Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Greatest President in the Past 100 Years

It all comes down to this basic premise: if you lose your economic freedom, you lose your political freedom and in fact all freedom. Freedom is something that cannot be passed on genetically. It is never more than one generation away from extinction. Every generation has to learn how to protect and defend it. Once freedom is gone, it's gone for a long, long time. Already, too many of us, particularly those in business and industry, have chosen to switch rather than fight."
Ronald Reagan, 1978

 The liberal press called upon Reagan to remove the tactical nuclear arsenal from Europe. Europeans fell easy prey to the false theory that a nuclear war between the Warsaw Pact and NATO in Europe would remain inside the continent. Freeze supporters here in the U.S. clamored that the strategic arsenal based inside America was more than enough to stop any attack in Germany.

The Hollywood establishment labeled Reagan a reckless "cowboy" who would press the nuclear button at the drop of a hat. The wide liberal criticism openly insulted Reagan as a senile fool who could carry the world into global nuclear war.

Reagan did not give in. Instead of caving to the political pressure, Reagan went against the polls, against the liberal media and against Hollywood's advice to disarm in the face of the Soviet threat. Reagan opted instead to match Moscow's firepower and up the ante. "

Reagan was made from far sterner stuff than was his Soviet counterpart. His genial grin and wise-cracking demeanor concealed a spine of steel when push came to shove. Yet at their next meeting in Reykjavik in 1986, where Gorbachev would not budge on the "Star Wars" question, Reagan was decisive and unforgiving. He recalls in An American Life how he stood up from the table to proclaim that the meeting was over. Then he turned to his Secretary of State: "Let's go, George. We're leaving." Like any good diplomat, Shultz was crushed by so much roughness, but Reagan was completely unfazed. Later on, he explained: "I went to Reykjavik determined that everything was negotiable except two things, our freedom and our future.


  1. "Reagan was made of far sterner stuff".What a fabulous sentence.
    Sadly, our boys are not being raised with anything stern anymore.
    We need millions more like Reagan.
    That quote about "freedom and our future" reminds me of Obama; and how he cares for neither. #(&*#$&* SO UPSETTING!!

  2. "I've come to the White House determined that nothing is negotiable except America's freedom and future." -- Down Low Bath House Barry

  3. I sure agree with this title. Ronald Reagan is the last best president we will have in our lifetimes of either party in fact. The Bush's really did us no favors when you look back.

    I will say, the only thing the libtards actually do criticize Reagan for at this point is "he didn't cure AIDS". And maybe they'll start up with "He didn't protect us from rogue asteroids."

    Thank you Mr Reagan. You were fantastic. I wonder what you could have done with a republican Congress.

  4. Nice Reagan quote, and I would like to go off on a trivial tangent with this: did you realize that Ronald Reagan was using a take-off on an old Tarryton cigarette TV commercial?

    When Reagan said in that last sentence of the quote: 'have chosen to switch rather than fight,' he was referring to the tag line of Tarryton smokers who vowed to remain loyal Tarryton smokers, and that they would 'rather fight than switch' to other brands of cigarettes (Salem, Viceroy, Marlboro, etc). And the various cigarette commercials (long, LONG since banned) would depict actors with black eyes, all smoking Tarrytons, of course, who got in fights in their loyalty to Tarryton.

    But I digress.....