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Old 09-09-2008, 05:12 AM
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I personally, LOVED Reagan. So, this endorsement gives me great pleasure.. [img]smileys/smiley32.gif[/img][img]smileys/smiley32.gif[/img][img]smileys/smiley32.gif[/img]

Welcome Back, Dad !
by Michael Reagan (more by this author)
Posted 09/04/2008 ET
Updated 09/04/2008 ET

I've been trying to convince my fellow conservatives that they have been wasting their time in a fruitless quest for a new Ronald Reagan to emerge and lead our party and our nation. I insisted that we'd never see his like again because he was one of a kind.

I was wrong!

Wednesday night I watched the Republican National Convention on television and there, before my very eyes, I saw my Dad reborn; only this time he's a she.

And what a she!

In one blockbuster of a speech, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin resurrected my Dad's indomitable spirit and sent it soaring above the convention center, shooting shock waves through the cynical media's assigned spaces and electrifying the huge audience with the kind of inspiring rhetoric we haven't heard since my Dad left the scene.

This was Ronald Reagan at his best -- the same Ronald Reagan who made the address known now solely as "The Speech," which during the Goldwater campaign set the tone and the agenda for the rebirth of the traditional conservative movement that later sent him to the White House for eight years and revived the moribund GOP.

Last night was an extraordinary event. Widely seen beforehand as a make-or-break effort -- either an opportunity for Sarah Palin to show that she was the happy warrior that John McCain assured us she was, or a disaster that would dash McCain's presidential hopes and send her back to Alaska, sadder but wiser.

Obviously un-intimidated by either the savage onslaught to which the left-leaning media had subjected her, or the incredible challenge she faced -- and oozing with confidence -- she strode defiantly to the podium and proved she was everything and even more than John McCain told us.

Much has been made of the fact that she is a woman. What we saw last night, however, was something much more than a just a woman accomplishing something no Republican woman has ever achieved. What we saw was a red-blooded American with that rare, God-given ability to rally her dispirited fellow Republicans and take up the daunting task of leading them -- and all her fellow Americans -- on a pilgrimage to that shining city on the hill my father envisioned as our nation's real destination.

In a few words she managed to rip the mask from the faces of her Democratic rivals and reveal them for what they are -- a pair of old-fashioned liberals making promises that cannot be kept without bankrupting the nation and reducing most Americans to the status of mendicants begging for their daily bread at the feet of an all-powerful government.

Most important, by comparing her own stunning record of achievement with his, she showed Barack Obama for the sham that he is, a man without any solid accomplishments beyond conspicuous self-aggrandizement.

Like Ronald Reagan, Sarah Palin is one of us. She knows how most of us live because that's the way she lives. She shares our homespun values and our beliefs, and she glories in her status as a small-town woman who put her shoulder to the wheel and made life better for her neighbors.

Her astonishing rise up from the grass-roots, her total lack of self-importance, and her ordinary American values and modest lifestyle reveal her to be the kind of hard-working, optimistic, ordinary American who made this country the greatest, most powerful nation on the face of the earth.

As hard as you might try, you won't find that kind of plain-spoken, down-to-earth, self-reliant American in the upper ranks of the liberal-infested, elitist Democratic Party, or in the Obama campaign.

Sarah Palin didn't go to Harvard, or fiddle around in urban neighborhood leftist activism while engaging in opportunism within the ranks of one of the nation's most corrupt political machines, never challenging it and going along to get along, like Barack Obama.

Instead she took on the corrupt establishment in Alaska and beat it, rising to the governorship while bringing reforms to every level of government she served in on her way up the ladder.

Welcome back, Dad, even if you're wearing a dress and bearing children this time around.


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Old 09-09-2008, 05:23 AM
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Okay, I have to ask...what was so great about Ronald Reagan? Now mind you, when he took office I was 8 and throughout his holding office, I obviously wasn't into politics. And I don't ask this to be offensive in any way. I am just curious why there were these "Reagan Democrats" and why everyone thought he was so great.

I only remember two things about his time in office....my parents griping about him to each other and something about a ketchup condiment package in school lunches being considered a vegetable.

And yes, I could Google and see what other people say, but I've seen more than one person here say Reagan was the best president ever, so I would like to hear from those here why they think that.
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Old 09-09-2008, 05:28 AM
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I'm not surprised Michael Reagan would come out in favor of her.

