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.
I remember that debate! Reagan was in a class all his own, head and shoulders above the likes of Mondale.
God bless you for such a tribute...the song of the heart is a prayer to Heaven.
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Yes it does...to inspire the rising generation, or those in it with the virtue to see and be inspired by such good to actions of their own as they are called upon and as they are needed.
Ronald Reagan was a true American hero.
Rest in peace, Ronald Reagan .....
Breaking thread .....
I doubt if many of us would be around today if Ronald Reagan had not been our president for two years.
If Jimmy Carter had served for one more term:
Our military would have been weakened beyond repair.
Our economy would have been destroyed.
The language of our land would have been Russian, Mandarian and Farsi.
President Reagan buried the Soviet Bear and contained the other communists.
President Reagan was a good and gentle man, who loved America and his fellow Americans.
God Bless you President Reagan!
Aye Ronnie, we're glad we knew ye!
Thanks so much...and I agree about the photo.
Wow, I just found out. Even though he's suffered with the disease for so long, and has been out of sight, I still feel stunned of the country's loss. Goodbye, Mr. President.
I pray that such tributes...that such words...however inadequate, can pass on even a glimmer of the feelings I have in my heart for this great man.
Great pic...that's a keeper!
Ronald Reagan, son Ron, Mrs. Reagan and daughter Patti
outside their Pacific Palisades home in California. 1960.
Ronald Reagan with his
older brother Neil Reagan.
Yes he did...and it was a great blessing and high honor to have been priveleged to be alive to see it.
I do remember...and I also remember his whit and sense of humor even in the most difficult of times. It was a part of what made him so great.
You are very, very welcome.
All my heros wear cowboy hats...........Stay Safe !
Another great pic! and one of extreme historical import. Thanks, it's another keeper.
Pat Buchanan is doing a great job paying tribute to Ronald Reagan on MSNBC.
One of the very greatest in out entire history as a nation. A man whose vision and simple, but unfailing dedication accomplished so much good in the world.
God Bless Ronald Reagan.
Each vote for Reagan was cast with great pride...and great hope. And it was a hope that was rewarded with happenings of tremendous consequence and good...the good Lord smiled down on Ronald Reagan and his faith and positive attitude and turned it all into reality for the entire world to see.
You are very welcome.
My favorite picture of President Reagan. God Bless Ronald Reagan.
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.
He was indeed a true American hero.
May the rekindled memories at his passing continue to inspire millions.
I've been viewing the quotes and pictures for the past couple of hours, feeling sad that he has passed, but more joyful that God blessed us with his leadership and wisdom.
He was a greeat American...but also simply a great man.
Thanks Meek...I have no doubts, and unflinching faith that he is, in fact, resting in Peace.
Now, in our own turn, we must rise again to many of the same challenges...and we shall...we ARE!
Great pics! Thanks so much for sharing them on this thread.
Ronald Reagan filled his hat completely out!
Amen...He did, and continues to do so. And He blessed us with his presence at a time when we needed that influence the most.
Wow! So many great pics on this thread. Thanks for that one too!
and A BIG GIPPER BUMP back!
Beuatifully said ,Jeff..God is welcoming Reagan home.
Yes He is at that! And what a joyous reunion it must be!
Those are wonderful things you said about President Reagan, but to me the most important thing he did was to make me feel safe. I miss you, Mr. President.
May we all stand in the gap where he once stood.
The sentiments about President Reagan, which are wholly inadequate at a time like this...are at the least completely sincere and heartfelt.
Yes he did! And he was able to do it precisely because of these fine qualities which led people to willingly and cheerfully follow his lead.
As Presidents...Washington always has and always will be my number one. After that...Reagan is right in the thick of it IMHO.
Absolutely he is .....
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