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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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To: zert_28
Reagan put pride back in America after years of the left tearing America down.

He had a genuine love for America and her people. What a stark contrast between the malaise perpetuated by Carter and the optimism of President Reagan. Carter continually scolded the American people, as if shaming a puppy who wee-weed on the carpet. Reagan was full of hope and was never condescending, yet he was the master at shaming the press. The media would spew lemons, and President Reagan cheerfully made lemonade.

If nothing else, people were just sick and tired of Carter's finger-wagging blame game and wanted a real [America-loving] leader. Carter is still the bitter crank (soon to be forgotten if history is kind), while Reagan lives forever in the nation's heart.

51 posted on 05/01/2006 7:41:56 PM PDT by Thinkin' Gal (As it was in the days of NO...)
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To: don-o

I'm checking DU right now to see if he's re-posting this...


52 posted on 05/01/2006 7:42:39 PM PDT by Gordongekko909 (I know. Let's cut his WHOLE BODY off.)
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To: Xing Daorong

"Government is not the solution to our problems, government IS the problem."


53 posted on 05/01/2006 7:45:07 PM PDT by Bryan24 (When in doubt, move to the right....)
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To: Bryan24

Troll-post notwithstanding:

In no particular order:

1. "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall."

2. fired the good-for-nothing socialist air traffic controllers.

3. "I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent's youth and inexperience"

4. Reaganomics.

5. Military spending.


54 posted on 05/01/2006 7:54:19 PM PDT by Solemar ("Frognostication": The science of predicting the exact date and time that France will surrender.)
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To: Xing Daorong
I truly consider it a blessing that my daughter is going to President Reagan's alma mater. The opportunities and nurturing for these same leadership skills is beyond my expectations for a college. Please read what Frank Donatelli wrote about him:

"Finally, we must discuss Reagan’s ability to persuade his fellow Americans to support his judgment on key issues. This skill has a more popular name -- it is called LEADERSHIP. Leadership is a word tossed around frequently. Reagan had the ability to persuade people to accept his course of action even when they had doubts. Critics of Reagan complained that his personal popularity was always greater than support for his individual policies. They attributed this to his communication skills, which admittedly were considerable. The better answer, though, is leadership. People trusted Reagan and in spite of misgivings, were willing to support his ideas and actions at the most key times. Reagan ranks right there with Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt for memorable speeches and appeals for public support during key moments of his presidency."
55 posted on 05/01/2006 8:07:18 PM PDT by bubbleb
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To: Xing Daorong
For me, it was the fact that he knew what he believed in and stood up for it even when it wasn't popular. Whether you agreed with him or not, you always knew where he stood. He didn't mind that others got credit so long as want he wanted accomplished got accomplished. He was endlessly positive in his vision for America. He could be combative, but only when necessary and he was defending something he truly believed in.

I first realized I was a conservative during the Robert Bork hearings. Senator Kennedy, after years and years of demanding forgivness for having killed someone, couldn't find it in his heart to forgive Robert Bork of an unenforceable, anti-Semitic covenant in the deed to his house. A covenant that Mr. Bork had no part in writing. I realized at that point that Liberalism held little if anything for me. Then, when Mr. Bork had been rejected in such a grotesquely unfair manner, President Reagan declared (paraphrasing)"It's unfortunate that the Democrats have objected so strongly to Mr. Bork. I now feel that it is my duty to find another nominee who is equally objectionable!! I stood up and cheered. I was a Reaganite from that point on.

56 posted on 05/01/2006 8:17:35 PM PDT by Reaganesque
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To: Xing Daorong

Moral Optomism.


57 posted on 05/01/2006 8:18:17 PM PDT by vpintheak (What's worse, a liberal, or a know it all posing as a Conservative?)
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To: Fintan

I miss Ronald Reagan every single day. And what I miss most, especially given what's going on now, is his consummate leadership. He completely turned the country around.

I grew up in the 60s and 70s and remember just how miserable things were then. Read David Frum's "The 70s" and you'll know what I mean. "Malaise" only begins to describe the mood. "Utter despair" is more like it.

We were very, very lucky to have RWR, especially when we did. Like the British were to have Churchill and like we were to have Lincoln and FDR during their times. Some leaders transcend their offices in profound ways. Reagan was certainly one who did. I look at my kids' generation and I wonder where the Reagans of tomorrow will come from. I hope they're out there.

Of course, the good news is that it only takes one.


58 posted on 05/01/2006 8:26:39 PM PDT by BigTen
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To: Common Tator

I deeply admire Reagan for his tough talk on Communism and his well articulated conservative principals.

