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Ronald Reagan, The Greatest American President

Updated on June 5, 2014
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The Early Years; Ronald Wilson Reagan the Actor

Ronald Wilson Reagan was born in an apartment in Tampico, Illinois on February 6, 1911. He was educated at Dixon High School and Eureka College where he majored in Economics and Sociology. In college, he was a football player and the captain of the swim team. He was also elected Student Body President, and led a revolt against proposed faculty cuts. It’s obvious his early life prepared him to become the great president he was.

After college, he moved on to become famous in the entertainment industry. He began in Radio, broadcasting football games at the University of Iowa. He eventually moved on to Hollywood to become a famous movie actor, starring in films such as “The Brooklyn Cowboy”, “Kings Row”, and “Santa Fe Trail” where he play the part of George ‘The Gipper’ Gipp.

Regan was also a Captain in the United States Army. He never served overseas due to his nearsightedness, however he did obtain and keep a film reel showing the liberation of Auschwitz from the Israeli Prime Minister. He kept this reel of film to prove the atrocities of the Holocaust did, in fact, happen for fear of a cover up in the future.

He was a man of great courage, talent, faith, intelligence, and justice.

“According to Paul Kengor, author of God and Ronald Reagan, Reagan had a particularly strong faith in the goodness of people, which stemmed from the optimistic faith of his mother, Nelle, and the Disciples faith, which he was baptized into in 1922.” - Wikipedia

The Historical Presidency of Ronald Wilson Reagan Begins

The Democratic Republic and It's Mighty Military

Before elected to the office of the President of the United States of America, Ronald Reagan was the Governor of the State of California. Therefore, his reputation of being a no nonsense leader preceded him.

Under the administration of his predecessor, Jimmy Carter, Islamic radicals took over our United States Embassy in Iran. For 444 days 52 Americans were held hostage. Within minutes, literally, of Reagan’s Inauguration, all hostages were released. This was proof that the world respected Ronald Reagan and the might of the Military he commanded.

President Reagan made self defense a priority in his presidency. Never intending to be the “bully on the block”, he managed to earn the respect of the rest of the world. He was a proven leader that would fight for the people of this great nation. We were at the height of the Cold War with the Soviet Union and actively in a nuclear arms race. Personally, I never felt more protected.

He developed the “Star Wars” plan to intercept any incoming missiles. If anyone dared to fire at us, we would be prepared to eliminate these missiles before any American citizens, in any city would be harmed. We were truly the world’s super power.

However aggressive one may find Reagan’s actions to be, remember what a kindhearted and generous man he was. We may have been the world’s super power, but we were also the world’s food supply. We gave millions of dollars in aid to starving countries, diseased countries, and defenseless countries during Reagan’s administration.

The Popular President Elected for a Second Term

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Reaganomics and a Balanced Budget

It’s difficult to deny that the 1980’s were a booming time for most Americans. The economy was excellent! People were working, spending, and investing with confidence. In the 1984 election, the economy, world respect, sense of security, and foreign policy boosted the popularity of President Reagan. He won 49 of 50 states during that election. The Democratic candidate, Walter Mondale did, however, win his home state of Minnesota.

Under Ronald Regan’s administration, with a mix of Republican and Democratic controlled congress, managed to cut taxes and balance the national budget. It is important to understand that he worked with both parties to accomplish this. As early as 1981, Reagan signed into law the Economic Recovery Act. This Act was primarily responsible for the huge economic growth our country experienced throughout the 1980’s. Businesses (corporate and small) were growing by leaps and bounds, and hiring American workers in the same manner. Outsourcing of jobs was all but none.

“The first and most decisive step was tax reform. The top marginal rate on individual income was 70 percent, and Reagan, who had majored in economics in college and had read extensively in the field during the 1950s and 1960s, concluded that if you reduced tax rates and allowed people to spend or save more of what they earned, ‘they'll be more industrious, they'll have more incentive to work hard, and money they earn will add fuel to the great economic machine that energizes our national progress.’ Some economists called this approach supply-side economics; "I call it common sense," Reagan wrote in his 1990 autobiography.” - reaganheritage.org

"Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"

The Fall of the Soviet Union

Of all the Reagan legacies, the fall of the former Soviet Union was his most memorable accomplishment of all. The end of the cold war, progression of peace, and freedom for many who were caught under the thumb of Communism, are just a few benefits of the strength and courage portrayed by this incredible president. Thanks to President Reagan and his associates, British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher (and others); the United Soviet Socialist Republic has fallen.

