Jayson at Polipundit reminds us that today marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s landslide defeat of Jimmy Carter in the 1980 presidential election.
No wonder that Democrat has been so crabby and classless lately.
But, today we should not dwell on that defeated Democrat’s venom, but instead remember the vision and optimism of the greatest president of the second half of the twentieth century. Thank you, Ronald Reagan.
And we’ll remember you just as you wanted:
Whatever else history may say about me when I’m gone, I hope it will record that I appealed to your best hopes, not your worst fears; to your confidence rather than your doubts. My dream is that you will travel the road ahead with liberty’s lamp guiding your steps and opportunity’s arm steadying your way.”
Today, not only do we thank Ronald Reagan, but also the American people for having the good sense to vote him into office two times with a majority of the popular vote.
UPDATE: Over at Best of the Web, James Taranto reminds us that twenty-five years ago today, “on Nov. 4, 1980, America began to reverse its decline by electing a man who shared the country’s faith in itself.” I agree.