Nonetheless, I do appreciate the reality check that some are doing here. There are many good reasons for thinking GWB is and will be greater than Reagan.

I find it interesting that no one wants to comment on Reagan's concessions on outright amnesty for illegals in 1986. Flame me if you wish but I actually think Reagan and the Republicans did the right thing.

From a military standpoint, GWB has been much more decisive militarily and more substantively successful.

Few presidents get to see the direct results of good policy like GWB. Reagan did not witness the end of the cold war in his presidency. GWB has presided over true liberations.

I think almost all of the budget arguments against GWB are bogus and it is good that people look at what really happened under Reagan. I don't fault Reagan for the budget increases but I wonder if conservatives were as whiney in those years as they seem to be today.


59 posted on 05/01/2006 8:28:33 PM PDT by lonestar67
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To: don-o

How about when Nancy asked him about his trip to Africa to see President Tutu ( I guess that's how it's spelled ) and Reagan said to Nancy " so so " .


60 posted on 05/01/2006 8:30:11 PM PDT by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM 53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart , There is no GOD .)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Ronald Reagan's 11th Commandment: "Thou shalt not speak ill of a fellow Republican."


61 posted on 05/01/2006 8:39:47 PM PDT by Highway55
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To: Bryan24

That would make a great tag line and bumper sticker.


62 posted on 05/01/2006 8:39:50 PM PDT by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM 53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart , There is no GOD .)
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To: Xing Daorong

"Here's my strategy on the Cold War:
We win, they lose."

- Ronald Reagan


"The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help."

- Ronald Reagan



"The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant: It's just that they know so much that isn't so."

- Ronald Reagan




"Of the four wars in my lifetime none came about because the U.S. was too strong."

- Ronald Reagan




"I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandment's would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress."

- Ronald Reagan



"The taxpayer: That's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination."

- Ronald Reagan



"Government is like a baby: An alimentary canal with a big appetite at o ne end and no sense of responsibility at the other."

- Ronald Reagan





"The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program."

- Ronald Reagan



"I've laid down the law, though, to everyone from now on about anything that happens: no matter what time it is, wake me, even if it's in the middle of a Cabinet meeting."

- Ronald Reagan



"It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first."

- Ronald Reagan



"Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it."

- Ronald Reagan



"Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book."
- Ronald Reagan



"No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.

- Ronald Reagan


63 posted on 05/01/2006 8:42:05 PM PDT by tryon1ja
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To: bubbleb
People trusted Reagan because Reagan was not condescending towards the American people, and Reagan trusted the American people, and trusted and had confidence of the American people to get us through any problems we were facing or through any situation.

Simply put ( you can make this out of a bumper sticker or tag line ) ( Reagan trusted and depended on the American people to get us through instead of the Democrats/Liberals having the people trusting and depending on the government )

America is the people, not the government.
64 posted on 05/01/2006 8:47:06 PM PDT by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM 53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart , There is no GOD .)
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To: Xing Daorong

I liked President Reagan because he was a good negotiator. He knew that in order to be a good negotiator, you have to be willing to walk away from the table. In the above picture, Reagan is walking away from the table because Gorbachev wanted him to give up SDI, and Reagan said no.
65 posted on 05/01/2006 8:51:02 PM PDT by do the dhue (I hope y'all will help bail me out of jail after I dot Dan Rather's eyes.)
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To: BigTen
Reagan - Maggie - and Pope John Paul II

We were blessed to have them at that time and juncture in history, and it was by God's providence that we had them to be our guardians in the 1980s.
66 posted on 05/01/2006 8:51:10 PM PDT by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM 53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart , There is no GOD .)
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To: Prophet in the wilderness; BigTen

Look, even the Pope bowed to Reagan. I didn't say that, please forgive me.
67 posted on 05/01/2006 8:57:26 PM PDT by do the dhue (I hope y'all will help bail me out of jail after I dot Coward Dean's eyes.)
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To: do the dhue
In a Vietnam movie about a battle a Vietnam General once said : you gain honor by the courage of your enemy.
Even though Gorby and the Russian didn't like Reagan's answer, they admired him and respected him for his courage to say no to them.
68 posted on 05/01/2006 9:02:50 PM PDT by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM 53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart , There is no GOD .)
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To: lonestar67
I believe that both President Reagan and President Bush are truly great and historic American leaders.

I will never understand why people within the Republican party choose to contrast these men.

We should rejoice that we've had them both.

69 posted on 05/01/2006 9:04:27 PM PDT by A Citizen Reporter
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To: Xing Daorong

Honesty and sincerity!


