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Remembering Ronnie – Remembering Us

By Right Hand Man

Ronald Reagan kept things simple because his decisions were based on core beliefs and therefore didn’t need large formulas or complex explanations. The truth is that when political leaders start spouting numbers, talking about 2000+ page bills, or quote a committee’s view on budget planning, the majority of us aren’t getting it. Perhaps most of it is purposely spoken over our heads so that we don’t get in the way of the “professionals”. This creates distrust in a situation where we must trust – a precarious relationship between the people and their government representatives.

Yesterday would have been Ronald Reagan’s 99th birthday. The complexities of my feelings for Reagan are deep and wide but I too will keep it simple. I miss Ronald Reagan.

I miss his witty shots at the opposition:

“I want you to know that also I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I
am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent’s youth and

I miss his courage to stand up against anyone who stood against freedom:

“General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the
Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this
gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

I miss his comforting us in times of uncertainty:

“The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they
lived their lives. We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them,
this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and
the surly bonds of earth” to “touch the face of God.”

I miss his view of our great nation:

“And how stand the city on this winter night? More prosperous, more secure, and
happier than it was eight years ago. But more than that; after two hundred
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.”

Ronald Reagan is dead and has been mostly lost to us for many years due to his disease. We, however, aren’t dead nor are we lost. We are still that “shining city” that he saw and we are still the country that represents to the world the “newest, most unique idea in all the long history of man’s relation to man.” We owe it to the generations that come after us to fortify this city and renew the principles that made it great. We shouldn’t hide the brilliance this nation’s doctrine gleams for shame of our liberties and success.

I remember the feeling that Ronald Reagan exhumed in me – a renewed since of pride and confidence. Reagan believed in us because he believed in free people. He started his presidency in the midst of gloom but believed that American citizens would pull out and rise again to gleam so long as the government got out of their way. He was right in believing in us.

Perhaps we’ve forgotten what we can do as a people. Perhaps we’ve forgotten what we can do when armed with independence. There are times when I feel as if I might lose faith in the American people but then I recall the American spirit and again I believe.

Thank you Ronnie.



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  • Ron Russell February 7, 2010 at 4:40 PM

    Reagan has always been my man from his early days thru his time at the White House. My mother was a big movie fan and decided to name her first born, thats me, after Ronald Reagan–hence my first name Ronald. I couldn't be prouder!!!

  • John Carey February 7, 2010 at 4:58 PM

    Great post Right.

    I think most of miss his leadership in a time when leadership seems to be a fleeting. It is really up to us to pick up from where he left off and continue the journey. Remember his wisdom, embrace his vision, and march forward with a renewed determination so that all Americans have the opportunity to achieve the greatest that is America.