Happy 101st Birthday President Reagan

He's Got That Right

A Tribute To A Great President

If Ronald Reagan were alive today he'd be 101 years old. Not only was he a great American but he was one of the greatest Presidents in modern history, even though Obama doesn't rank him in there with himself. But on the positive side of that coin he replaced Jimmie Carter who was the worst President by the last true landslide victory to begin to set the ship of state on a course that was sorely needed. Unfortunately there was but one Ronald Reagan as we have yet to see another one sailing over the horizon at this time when we desperately need a leader at the helm. Carter is now probably rejoicing that our present community organizer will replace him as the worst President we've had.

Back when President Reagan was elected the nation was in an economic shambles. Carter had brought in Keynesian economists to try to "fix" things just as Obama has. Both suffered from the same results - matters got worse, not better. If that left you with a blank look on your face then may I suggest that you Google Keynesian economics to find out what a failure that it is and will continue to be and why.

Ronald Reagan understood that the government wasn't the solution to our problems. It is the problem. Yes, it took him a while to unscrew the cork that Carter had jammed in the economic machine that drives the train of our nation. That machine is the free market system and capitalism. Reagan was beyond a shadow of a doubt not a progressive, not even close. Carter is a progressive which he hid well when he ran for election as is Obama who also hid it well. Once in office though they both got to show their true colors with the same resulting destruction.

Many young people don't understand what Carter had wrought and what Reagan faced. Reagan wasn't the type who continually blamed Carter for the problems he was charged with correcting. He is such a stark contrast to what we see today as everything that Obama has tried has failed and he wants to continue to blame everyone but himself. Reagan didn't point fingers he took decisive action and surrounded himself with the best economic minds this nation had at his disposal. They were hands-on economists who knew the government wasn't the answer to everyone's prayers. Reagan knew there was no such thing as a free lunch opposed to Obama thinking everyone deserves a free lunch.

Here's a video that offers the stark contrast between Ronald R. Reagan and Barack H. Obama.

A Stark Contrast Of America

Reagan didn't believe that the winners and losers in our economy should be chosen by the federal government. He believed in free enterprise where the marketplace chooses those winners and losers. He didn't believe in excessive government regulations and red tape that strangle any economic development, that is the purview of liberal Democrats like Obama. When faced with the high employment that Carter had left him he implemented tax cuts that freed up the economic engine that was being strangled by an administration of Keynesians. He didn't continually whine about Carter. He took the necessary actions to do something about it. It took a determined effort to undo what progressives had done but he was up to the task.

Our military strength had been decimated and morale was low in the military. How do I know that? Because I was one of those cold warriors at the time. He brought our military strength up to what it should have been and projected that strength throughout the world which ultimately ended the reign of the Soviet Empire and brought freedom to many of the countries in Europe. He promised the nation that he was going to do just that, then he did it. He kept his campaign promises and remained a true moral compass for this nation. For that President Reagan I offer my humble gratitude. The military under Carter had become a punching bag and we're beginning to see that again under the lack of leadership of Obama.

Here's to a Happy 101st Birthday President Reagan. You brought actual "hope" and optimism to our nation when it was sorely needed. You didn't need it as a campaign slogan, you lived it. You were a leader, not a pretender. You truly loved America and believed in our country without the need to go around apologizing for this nation and bowing to foreign leaders. It just wasn't going to happen on your watch. You, among the few, brought true meaning to the words "strength through deterrence." You truly understood that this nation was exceptional as are its people when they really pay attention.

Where are you when we need you as we are facing the pessimism and blame gaming of this administration, heaps of big government rhetoric thinking that is supposedly the answer rather than the problem and a President who has embarked on class warfare pitting Americans against Americans. I can only surmise that you are looking down on this mess now wondering what the people were thinking by electing such a poser and one so unqualified and inexperienced as the present occupier of The People's House.

So here's what I'm going to do tonight just for you. I'm going to tip a cold one in your honor and salute you for the great American that you were. Happy Birthday and may your soul rest in peace.

