Reagan’s Death

It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly ten years since Reagan left the public scene with his announcement that he had Alzheimers. He’s had such a profound impact on my life and has been the best President of my lifetime. The country was a mess when he tookover – interest rates in the low teens, inflation high and unemployment high – and when he left office the country had been transformed. I’ve missed him for the last decade or so and I’ll continue to miss him. More later.

Ronald Reagan, February 6th, 1911 – June 5th, 2004.

James has more here and here.

UPDATE: Hee even has some admirers across the pond.

ANOTHER UPDATE: From a post I made last November:

Reagan wasn’t perfect but he remains the best President of my lifetime. He took over this country at a time when America seemed impotent in foreign policy – the Iranian hostage crisis and Vietnam – and the economy featured high unemployment and high inflation. When Reagan left office the economy had morphed from one of high unemployment and high inflation to one of low unemployment – by the standards of the time – and low inflation. On foreign policy we had faced the Soviets head-on by forward deploying nuclear missiles in Germany and increasing the budget for the military to nearly six percent of GDP. Despite the words of the revisionists, including Gorbachev, Reagan’s actions precipitated the downfall of communism as a global threat. After it had fallen there were a bunch of people saying communism was doomed to fail anyway, but that had been true for seventy years. Someone had to give it the push over the cliff and Reagan is the man responsible for that.

That’ll do it for today.

YET ANOTHER: Had to get this in. George Will has an excellent piece on Reagan’s monument:

One measure of a leader’s greatness is this: By the time he dies the dangers that summoned him to greatness have been so thoroughly defeated, in no small measure by what he did, it is difficult to recall the magnitude of those dangers or of his achievements. So if you seek Ronald Reagan’s monument, look around and consider what you do not see.

The Iron Curtain that scarred a continent is gone, as is the Evil Empire responsible for it. The feeling of foreboding – the sense of shrunken possibilities – that afflicted Americans 20 years ago has been banished by a new birth of the American belief in perpetually expanding horizons.

Yes, sometimes it’s the things you don’t see anymore that matter most. Generations will grow up not having to fear for the destruction of the entire planet. That’s the extent of his legacy. RTWT.

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