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Ronald Reagan - Will there ever be another Gipper asks Work at Home Grandma

Updated on September 14, 2014

Will there ever be another Gipper?

Whether you follow politics or not you have probably heard of the quote saying “let’s win one for the Gipper”. This refers to a slogan used by a dying athlete portrayed by Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States. In 1940, Reagan portrayed Gipp in Knute Rockne, All American and was often referred to as "The Gipper". The phrase let’s win one for the Gipper” was used as motivational and inspirational tool to aspire others to reach heights beyond their wildest imagination. Although Reagan’s opponents demeaned him because of his entertainment proviso, they were astonished to find him a most worthy advocate for America.

In 1981 Ronald Reagan took the oath of office and immediately enabled his policy “Peace through Strength”. Not only did it win him respect but it earned him a place in history as our nation found its respected place in the world.

Not only were the Iran hostages released just minutes after Reagan took the oath of office but he went on to show his strength on numerous occasions. In 1985 an Egyptian plane carrying the hijackers of an Italian cruise ship was intercepted by American Navy jets as it flew toward Tunisia, and the four terrorists were taken into custody. Reagan didn’t mess around and soon the world knew it. President Reagan had ordered the dramatic military action after learning that Egypt had turned down repeated American pleas to prosecute the four gunmen and was flying them to freedom.

In 1987 Reagan confronted the Soviet Union, challenging Mikhail Gorbachev with his famous speech at the Brandenburg Gate, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” The Berlin Wall remained a figure of Soviet oppression in the cold war until November 9, 1989, when it did indeed succumb to the pressure of the ages and was symbolically removed. It was an ace in the hole for the “Gipper” when we watched the Berlin Wall crumble followed by the collapse of the Soviet Union on December 26, 1991.

Although it was the beginning of the end for the Soviet Union, today Russia once again has revived its repressive policies under the leadership of Vladimir Putin.

In fact, the tide has completely turned. The United States today is fast on its way to becoming one of the least respected nations in the world.

So what has happened to our country? What has caused us to walk down the road leading to a third world nation?

In our schools today, we are slowly indoctrinating our children that it’s not ok to get a trophy for winning the game, but that everyone get s a trophy for playing the game --- no matter how successful their achievement, the reward is the same. When did winning a game become something to be ashamed of so much that everyone playing the game must given the same trophy? There appears no gratification from the victory. Yes, of course, adults do win trophies; adults do get the greater prize for a superior job. But what is the message we are sending to our children about sportsmanship and the competitive spirit?

Our tax system is unfair and needs serious reform. A 2013 report from the Congressional Budget Office shows the wealthiest 40 percent of Americans pay 106% of all taxes. Middle class people who have an influx of cash in one year are penalized for their hard work and thrown into a higher tax bracket than normal. I know this to be true as it happened to me. I was astonished to pay 46% of my earnings to the government. Those who work hard to earn good money are often demeaned because they want to make something of themselves. The thought pattern of our current administration says everyone should be equal. It’s only right. Or is it?

Is having everyone equal a part of America? Is that what made this country great? Don’t we get as good as we give? Why should those people that work to achieve their own success, receive exactly the same as those people who choose to live off the welfare system. I am not talking about those that must live off the welfare because of circumstances not of their choosing. I am referring to those people who work the system to stay on the system because they feel they deserve it.

My family struggled for ten years living on welfare because my father abandoned us. My mother went on welfare because she chose to be home with her children when they came from school. She chose to be with her children when they went to bed. She chose to be a full time mother. She had an eighth grade education but as soon as she was able, she began to work as a housekeeper. There she stayed until she was 80 years old. She saved her money and took care of her family because it was her responsibility. She made a conscious choice to become her own caretaker. She didn’t choose to live off welfare her entire life. Over 40% of our country today is receiving some sort of assistance. The transformation of America is underway, and we are watching it happen.

The other day I watched a news conference where the President spent more time talking about his “incompetent political opponents” and “why everyone wasn’t wishing him a happy birthday” than what was the real truth about our economy and our place in the world. I was gratified when I heard him say for the first time that Israel had right to defend themselves. Bravo!

We are so disrespected in the world, especially by Russia, that Mr. Putin doesn’t have the least bit of qualms giving weapons to rebels that were used to kill 298 people in just an instant.

