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Ronald Reagan - The Actor In The White House
President Ronald Reagan
Now that the United States of America is economically less powerful than it once was - many of our citizens look back to a time when the US was thought to be more strong with longing and far away eyes. Some put forth the notion that America was strongest during the years when Ronald Reagan sat in the White House up in Washington, DC - and wish for yesteryear. Some even say that Ronald Reagan was the greatest of all American Presidents. I couldn't disagree more with THAT notion, but surely Ronald Reagan meant a lot to America, and possibly even more to the rest of the world.
Emotions such as fear play a powerful role in human behaviours, and fear goes a long ways towards colouring our memories. As a child during the years of Ronald Reagan's reign in the White House, I recall the fear of nuclear holocaust that was a very real fear. I recall our never ending fear that the Soviet Union would overtake us, destroy us, and all that was sacred. Ronald Reagan, an imperfect man as the rest, led us through a lot of those kinds of years, and should be commended, I think, for getting us all to the other side.
A Young And Athletic Ronald Reagan
Young Ronald Reagan
Ronald Wilson Reagan was born in a second floor apartment building in Tampico, Illinois, on February the sixth day, in 1911. John F. Kennedy was the first Irish American Catholic to become a United States President, but Ronald Reagan's family was also Irish and Catholic when they'd arrived on these shores. His father was a bit of a storyteller - and Ronald, of course, would also become an entertainer. His father would assign him the nickname Dutch early on in life, and the nickname would stick.
Early on in life Ronald Reagan developed a keen sense of optimism for the human race - he truly believed that persons one and all had goodness within them, and also, Ronald as a boy stood out for his dislike of racism towards black Americans. The Inn in the town of Dixon, where the Reagan family had moved would not allow blacks to stay in there, and so young Ronald would sometimes invite travelling families of the "wrong" skin colour to his home for the night, and his mother would also make them breakfast in the mornings.
Ronald Reagan attended the public schools in Dixon, and after graduation got his first job as a lifeguard, where legend has it her saved seventy seven individuals from drowning in the Rock River. I can't help but imagine that there have been very few US Presidents with those sorts of accolades and heroics at such a young age. Ronald would attend Eureka College, and there he would excel at virtually any and everything, especially, he was very socially adept, and a natural leader. Big and strong, athletic and daring, good looking and charming - Ronald Reagan was destined for greatness!
Ronald Reagan - Radio and Film Star!
Ronald Reagan In Kings Row.
Ronald Reagan - A Young Star!
Radio and film were the mediums of entertainment that the wise were seeking to use toward's their art, and that is what Ronald Reagan did, and after graduating from Eureka College, he was hired by the University of Iowa to broadcast football games. Please do note that most persons doing that kind of job are rather a lot older than a fresh college graduate. Ronald was paid ten dollars per game, and his play by play accounts of the goings on within football games was his speciality.
Athletic, intelligent, and photogenic - Ronald Reagan was too much to be kept in radio, and soon he'd break into the B movie films in Hollywood, California. Soon Ronald would acquire his second major nickname, the Gipper, from the film Knute Rockne, All American; Ronald would always consider the film Kings Row as the film that made him a star, but he'd never bring his acting to where he'd have then wished, he was called in for military service for the second world war. Near-sighted, Ronald Reagan didn't serve overseas in the real danger zones, but he did the best that he could have done, and would have done all that was asked of him had his sight have been that of the rest of us.
Following the second world war, Ronald Reagan moved up the ranks within the Screen Actor's Guild, he was forever liked, and a natural leader through and through. I do believe, however, that in time history will vilify the actions of Ronald Reagan in regards to his decisions to turn over the names to the FBI, of actors he "believed to be communist." Of course this might not be fair - as the threat of war with Soviet Russia was a very frightening thing, and a very real possibility. Certainly, Ronald Reagan was an anti communist from the start.
Ronald And Nancy Reagan
Ronald And Nancy Reagan - Eternal Love
Nancy Reagan, born Nancy Davis, was not the first woman that Ronald Reagan would marry - first he was married to Jane Wyman - and he and Jane would have two children. Jane was rather averse to political aspirations in her mate, and so they divorced. Ronald met Nancy in a rather strange way - she'd contacted him due to his position in the Screen Actor's Guild, and the issue was that Nancy, future First Lady of the United States of America - was listed as a communist in the guild.
"I don't know if it was exactly love at first sight, but it was pretty close." Nancy Reagan
For certain, there will never come the day when it is said that Ronald and Nancy Reagan were not deeply in love with one another - until their separation at the death of the late President. They were devoted to each other, and despite Ronald having been previously married, the man couldn't be questioned in politics regarding his devotion to his second wife, and their family. Ronald Reagan didn't just talk old fashioned values, he walked it.
Oh we will certainly criticize Ronald Reagan - Ron was a great man, and he was a powerful man, and he presided over much evil, but one thing I'll not go for is degrading what was clearly a timeless love affair - not some transient thing. Nancy Reagan was a great woman too, also very flawed, but a wife that cared for her husband long after he was able to care for himself. Women are naturals at nurturing, and how fitting it is that they should live longer than most men - sad is he who is old and alone without a woman to look after him.
