Monday, June 14, 2004

More on President Reagan

Already people are complaining over the idea of renaming things in honor of President Reagan. While I do not think things of this nature ought to be rushed or done without proper thought, the automatic nay saying is disclosing a person’s dislike – rational or otherwise – for President Reagan.

Schools, boulevards, parks, are all named for presidents, statesmen, and political/religious notables… people don’t mind it, really. In other parts of the country, people are fighting to preserve the names of schools named after presidents, because some people think the times have changed, and a new name ought to appear. Again, things of this nature ought not to be rushed!

President Reagan, despite the liberal spin, was a champion of causes, big and small. First woman on the Supreme Court (whose record of decisions stands quite a contrast to Mr. Reagan’s own Conservative values!), first highest-ranking black in his Administration, that of Colin Powell, provided for over $5 billion in funds for AIDS research, doubled treasury revenue, cut taxes on all tax payers, instead of appeasing the Soviet Union, he took decisive steps that lead to its collapse. Facts can’t be ignored.

People criticize Mr. Reagan as someone who only knew how to read a Teleprompter. A pity those people never read Reagan, in His Own Hand, a collection of hundreds of radio addresses he gave in the years before running for president. All of them written out in long hand by Mr. Reagan himself, all conveying the Conservative principles he held closely through his adult life. Teleprompter, indeed.

To this day, Mr. Reagan gets mixed press coverage, at best. Even the likes of Peter Jennings and Dan Rather were critical of the people who lined up to pay tribute to the man last week, so in his death Mr. Reagan could do nothing right by them. One has to consider how often Mr. Reagan spoke directly to the people – in order to get his message out unfiltered – to appreciate how much the slanted media twisted his words.

True, Mr. Reagan and his Administration were not without his faults, and no one who is open minded could argue. At least he held the office of President in the utmost highest regard, which is not something that could be said for all Presidents, before and after his term.

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