Post a thought or remembrance for Ronald Reagan
A great man who gave us our confidence back. When Reagan came to office , the US was threatned by countried like Haiti. When he left, there was no longer a Soviet Union. God Bless Ronald Reagan, for making our country and the world a better and safer place.
Ed , Woburn Mass
Because he conspired with the Iranians to keep the Americans hostage until he took office, because he then sold arms to those Iranians in order to fund the Contras, because he propped up brutal dictators ranging from Hussein to Marcos to Suharto to Pinochet (by no means a complete list), because his policies killed tens if not hundreds of thousands of civilians in Central America and the rest of the world, and because he endangered the life of every person on this planet with his insane escalation of the nuclear arms race, Ronald Reagan does not deserve to be mourned any more than Saddam Hussein should be mourned when he finally passes away. Let's hope his legacy dies with him.
Thanks Goodness Reagan came along when he did. Do any of you haters out there remember the hostage crisis? Remember lines at the gas pumps? Remember the welfare state out of control? Ronald Reagan was certainly the most influential political force of the last 50 years at least. Without Reagan, you probably wouldn't of even had Clinton, with his moderation towards limiting welfare. God Bless, and God Speed, President Reagan and to the rest of the true Americans out there, let's win this election this November one last time, for the Gipper.
I was not always a Reagan fan, having voted Democrat for McGovern and Carter. I grew up in poverty in Roxbury and was an Irish Catholic Democrat. However, I realized that the Democratic Party was not the party of my youth and became the party of enablement and then special interests and wants to keep folks down instead of helping them get ahead. I loved Reagan for his honesty and belief in the goodness of the American people. George Bush 2 is like him because he has principles and when folks say it can't be done, like defeating terror, he doesn't bow to polls, he perseveres. The Republican Party is the party of life, freedom and the little guy--lower taxes, all of which Reagan started and Bush is continuing. One day, the world will be grateful that Bush, Jr. did not listen to the naysayers and cave--hopefully, people will look at the Reagan legacy and know that Bush is its standard bearer. Both men are always in my prayers. Reagan was a true American hero and my his soul rest in peace.
Laurie, Shrewsbury, MA
I skipped class one evening in 1976 to attend a rally in Ft Lauderdale Florida to hear a speech by Gov Ronald Reagan who was seeking to will the Republican Nomination for President over the sitting President Gerald Ford. I sat with the members of the media covering the event along side Frank Reynolds of ABC News who would become a Reagan favorite. The Secret Servicemen came over to me to ask that I leave the general , but to my luck a CBS cameraman gave me a film canister to pass along to a crew member , seeing this I was allowed to stay where I was. The Governor and Mrs Reagan walked in beside me to my total shock. The highlight of the speech was directed at Cuba and Castro. But the real highlight was the spectators that yelled in protect during the speech which nobody seemed to understand. The yelling finally got the attention of Governor Reagan...who had had enough....He yelled back..." You have been following me throughout this campaign and have screamed at me at every stop...what do you have to say ? Will one of you come up here right now and debate me on the subject that seems to be on your mind..will someone come up?...." nobody came forward ) Reagan then waited a few seconds...and said....." Then SHUT UP " Classic Reagan.....Many say he acted his way through his Presidency...he might have.....he did it with dignity....class.....respect.....humor....and leadership...RIP
Far from being the Ronny the Great, giving reagan credit for winning the cold war is like giving a rooster credit for the sun rising. Soviet -style communism was in the end stages of imploding and nothing reagan did contributed significantly to its demise. It was going to die anyway and all he gave back to american citizens was $3 trillion in DEBT. In addition to screwing unions and poor people, the the historical record, once scrutinized objectively, surely will not be favorable to Reagan.
Matty, Milton, MA
We lost a great American yesterday. This country would be wise in re-affirming itself to the package of ideals and convictions symbolized by Ronald Reagan. He wasn't beholden to the foibles and self-serving encumbrances so common in today's political climate. Reagan was a true elder statesman, who deflected with grace and ease barbs hurled by the usual cast of intellectual snobs and critics. For those of you who don't appreciate Dutch: you just don't get it, and you never will.
Ronald Reagan was the strongest leader this country has had since FDR. His policies of peace through strength dissolved the USSR, ended the Cold War, and freed millions of people in Eastern Europe from the vice of the corrupt, failing stranglehold of Communism. His landslide victories in the polls will bear out just how popular a President he was- and no amount of radical left boilerplate lies will ever detract from this fact. George W. Bush may not be the strong figure that Reagan was, but he follows in Reagan's tradition of strong convictions and the willingness (a.k.a a SPINE) to follow through and do the heavy lifting in the world, even when the whining and vitriol from the left is nearly deafening. Rest in Peace, President Reagan. We will never forget you.
I find it sickening that there are people who would disparage the name of a president the day after he dies. Do you people have any respect for anything? Grow up.
I thank God for having sent Ronald Regan to be with us.