posted on Sep, 8 2006 @ 07:15 PM
There were many things that I absolutely did not like about Ronald Reagan -- the Iran/Contra scandal for one. But, that said, I can not help
but admire Ronald Reagan for the man that he was. He, as a previous poster put it, was exactly what he seemed to be -- a man who was principled,
believed in absolute right and wrong with little room from gray thinking. Now this might not be a realistic way to view the world but, coming from
"simpler times", Ronald Reagan was able to restore something to the spirit of the United States that had been lost to the war in Viet Nam --
Being older, the oldest president to serve, he gave a chronologically younger nation a sense of security and stability. Americans stopped feeling
insecure and stopped floundering, so to speak, in international political waters. What we might have been doing might not have been correct but at
least we were doing something.
Ronald Reagan demonstrated the poise, grace and dignity as a lesson to subsequent presidents as to how to behave. I clearly recall how President
Reagan met the plane of bodies from the '82 Lebanon Marine bombing. With tears in his eyes and a 'frog' in his throat, he proudly thanked the
family of these fallen soldiers for their service. Perhaps it was theatrical but, nevertheless, it was percieved as genuine statesmanship and as the
expressions of an American Patriot.
I think that Ronald Reagan can be admired because he still genuinely believed in the dream of what the United States was and could still be. Alas, it
is only a dream -- more so in these troubled times -- but, perhaps, it is a dream that can yet, someday, be realized.