I am deeply saddened to see that President Ronald Reagan died today at age 93, living longer than any other US president.My liberal friends are always horrified to know of my personal admiration for President Reagan. And my conservative friends find it hard to believe that liberal me met Reagan personally and even worked for the Reagan campaign back many years ago now.
I make no apology for my affiliations with President Reagan. Those were rich and rewarding days in my life and helped make me into the person I am today. These are just some of the reasons I will always remember President Reagan with respect and fondness:
- He had unending charisma, coupled with a powerful and convincing communication style.
- He restored our nation’s sense of pride and dignity in a time when we had been defeated by Vietnam, lied to by Nixon, victimized by rampant inflation and insane gasoline prices, and humiliated by the Iranian hostage crisis.
- He convinced our nation that the budget deficit was something that had to be eradicated (while, regrettably, at the same time spending more and raising the deficit higher than any president in history).
- With the outrageous budget deficit and lies about Soviet military might, he purchased the end of the Cold War and the defeat of communism as the world then knew it. The Berlin Wall came down.
I know he fell asleep during cabinet meetings, that the country was being run by Nancy’s astrologist, and that he was probably suffering from the beginnings of Alzheimer’s disease while he was in office. But all in all, I think he and his administration did more positive long-term things for our country than any president in my lifetime.