God bless America in this time when we need his blessing. Let me close with this. WWJT seems to be a new acronym that Obama has created. WWJT = Who Would Jesus Tax? If Obama really had a working knowledge of the Bible, which he obviously does not have, he would know the answer to that question - NO ONE AND NOTHING.


And no, Ronald Reagan didn't believe that the federal government needed to institute socialized medicine to fix our health care problems. He, like his pal Margaret Thatcher, knew that socialism worked until you ran out of other people's money.

The time is approaching when we'll have to make a decision. Do you want a Nanny who will tuck you in at night with money we don't have under your pillow? Or is it an America whose people are risk takers, who believe in working for their prosperity by valuing freedom to seek that which they aspire to be? It should be obvious to anyone that we can't have both.

Liberalism-- An idea so good it has to be mandated.

As Always,

The Frog Prince

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Frog -- this is a really nice tribute to Reagan. I was justa tad pole when Carter was at the helm but I remember that administration very well for some odd reason. When I think of Carter - I automatically think of peanuts!

I didn't know that much about Reagan - thank you for the information. Interesting for sure!


Lynn S. Murphy 4 years ago

Wonderful tribute. I loved his wit and sense of humor. He was fast on his feet.


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Lynn - And quick in the mind.

TFP


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Freeway Flyer 4 years ago

The problem with this hub is that it makes no reference to specific actions of either Carter or Reagan. Carter, it turns out, was not a big fan of big government. He was actually a fiscal conservative, and part of the reason he was unable to get much of any substance done domestically was that he faced tremendous opposition from the real liberals in his own party. This is why Ted Kennedy challenged him for the nomination in 1980.

Reagan was also not the arch-conservative that he is often portrayed to be. He went along with several tax increases, was willing to (eventually) negotiate with the Soviet Union, and signed a bill which created a path toward "amnesty" for illegal immigrants. In fact, if Reagan were around today, he would be seen by many as too liberal to be nominated.

If you are actually interested in what has been going on over the last thirty years, you need to move beyond the generic rhetoric and historical myths. I get the feeling, however, that you, like many Americans, are perfectly comfortable with your ideology that places everyone into simplistic categories. It's part of the reason that people buy into the delusion that switching parties will make much of a difference.


Pat Potts 4 years ago

I really enjoyed this Frog. Thanks for writing it. Yes Reagan was a one of a kind man and was a well respected president.


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Freeway Flyer - The problem with this Hub is that you maybe failed to read the title?

Thanks Pat.

The Frog


Pat Potts 4 years ago

Did you forget about high interest rates while Carter was president? He was no more a fiscal conservative than BO is.


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

Indeed! Happy birthday to a leader of common sense that actually got the job done, as have you, sir Frog. Kudos!


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Pat - No, I sure haven't forgotten that nor run away inflation. At least his answer wasn't printing money that we don't have nor artificially holding down interest rates like the Fed has been doing and excluding the cost of food and gas from the CPI.

No this was a tribute to RRR and a brief comparison of what we see today.

The Frog


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

I miss the days of Reagan, if he lied to us, it was with an apology and explanation later. He also ran a clean campaign. He did not believe in the name calling and dirt digging. He had convictions and beliefs that we could believe in. Good Birthday tribute to a great President.


Pat Potts 4 years ago

Hi Frog, I hope you didn't take my response as sarcastic. I meant to reply to Freeway. LOL I am forgetful sometime.


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ata1515 4 years ago from Buffalo, New York.

Thank you Frog Prince, if not for you I would have let our best President's birthday slip by unnoticed.


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Freeway Flyer 4 years ago

The highest interest rates were at their peak in the early 1980's when Reagan was president. But this actually proved to be a good thing. When Paul Volcker decided to kill inflation once and for all, Reagan backed the policy. This was probably the most important thing that Reagan accomplished economically. (And high interest rates, which are dictated by the FED, not the president, are not an indication that someone is liberal fiscally.) Interest rates have been rock bottom ever since Obama came in, so does that make him fiscally conservative?

If you think that Carter was such a Keynesian liberal, you might want to take a look at the growth of the federal government under his watch. Then look at the growth of the government under Reagan. When you are done, ask yourself who was the fiscal conservative. The numbers are what matter, not rhetoric.

