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What Did You Like About Former President Reagan?

Posted on 05/01/2006 7:09:36 PM PDT by Xing Daorong

What did president Reagan do that made him one of the greatest conservative icons in American history? Personally, I did not agree with some of his moves but his cutbacks on the size of the federal government made sense to me.

But what about you?


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1 posted on 05/01/2006 7:09:40 PM PDT by Xing Daorong
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To: Xing Daorong

I can honestly say I can't think of much I didn't like about him. He was (is) the greatest!


2 posted on 05/01/2006 7:10:53 PM PDT by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: Xing Daorong
What did president Reagan do that made him one of the greatest conservative icons in American history?

He defeated Jimmy Carter.

Personally, I did not agree with some of his moves but his cutbacks on the size of the federal government made sense to me.

When did he do that?

I loved the guy, but that was a huge failure on his part. I prefer to concentrate on his massive successes in terms of the economy and the commies.

3 posted on 05/01/2006 7:12:08 PM PDT by Darkwolf377 (What part of 'If you don't vote Republican, DemRats will control our country' don't you understand?)
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To: Xing Daorong
His testicular fortitude. "Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall!".

His obvious love for his Nancy, family and country.

4 posted on 05/01/2006 7:12:32 PM PDT by blinachka (Vechnaya Pamyat Daddy... xoxo)
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To: Xing Daorong

He was the last president with a set of balls.

5 posted on 05/01/2006 7:13:03 PM PDT by Fintan (Somebody has to post stupid & inane comments. May as well be me...)
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To: Xing Daorong

Stealth troll?


6 posted on 05/01/2006 7:13:50 PM PDT by don-o
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To: Xing Daorong

I liked the way he talk directly to the people of the Soviet Union much to the dismay of that "government". I wish he was around to encourage the people of China today.


7 posted on 05/01/2006 7:13:55 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Never a minigun handy when you need one.)
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To: Xing Daorong
He gave us, with his tax cuts, virtually 25 years of sustained economic growth and job creation.

he also gave us a military that is 2nd to none in the world and will not be equalled in this century at least.

8 posted on 05/01/2006 7:14:07 PM PDT by America's Resolve (Illegal Amnesty in 86 and 06, so expect more in 2026, 2046, 2066 and 2086. Doom for America!)
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To: Xing Daorong

He set a tone from day 1 for the White House and the President. It might sound simple, but he dressed the role. He brought back dignity to the WH (after Carter). GWB has done that too, but it has not been as public as how RWR did it.


9 posted on 05/01/2006 7:15:41 PM PDT by llevrok (Take me to your blender !)
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To: Xing Daorong
I am a bit jaded concerning newbies to this site posting threads....

But I don't mind saying that I did a Google a few days ago concerning quotes...And Ronald Reagan was absolutely amazing.

Try it you'll like it.....
10 posted on 05/01/2006 7:16:38 PM PDT by Radix (Stop domestic violence. Beat abroad.)
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To: don-o

You may be right, but I don't care, it gives us an excuse to talk about RWR.


11 posted on 05/01/2006 7:16:43 PM PDT by Darkwolf377 (What part of 'If you don't vote Republican, DemRats will control our country' don't you understand?)
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To: cripplecreek
He was a master at reaching his audience. He also put up with very little sniping from the side lines. He responded to attacks.
12 posted on 05/01/2006 7:18:01 PM PDT by fantom
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To: Xing Daorong

Got the economy moving again and took care of the commies; pretty much cleaned up the mess of the previous administration which is what GWB is doing also.


13 posted on 05/01/2006 7:18:23 PM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Xing Daorong
He reminded me a LOT of my Grandfather.

I was only a little kid at the time, but the way my Grandfather and Reagan told stories was EERILY similar.
14 posted on 05/01/2006 7:19:03 PM PDT by MikefromOhio (aka MikeinIraq)
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To: Xing Daorong

OK. I'll play. When he got shot, he said to Nancy, "Honey, I forgot to duck."


