, 1911, in Tampico, Illinois

Died: June 5, 2004 in Bel-Air, California

Married to Nancy Davis Reagan

At the end of his two terms in office, Ronald Reagan viewed with satisfaction the achievements of his innovative program known as the Reagan Revolution, which aimed to reinvigorate the American people and reduce their reliance upon Government. He felt he had fulfilled his campaign pledge of 1980 to restore "the great, confident roar of American progress and growth and optimism."

On February 6, 1911, Ronald Wilson Reagan was born to Nelle and John Reagan in Tampico, Illinois. He attended high school in nearby Dixon and then worked his way through Eureka College. There, he studied economics and sociology, played on the football team, and acted in school plays. Upon graduation, he became a radio sports announcer. A screen test in 1937 won him a contract in Hollywood. During the next two decades he appeared in 53 films.

From his first marriage to actress Jane Wyman, he had two children, Maureen and Michael. Maureen passed away in 2001. In 1952 he married Nancy Davis, who was also an actress, and they had two children, Patricia Ann and Ronald Prescott.

As president of the Screen Actors Guild, Reagan became embroiled in disputes over the issue of Communism in the film industry; his political views shifted from liberal to conservative. He toured the country as a television host, becoming a spokesman for conservatism. In 1966 he was elected Governor of California by a margin of a million votes; he was re-elected in 1970.

Ronald Reagan won the Republican Presidential nomination in 1980 and chose as his running mate former Texas Congressman and United Nations Ambassador George Bush. Voters troubled by inflation and by the year-long confinement of Americans in Iran swept the Republican ticket into office. Reagan won 489 electoral votes to 49 for President Jimmy Carter.

On January 20, 1981, Reagan took office. Only 69 days later he was shot by a would-be assassin, but quickly recovered and returned to duty. His grace and wit during the dangerous incident caused his popularity to soar.

Dealing skillfully with Congress, Reagan obtained legislation to stimulate economic growth, curb inflation, increase employment, and strengthen national defense. He embarked upon a course of cutting taxes and Government expenditures, refusing to deviate from it when the strengthening of defense forces led to a large deficit.

A renewal of national self-confidence by 1984 helped Reagan and Bush win a second term with an unprecedented number of electoral votes. Their victory turned away Democratic challengers Walter F. Mondale and Geraldine Ferraro.

In 1986 Reagan obtained an overhaul of the income tax code, which eliminated many deductions and exempted millions of people with low incomes. At the end of his administration, the Nation was enjoying its longest recorded period of peacetime prosperity without recession or depression.

In foreign policy, Reagan sought to achieve "peace through strength." During his two terms he increased defense spending 35 percent, but sought to improve relations with the Soviet Union. In dramatic meetings with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, he negotiated a treaty that would eliminate intermediate-range nuclear missiles. Reagan declared war against international terrorism, sending American bombers against Libya after evidence came out that Libya was involved in an attack on American soldiers in a West Berlin nightclub.

By ordering naval escorts in the Persian Gulf, he maintained the free flow of oil during the Iran-Iraq war. In keeping with the Reagan Doctrine, he gave support to anti-Communist insurgencies in Central America, Asia, and Africa.

Overall, the Reagan years saw a restoration of prosperity, and the goal of peace through strength seemed to be within grasp.


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God bless you President Reagan My Family and I thank you You left this world imeasurably better than when you got here
1 posted on 02/05/2006 6:56:30 PM PST by al baby
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To: al baby

One of the Greats.


2 posted on 02/05/2006 6:57:38 PM PST by Rocko (Liberals -- they have a compassion you always hear about, but never witness.)
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To: al baby
Amen!

Happy Birthday Mr. President. RIP, and may God's hallowed hand keep you.

A TRIBUTE TO RONALD REAGAN

3 posted on 02/05/2006 6:58:39 PM PST by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com)
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To: al baby

Happy birthday, Dutch.


4 posted on 02/05/2006 6:59:04 PM PST by ConservativeStatement
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

"My plan is simple - We win,they lose!"


5 posted on 02/05/2006 7:00:19 PM PST by spanalot
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To: al baby
Happy birthday, up there. We miss ya.
6 posted on 02/05/2006 7:00:50 PM PST by Number57 (Badly worded, but heartfelt)
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To: al baby
God Bless Ronald Regan.

God blessed us for having him as our president.