But hey, if this hub was merely a birthday wish to your mythical version of Reagan, fine. Our nation has an illustrious history of celebrating its mythical past, just like all countries I guess.


Pat Potts 4 years ago

Flyer it was because of the 4 years with Carter that rates were higher in the 80's. Why do you think Carter served only one term?


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Flyer - You're making a fool out of yourself here. Better go back and study history since you have no idea what you are talking about. Pat and I had to live through the era and remember it well, who the players were and what occurred. Nice try though for a liberal.

And you teach history? What kind? Revisionist?

The Frog


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Freeway Flyer 4 years ago

What did I say that's liberal? Saying that the size of the federal government grew under Reagan is a fact. And I complimented Reagan for his efforts to eliminate inflation. (And the inflation problem can be traced back to about the mid-1960's. Dumping it all on Carter is a sign that you have not studied this issue in any depth.)

Since you have still failed to make any specific reference to any policies, it's clear that your knowledge of history is pretty limited. You're just regurgitating the standard rhetoric that I hear all of the time, and insulting/labeling people who disagree with you. In other words, you're doing what typically passes for political "discourse" in our country. So I'll stop bugging you now and let you and your friends go back to complimenting one another.


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Flyer - Again, check your facts. I'm not here to make statements about policies. I lived through the damned era and managed to survive both Carter and his policies that resulted in interest rates of over 20% and inflation rates in the double digits. And how old were you when he was the President? There is a difference between living history and studying history. And who did Obama immediately bring onto his initial economic team? None other than Paul Volcker himself who wasn't exactly an economic genius. He thought so but he was probably one of the few.

Carter is a progressive just like Obama is. Your rants seem to be along the liberal lines. That's why I suspect you are one of like mind.

The Frog


Ghost32 4 years ago

Frog: Well, friend, here I am back again, complimenting you just like always. Surely glad Freeway Flyer allowed that to happen.

As you know, Jim, I also lived through that era (and a few before it as well). And something just hit me, an encouraging thought that makes me smile to still be around in 2012.

When Reagan did what he did, and did it so well, he showed what could be done with a leader at the helm who actually understood how our Constitutional Republic was designed to work...and that's a very good thing.

BUT

This year, when we upgrade from Obama to Anybody But, literally MILLIONS of us will be wide awake AND SHARING THE LOAD. Because of that, I foresee the potential for our nation to undergo a Restoration that from this point in time would boggle the mind. A Restoration that will go BEYOND the accomplishments of the Reagan Revolution to not simply slow the growth of government...but to actually reverse that growth. For starters.

The pundits are out there punditing away, touting Obama's supposedly "improved prospects" for reelection as we speak. But come Election Day, they're not going to know what hit them.


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

Reagan was a scholar and a gentleman, leagues above the current occupant of the White House. He had a respect for the Constitution and for the people of the United States. I don't sense either of those things coming from President Obama. Up and awesome and interesting, too.


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Fred - Glad you could squeeze words in edge wise. Some of us lived through it, others were at their mama's breast or not here on the planet yet. Those are the ones who have studied, and evidently now are teaching, revisionist history.

BPOP - There doesn't seem to be much of a comparison now, does there? In Obama's mind he is like Reagan though. We could only wish...

The Frog


Pat Potts 4 years ago

Lol Flyer you would argue with anyone. But in the end you lose. lighten up. Thanks frog, yes lived through Carter and remember it well. It's my short term memory sometimes . LOL


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Pat - And he wonders why I tagged him as being of the liberal persuasion?

