Back in 1980, Ronald Reagan took a nation that was held hostage by Islamic extremists, an economy racked with double digit inflation and double digit unemployment, and brought it back from the brink of collapse. With misery indexes, inflation, stagflation, a shrinking economy, a tattered military and the “days of malaise” brought about by a liberal President and liberal controlled Congress, Ronald Reagan took the reigns of power and in a few short years, turned it all around.
The Reagan presidency lifted our will and spirit, he brought about a rebirth in the entrepreneurial spirit, grew the economy, rebuilt our military, stood up to our enemies, and looked the Russians in the eye and made them blink. His stewardship of our nation spurred on the tearing down of the Berlin Wall, the reunification of Germany, the collapse of the Soviet Union, the lifting of the communist cloud that hung over Eastern Europe and won the Cold War.
At home he stood up against overregulation and unions that held us hostage to their demands. He made us confident and made being an American something to boast about again.
Today as we try to spend our way out of a depressed economy, create unsustainable employment opportunities, grow the size of government by inventing new positions for unaccountable and unelected Czars and try to have the federal government control every aspect of our lives, we are experiencing a return to the days of malaise.
While Jimmy Obama or Barack Carter does all that Ronald Reagan had to once save us from, today, on Reagan’s 99th birthday, we can’t help but ask ourselves who will save us from repeating history and from reinventing the misery index? Who will stop the hemorrhaging of trillions of dollars into unsustainable government programs and government jobs? Today we ask ourselves, who will be the next right person to come along at the right time and restore our nation to that shining city on the hill that Ronald Reagan so gloriously spoke about?
Though not perfect, Ronald Reagan was that person in the 80’s, but who will it be in the second decade of the 21st century.?
Ronald Reagan was one of a kind and so one should not try to remodel themselves or morph themselves into Ronald Reagan. He was right for his time. But we are in new times. We confront new challenges and to deal with them we must have contemporary leaders who face our contemporary problems. So although we should not try to seek out a second Reagan, the next generation of American leaders will still benefit greatly by heeding some of the lessons that Reagan taught us and applying them to today‘s problems .
He made us understand that we can never back down from challenges and that we can’t just go along to get a long. He made hundreds of millions realize that you can’t make the poor rich by making the rich poor and he taught us that our nation’s strength lies not in its government but in its people.
If the next generation of American leaders holds true to those lessons, one of them will emerge as the right person at the right time to lead us and bring us back from the Barack Carter brink that we are teetering on.
Thank you President Reagan and Happy Birthday.