The Patriot Post
Patriot Vol 07 No . 06 Brief 05 February 2007
Special Birthday Edition
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Pious, just, humane, temperate, and sincere.., his example was as edifying to all around him as were the effects of that example lasting... correct throughout, vice shuddered in his presence and virtue always felt his fostering hand. The purity of his private charter gave effulgence to his public virtues.”
—Henry “Light-Horse Harry” Lee’s eulogy to George Washington
In honor of the fifty-seventh anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s 39th birthday, as he would put it, today’s Patriot Brief will be entirely dedicated to this giant of conservatism and mentor to our key staff . A man of simple origins, Reagan always and waveringly did what was right for America. He brought trust, dignity, and humility to the presidency. He was, as William Bennett once observed, “A man in possession of his own soul,” and he restored the nation’s values, its character, its soul. He was a gentleman and a Patriot.
“He quoted Thomas Merton, ‘We must be content to live without watching ourselves live, work without expecting immediate reward, love without instantaneous satisfaction, exist without special recognition.’ The president then wrote, ‘In today’s modern world many would challenge Merton’s statement and ask why we must be content to live this way.’ He answered that question with some of the best advice I’ve ever received: ‘Because our nation was built by men who dedicated their lives to building our country for the sake of their children and countrymen, without taking the time to worry about receiving recognition for their efforts’.” —Oliver North
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a Iampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
“I learned from my father the value of hard work and ambition, and maybe a little something about telling a story. From my mother, I learned the value of prayer, how to have dreams and believe I could make them come true... I was raised to >believe that God has a plan for everyone and that seemingly random twists of fate are all part of His plan. My mother...told me that everything in life happened for a purpose. She said all things were part of God’s plan, even the most disheartening setbacks, and in the end, everything worked out for the best. If something went wrong, she said, you didn’t let it get you down: You stepped away from it, stepped over it, and moved on.”
“When I attended the commencement ceremonies at the Air Force Academy, I was surprised at how many of the graduating cadets came up to me, hand extended —930 in all—and told me they were praying for me. When I mentioned this to the commanding general, he told me that every morning you could find several hundred cadets in the chapel beginning their day with prayer. Hardly a day goes by that I’m not told—sometimes in letters and sometimes by people I meet—that they’re praying for me . It’s a warm but humbling feeling. Sometimes I answer when someone says that; I feel I have to say something. And I tell them that if they ever get a busy signal, it’s because I’m in there ahead of them. I grew up in a home where I was taught to believe in intercessory prayer. I know it’s those prayers, and millions like them, that are building high and strong this cathedral of freedom that we call America; those prayers, and millions like them, that will always keep our country secure and make her a force for good in these too troubled times. And that’s why as a nation we must embrace our faith, for as long as we endeavor to do good—and we must believe that will be always—we will find our strength, our hope, and our true happiness in prayer and in the Lord’s will.”
“[Ronald Reagan] believed that people were the most important resource and that our natural resources should be used in ways that would benefit mankind. Ronald Reagan knew that a growing economy and an improving environment would go hand-in-hand. He understood the absolute necessity of employing sound science to management of natural resources and environmental standards. He rejected the Socialist view of environmental management and the regulatory scheme of ‘one size fits all’ regulations. He supported the principle of federalism in environmental management and was strongly committed to the principle of protection of property rights. And Reagan knew that environmental policies that emanate from liberty are the most successful.”
—Becky Norton Dunlop
And I hope that someday your children and grandchildren will tell of the time that a certain president came to town at the end of a long journey and asked their parents and grandparents to join him in setting America on the course to the new millennium—and that a century of peace, prosperity, opportunity, and hope followed. So, if I could ask you just one last time: Tomorrow, when mountains greet the dawn, would you go out there and win one for the Gipper?”
OPINION IN BRIEF
Tuesday would have been Ronald Reagan’s 96th birthday, which is amazing when you consider he is, in a way, more with us than ever: his memory and meaning summoned in political conversation, his name evoked by candidates. I remember 10 years ago when there was controversy over the movement to name things for him—buildings and airports. I was away from home at the time, and I realized that to talk to people in Washington about it, I’d have to land at JFK, take the FDR Drive and go through the Lincoln tunnel. This is America; we remember our greats. You tell yourself who you are by what you raise a statue to... It’s part of why when you next fly to Washington, you’ll land at Reagan National Airport.” ------Peggy Noonan
“The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program.”
“The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”
“I consider all proposals for government action with an open mind before voting ‘no’.”
