It is hard to believe that 25 years ago this afternoon, I came home from *gulp* 7th Grade and flipped on the TV (like any normal 13-year old). It was a little past 3pm Eastern and I must admit that I was a “General Hospital” (the original Luke & Laura Years) addict. But ABC News anchor man Frank Reynolds suddenly interrupted things.
President Ronald Reagan had been shot at this very minute 25 years ago. It is one of those moments, minutes, hours and days that will always be with me for the rest of my life. My President had been nearly killed that day by a lunatic in love with a Hollywood actress. But he survived.
And through his strength a nation began to rebuild itself from Watergate, energy crises, the birth of Islamo-fascism in Iran, and the growing nuclear threat from the Soviet Union.
Reagan’s brush with death was itself a catalyst to passing his economic and tax cut measures by a Democrat Congress in 1981 — launching the longest economic expansion in US history… some say we may still be reaping the benefits of Reagan’s tax cuts to this day.
Like his political loss in 1976, Reagan’s near death in 1981 found him rising out of the ashes — the American Phoenix standing tall and shining the beacon of freedom throughout the world.
25 Years ago…. unbelieveable. Thanks to Malcontent for reminding me of this date a few weeks ago!