Like many fans of the greatest domestic policy president of the last century, I’ve been trying to find an appropriate way to remember/honor this great man on the centennial of his birth.
Many have written eloquently about his nature, his background, his political philosophy and his accomplishments. Others are planning magnificent celebrations. We here at GayPatriot are putting together a small event in Los Angeles. E-mail me for details.
Yet, as I remember this marvelous man, two things stand one, first, his love for Nancy. He was born good, but she made him great. And the second thing perhaps stands out because of the times we’re in and the solutions his successor (in the White House) has proposed. In contrast to the incumbent chief executive, Ronald Reagan knew in his heart that Americans didn’t need the heavy hand of the state to get them out of an economic mess. Indeed, he believed that it was the heavy hand of the state which got them into that mess — and which was preventing them from finding a means of egress.
“Government,” he reminded us in his first inaugural address, ” is not the solution to the problem. Government is the problem”:
Seems that the ideals which define the Tea Party parallel nearly perfectly those put forward so eloquently by the Great Communicator.
Ronald Reagan had great faith in his fellow Americans. He didn’t believe in seeking solutions in Washington, D.C., but in the ingenuity of the American people, in factories in Ohio, farms in Iowa, labs in North Carolina and yes, even in garages in California.
The Gipper had confidence in the American ideal, belief in American exceptionalism and was convinced that America’s best days were ahead. Oh, and, he had a deep and enduring love for Loyal Davis‘s little girl.