This week would have marked the 100th birthday of the greatest President of my lifetime. Ronald Reagan was born on Feb. 6, 1911. He not only saw a lot of history, he made history.
While I’ll grant that as President he didn’t do everything he said he would — he never abolished the Department of Education or Health and Human Services, for example — his words were an inspiration to the world. He once said, “What I’d really like is to go down in history as the President who made Americans believe in themselves again.”
I think we can agree he accomplished that.
Here’s my favorite all-time Reaganism: “Government is not the solution; government is the problem.”
Followed closely by this one: “We don’t have a trillion-dollar-debt because we haven’t taxed enough; we have a trillion-dollar-debt because we spend too much.”
Here’s another of my favorite quotes by him: “Whatever else history may say about me when I’m gone, I hope it will record that I appealed to your best hopes, not your worst fears; to your confidence, rather than your doubts. My dream is that you will travel the road ahead with liberty’s lamp guiding your steps and opportunity’s arm steadying your way.”
Don’t you wish we had a President now with half the vision of Ronald Reagan?
— Chip Wood