Ronald Wilson Reagan, 1911-2004; A great man, and even greater President

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As always, I certainly hope this was helpful and informative.

"Be kind to one another" ~ Ellen

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Ronald Wilson Reagan, President of the United States of America

Ronald Wilson Reagan, President 1981-1989
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      jeff61b 3 years ago

      Reagan was terrible for the economy. When he took office unemployment was at 7.2% and going down. After Reagan's policies had a few months to take effect, unemployment began going up again until it exceeded 10%. In fact under Reagan unemployment reached 10.8% and remained above 10% for nearly a year. It took 3 years before unemployment came down below 7%.

      By comparison, Obama inherited a much worse economy and turned it around in less than half the time it took Reagan during a much milder recession.

      Reagan also deregulated the Savings and Loans, which led to the collapse of the Savings and Loan industry, costing taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars.

      By the end of the 1980s, the wealthiest 5% people saw their income more than double while everyone else saw less than 5% change in their income.

      Reagan proved that trickle down economics does not work.

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Thank you,Chris! I'm glad you enjoyed the hub.

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      Chris Merritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Boy, I could not agree with you more margie!

      Reagan was responsible for getting me interested in politics. His ability to speak and explain issues was incredible. He taught me that convictions, prinicpals and moral values will always lead you down the right path...and he did so by leading by example.

      His sincere passion for his country inspired others.

      You got me all fired up this morning....and boy do I miss him.

      Great hub,

      Chris

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Thanks so much for you comment, wba108. He certainly was a great President!

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      wba108@yahoo.com 5 years ago from upstate, NY

      I love Reagan too! After the fall of the Soviet Union, the KGB own records showed that they believed Reagan when he threatened to carpet bomb the russians. They knew he was a president that meant what he said.

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Thank you for your comment, Mtbailz. I suppose we will have to agree to disagree. Feel free to participate in the poll at the end of this hub to show us who your favorite president is.

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      Mtbailz 5 years ago

      I grew up with a father who has a die-hard Reagan fan, but the apple landed far from the tree; at least with this issue. I feel many people give him credit where he deserves none. For example, the Iran Embassy crisis was not ended thanks to the Reagan image. We had a powerful military before this president, so for Iran to be spooked by some ex-Hollywood star is too simplistic for my taste. You also brought up Star Wars, but let's remember, that proposal was laughed at by people in his own party. It was never brought to fruition and thank God it wasn't. It could have instigated a nuclear war before it could have been built. People tend to forget his interesting participation in South America, where he was known to overthrow popular governments in order to keep power in our hemisphere. There were many problems with this president and they outweighed any benefits he brought to this country.

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Thanks, FP ~ I totally agree

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      The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Margie - I have always looked at it from a military perspective. Gee, I don't know why. I was in when Jimmie Carter was President and he brought the US military almost to its knees. Then along came RWR and restored the US to its predominant place in the world and brought back respect for this nation and its military. Then along came Clinton and axed the troop strength by half saying the world was then going to be a safe place. Well, we see where that went. Bush had to then deal with 911 and the ramifications of that and the Islamist fanatics which are still intent to this day on bringing our great nation down.

      I voted for Ronald Reagan.

      The Frog

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Thank you for your comment, Shining!

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      Shiningstar4u2c 5 years ago from Hilton Head Island

      I was a teenager growing up in the 80's when He was President. I was 14 when He was elected and 22 when it ended and I agree the economy was booming, money was a plenty, jobs were everywhere, we were safe, had a very warm loving charismatic inspiring president. he was not afraid and spoke his mind and you could feel He had the best interest of the people at heart. I highly admire him and will never forget such a precious sweet man!