Honoring Ronald Reagan (Republished)

When Ronald Reagan died on Saturday, June 5th, he left a legacy behind along with a world mourning his absence. Reagan became our nation's 40th president at a time when America needed a hero - a person who could restore the faith Americans had lost. It is ironic to note that this same man who preached against government was the man who restored faith in the presidency and American government. Reagan's presidency held a staunch resistance to communism and defeated that "evil empire" of the Soviet Union as well as comforting the nation during the Challenger disaster. Reagan reminded us that it was "morning in America" and he always believed in America's greatness. He was a man known as the Great Communicator and that can be witnessed by his uncanny ability to throw together a stunning quote or deliver a quick comeback to opponents. Ronald Reagan left the presidency with the highest approval rating of any president since Roosevelt. He won over the hearts of many Americans while in office and won over the public once again when he disclosed his bout with Alzheimers through a letter. Once again Reagan displayed his characteristic optimism and patriotism by stating, "When the Lord calls me home, whenever that may be, I will leave with the greatest love for this country of ours and eternal optimism for its future. I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life. I know for America there will always be a bright dawn ahead." America has indeed lost an icon. Perhaps New York Governor Pataki put it best when he remarked "The sun has set on the remarkable life of the great man who reminded us it is always morning in America." (First published 06.08.04)

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