2nd Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

"I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians."
- George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Good story about President Reagan

Heard a good story about President Reagan today on the radio by John LeBoutillier from newsmax.com...

Let me just preface this story by saying that why I think that Ronald Reagan may have been one of the most charismatic and likable Presidents in recent U.S. history, I do not hold him in as high esteem as many of my compatriots on the the right side of the political spectrum. I do not think he, nor any President for that matter, was without his own faults. In my opinion, being elected the president in this country is like being "The Dude" from The Big Lebowski...you are a man that just happens to be, well, let me just quote Sam Elliot from the movie here...

"Sometimes there's a man... I won't say a hero, 'cause what's a hero? But sometimes, there's a man – and I'm talkin' about the Dude here – sometimes, there's a man, well, he's the man for his time and place. He fits right in there.."

Well, that is our President many times....he is just the person that fits the persona of the nation at that moment in our history...and Ronald Reagan was just such a man. In the late 70's America was hurting, and hurting bad. Rampant inflation, double digit interest rates, we had just pulled out of a lengthy involvement in Vietnam with little tangible benefits compared to the lives we lost, Iran had embarrassed us on the world stage and things were generally looking gloom...

...and then he came. A president that made you feel good about being an American again. A man that was liked by labor unions (while at the same time taking a hard line on them) and big businesses as well. A man who took on the mighty Soviet empire like a wolf and then subtly embraced them into an age of democracy and change a few years later. A man who survived an assassination attempt, yet never personally subscribed to gun control afterwards. He took on world aggression in places like Libya, Central America and Grenada. He redefined us as a nation...

He was the man for that time and place, he was what we wanted...what we needed to move forward, and he did a great deal of this through communication.

It did not hurt that he had been a Hollywood movie and TV star when it came to campaigning and politics. His guile and charm were effective in diffusing the most aggressive opponent in conversation and often the public as well. He could speak like very few others in that Oval Office...his calming voice and steady demeanor on camera was usually enough to disarm an audience, but his wit and humor was always present in his toolbox as well...

The story told was about how Reagan learned at a young age the importance of limiting your words to what was appropriate to the environment you were speaking in. Born in 1911 in Iowa, Reagan grew up long before air conditioning was commonplace like it is today. It gets hot in the summers in the Midwest, as in other places, and buildings can get quite stuffy when occupied on such days. It was just such a day that a young Ronald found himself sitting, sweating in his families church. After the usual invocation and singing of hymns at the beginning of the service, the pastor got up to give his sermon. It went, and I quote the story..."It is hotter in Hades", and sat back down.

Thinking back on some of the speaches and answers I remember from Reagan and seeing on the web, he must have taken this lesson to heart. It is sometimes much easier, simpler and more effective to let your audience figure out the message on their own without spoon feeding it to them.

President Reagan was a man, a man for his time and we were damn lucky to have him. He was not without his faults, none of us are. But unlike many of us he rose above those faults and found a way to reach others and do what had to be done being that man for his time and place. Thank you Ronald Reagan.

Rest in Peace Mr. President.

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