15 posted on 05/01/2006 7:19:13 PM PDT by don-o
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To: Xing Daorong

He didn't post vanity threads without a link in News/Activism shortly after signing up with the FR.


16 posted on 05/01/2006 7:19:34 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Carry Daily, Apply Sparingly.)
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To: Xing Daorong

Reagan whipped the Soviet Union and restored America's economy.

Reagan put pride back in America after years of the left tearing America down. Reagan is the best. Reagan is the reason that I am conservative. Reagan probably save my life by showing me that liberalism doesn't work.


17 posted on 05/01/2006 7:19:40 PM PDT by Ticonderoga34
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To: Xing Daorong

Slow news night.


18 posted on 05/01/2006 7:19:58 PM PDT by Jedidah
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To: Xing Daorong
Let's see here. He won the Cold War without firing a shot. He started the greatest economic boom in the history of the world. He warned of the dangers of big government. He reduced the growth of government. He cut taxes. But his most important accomplishment--was the sense of pride, unlimited hope and optimism in the future for all Americans.

To quote our greatest President in his last Oval Office speech, "Not bad--not bad at all"!

19 posted on 05/01/2006 7:20:31 PM PDT by stockstrader
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To: Xing Daorong
Let's see here. He won the Cold War without firing a shot. He started the greatest economic boom in the history of the world. He warned of the dangers of big government. He reduced the growth of government. He cut taxes. But his most important accomplishment--was the sense of pride, unlimited hope and optimism in the future for all Americans.

To quote our greatest President in his last Oval Office speech, "Not bad--not bad at all"!

20 posted on 05/01/2006 7:20:33 PM PDT by stockstrader
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To: Xing Daorong

Great swimmer!


21 posted on 05/01/2006 7:21:05 PM PDT by battlegearboat
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To: Xing Daorong

He nominated Clarence Thomas to the USSC.


22 posted on 05/01/2006 7:21:39 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: Darkwolf377

Didn't he make a serious attempt to do so early on and held off after the GOP lost seats in 1982?


23 posted on 05/01/2006 7:21:40 PM PDT by Borges
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To: tacticalogic

That was Bush Sr.


24 posted on 05/01/2006 7:22:11 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Xing Daorong

After the pretention of Kennedy, the Fascism of LBJ, the psychosis of Nixon, the "I'm-a-nice-guy-Really!" cluelessness of Ford and the Treason of Carter, what wasn't there to like?


25 posted on 05/01/2006 7:22:27 PM PDT by Chairman Fred (@mousiedung.commie)
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To: Aussie Dasher
I can honestly say I can't think of much I didn't like about him. He was (is) the greatest!

You liked his amnesty?

26 posted on 05/01/2006 7:23:00 PM PDT by Krodg
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To: Borges

You're right. My bad.


27 posted on 05/01/2006 7:23:31 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: Chairman Fred

All those...and he was the most brilliant speaker to ever hold the U.S office since Abraham Lincoln.


28 posted on 05/01/2006 7:23:40 PM PDT by Xing Daorong ("All that is nessessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing."-Edmund Burke)
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To: Xing Daorong

I Liked the fact that President Reagan was always positive about the future of the United States,whereas the previous occupant of the white house could not make a descision to save his life.


29 posted on 05/01/2006 7:23:56 PM PDT by puppypusher
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To: blinachka
His testicular fortitude. "Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall!".

And having the courage to stand up to the State Department of the
United States of America....
as in him telling them he was NOT going to delete the "tear down
this wall" line.
Nice to see a President tell a bunch of nervous nellies to stuff it.
30 posted on 05/01/2006 7:25:24 PM PDT by VOA
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To: Krodg

I can't even remember his amnesty!


31 posted on 05/01/2006 7:26:19 PM PDT by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: Borges
Didn't he make a serious attempt to do so early on and held off after the GOP lost seats in 1982?

