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Monday, January 16, 2006

A toast to greatness.

On President Reagan's 25th Anniversary of his first term in office, I want to tell you what this man meant to me. I was in the U.S. Navy under Carter. For me, having to see Carter's photo on a wall in practically every building that I walked into became a job in itself. I, along with so many others, got out of the service while Carter was in, because Carter was in.

Then along came Ronald Reagan. He was the first President I had ever voted for. And vote for him, I did. Something about him made me realize that as long as he was at the helm; my family, my country, and I would be all right. As his term in office progressed, I began to admire this man more and more. President Reagan stood up to anyone and everyone. He didn't pull any punches. Reagan in my estimation is the American President. He is America.

In his First Inaugural Address, Tuesday, January 20, 1981, President Ronald W. Reagan said:

'Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today's world do not have. It is a weapon that we as Americans do have. Let that be understood by those who practice terrorism and prey upon their neighbors.'

He was talking about Communism; however, that part of his speech could be said in today's world. President Reagan, to me, was a man of vision. A man who truly loved his country and her people. A man who had faith in America and knew that we were capable of doing great things, have continued to do great things, and will continue to do great things.

'...and our willingness to believe in ourselves and to believe in our capacity to perform great deeds; to believe that together, with God's help, we can and will resolve the problems which now confront us.

And, after all, why shouldn't we believe that? We are Americans. God bless you, and thank you.'

This man, President Ronald Wilson Reagan is my hero. He will always be my hero. And to this, I say, "God bless you and thank you, Mr. President."

UPDATE: There are many out there that are toasting Reagan on the 25th Anniversary of his First Ingauration. First and foremost, Mike from Mike's America is hosting the party, so around of cheers need to go to him for coming up with the idea and including us. So far here are many who have contributed to the celebrations: Sparks from the Anvil, The Liberal Lie, The Conservative Truth, Grizzly Mama, American Crusader, Razor Sharp Claws. As Friday, the 20th slowly come around, stay tuned for more party-goers at Mike's house.


At 12:53 PM , Anonymous the letter b said...

i was just starting secondary school when President Reagan first served his term of office. and the impression i had was he's a charming gentleman. though at first sceptical that an actor could run a country, he proved me wrong.

i remember being sorry that he had to had when his term expired. credit to mr Reagan for his policies that dismantle the USSR.

At 12:58 PM , Anonymous the letter b said...

soz, Alice - a great honour knowing you for the fact that you are an ex-Navy service woman :) am proud to host a USS Abraham Lincoln serviceman when the ship made a port of call last year after clearing up the tsunami-hit aceh.

At 1:23 PM , Blogger "Alice" said...

Thanks b. I hope you had fun with your American sailor (I mean that innocently, of course). I often wonder how many people realize how much our military did towards the clean-up when the tsunami hit.

At 1:36 PM , Anonymous the letter b said...

oh yes i did, Alice! in fact, Joseph was a gentleman, kept his paws to himself :D which was a nice change, but i guess it's because i was hosting under the american association's home hospitality banner! the US navy did a tremendous job cleaning up aceh. though i understand that security prevented me from visiting the abe lincoln, i had the privilege to go on board the USNS mercy last march.

that's why if i had the chance to say this to any american i met, i'd tell them that they ought to be proud of every serviceman and woman of the navy.

At 1:39 PM , Blogger "Alice" said...

Why "thank you" b!

At 2:42 PM , Blogger Fred said...

He will do down as one of the greatest. He took a country that was languishing under Carter, and led the U.S. back to greatness. I spend alot of time on him in my government classes.

At 2:52 PM , Blogger "Alice" said...

I'm so glad to hear that fred, because you are probably one of the few teachers out there that will teach the truth.

My hat goes out to you.

Hopefully, when those kids take off for university, they will take some of what you taught them with them, if only to counteract what the liberal professors will be spewing at them for the next four years.

At 2:52 PM , Blogger dcat said...


Nice picture I love it! I will add you later it's time for me to go to work now :(

I will have you on my blogroll :) thank you! Again very nice!

At 3:25 PM , Blogger Mike's America said...

Thank you Alice. Great Job! Your tribute touches the heart, just as President Reagan did.

Have you noticed how many military people were inspired and motivated by Reagan?

Your contribution inspires me to focus on the military and Reagan today. I'll post later today.

At 3:29 PM , Blogger "Alice" said...

Thanks mike. I know exactly how the military felt about Reagan. I was there, surrounded by those that served. He instilled pride in those in the military again.

At 4:28 PM , Blogger MonicaR said...

Very nice Alice - you did good!

I trusted Reagan. I know what you mean when you say "as long as he was at the helm; my family, my country, and I would be all right."

Great tribute.

At 4:31 PM , Blogger "Alice" said...

Thanks monicar. How I envy you being able to say that your Commander-in-Chief was President Reagan.

At 6:13 PM , Blogger Molicious said...

Unfortunately I don't remember him being in office. I was four days old when he was sworn in. But I do know that he was a fabulous president and to me he will go down as the best president this country has ever had.

At 6:49 PM , Blogger "Alice" said...

Ah, to be so young. I wish I knew then what I know now. Don't think it would have mattered much, but it would have been nice anyway. ;)

At 3:01 AM , Blogger Mike's America said...

Oh these young people just LOVE to rub it in!!!

Alice: Again, a very touching contribution:

I put Navy photos at the beginning and end. And two Army ones in the Center for Old Soldiers contribution.

At 3:32 PM , Blogger krip said...

Reagan and Thatcher.
What a formidable combination. I do not think we will see the like of them again.

At 6:57 AM , Blogger MonicaR said...

I just spoke with my mother today. She said something interesting. She said that for every new age there are leaders given with the strength and the talent to tackle the problems that come up.

I pray for that for both of us - for Britain and for the US.

At 8:36 AM , Blogger "Alice" said...

Monicar, well, Blair is leaving after this term; hopefully, the UK will get someone who can stand up to the EU because what's coming out of there is one of the UK's biggest threats and therefore disaster for the UK in many a year.Although, the man that has been chosen by their Conservative Party, David Cameron, is a woose.

At 1:09 PM , Anonymous the letter b said...

David Cameron is too much of a posh toff to handle the rough and tumble of politics - belonging to the chardonnay or whatever posh "wine" drinkin brigade. besides i just can't trust him to run the UK whatsoever - too smooth an operator. no, slimy more like it. if Blair's out of touch with reality, Cameron is far worse.

hey maybe Gordon Broon [mispelling intended] may not be a bad choice. but then i may be biased.

if only they clone the Baroness Thatcher..

At 2:18 PM , Blogger "Alice" said...

"if only they clone the Baroness Thatcher.. hey, b, from your the saying goes.

Cameron somehow reminds me too much of Clinton. He wants everybody to just love him. I don't like him either.

At 1:59 AM , Blogger MonicaR said...

Is the BNP really that horrible? I seem to detect a bit of ambivalence about the party. I went to their website and they seemed like a party *I* would vote for in a heartbeat!!

At 7:51 AM , Blogger "Alice" said...

Ah, the Conservative Party (Tory) in the UK is not quite like the Conservatives (Republican Party) in the US. They are primarily against the war in Iraq. They seem to be cozing up to the EU more than they should, and I don't know, I suppose they are better than the Demo Libs; but they are no longer the party of Thatcher. If I had to compare the Conservatives here in the UK, I would say that they are like a very pale version of Moderate Republicans. I can't vote in the UK one way or another because I'm not even a resident yet (next month), will have to go for dual-citizen to do so (then I would get to vote both UK and US elections).


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