Ronald Reagan Governor Of California
Ronald Reagan Goes Into Politics
Despite some early on in childhood proof that Ronald Reagan was, indeed, against racism, the opposite of the truth is often what is called "truth." Ronald Reagan, man of principle believed in freedom of choice. Let us face some hard facts, people - no one can force another person into NOT being a racist. No one can force another person into doing what another person or the majority of persons think of as "the right thing to do."
So folks sometimes recall Reagan as a racist - those persons, whatever their race - are very small minds, and likely - idiots tied to the Democratic party line - willing to believe always what the charade of the two party paradigm tells them is the truth. Ronald Reagan, damned near a prophet, had the following to say about socialism - little did he know what kind of America there would be today in 2012:
"we will awake to find that we have socialism. And if you don't do this, and if I don't do it, one of these days, you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children, and our children's children, what it once was like in America when men were free."
"You and I are told we must choose between a left or right, but I suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down. Up to man's age-old dream – the maximum of individual freedom consistent with order – or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism."
...and most notably...
"if an individual wants to discriminate against Negroes or others in selling or renting his house, it is his right to do so."
Only a fool could read the above and see racism - what is evident is the very sound and logical notion proved throughout history millions of times - a person can not be forced into doing the right thing, and neither does legislating morality work...EVER. Ronald Reagan, however was hypocritical in his political philosophy - he did indeed seek to legislate persons into his own version of morality, and of course the stupidest era of the war on drugs to date, was entirely a result of Ronald Reagan legislation.
In 1967 Ronald would become the Governor of California - one of the most powerful, prosperous, and populated states in the union, and he'd remain Governor of California until 1975. As Governor of California, Ronald Reagan was more than a bit insensitive in a number of regards - perhaps high office and long term fame had insulated him, and made him feel like an elite human being - tall and good looking, talented and successful, Ronald Reagan probably never was able to have empathy for the poor, and why should he?
As an American celebrity, it was never encouraged that one should care about morality or ethics in any way. Attempts to recall Reagan as Governor failed in 1968, he was re-elected in 1970. A supporter of the Death Penalty, Ronald Reagan clearly showed how he could empathize with persons that he'd shared experiences with. Screw anyone charged with murder, - let them die! Ronald Reagan signed a decent bit of legislation, the Family Law Act which was the first no fault divorce legislation in the United States - times constantly change, but persons that frivolously marry in their youth, Reagan could empathize with those.
Ronald Reagan Sworn In As President Of The United States Of America
President Ronald Reagan
Though Ronald Reagan would run for president in 1976, he failed. In 1980 - he succeeded in winning not only the Republican nomination for presidency, but also the job, the White House, the big seat in the charade of American Politics. Another bitch for David Rockefeller, as all US Presidents have been following the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Reagan did provide a figurehead, a bit of a symbol for Americans lost in the television sets in their living rooms to look towards for leadership.
Though he'd lead America in figure through the cold war, and out of it - he'd also perpetuate the hideous notion of trickle down economics, the single most Orwellian notion that an idiot ever believed was true. Even worse, and probably not by choice, he perpetuated the Bush family of satanic theosophist into the following administration,and by virtue of George H.W. Bush's son, George W. Bush, the worst United States presidential administration in history. Worse still, the continuing Bush dynamic that Reagan brought to the world, put Dick Cheney, the most evil, perhaps, of them all into a position of greater profit and power.
In office Ronald and Nancy Reagan made permanent enemies of common sense, and human decency - they made war on the American people, and increased the efforts of idiotic and unscrupulous Richard Nixon, towards locking up the poor in the "war on drugs." Ronald Reagan saw nothing wrong with his actions, he'd no ability to imagine other person's lives or struggles, and wasn't intelligent enough a man to see that by increasing prohibition efforts, he increased also the desire for drugs, the market for drugs, and the profit made from selling drugs. Reagan wasn't an intelligent man, or perhaps he was - and did all these things for more devious and evil reasons.
Unable to empathize with humanity, and with no concept of human decency - Ronald Reagan thought the idiotic notion that should an individual be born within the US borders, that he was then a superior individual - an individual that should be granted more rights, more respect, and more wealth than an individual that crossed the Mexican border in order to find work, and feed his or her children. Ronald Reagan never had to worry about such things - so his small mind, and weak intellect honoured the human construct of the USA, and the stupid notion that US Citizens deserved more for ...being born in the right place.
From 1980 to 1989 Ronald Reagan presided over the USA, and then he, a very old figurehead of the charade of American politics, retired from it all. In August 1994, at the age of 83, Reagan was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, his equally flawed but very human and dignified wife cared for him until the end, and for some, he'll always be remembered as the "greatest" US President - some are always ignorant, and some are always stuck in their inherent notions embedded into their minds from youth, and they are unable to outgrow them. Forgive them, and forgive Ronald Reagan - he was a great man.
Ronald Reagan February 6, 1911 - June 5, 2004 Rest In Peace.