Skip to comments.My Tribute to Ronald Reagan, The Gipper
Posted on 06/05/2004 3:05:55 PM PDT by Jeff Head
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.
My thoughts on this great man.
With the perspective lent by the passage of time, Ronald Reagan's presidency casts an ever-larger shadow over his underlings.
Farewell, Mr. Reagan. May God bless you and keep you.
Jeff, the light will just be brighter now; just think of all the people who will just be learning about Reagan.
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)
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)
May he rest in Peace....the Peace that passeth all understanding.
A truly great man is gone! But will never be forgotten!
The correct flag etiquette for the death of a president or former President is to fly the flag at Half-mast for 30 days.
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.
A fitting tribute Jeff, good on ya for this.
Well, I know five kids and now three grandkids who will learn the truth of this great man.
I'll correct that spelling on my page.
Thanks for pointing it out.
The rest is beautiful and fitting.
I've got at least ten children and grandchildren covered!
We can do it......one person at a time.
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.