Tuesday, April 16, 2013
I’m a week late on this one, but with last week’s passing of former British Prime Minister, Baroness Margaret Thatcher, one cannot forget about her contributions to British society and the world in general.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Over the three day weekend, I had the pleasure of attending a local Reagan Day luncheon to honor our 40th President, who would have been 102 years old this month. (Pictured above is NJ Assemblyman Jay Webber.)
Monday, January 28, 2013
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Friday, August 31, 2012
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Monday, June 11, 2012
On his show today, Neil Cavuto went on a tear about the idea of American exceptionalism; taking apart Bill Maher's insidious comments.
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Before I get into her speech, that's right! I met her (that's a good friend of mine in the middle) at CPAC! A major reason I headed down this year, Sarah Palin keynoted this year's Conservative Political Action Conference (on her birthday) and as you will see from my video, she rocked the house!
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
On March 30, 1981, 30 years ago, John W. Hinckley attempted to assassinate Ronald Reagan, firing a barrage of bullets outside of the Washington Hilton after a speech to members of the AFL-CIO, where he was beginning to build support among "Reagan Democrats." With strong, swift decision-making made by the Secret Service, including Jerry Parr, the Secret Service Agent who pushed the president into the limo, President Reagan was able to be promptly treated for his injuries at George Washington University Hospital; that treatment saving his life. While the President was lucky to get away with his life, Reagan's Press Secretary, James Brady, was severely injured, as he was shot in the head by Hinckley, and today, is severely disabled.
The events of March 30, 1981, had wide-ranging ramifications, between changes in the way the Secret Service goes about protecting the President, insanity in court cases, (Hinckley still continues to live in a mental institution, has never served time for his crime, and some believe this psychotic madman should be set free) and a re-defined purpose of service by President Reagan during his time in office, as he believed Divine intervention saved his life. Even in the face of death, Americans saw the President's humor, as well as his sunny, optimistic outlook in times of upheaval, and his popularity surged.
Thirty years later, Del Quentin Wilber wrote a comprehensive re-telling of the events of that day titled Rawhide Down. It is definitely a recommended read, brings a lot of new information into the fold, shows how close President Reagan came to dying on that fateful day and leads the reader to draw the connections on how the events of March 30, 1981, launched Ronald Reagan to be inspired to lead in the fashion he did during those eight years in the White House.
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Had he lived past 2004, President Ronald Reagan would have been 100 years old today. As a youngster, I remember Reagan quite well, thought him to be a good speaker and a soothing voice in times of tragedy; and as I grew older, I read about what he did as president and admired him even more!
In terms of endorsing and articulating Conservatism, Ronald Reagan was the total package! George W. Bush had his conservative moments, but overall, was not as conservative as Reagan. Faced with great challenges in terms of righting the economic ship, bringing the Cold War to an end and raising the military strength and worldwide respect of the United States, he was successful in his eight years in Washington. Furthermore, whether being shot at ("Tell Nancy I forgot to duck") or speaking of/to adversaries, humor was a mainstay in presidency, as was positivity and optimism.
In the end, Ronald Reagan trusted the American people over Congress and effectively went directly to the American people to achieve success in his agenda. There are many lessons to be learned from Ronald Reagan and it is my hope that both political parties study closely, his leadership during those eight years; not just in words, but in action!
Thank you, President Reagan, for your service and contributions, as you have and still do inspire many!
Friday, January 28, 2011
President Reagan cancelled the State of the Union that evening and memorialized those who were lost in the Challenger explosion in a short, graceful and moving speech, which is one of his most memorable, that did a great deal to move the healing process forward.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
"Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev...TEAR DOWN THIS WALL"
On this day, 23 years ago, Ronald Reagan stood in West Berlin, in front of Brandenburg Gate and gave that speech. His speechwriters actually removed that phrase at least twice prior to it being re-inserted as they thought it to be too confrontational.
Ronald Reagan epitiomized strong leadership. He believed there was a means to an end and for that end to be reached, the means had to be traversed, even if it wouldn't be considered politically correct or to the liking of everyone. In looking at the Soviet Union and Cold War, Reagan looked to end the period of detente which had been the way through the 1970s. To end the Soviet Union's domination of its people and Eastern Europe, he had to show them America was not afraid to face them head on, he had to show America's economic strengths and he had to show American Exceptionalism to the Soviet world. He showed that America is a force for good in the world, will spread liberty, is firmly against evil and will not/does not need to apologize for this belief in exceptionalism. During the 1980s, Reagan may have been chided and castigated by his enemies, but he was right! By the end of his presidency, glasnost and perestroika had taken hold and into Bush 41, the Berlin Wall had fallen, with the eventual dissolution of the Soviet Union. Without Ronald Reagan's steadfast leadership, this would not have been possible. Margaret Thatcher and Pope John Paul II would not have had the backing of the United States in support of their respective roles in ending the Cold War.
Americans, Europeans and the Russian people enslaved under the Communist system should be thankful for Ronald Reagan's leadership, the world is a better place for it and it is my hope, as well as many in the United States, that someone follows the model of Reagan in serving as our next president.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
This book may be four years old, but it is a classic, John O'Sullivan's The President, The Pope and the Prime Minister: Three Who Changed the World. Since I'm new to blogging, I'd be remiss if I did not mention it. O'Sullivan tells the story of the unlikely rise and successes of Ronald Reagan, Pope John Paul II and Margaret Thatcher. All three were never expected to be their states' (or in the case of the Pope) or their religion's leader because they were looked upon by their peers and their detractors as too rigid and far too ideological to successfully lead. Despite those unwarranted warnings, they became leaders as a result of the problems of the 1970s and the undying optimism they exhibited. While the voters (and followers) supported them and gave them the opportunity to lead, they were seen as a threat to their enemies and they each survived assassination attempts. Not only did the three successfully lead their own and reinvigorate their people, but they collaborated to once and for all, end the Cold War when it seemed as though detente would allow its continuation.
Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher and Pope John Paul II taught us three things:
- People want their leaders to be optimistic in nature as it's that optimism that instills pride, inspires hope and reinvigorates its people.
- Certain objectives cannot be compromised, especially key promises that leader makes to the led, and those led will admire the resolve of the leader.
- When people are given a choice between freedom and tyranny, they will choose freedom.
On a personal note, as a Gen Xer, I am truly inspired by these three. They all were at the helm in the 1980s, during my childhood and I remember their speeches, I remember their optimism and I remember the ramifications of their leadership, as the world does in 2010. Here are just a few clips so that we can all remember them in their prime.
Could not find a YouTube of one of Pope John Paul II's Youth Day speeches, but in a recent conversation with a priest who hails from Nigeria, he credits Pope John Paul II with inspiring him to join the Catholic Church and dedicate his life to preaching the word of God and help those less fortunate than he. Because of the Pope's passion, the recruiting of the world's youth and the return to true Catholicism, membership within the Catholic Church has grown by leaps and bounds during his time.
These leaders will forever be remembered and we all look to see who will be the next leaders to follow the lead of Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher and Karol Wojtyla.