A lesson for all the "Toss the Republicans out over immigration!" Conservatives there.

I'm just callin' 'em like I see 'em, and as I perceive it, Reagan wanted to cut the size of government, but it grew. A golden opportunity missed, as it might have started a trend, so massive was his shadow.

And to all those who will say that "technically" etc. that don't cut it. If he'd actually cut the size of government to an extent where we could SEE it without it being pointed to "technically," the American people would have seen that yes, we CAN shrink government and get BETTER service with smaller, more responsive bureaucracies.

32 posted on 05/01/2006 7:26:43 PM PDT by Darkwolf377 (What part of 'If you don't vote Republican, DemRats will control our country' don't you understand?)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
He didn't post vanity threads without a link in News/Activism shortly after signing up with the FR.

Duh, Algore had not yet invented the internet and FR didn't exist.

33 posted on 05/01/2006 7:27:28 PM PDT by BUSHdude2000 (Only a more Savage Nation can survive.)
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To: Xing Daorong

I liked the way he would swirl his hand over his head to tell the chopper to rev the engines when reporters would ask him a question. He would hold his hand to his ear... Made me laugh everytime.


34 posted on 05/01/2006 7:27:57 PM PDT by Gysmo
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To: Xing Daorong
Reagan's farewell address:

I've spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don't know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it. But in my mind it was a tall proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind-swept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace, a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity, and if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That's how I saw it and see it still.

And how stands the city on this winter night? More prosperous, more secure, and happier than it was eight years ago. But more than that; after 200 years, two centuries, she still stands strong and true on the granite ridge, and her glow has held steady no matter what storm. And she's still a beacon, still a magnet for all who must have freedom, for all the pilgrims from all the lost places who are hurtling through the darkness, toward home.

We've done our part. And as I walk off into the city streets, a final word to the men and women of the Reagan revolution, the men and women across America who for eight years did the work that brought America back. My friends: We did it. We weren't just marking time. We made a difference. We made the city stronger. We made the city freer, and we left her in good hands. All in all, not bad, not bad at all.

And so, good-bye, God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.

35 posted on 05/01/2006 7:28:30 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (I like to make everyone's day a little more surreal)
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To: Xing Daorong

He was not beholden to corporate/multinational/NWO interests. He governed for the good of America.


36 posted on 05/01/2006 7:29:39 PM PDT by mo
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To: Fintan

indeed.


37 posted on 05/01/2006 7:29:44 PM PDT by fhlh (Polls are for Strippers.)
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To: Xing Daorong

Absolutely, and, if no one else has said it, welcome.


38 posted on 05/01/2006 7:31:17 PM PDT by Chairman Fred (@mousiedung.commie)
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To: Darkwolf377
Personally, I did not agree with some of his moves but his cutbacks on the size of the federal government made sense to me.

Federal spending, federal taxes, and the federal debt doubled under Ronald Reagan. He cut nothing in government except to use Ronnies own words from the mondale debaet, "I have only cut the Rate of growth in government spending." What he did was cut the amount that Democrats wanted to spend. Of course democrats ask for twice what they wanted so Reagan could cut the request.. The Democrats still got what they wanted... doubleing the size of goverment in 8 short years.

Federal spending under Reagan increased at an average rate of 24.3 percent a year. The point here is that there is lot of lies posted about the Bush administration’s spending and “out of control” deficits, much of it by people who praise Reagan and trash Bush. But the most recent “out of control” Bush deficit at 2.6% of GDP is far below the eight-year Reagan average of 4.2%.

39 posted on 05/01/2006 7:31:30 PM PDT by Common Tator
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To: Xing Daorong
Correct. I withdraw the troll alert. And thanks for a half way decent Vanity.

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40 posted on 05/01/2006 7:33:01 PM PDT by don-o
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To: Fintan
I agree with you. He was Ronald - By God - Reagan, and the world knew it.

