Saturday, June 05, 2004
When Reagan died today, it was a shock. But also a relief as well, knowing that he wouldn't have to suffer from Alzheimer's anymore.
Reagan was the last 'Great President', in that he was the last man who filled that office with the aura and presence of a man who belongs there. Before him, you'd have to go all the way back, in my opinion, to Truman (I am not a Kennedy fan). Since him, no one matches up. George Sr. was an "administrator" type like LBJ or Ike. Not bad, but not historical either. And Clinton and W? I am sorry, but they just don't make it.
I'm not going to rehash his 8 years here, but he did some amazing things. He changed the debate about the size of taxes and government. And through a complex application of pressure geo-politically (Nicaragua and Afghanistan), economically (low Saudi oil prices undercut Soviet oil exports) and militarily (Star Wars), he broke up the Soviet Union. No one before him thought it possible. He believed it not only possible, but necessary. And he did it.
I don't know if we'll see another 'Great President' any time soon. W isn't up to snuff, and neither is Kerry. But for now I'll put that aside and mourn a great man and a great leader. A man who made America great again.
We will miss you, Ronald W. Reagan. God bless you and hold you fast.