“The future doesn’t belong to the faint-hearted, it belongs to the brave.”
Happy 100th birthday President Reagan.
The Heritage Foundation reports:
This Sunday marks the 100th anniversary of President Ronald Reagan’s birth. A man of many talents and accomplishments, his sense of humor and contagious optimism are perhaps most missed today as our nation faces a host of difficult challenges. As we recall in our new video celebrating his birthday, when Reagan took office our nation was in a similarly precarious situation. With high unemployment and inflation at home and the looming threat of communism abroad, America was at a crossroads. But in the face of all these obstacles, President Reagan rose to the challenge. He firmly believed in America’s unique role in the world and was confident that America’s best days were ahead of it. “Above all,” he said during his first inauguration, “we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today’s world do not have. It is a weapon that we as Americans do have.”
Under his leadership, guided by strong conservative principles, Reagan helped oversee America’s return to prosperity and the fall of the Soviet Union. As Heritage’s Lee Edwards lays out in a new paper, Reagan exhibited “the classical virtues of courage, prudence, justice, and wisdom.” As Edwards explains, when Reagan left office, he assured Americans that together they had made a difference. “They had made America—that ‘shining city on a hill’—stronger and freer and had left her in good hands.”
Unfortunately, the mainstream media is trying to distort President Reagan’s legacy by comparing it to the failed presidency of Barack Obama. After declaring Obama as the next Franklin Roosevelt promising a “New New Deal”, Time Magazine is now shamelessly touting the headline “Why Obama Loves Reagan” with the two presidents all buddy-buddy on the cover.
First of all, President Obama is not, and never will be, on the same pedestal as President Reagan.
President Jimmy Carter, who is easily comparable to President Obama, plagued the United States with his disastrous economic and foreign policies. It was President Reagan who saved America from the failed liberal ideology of his predecessor. Reagan tackled massive inflation, brought unemployment from 9.5 to 5.2 percent, and the number of jobs increased by almost 20 million. Also, he ended the “Cold War”.
Also, let’s not forget about how the mainstream media threated Reagan. NewsBusters put together a great report that contains a lot of the vitriolic attacks from the mainstream media at the time. Here are a couple examples:
“So I think [Ronald Reagan] is going to have to pass two or three tests. The first is, will he get there, stand in front of the podium, and not drool?”
— ABC White House reporter Sam Donaldson on a planned Reagan press conference, NBC’s Late Night with David Letterman, March 18, 1987.
“I think the best evidence I can give that we do a lousy job covering politics is to look at the politicians: Ronald Reagan was President of us for eight years — Ronald Reagan! Reporters should have been writing for the entire eight years of his reign that this man was gone, out of it….He should have been covered as a clown.”
— NBC reporter Bob Herbert during a panel discussion at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism in Fall 1992, as reported in a June 21, 1993 National Review article by Stephanie Gutmann. Herbert is currently a New York Times columnist.
You can find the whole report here.
Anyway, for now I will forget about the far-left trying to hijack President Reagan’s legacy and celebrate his birthday instead.
Happy 100th Gipper.