Kill our Marines? This is what battle ships look like, get a close look as they shell your "religion of peace" butts.

What I loved about the guy was that the world hated him. They feared that this man would actually, factually do what he said he would do.

His critics at home said he was stupid, said he was out of touch, said he was not in line with American popular opinion..... these are the only lines they have, they use them often.

41 posted on 05/01/2006 7:33:03 PM PDT by Volunteer (Just so you know, I am ashamed the Dixie Chicks make records in Nashville.)
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To: Aussie Dasher
"I can honestly say I can't think of much I didn't like about him."

I'll second that.

If anyone wants a great piece of Reagan memorabilia, visit your local Post Office. Last year there was a Reagan stamp issued (a very flattering portrait). They are selling off some proofs now. I bought one this weekend. It was a beautiful approximately 8X10 portrait of Ronnie (a photograph) mounted over an envelope with a first day of issue stamp post marked from the Simi Valley Post Office. It was well-mounted with a double matting. It was very attractive and only cost $19.95. Get them before they are all gone. I framed mine and put it up in my office. I had to go to the Post Office with a friend who saw it and had to get one for himself (sadly, he was too late).
42 posted on 05/01/2006 7:35:13 PM PDT by Law is not justice but process
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To: Common Tator
Great points, thanks for posting them.

I am always astonished by how wrong so many here get the facts about the current president, and yet they always compare him unfavorably to Reagan, a great president who didn't do half the things some here claim he did...like cutting the size of government.

43 posted on 05/01/2006 7:37:10 PM PDT by Darkwolf377 (What part of 'If you don't vote Republican, DemRats will control our country' don't you understand?)
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To: Xing Daorong

The greatest thing he did was that he restored America's confidence after the Nixon/Ford/Carter era. Jimmmy Carter nearly had us convinced that we were all losers like him and Reagan showed us that it just Carter.

How I pray that God would grant us another Reagan and protect us from the pack of fools that afflict us in Washington now.


44 posted on 05/01/2006 7:37:52 PM PDT by Busywhiskers (Strength and honor.)
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To: Xing Daorong

Reagan was a true leader of the conservative movement, he espoused a guiding philosophy that viewed government as the problem, not the solution. He was able to communicate this philosophy to people and I believe he changed the thinking of a lot of people.


45 posted on 05/01/2006 7:38:10 PM PDT by Brett66 (Where government advances and it advances relentlessly freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: Xing Daorong

That he is not around to see what has become of his party.

It would break his heart.


46 posted on 05/01/2006 7:38:20 PM PDT by NY.SS-Bar9 (DR #1692)
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To: Volunteer

reagan also fired all the air traffic controllers who went on the illegal strike - did what he said, that's why he was so disliked


47 posted on 05/01/2006 7:39:11 PM PDT by goteasier (At the core of modern liberalism is the spoiled child - miserable, ill-disciplined.... (PJ O'Rourke))
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To: BUSHdude2000
Rimshot

Thanks! I'll be here until Monday..Try the nachos and be sure to tip your waitress...
48 posted on 05/01/2006 7:41:38 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Carry Daily, Apply Sparingly.)
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To: Xing Daorong
What I liked about President Reagan is that he was connected with the American people and always seemed to know what decisons to make that would endear the people to him.

Secondly , I really liked his sense of humor, which he used to great effect in responding to critics.

49 posted on 05/01/2006 7:41:46 PM PDT by Candor7
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To: Volunteer
What I loved about the guy was that the world hated him.

 

Here's irony for you...my 84-year old mother, a lifelong Democrat, mentioned to me the other day, for no reason at all, that she thought Ronald Reagan was a great president, perhaps the last we've had.

I'm still trying to pick my jaw up off the floor.

50 posted on 05/01/2006 7:41:46 PM PDT by Fintan (Somebody has to post stupid & inane comments. May as well be me...)
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