On this date, in 1911, Ronald Wilson Reagan was born in the state of Illinois. During his life, he was a lifeguard, a motion picture star, a television star, a radio star, president of the Screen Actors Guild, two term Governor of California and two term President of the United States.
Reagan was originally a member of the Democrat Party and switched to the Republican Party in 1962. He famously said, "I didn't leave the Democrat Party. The party left me."
Reagan was a true conservative who believed in American exceptionalism, a small federal government, low taxes, states rights and individual liberty. In short, he believed the words written by our Founding Fathers in the Constitution of the United States. He was the greatest President in my lifetime and the more I learn about him, the more I yearn for another President that shares his values and beliefs.
Reagan truly did bring "hope and change" to America and the people loved him for it. Unlike President Obama, Reagan knew the solutions to America's problems and in his first inaugural address he said, "In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem." Reagan spent the next eight years getting government out of our way and giving the people hope and change to believe in. His speeches were not political rhetoric - he meant what he said, acted to strengthen our country and acted to give more freedom to the people. Politicians continue to quote Ronald Reagan to this day.
It's also a coincidence that Governor Sarah Palin, who is a Reagan conservative, is giving the key note address at the Tea Party Convention tonight on Ronald Reagan's birthday.
I truly believe if he had been alive in 1776, he would have been one of the Founding Fathers of our nation because he so strongly believed everything the Founders believed.
There have been countless books written about Reagan and I can't cover everything I would like in this limited forum but I would like to put up a few links for your further study. As you read more about him and listen to his speeches, you'll understand why so many Americans loved him and why he is still referred to by politicians during every election cycle.
The following links will help you learn more about Ronald Reagan. My recommendations are his own writings instead of what others have written about him.
Ronald Reagan's writings in book form -
Ronald Reagan An American Life
The Reagan Diaries
Diary of his years as President of the United States
Reagan In His Own Hand
The writings of Ronald Reagan that reveal his revolutionary vision for America
I Love You, Ronnie
The Letters of Ronald Reagan to Nancy Reagan
Reagan A Life in Letters
A collection of some of the more than 10,000 letters written by Ronald Reagan
Dear Americans Letters from the Desk of Ronald Reagan
Letters Reagan wrote to everyday Americans
Electorial College maps of the 1980 & 1984 Presidential Elections. Two landslides. Even the liberal east and west coasts voted for him. The entire country loved Ronald Reagan and his love of freedom for the people!
click map for larger view