7 posted on 02/05/2006 7:02:20 PM PST by kstewskis (Buy Danish!)
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To: al baby

We need an addition to Mt. Rushmore.

Just for him.


8 posted on 02/05/2006 7:03:26 PM PST by exit82 (Congressional Democrats---treasonously stuck on stupid.)
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To: exit82

Screw that give him is own mountain


9 posted on 02/05/2006 7:04:00 PM PST by al baby (Father of the Beeber)
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To: al baby
Happy birthday Gipper. Wish you could come back and straighten out some things that have slipped a bit since you were in charge!!!

Could you please send us another angel to clean up the mess CA's in... please!!!

10 posted on 02/05/2006 7:05:24 PM PST by SierraWasp (GovernMental EnvironMentalism... America's establishment of it's unconstitutional State Religion!!!)
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To: spanalot

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."


11 posted on 02/05/2006 7:06:50 PM PST by ConservativeStatement
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To: al baby

Amen to that!!!


12 posted on 02/05/2006 7:11:22 PM PST by RockinRight (Attention RNC...we're the party of Reagan, not FDR...)
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To: al baby

Happy birthday and God bless you Ronald Wilson Reagan. He's the greatest President of my lifetime, and I wish so much that he was President TODAY! He would lead us through these times far better than our President George W.Bush (though God bless him too). It's just a wish, only a wish, but I wish Ronald Reagan was our leader today.


13 posted on 02/05/2006 7:18:32 PM PST by pallmallman
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To: al baby

Amen to that!


14 posted on 02/05/2006 7:19:17 PM PST by pallmallman
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To: Diva Betsy Ross; 4CJ; A CA Guy; abigail2; AgThorn; Alia; alisasny; an amused spectator; ...

Sorry if you're already here ping!

The President of the United States is the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the United States. The president is in charge of preserving, protecting, and defending the Constitution of the United States of America. It is the President of the United States’ job to dispatch soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines to resolve small conflicts in peacekeeping efforts. No one person is more important to the U.S. Military than the president. He will decide their fate in deployments throughout the world. The U.S. President must be strong, decisive, defiant, patriotic, and optimistic. He must exemplify the behavior for his very soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and coast guard members to have under his command. The Commander-in-Chief must represent America in the finest traditions of the Founding Fathers, as if they were looking down upon him from above.

On June 6, 2004, America lost President Ronald Reagan. There was no greater president in the twentieth century than Ronald Reagan. He personified patriotism and all that America stood for. He conquered the Soviet Union, crushing the “Evil Empire,” and loosening the communist jaws on the European continent without firing a single shot. He battled Russia, making critical strategic moves without launching a single missile or invading a single country. President Reagan’s policies allowed America to flourish while overcoming an enemy bent on taking over the world.

Liberals will argue that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the greatest president of the twentieth century. After all, he did when World War II, fighting in two theaters of war. In reminder, President Ronald Reagan won a thirty-year Cold War with minimal loss of life. He fought a seemingly endless battle with the liberal media against him, always remaining the optimist. He kept America safe with the looming threat of Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles pointed at American citizens, while liberals chanted, “You can’t do that. You’re going to end the world.” He built the largest military in U.S. History and America stood strong against the ugly, Soviet Bear.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1152626/posts


15 posted on 02/05/2006 7:22:56 PM PST by writer33 (Rush Limbaugh walks in the footsteps of giants: George Washington, Thomas Paine and Ronald Reagan.)
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To: al baby

Happy Birthday, Mr. President.

God bless you and thank you.


16 posted on 02/05/2006 7:23:34 PM PST by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: writer33

SUPER BOWL!Q


17 posted on 02/05/2006 7:24:35 PM PST by beyond the sea (Cal Thomas: If only Robert Bork had cried ...................)
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To: al baby

Can anyone help me with the Electoral College vote in '84?


18 posted on 02/05/2006 7:25:48 PM PST by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: writer33

Want to honor Ronald Reagan by "folding"? WATCH THIS

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Then JOIN us!
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19 posted on 02/05/2006 7:27:28 PM PST by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: writer33; al baby
Happy Birthday and May God Bless the greatest President in my lifetime, Ronald Reagan.

And May God Bless all those who carry on!

20 posted on 02/05/2006 7:29:40 PM PST by SouthTexas (2006 will be a very good year.)
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To: al baby

The very first vote I ever cast was for Ronald Reagan for president. What a joy it was to have such a great man as the leader of this great country. Sigh.