Jen - think small government and a good economy. I was only 8 myself so I liked thathe looked an awful lot like my granddad.
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Old 09-09-2008, 05:31 AM
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I was only 8 myself so I liked thathe looked an awful lot like my granddad.
That's cute.
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Old 09-09-2008, 05:37 AM
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First you had to live through Carter to truly understand how bad things got. Even reading about it doesn't give you that real experience. (It did scare me a bit to realize my niece was reading about Carter as history but I am digressing.) People had gotten truly angry at the whole Nixon thing and Ford pardoning him and gone off the deep end for a fresh new face and we got Carter and the economy and the world plunged.

Reagan wasn't new to politics. He'd been around for a while but largely on the edge, ignored. By the end of Carter's term people were really getting scared. We didn't just have high gas prices we had no gas. You'd wait in lines for hours for gas on certain days and then there wouldn't be any. The interest rates were in the doubles. Even to this day it amazes me when people complain about interest rates in the 6% range as a teenager I remember my parents thinking when they got one in the 10 range they got a "steal." When it dropped to 8 we sang and danced, we thought it was amazing. Many people have kind of blocked that out but it wasn't great.

The fact that there is a word Reagan Democrat is an amazing concept. People really had reached the point they were willing to listen to someone who offered them a chance to think about alternatives to high inflation, an ever more scary situation with the Soviet Union, etc. He scared the pants of liberal democrats. What bothered them more though was some in their own party while voting for democratic canidates voted for Reagan. It puzzled the Democratic party. They just couldn't figure out what it was about Reagan that appealed to these voters. Many were and are traditional base Democratic voters who put economics ahead of other traditional party politics to vote.

Reagan in many respects has done better since he's left office. The media gave him crap while he was in because he was willing to do what he thought had to be done and many of his decisions were mighty unpopular and at times we held our breaths with his stand offs with the Soviets. He went toe to toe and didn't blink. There were those at the time that swore he'd get us blown to kingdom come and I suspect if we'd have gone to war his legacy would be much different than the one he has because the wall came down in Berlin. Much of how history views you is a result of the outcomes of your choices, not always your choices.
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I was only 8 myself so I liked thathe looked an awful lot like my granddad.
That's cute.
If I can find a pic of my granddad I'll show you.
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First you had to live through Carter to truly understand how bad things got. Even reading about it doesn't give you that real experience. (It did scare me a bit to realize my niece was reading about Carter as history but I am digressing.) People had gotten truly angry at the whole Nixon thing and Ford pardoning him and gone off the deep end for a fresh new face and we got Carter and the economy and the world plunged.

Reagan wasn't new to politics. He'd been around for a while but largely on the edge, ignored. By the end of Carter's term people were really getting scared. We didn't just have high gas prices we had no gas. You'd wait in lines for hours for gas on certain days and then there wouldn't be any. The interest rates were in the doubles. Even to this day it amazes me when people complain about interest rates in the 6% range as a teenager I remember my parents thinking when they got one in the 10 range they got a "steal." When it dropped to 8 we sang and danced, we thought it was amazing. Many people have kind of blocked that out but it wasn't great.

The fact that there is a word Reagan Democrat is an amazing concept. People really had reached the point they were willing to listen to someone who offered them a chance to think about alternatives to high inflation, an ever more scary situation with the Soviet Union, etc. He scared the pants of liberal democrats. What bothered them more though was some in their own party while voting for democratic canidates voted for Reagan. It puzzled the Democratic party. They just couldn't figure out what it was about Reagan that appealed to these voters. Many were and are traditional base Democratic voters who put economics ahead of other traditional party politics to vote.

Reagan in many respects has done better since he's left office. The media gave him crap while he was in because he was willing to do what he thought had to be done and many of his decisions were mighty unpopular and at times we held our breaths with his stand offs with the Soviets. He went toe to toe and didn't blink. There were those at the time that swore he'd get us blown to kingdom come and I suspect if we'd have gone to war his legacy would be much different than the one he has because the wall came down in Berlin. Much of how history views you is a result of the outcomes of your choices, not always your choices.
That's interesting. And you know, the gas issue - I do remember my mom and dad telling me about that, gas rationing.

Well, in the meantime, I've been doing a little researching on him and his economic policy. From what I read, it does seem like he did a lot of good with the economy while in office.
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Obama's accomplishments are impressive and far out weigh Palin's. I can't believe that people buy this crap. Biden's accomplishments certainly out weigh Palin's.
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Old 09-09-2008, 08:06 AM
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What's that I hear over yonder, it's a troll singing the daily Obama attack song.
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What's that I hear above me? It's BS! You attack me with BS because you can't defend Palin with facts. [img]smileys/smiley36.gif[/img]
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