70 posted on 05/01/2006 9:04:58 PM PDT by lewislynn (Fairtax = lies, hope, wishful thinking, conjecture and lies. (no it's not a mistake)
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To: Xing Daorong

So what do you personally not approve of?

C'mon--enthrall us with your lack of knowledge.


71 posted on 05/01/2006 9:05:12 PM PDT by eleni121 ('Thou hast conquered, O Galilean!' (Julian the Apostate))
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To: do the dhue

It appears that Pope John Paul II was focused on what Reagan was saying to him in this picture.


72 posted on 05/01/2006 9:05:44 PM PDT by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM 53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart , There is no GOD .)
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To: Xing Daorong

Margaret Thatcher's influence.


73 posted on 05/01/2006 9:06:11 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: Xing Daorong

He was a strong communicator who I grew up watching and respecting for his dignity and good humor. I also remember something about he and Tip O'Neil having drinks after hours together even though they were in opposition politically. I think that's correct. My memory is a bit hazy, as I was 10 years old then or younger.


74 posted on 05/01/2006 9:06:53 PM PDT by mysterio
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To: mo
"He was not beholden to corporate/multinational/NWO interests. He governed for the good of America."

Absolutely! If Regan were around today he would rip those so called 'Republicans' in DC a new one.

75 posted on 05/01/2006 9:11:38 PM PDT by KoRn
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To: mysterio
"My memory is a bit hazy, as I was 10 years old then or younger."

Same here. Reagan is the first memory I have of a president. I loved seeing him on TV, even though I didn't really know what was going on at the time. He seemed like a great leader who was a force for good in the world.

76 posted on 05/01/2006 9:17:25 PM PDT by KoRn
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To: Prophet in the wilderness
Even though Gorby and the Russian didn't like Reagan's answer, they admired him and respected him for his courage to say no to them. You are right and I know Gorbachev respected Reagan. Also, Gorbachev said that he knew he was beat when Reagan stood his ground.
77 posted on 05/01/2006 9:21:04 PM PDT by do the dhue (I hope y'all will help bail me out of jail after I dot Alan Colmes's eyes.)
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To: Prophet in the wilderness
It appears that Pope John Paul II was focused on what Reagan was saying to him in this picture.
Yes, I figured as much. And I didn't want to say it because it isn't funny and I am not making fun, but I don't think he could sit up very straight as he aged.
78 posted on 05/01/2006 9:22:55 PM PDT by do the dhue (I hope y'all will help bail me out of jail after I dot Chris Mathew's eyes.)
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To: Common Tator

BTTT


79 posted on 05/01/2006 9:23:01 PM PDT by 185JHP ( "The thing thou purposest shall come to pass: And over all thy ways the light shall shine.")
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To: Xing Daorong

Check out my profile


80 posted on 05/01/2006 9:23:47 PM PDT by Vision ("There are no limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence" Ronald Reagan)
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To: do the dhue

Great Pix!
This has been a very pleasant walk down memory lane.
Times are again very tough, but we have two great men to emulate.


81 posted on 05/01/2006 9:25:05 PM PDT by TWhiteBear
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To: do the dhue

I would have loved to see a Presidential debate with Reagan with Gore or Kerry ( or even Edwards ) it would have been a classic, Reagan would have beaten them hands down.


82 posted on 05/01/2006 9:26:09 PM PDT by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM 53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart , There is no GOD .)
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To: Xing Daorong
Clinton: step across that line. Okay, now step across that line. (backing up) Okay, now step across that line.

Reagan: step across that line and I will kick your ass! And he did.

The man meant what he said and followed up, not like the Jackasses and Rino's we have in congress today.

83 posted on 05/01/2006 9:27:42 PM PDT by fish hawk
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To: Volunteer

Arsenio Hall had a funny bit about the difference between Jimmah and Ronald, wrt to the hostages in Iran: "Tou know, it's funny. The Iranians said "We yearn to be martyrs!" But as soon as Reagan was sworn in, they said "Let 'em go!"


84 posted on 05/01/2006 9:30:44 PM PDT by 185JHP ( "The thing thou purposest shall come to pass: And over all thy ways the light shall shine.")
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To: Xing Daorong

From my personal perspective, before Reagan came into office interest rates were pushing 20%, jobs were scarce and poor paying, and money was tight. We had to line up our cars at gas stations to get gas, every other day, depending on your license plate number. It was a depressing time before Reagain came into office.

After Reagan came into office, and it seemed immediately to me, the economy boomed. There was so much abundance it was almost unseemly. It literally felt like the country burst forth in productivity and positiveness (not counting the dismal press which couldn't seem to say anything nice about Reagan).

