The Discovery Channel recently concluded a feature called Greatest American
, in which the public was asked to vote on whom they considered to
be the greatest American of all times. With over a 4% margin, apparently the public believes the honor goes to the late Ronald Reagan, former
president from 1980-1988. He was the oldest U.S. President to date, founded Reaganomics, and had several nicknames. Among them were: The Great
Communicator, Dutch, and The Gipper. What of his competition? Benjamin Franklin took 5th place, George Washington took 4th, Martin Luther King Jr.
took 3rd, and Abraham Lincoln took 2nd. So what garnered The Gipper such an honor?
WHAT YOU KNOW
He was known for being a prolific letter writer, esteemed for his love of letters to his wife Nancy, and also the 1994 note he penned announcing he
had Alzheimer's that began "My Fellow Americans." He was the only president who had headed a labor union, had been an actor, and had been divorced.
WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW
Surviving his assassination attempt in 1981, he broke the "curse" of all U.S. presidents who were elected in a year ending in "0" dying in office. His
love of jelly beans prompted Jelly Belly to create a Blueberry flavor for his 1981 inauguration so that red, white and blue candies could be served at
the inauguration parties, where more than 40 million were eating.
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is what lands a man the honor of Greatest American. In a list of men who include the man who held our first continental congress
together through its most trying times, a famous general who won against all odds then turned down the opportunity to be king in order to establish a
presidency, a minister who was assassinated while attempting to close the racial gap between half the population of America, and president who was
assassinated for his conviction that a state should not have the right to succeed from the Union...the American people chose to give their highest
honor to a man who really liked jelly beans.
This is either dead accurate proof of the disturbing Jelly Bean Conspiracy, in which our nation is controlled by a shadow government of Jelly Belly
board members, or perhaps that Americans have completely lost all touch with history, and can only recall what has recently been told to them in the
I am so thoroughly disgusted with human beings right now I can hardly see straight. Now, don't get me wrong. Dutch was a good president. He had wit,
gave good speeches, and when he lacked wit, he made up for it with humor. I still remember the news broadcast where he demanded "Mr. Gorbachev, open
this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" and it bloody well worked!!!
But to call the man the Greatest American of all time dishonors those who literally gave their lives for their country. It dishonors those who risked
everything in order to keep us together, when no one else could. It dishonors the very foundation of our history. Reagan sacrificed nothing
walked into an easy administration after Carter, had many friends in high places, accomplished a lot with a fairly complacent congress, and as far as
history goes, he was in the right place, at the right time.
George Washington was fighting off a legion of 25,000 British with a mere 5,000 starving unequipped ruffians, before the Declaration of Independence
was even signed. He brought himself to financial ruination in doing so, and put his own life on the line countless times, at the front of the battle.
He created the Purple Heart decoration as a way to honor those who had fallen in battle. He brought the nation from infancy to adolescence when he
required something stronger than the Articles of Confederation, and fathered it as president for 2 terms, when he had been offered the position of
King for Life, all the while remaining aloof from party squabbling. The fact that the White House is located in the District of Columbia, and not
Philadelphia, is due to his being superintendent of the plan, and managed to make treaties with the traditional enemies of the U.S., Britain and
Spain. Even after his retirement, he volunteered to command the Army once again when we were on the verge of war with France in 1798. Finally, upon
his deathbed, he freed all of his slaves.
THIS, ladies and gentlemen, was a GREAT American. A man who spent over half his life shedding his fortune, blood, sweat, and tears to secure for us a
more perfect union...
...and he lost out to a man whose greatest accomplishment was a blueberry jelly bean.
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