Centennial: Reagan at 100

by Ryan on February 6, 2011

in Culture,History,Media,Media Bias,Politics

Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) would have been 100 years old today.  Of course, there’s not much more to write about our 40th President which hasn’t already been said over the past few weeks:  his place in history, the liberal penchant for only liking dead conservatives, Obama’s fresh discovery of Reagan whom he formerly despised, and on and on and on.

So I’m going to make this post a personal Reagan reflection.

As a high school American history teacher I always have to look at historical figures in two ways:  how they contributed to the era in which they lived (the “history” part), and what lessons can be learned from these figures which can help us understand ourselves better today (the “relevance” part).

So, in my opinion here’s the historical clip which has the most relevance to us today moving forward:

Reagan was the nice old man on TV when I was a kid.  My grandfather passed away at home when I was 4 and Reagan kind of seemed like a grandfatherly figure who showed up on the news my parents watched.  I didn’t grasp what he was saying, just that I felt safe with him there.  In high school and college, I rediscovered Reagan as the conservative he was and as the kind of politician I would always judge others against when I went into the voting booth.  In that sense, Reagan’s legacy was a profound one for me, and one which continues.  He had faults, he made mistakes, but his clarity, philosophy, and his results make him a political titan whose shadow is still cast on today’s sorry crowd in DC.

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