TFP


Stu 4 years ago

Who can ever fill his shoes? After decades of progressive brainwashing, he stood alone as a beacon pointing back to what we were supposed to be, but began to lose just before the turn of the 20th century. Reagan wasn't perfect; in some cases the execution fell short of the ideology; in some cases ethics were compromised. But his desire, in most cases, was to do the right, and constitutional, thing. He knew, seemingly instinctively, that government can't really "do" anything, other than at best create a fair set of rules. After that, only free people, unfettered by unfair taxes and regulations, can create better lives for themselves by applying their own effort and skill. Margaret Thatcher was another hero and statesman of the 20th century that saw through the damage of progressive brainwashing, and achieved major results like Reagan did. British politics is more cutthroat than American, making her achievements in a way even more admirable; like Churchill, she faced a rat's nest of imbeciles and naysayers, who possessed no shred of courtesy or honesty. When Churchill warned of the dangers of appeasing Hitler, he was literally laughed out of the Parliament building, even though the Sudetenland (the Germanicly populated strip of Czechoslovakia) was just absorbed under threat of force by Hitler. Then Poland was conquered, even though the German's were believed to have an inferior military, because nobody in Britain, other than Churchill, was watching the store. The laughing in Parliament stopped.


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Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas

What a tribute -- and I tipped a cold one to Ronnie, too -- he was a winner. Would that we had someone even close to his intelligence and patriotism now. Thanks for a Hub that was not only on target but brought back some great memories of times past. Best/Sis


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

This tribute to Reagan would have made Mom smile. Thanks for bringing back that memory.

I am in the process of catching up/ voting after your well-penned reminder.

Voted UP and across the board. Happy Friday, mar.


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Maria - Call me when you get a chance and thanks for commenting.

The Frog


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

You got it, Sir Frog!


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

Hi Frog,

This is an excelletn tribute to one of my all-time hero's.

Oh how we need that style of leadership today!

He led by principals and morals....there was right and there was wrong. He made it all look easy. He was classy and wise.

Boy do I miss him.

Chris


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Chris - We need another just like him, or maybe even close, to climb into the saddle once again. Most people in their right mind don't want the job.

The Frog


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Freeway Flyer 4 years ago

I guess that I couldn't resist coming back one more time to make myself look stupid.

If you will actually read what I said instead of just dismissing me as another dumb liberal, you will notice that I was not trying to criticize Reagan or compliment Carter. I was just pointing out that Reagan was not as conservative as often portrayed as Carter was not as liberal as his image. Anyone with even a basic knowledge of history knows that all of the actions that I listed in my first comment actually happened, and none of them constitutes a liberal criticism of Reagan. Instead, they are criticisms coming from a conservative angle: the growth of deficits, amnesty for illegal immigrants, negotiations with the Soviets, and - to throw in one more - selling weapons to Iran to secure the release of hostages.

I am old enough to remember Reagan well, and I more or less liked the guy at the time. Today, as with all politicians, I have a more mixed view. But as I have gone back to study his policies and not just his rhetoric, I find that he is much more interesting than the modern myth. If he were around today, he would be much more pragmatic than many of our modern politicians (on both sides of the aisle.) And like when he was president, far more might actually get done.

And if nothing else, he sure had a hell of a life: lifeguard, sportscaster, actor, union leader, corporate spokesperson, TV host, governor, president. It's an amazing story.


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Freeway Flyer - And did you know he started out as a Democrat until he grew up and saw that a person needs to be responsible for himself? Have a good day,.


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Freeway Flyer 4 years ago

Yes I did; although he may have been more annoyed by federal government business regulations and labor unions than anything else. (His "conversion" occurred when he was GE's spokesperson.)He was also politically astute enough to not go after welfare for old people. Cutting programs for poor people was easier to get through.

He also ate dinner with Tip O'neal, the Democratic Speaker of the House, once a week. I wonder if Boehner and Obama or Bush and Pelosi could pull that off? With Reagan, it's important to look beyond the words to what was actually happening behind the scenes. He talked like an uncompromising conservative, but he governed more like a pragmatic, right-of-center moderate (especially by modern standards.)


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Flyer - Being a student of Reagan I know a lot about the man. He had to straighten out the mess Carter left behind. He rolled up his sleeves, didn't place blame and began the task. That's why he was reelected. I can't say the same for Obama.

The Frog


theking2020 4 years ago

Wow seems like a big war in the comments back and forth, I will have to agree with frog the only president that made a real change was Reagan.


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

theking - We need another man the caliber of Reagan to come along right around now. But the horizon is blank...

TFP


theking2020 4 years ago

We do and one needs to come out, I don't see it anytime soon though thats what sucks.

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