Happy Birthday, Mr. President.

21 posted on 02/05/2006 7:30:10 PM PST by shezza (2 and a wakeup... Hooah!)
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To: al baby

President Ronald Reagan earned our respect, our gratitude, and our love. God bless his soul. He earned his wings. :)


22 posted on 02/05/2006 7:32:14 PM PST by Chena (I'm not young enough to know everything.)
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To: writer33

bump


23 posted on 02/05/2006 7:37:12 PM PST by Soaring Feather (~www.proudpatriots.org~Supporting Our TROOPS~)
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To: beyond the sea

Let's not talk about the officiating, but congratulations to the Steelers.


24 posted on 02/05/2006 7:38:10 PM PST by writer33 (Rush Limbaugh walks in the footsteps of giants: George Washington, Thomas Paine and Ronald Reagan.)
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To: al baby

25 posted on 02/05/2006 7:39:06 PM PST by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: al baby

May God bless and keep the greatest President in my lifetime! Without a doubt, we can thank President Reagan that this nation isn't now a part of the Soviet empire.


26 posted on 02/05/2006 7:43:31 PM PST by appleharvey
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To: TPartyType

ping!


27 posted on 02/05/2006 7:50:01 PM PST by Majie Purple
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To: writer33

Thanks! Prez Reagan and our now Prez Bush are the only two men that can get me out of my chair cheering. Love them both even if there were issues I disagreed with them about.


28 posted on 02/05/2006 7:51:20 PM PST by lilylangtree
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To: al baby
MIDI - DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING

Every now and then we find that a great leader comes along
One who has greatness that we celebrate in poetry and song
He grew up in the Midwest and he had learned his lessons well
But how far he would go nobody could really tell

His accomplishments were growing but he’s not one who would boast
He learned that a man’s character is what is valued most
And he’s led his life with an honor that we can admire

Ronald Reagan we love you…and you are loved around the world
Thanks to your vision flags of freedom everywhere have been unfurled
We will all raise up our glass, here’s a salute from one and all
Long live your legacy – The Man Who Brought Down the Wall

There’s a natural right of men…that right is all men shall live free
Because freedom makes each person all the best that he can be
One president knew that much better than anyone else

Ronald Reagan we love you…and you are loved around the world
Thanks to your vision flags of freedom everywhere have been unfurled
We will all raise up our glass, here’s a salute from one and all
Long live your legacy – The Man Who Brought Down the Wall

Ronald Reagan we love you…and you are loved around the world
Thanks to your vision flags of freedom everywhere have been unfurled
We will all raise up our glass, here’s a salute from one and all
Long live your legacy – The Man Who Brought Down the Wall

You’re loved by all

29 posted on 02/05/2006 7:55:20 PM PST by doug from upland (INDICTING HILLARY -- now that is something that's good for America)
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To: writer33; al baby
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30 posted on 02/05/2006 7:55:40 PM PST by Nasty McPhilthy (Those who beat their swords into plow shears….will plow for those who don’t.)
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To: al baby

President Ronald Reagan, always remembered very fondly.

31 posted on 02/05/2006 7:56:55 PM PST by M. Espinola (Freedom is never free)
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To: al baby

God bless you, Mr. President. We miss you.
See you UP There.


32 posted on 02/05/2006 7:57:45 PM PST by righttackle44 (The most dangerous weapon in the world is a Marine with his rifle and the American people behind him)
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To: writer33
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same." Ronald Reagan

I had a wonderful friend who worked in the Reagan White House. Kai and President Reagan shared the same Feb. 6 birthday. She told me he always made sure she had a cake on their mutual birthday.

Her home was filled with wonderful autographed photographs of her and her husband with the President and First Lady.
Sadly, Kai (although much younger) died less than a year after President Reagan.

I like to think of them sharing a birthday cake in Heaven.
33 posted on 02/05/2006 7:59:06 PM PST by JulieRNR21 (Salus populi suprema lex. ~ The safety of the people is the highest law. ... Cicero)
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To: al baby
Thank you for the reminder. I will remember to say a few prayers for President Reagan, one of my greatest heroes. I am not likely to see another president like him in my life time and I miss him dearly.

God Bless Ronald Reagan!!!!!