Ronald Reagan called a spade a spade. I think today he might tell Putin, without hesitation, to keep his toys in his own backyard. But on the other hand, Putin perhaps wouldn’t have wandered into a war with Ronald Reagan at the helm.

Ronald Reagan wouldn’t have had any problem looking Mr. Putin in the eye, placing his hand on his shoulder and telling him to stand down. He wouldn’t have to whisper in his ear that after an election he would be able to surrender to his demands. Ronald Reagan would have never allowed those responsible for murdering our ambassador and three other Americans, to go unchecked for two years. But then again, the incident may never have happened had America been the respected nation we once were.

On June 5, 2004, our 40th President died after battling Alzheimer’s for over a decade. It was a sad day for our country just as it was a sad day when JFK was assassinated and almost 3,000 Americans were murdered by terrorists on 9/11. But Americans have always bounced back. Since when do we need the government to tell us how to help our neighbors? Americans step up to the plate. We did it on 9/11, we did it during Hurricane Katrina, and we’re doing now down at the Texas border. This country didn’t become great because of the government; America became great in spite of the government.

In my lifetime there have been a total of eleven men in the Oval Office. If I were to give a speech someday on presidents in general, I would have to say one of them was extraordinary, a few were very good, most of them were mediocre, a couple of them were very bad and one was really awful.

Since Ronald Reagan left office we have metastasized into a different standard at the White House. We’ve gone from broken promises to senseless wars; to sexual indiscretion and unchecked terrorism, followed by complete incompetence.

So how do we get our country back on track? Do we need a new President? Is it congress? Perhaps the problem with our country is that too many “old folks” represent the “young folks”. And I’m not talking about chronological age. I’m talking about the career politician who cares more about keeping his job than by voting for what is right for the country. They are so afraid of losing their jobs; they can’t see what their narrow minded hyperbole has done to America. We need term limits in congress as well as the White House.

We need accountability and action, instead of committees and arguments, and judgment. There is a Representative from South Carolina by the name of Trey Gowdy. He is what I call “Genuine”. He has a refreshing openness that is beyond what I have seen in an elected official for a very long time. Not only is he honest, he has the guts it takes to get to the truth.

I watch the news over and over, on the right; on the left. It doesn’t matter. We need to stop making decisions based on who will be in office or how to get there. We need people that are willing to walk the narrow road without wavering when they meet an obstacle in their path.

Have you ever stopped to wonder why our current President doesn’t ever have to be accountable for what goes wrong on his watch? He simply says, “Oh, I didn’t know about it.” Isn’t it your job to know, Mr. President?

When I was out in the dog eat dog work world interviewing for positions, I was often asked: “How would you handle a question if you didn’t know the answer?” I recall the lessons given by all the job recruiters. If you don’t know the answer, you find the answer. So very simply put, there is indulgence for not knowing but a severe reprimand for not finding out.

You can be sure Reagan made his share of mistakes because any President is human and that’s what we often forget. It doesn’t matter your political affiliation, it doesn’t matter your ideology. What does matter is that America is slipping through our fingers. We are allowing the cancer within to destroy the body and we’re not finding a way to stop it.

Will there ever be another Gipper? Probably not. But there will another extraordinary President and there will be another great President. He will come from within us not because he’s wealthy or not in spite of the fact that he’s poor. In the history of our nation we can probably count on one hand the truly remarkable and extraordinary men that have sat in the Oval Office. America is only as great as the people within. You all know the words in a song by Lee Greenwood: “I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free”. If we continue on our present path, that song may find its way to the archives of history never to be sung again.

Each of us needs to examine ourselves and start asking what we can do to heal our Nation. Don’t believe everything you hear or read. Check it out for yourself. You don’t have to agree with what I’ve written but thank God I can still write it. Find the truth and then make up your own mind. That is what America is all about.

Let’s win one for the Gipper. God bless the USA.

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      Sandra Joy Eastman 

      4 years ago from Robbinsdale MN

      Thanks for taking your time to read and comment. Greatly appreciated

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      sheilamyers 

      4 years ago

      I don't know what else to say other than this is a very good hub and I agree. So many people beat around the bush trying to make their point without hurting other people's feelings or they bury their heads in the sand so they have to hear the truth. Thanks for stating all of this. As I said, I agree.

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