“The taxpayer: That’s someone who works for the federal government but doesn’t have to take the civil service examination.”
“Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
“Government is like a baby: An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.”
RE : THE LEFT
“So now we declare ‘war on poverty’... Now, do they honestly expect us to believe that if we add $1 billion to the $45 million we are spending... one more program to the 30-odd we have—and remember, this new program doesn’t replace any, it just duplicates existing programs—do they believe that poverty is suddenly going to disappear by magic?... Yet anytime you and I question the schemes of the do-gooders, we are denounced as being against their humanitarian goals. They say we are always ‘against’ things, never ‘for’ anything. Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn’t so.”
“I believe that everything happens in God’s time and His time and our time is not always on the same plane. We wanted my father to get the nomination and win in ‘76 but God had other plans. Now, looking back, those plans are clear as they were not at the time... If Dad had won in 1976, who would have been in place then to bring about the momentous events in the 80s that saw the Evil Empire destroyed? Think about it, none of the key players in the drama were onstage. In 1976 Mrs. Thatcher was not Britain’s prime minister, Karol Wytola was not the pope, Mikhail Gorbachev was not in charge in Moscow and Lech Walesa was an obscure electrician in a Polish shipyard. Anybody familiar with Ronald Reagan’s plans for dealing with the Soviets and their domination of Eastern Euro e knows that his determination to bring down the Soviet monolith depended on a number of factors, and having the right allies in the right places at the right times eventually proved to be the key to victory. Those factors were not present in 1976... I believe that everybody is here on earth for a purpose. God arranged for them to be where he wanted them to be, when he wanted them to be there—and it wasn’t in 1976.” —Michael Reagan
FOR THE RECORD
“I must say we do have to thank Jimmy Carter for one thing: He contributed considerably to the 1980 victory for Ronald Reagan. I’ve often thought that if Ronald Reagan had won the nomination in 1976, he might well not have won the presidency. But even if he had won the presidency, the foundation had not yet been completely laid, and it was not until 1980 that a combination of misgovernment in the late 1970s and a philosophy of government that Ronald Reagan preached around the country, and was picked up by others and other candidates, resulted in the victory in 1980 for conservative principles. So 1980 really became the point of proving that conservatism was a national governing philosophy, and it was in that period that things like the end of the Cold War, the economic revival of the United States, and the restoration of the self-confidence of the people made real strides for conservatism in this country.”
—Edwin Meese Ill
SELECT READER COMMENTS
“What a great essay on Ronald Reagan (http:IlPatriotPosLUS/alexander/edition.asp?id~517).worthy of a Pulitzer. If more Americans read this article, they would realize the conservative ideas were what made Reagan great. If only we had leaders who were half the men he was again!”
—Raleigh, North Carolina
‘Sadly, we may never see another Ronald Reagan— I think they broke the mold with the first one . Ronald Reagan was a great President. He made mistakes, sure, but then who does not? If he were still here and able to run, I would vote for him again. Thanks for the refresher.” —Orlando, Florida
“I want to thank you for your dedication to the conservative cause—the Reagan Revolution. Your writing has helped me challenge the status quo of liberalism around me. I’ve given out your web address time and time again, but I don’t think they’re subscribing—yet! The truth can be so painful to a Iiberal!
“The anti-war protesters who spray painted our Nation’s Capitol should be prosecuted. For someone to give instruction to Capitol Police not to interfere in the defacing of our Capitol, is beyond me. Thank goodness we still have citizens with class who would not stoop to the level of destruction such as this.
------ Woodbridge, Virginia
THE LAST WORD
“I’ve spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don’t know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it. But in my mind it was a tall proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind swept, God blessed and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace, a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity, and if there had to be city walls the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here...
And how stands the city on this winter night? More prosperous, more secure and happier than it was eight years ago. But more than that; after two hundred years, two centuries, she still stands strong and true on the granite ridge, and her glow has held steady no matter what storm. And she’s still a beacon, still a magnet for all who must have freedom, for all the pilgrims from all the lost places who are hurtling through the darkness, toward home.
We’ve done our part. And as I walk into the city streets, a final word to the men and women of the Reagan revolution, the men and women across America who for eight years did the work that brought America back. My friends: We did it. We weren’t just marking time, we made a difference. We made the city stronger, we made the city freer, and we left her in good hands. All in all, not bad. Not bad at all. And so, good-bye. God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.”
Veritas vos Liberabit — Semper Vigilo, Fortis, Paratus, et Fidelis! Mark Alexander, Publisher, for The Patriot’s editors and staff.
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