Interestingly, after Reagan came into office and the changes had started taking place, I remember standing in line to go into Hearst's Castle (a tourist attraction) and talking with some Canadians. They just LOVED Carter and thought Reagan was horrible. I brought up how much better our country was and they just couldn't see it. I found it hard to understand their thinking as it was incredibly obvious our country was 1,000 times better off under Reagan. You'd have to be blind not to see it and feel it.


85 posted on 05/01/2006 9:31:10 PM PDT by Auntie Mame ("If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." --Grandma)
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To: Xing Daorong

Discompassionate Conservatism - The man knew how to browbeat the 'Rats!


86 posted on 05/01/2006 9:34:23 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.)
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To: Xing Daorong

He ended sex integrated basic training in the Army. He instituted the "We Ask, Don't Join" policy for homosexuals in the military. It was a good start. Should've followed up by eliminating all lowered standards for females; especially body fat.


87 posted on 05/01/2006 9:42:29 PM PDT by Reagan 76
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To: TWhiteBear
A few more pics for memory lane




















above is the USS Ronald Reagan
88 posted on 05/01/2006 9:49:44 PM PDT by do the dhue (I hope y'all will help bail me out of jail after I dot George Soro's eyes.)
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To: Xing Daorong

He cut taxes, creating a 20-year wave of prosperity adn opening the way for 25 million new jobs. He won the Cold War, defying the liberals to defeat the Soviets.

I do wish he had done more to reduce government domestically, however.


89 posted on 05/01/2006 9:51:49 PM PDT by TBP
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To: Xing Daorong
I grew-up in the heartland of America doing 'nuclear attack' drills at my school. The war between the USA and Russia was very real.

President Reagan made it so I did not have to raise my children in the same shadow of fear that I grew-up in.

My oldest child was trying to celebrate her 16th birthday on September 11, 2001. She is now an Senior Airman in the USAF.

I think Ronald Reagan was the man that finally made the threat of MAD go away.

But I have nothing but contempt for his predecessor, Jimmy Carter. The man that singlehandedly made the f*cked-up world we live in now. I hope he rots in a special corner of hell
90 posted on 05/01/2006 9:52:30 PM PDT by Spruce (Keep your mitts off my wallet)
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To: Spruce

p.s. My favorite 'Dutch' moment: "I have just signed legislation outlawing the Soviet Union. The bombing starts in five minutes."

Priceless.


91 posted on 05/01/2006 9:55:57 PM PDT by Spruce (Keep your mitts off my wallet)
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To: Xing Daorong

His optimism.


92 posted on 05/01/2006 9:57:15 PM PDT by kalee
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To: Richard Kimball

I still tear up when I read his last speech. Thanks for posting it.


93 posted on 05/01/2006 10:00:21 PM PDT by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: Thinkin' Gal

Amen Thinkin' Gal.
President Reagan will live in my heart forever!
God bless him eternally!!!


94 posted on 05/01/2006 10:12:34 PM PDT by MeekMom (Praise Jesus! He has given ALL for us!!!)
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To: MeekMom

I met Pres. Reagan when my husband was base commander at the Air Force Academy in Colorado. Reagan came to the Academy for a graduation ceremony and shook the hands of over 1000 graduating cadets. I sat on the platform with him and spoke to him after the ceremony. I told him that he was handsomer in person than on television. He laughed his signature laugh and kissed me on the cheek. Being in his presence was unforgettable. What grace and sincerity!


95 posted on 05/01/2006 10:29:37 PM PDT by dimmer-rats stealvotes (Catching onto the FOX Fonies)
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To: Xing Daorong

He will go down in history as being one of our greatest Presidents, right along with President Bush.


96 posted on 05/01/2006 11:30:54 PM PDT by garylmoore (Homosexuality: Obviously unnatural, so obviously wrong.)
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To: Xing Daorong

It's simple: he said no to communism, and freed hundreds of millions (with the help of Thatcher, John Paul, and our military standing between us and the Red flag).


97 posted on 05/02/2006 5:39:09 AM PDT by warchild9
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To: Xing Daorong

Optimism


98 posted on 05/02/2006 6:06:48 AM PDT by Milligan
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To: don-o

He also said to the doctors in the ER, "I hope you guys are Republicans"


99 posted on 05/02/2006 6:21:42 AM PDT by taillightchaser (!)
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To: dimmer-rats stealvotes

Man! You lucky dog!!!!
I'd never wash my cheek again!!!!
Man!!


100 posted on 05/02/2006 11:52:06 AM PDT by MeekMom (Praise Jesus! He has given ALL for us!!!)
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