Once There Was Ronald Reagan

Once Upon a Time … God Blessed America.

Ronald Reagan was the progeny that the Founding Fathers of America hoped for when they created, with their own blood, sweat and tears, our United States of America.

“We who live in free market societies believe that growth, prosperity and, ultimately, human fulfillment are created from the bottom up, not the government down. Only when the human spirit is allowed to invent and create, only when individuals are given a personal stake in deciding economic policies and benefiting from their success — only then can societies remain economically alive, dynamic, prosperous, progressive, and free.

“Trust the people. This is the one irrefutable lesson of the entire post-war period, contradicting the notion that rigid government controls are essential to economic development. The societies which have achieved the most spectacular broad-based economic progress in the shortest period of time are not the most tightly controlled, not necessarily the biggest in size, or the wealthiest in natural resources. No, what unites them all is their willingness to believe in the magic of the marketplace.” ~~Ronald Reagan, September 29, 1981

Ancient History makes interesting reading, but – Ronald Reagan is still dead. His progeny – those who went to Congress and the Presidency on his coattails, betrayed his legacy by behaving as god-awful as Democrats. Where are the “we who live in free market societies” today? I cannot think of any.

Where are the progeny of John Adams and the Founders? Where is John Adams? I hear that Mr. Adams is now repenting in Heaven of his earthly deeds.

Posterity! you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make a good use of it If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven that I ever took half the pains to preserve it.” ~John Adams letter to his wife Abigail Adams, 26 April 1777.

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2 Responses to Once There Was Ronald Reagan

  1. nagaijin says:

    He was an actor. He read speeches which other people wrote. He looked very good in a suit and could cry on cue. He possibly believed what he read. We’ll never know. Under his watch, America sold arms to Iran and thought Saddam Hussein was just swell. Possibly the Alzheimer’s had already begun then, so he can’t really be held responsible. But we’ll never know.
    At least he said/read one sensible thing, which you quote: trust the people. And the people voted out for Obama. Sadly, you don’t trust the people. Poor, sad, bitter person.

  2. Kerfuffles says:

    “All the world’s a stage,
    And all the men and women merely players;
    They have their exits and their entrances;
    And one man in his time plays many parts …”
    ~William Shakespeare

    Ronald Reagan was a leader, not because he was an actor, nor a genius, nor the most learned man in the room, but because he had core values and a vision for America. No one says he was a perfect leader. And remember, just like George W. Bush, history interrupted his Presidency almost as soon as it began. Yet, he, Ronald Reagan was able to end the scourge of Communism and free those enslaved by it throughout the world, except in Cuba. Thank God for Ronald Reagan’s leadership.

    You are right, Colin, that I should “trust the people” and I think I wrote about that after the election. I wrote somewhere that I realized that it was best for the country that Obama won over John McCain. My regret is that Republicans could not have come up with a better candidate, as there were some who would be much better as President right now, such as Mitt Romney.

    Yes, I agree with Nancy “We Won, You Lost” Pelosi. Barack Obama won the election and conservatism lost. I am a realist, not “poor nor bitter” as you analyze that I am. But I am indeed “sad” for the profound change that I see in America.

    I find the comment to my next post about Ronald Reagan quite insightful: https://kerfuffle.wordpress.com/2009/02/13/the-magic-marketplace-no-more/#comment-5274

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