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February 6th, 2011

Ronald Reagan @ 100 – Unlike Any Other

The biggest misunderstanding about Reagan’s political life is that he was inevitable. He was not. He had to fight for every inch, he had to make it happen. What Billy Herndon said of Abraham Lincoln was true of Reagan too: He had within him, always, a ceaseless little engine of ambition. He was good at not showing it, as was Lincoln, but it was there. He was knowingly in the greatness game, at least from 1976, when he tried to take down a sitting president of his own party. – Peggy Noonan

While he stood tough and strong against our — and humanity’s — enemies abroad, at home Reagan showed a congeniality to his political opponents. And he stood for and evinced a sunny optimism about both America and the American people. To him it was always “morning in America.” – Bill Bennett

A good measure of a president’s leadership is whether he seizes opportunities to spotlight America’s defense of freedom and democracy, or whether he equivocates. What set Reagan apart, agitated his critics, and confounds his imitators is that he truly treasured those values and sought to spread them wherever and whenever he had a chance. – Fred Thompson

Reagan’s presidential achievements bore out his optimism. He knew that if the federal government did its part to provide a more stable dollar and reduce the burden of excessive taxation and regulation, combined with a strong, purposeful foreign policy, the United States would soar ahead – and the rest of the world would follow. – Steve Forbes

A Time for Choosing

Reagan’s First Inaugural

“These are the men of Point-du-Hoc”

Reagan’s Second Inaugural

“Tear Down This Wall”

If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

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