34 posted on 02/05/2006 8:00:34 PM PST by TAdams8591 (The first amendment does NOT protect vulgar and obscene speech.)
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To: Purple Mountains Maj

Here's to us and those like us. Damn few left!


35 posted on 02/05/2006 8:00:45 PM PST by TPartyType
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To: al baby; writer33
Future generations will not believe that a person such as this ever really existed.

A simple man who actually said what he believed. A man of such intense greatness....and yet such human failures.

Who understood that you do not achieve peace....unless you are willing to go to war. Who understood that you do not give in to those who would destroy you...but you challenge them to keep up...and when those enemies are on the brink of disaster...you allow them breathing space in order for them to change.

A man who kept his eye on the prize...."..that shining city on the hill."

A man who (after the depression of the American soul that came during the Carter years)...spoke softly and plainly to us....and helped us to be proud and hopeful once again.

Happy Birthday Mr. President.

redrock

36 posted on 02/05/2006 8:03:36 PM PST by redrock ("I woke up this morning...everything else is just Dessert."--some old guy in Utah)
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To: JulieRNR21
A tearjerker, Julie. How lucky of your friend to have her birthday on the same date as President Reagan's (and vice versa).

I'm sure they're sharing that cake at this very moment, maybe with a little champagne.

37 posted on 02/05/2006 8:04:13 PM PST by TAdams8591 (The first amendment does NOT protect vulgar and obscene speech.)
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To: doug from upland

Good Evening Doug Thanks for the Midi


38 posted on 02/05/2006 8:13:27 PM PST by al baby (Father of the Beeber)
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To: JulieRNR21
Click for a message from President Reagan
39 posted on 02/05/2006 8:15:53 PM PST by TPartyType
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To: writer33

Thanks for the ping.

I just had a thought that in my lifetime, both Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush brought "hope" into the Whitehouse. They ran with a promise of an America that "could do better".

"Accent the positive" of the American Spirit seems to be a winning strategy.


40 posted on 02/05/2006 8:18:58 PM PST by Lawgvr1955 (You can never have too much cowbell !!)
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To: Aussie Dasher

It was 525-13 and very nearly 535-3. Reagan was extremely close to carrying Minnesota.


41 posted on 02/05/2006 8:22:31 PM PST by scrabblehack
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To: al baby

Sing one for the Gipper.


42 posted on 02/05/2006 8:23:30 PM PST by doug from upland (INDICTING HILLARY -- now that is something that's good for America)
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To: al baby

When I was a kid, I wondered what it would have been like to be alive at a time when the USA was led by a great President, someone like Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Washington, or Jefferson. Someone who knew what they needed to do to improve our country and the world, and had set a higher standard for the rest of all time.

Well, by 1988 my wonder was turned to knowledge.


43 posted on 02/05/2006 8:25:35 PM PST by HighWheeler (The liberal dinosaurs bellow defiantly while sinking deeper into the swamp.......)
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To: scrabblehack

Thanks for that. I knew it was a BIG win!


44 posted on 02/05/2006 8:27:15 PM PST by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: scrabblehack; Aussie Dasher

"It was 525-13 and very nearly 535-3. Reagan was extremely close to carrying Minnesota."


Just an interesting side note on that.

Mondale spent the last 3 weeks before the election campainging in Minn, and he won that state, his only state, by just 3600 votes. He almost became the first presidential candidate to lose 50 states.


45 posted on 02/05/2006 8:33:03 PM PST by HighWheeler (The liberal dinosaurs bellow defiantly while sinking deeper into the swamp.......)
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To: HighWheeler

Extraordinary that The Gipper won Massachusetts!


46 posted on 02/05/2006 8:34:39 PM PST by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: Aussie Dasher

"Extraordinary that The Gipper won Massachusetts!"


Yeah, I still can't figure out what year Massachusetts turned communist.


47 posted on 02/05/2006 8:40:25 PM PST by HighWheeler (The liberal dinosaurs bellow defiantly while sinking deeper into the swamp.......)
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To: al baby

48 posted on 02/05/2006 8:41:29 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist ©®)
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To: Drango

Clicked it. Sucky "music" and a website that choked my browser.


49 posted on 02/05/2006 9:02:44 PM PST by solitas (So what if I support an OS that has fewer flaws than yours? 'Mystic' dual 500 G4's, OSX.4.2)
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

That's a great quote. Thanks for posting it.


50 posted on 02/05/2006 9:06:26 PM PST by good old days
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