Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Ronald Reagan Centennial Celebration

President Ronald Reagan
I have given much thought about what I should post today concerning Ronald Reagan's Centennial Celebration. So much has been said and written about Reagan that I could never equal in style, grace or depth.

I have five books on my shelves that have the writings of Reagan himself: Ronald Reagan: An American Life, Reagan: In His Own Hand, Reagan: A Life in Letters, Dear Americans: Letters from the desk of Ronald Reagan and The Reagan Diaries.

The fact that he wrote so much and did it all in longhand - no computers! - shows us the passion, depth and intellect of the man.

He had been a Democrat from 1932-1962 and then switched to the Republican party. He famously said, "I did not leave the Democrat party. The Democrat party left me."

I have decided to let Ronald Reagan speak for himself and am posting his first national speech A Time for Choosing, once again. I have posted it several times and it is linked on our homepage because it is powerful and timeless. Ironically, we are at that same crossroads, again. Will we ever learn, America?

I am also posting his 1st and 2nd Inaugural Addresses as well as his Farewell Address to the nation. Watch one, two or all four and you will feel his optimism and excitement for America.

A Time for Choosing was originally given in 1964 in support of Barry Goldwater's presidential campaign. Reagan, himself, was not seeking office but this speech garnered the attention of many and Reagan was elected Governor of California in 1966. The rest, as they say, is history.

He was not a perfect man but he was a good man. He was a great leader that captured the ideas of our Founding Fathers in a way no man had done in generations and no man has done since. Not only did he capture those ideas, he was able to communicate those ideas and principles to a nation that embraced our founding as well as embraced and loved the 40th President of the United States.

This is why we miss him and yearn for a president that will lead us on to greater tomorrows and one that loves America like Ronald Reagan.


The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation YouTube Channel

This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capitol can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.

You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We'll preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we'll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness.

Televised Campaign Address for Goldwater Presidential Campaign - October 27, 1964

President Reagan 1981 Inaugural Address

President Reagan 1985 Inaugural Address

President Reagan's Farewell Speech from the Oval Office January 11, 1989

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