Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Remembering The Gipper

A man of simple origins, Reagan always and waveringly did what was right for America. He brought trust, dignity, and humility to the presidency.

..[A]s a nation we must embrace our faith, for as long as we endeavor to do good---and we must believe that will be always---we will find our strength, our hope, and our true happiness in prayer and in the Lord's will." ---Ronald Reagan

"If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under." ---Ronald Reagan

"And I hope that someday your children and grandchildren will tell of the time that a certain president came to town at the end of a long journey and asked their parents and grandparents to join him in setting America on the course to the new millennium---and that a century of peace, prosperity, opportunity, and hope followed. So, if I could ask you just one last time: Tomorrow, when mountains greet the dawn, would you go out there and win one for the Gipper?" ---Ronald Reagan

"[Today] would have been Ronald Reagan's 96th birthday, which is amazing when you consider he is, in a way, more with us than ever: his memory and meaning summoned in political conversation, his name evoked by candidates. I remember 10 years ago when there was controversy over the movement to name things for him---buildings and airports. I was away from home at the time, and I realized that to talk to people in Washington about it, I'd have to land at JFK, take the FDR Drive and go through the Lincoln tunnel. This is America; we remember our greats. You tell yourself who you are by what you raise a statue to... It's part of why when you next fly to Washington, you'll land at Reagan National Airport." ---Peggy Noonan

"[T]he trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn't so." ---Ronald Reagan

"I believe that everything happens in God's time and His time and our time is not always on the same plane. We wanted my father to get the nomination and win in '76 but God had other plans. Now, looking back, those plans are clear as they were not at the time... If Dad had won in 1976, who would have been in place then to bring about the momentous events in the 80s that saw the Evil Empire destroyed? Think about it, none of the key players in the drama were onstage. In 1976 Mrs. Thatcher was not Britain's prime minister, Karol Wytola was not the pope, Mikhail Gorbachev was not in charge in Moscow and Lech Walesa was an obscure electrician in a Polish shipyard. Anybody familiar with Ronald Reagan's plans for dealing with the Soviets and their domination of Eastern Europe knows that his determination to bring down the Soviet monolith depended on a number of factors, and having the right allies in the right places at the right times eventually proved to be the key to victory. Those factors were not present in 1976... I believe that everybody is here on earth for a purpose. God arranged for them to be where he wanted them to be, when he wanted them to be there---and it wasn't in 1976." ---Michael Reagan

"I've spoken of the shining city all my political life, butI don't know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it. But in my mind it was a tall proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind swept, God blessed and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace, a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity, and if there had to be city walls the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here... And how stands the city on this winter night? More prosperous, more secure and happier than it was eight years ago. But more than that; after two hundred years, two centuries, she still stands strong and true on the granite ridge, and her glow has held steady no matter what storm. And she's still a beacon, still a magnet for all who must have freedom, for all the pilgrims from all the lost places who are hurtling through the darkness, toward home. We've done our part. And as I walk into the city streets, a final word to the men and women of the Reagan revolution, the men and women across America who for eight years did the work that brought America back. My friends: We did it. We weren't just marking time, we made a difference. We made the city stronger, we made the city freer, and we left her in good hands. All in all, not bad. Not bad at all. And so, good-bye. God bless you, and God bless the United States of America." ---Ronald Reagan


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