Ronald Reagan ... An American President Remembered
The 1970's were a terrible time
for this country. We had the
Watergate scandal. We had high
taxes, inflation and even gasoline
shortages. America seemed to be
in retreat on the world stage. We
backed out in Vietnam, Laos,
Cambodia, Angola, Ethiopia, and
Nicaragua. We were pushed
around by the OPEC oil cartel.
We gave up the Panama Canal. We witnessed Soviet violations of important
treaties and simply closed our eyes. America stood silent and watched the
overthrow of the Shah of Iran and his government. We were all horrified to
see our helpless fellow Americans being held hostage for hundreds of days,
while those in our government could do nothing about it. Every day
President Carter would be on the news and reporters would be asking him
questions. He provided no real answers. Critics called him too soft to lead
this nation. The American people seemed to no longer have any confidence
in their President.
America needed a leader...a strong leader, who could inspire us to be hopeful
once again. President Reagan was the man for the task at hand. He had an
incredible stage presence. He inspired a nation to be hopeful and he did it
with a smile.
He redefined the Republican Party. He redefined Conservatism.
He despised the new role that the federal courts and even the Supreme court
had taken in trying to create new laws. According to our Constitution, laws
are supposed to be created by Congress. President Reagan wanted to put the
Judicial system back in its proper place. He appointed 3 young Supreme
Court judges who would be conservative and who would not overstep their
bounds... ones who would respect the Constitution.
President Reagan proclaimed 1983 as the "Year of the Bible". In a speech on
February 3, 1983, President Ronald Reagan said these words:
He also took a great interest in biblical eschatology and believed that Russia
was Magog found in Ezekiel 38. At a 1971 banquet for California state
senator James Mills, then-Governor Reagan said:
President Reagan's vision was to rebuild our military.
His administration made America a super military power-- a country who
would not be pushed around by Communism. For far too long, America had
given Moscow the advantage in negotiations...SALT I, the ABM Treaty, and
SALT II. Reagan knew that America could only deal with Moscow from a
position of strength and might. He believed in "peace through strength". His
administration rebuilt our military to rival that of Soviet Union. He delayed
even negotiating with the Soviets until the US military was strong again,
which was near at the end of his first term. He was tough during the
negotiations with Moscow and would not bow to its demands. Soviets gave
ultimatums and President Reagan did not bend. Liberals cried and lashed out
but in the end, history proves that President Reagan had the wisdom that
only God can give a leader. Reagan's wisdom said, "Let the Russians walk
away; they will be back." He was right. The President once said:
While though one might not agree with all his policies, Ronald Reagan will be
remembered as the people's president. He established a connection with the
American people that remains to this day. He was the 40th American
President and the oldest to ever take office and yet he connected with the
American people --young and old. His charm and vibrant personality made
even his political rivals smile at times. He once said as only he could say it:
In 1984, President Reagan spoke of Christ, "And by dying for us, Jesus
showed how far our love should be ready to go: all the way."
When accused by the ACLU, he said, "I was pleased last year to proclaim
1983 the year of the Bible. But, you know, a group called the ACLU
severely criticized me for doing that. Well, I wear their indictment like a
badge of honor."
In 1988, while in Communist, athiest Moscow, President Reagan ended
almost every statement with "God bless you" and "God bless the Soviet
Even in his death, people from all over the world have come to pay their
respects to an American man-- greatly beloved, whose vision still lives on in
the hearts of those he inspired--the dream of freedom for all.
We, as Christians, know that true freedom and
peace shall finally come for all in this world
when Jesus will someday rule on this earth as
KING of KINGS and LORD of LORDS. Until
then, the Bible says in Romans 13:7 that we are
to give "honour to whom honour" is due.
President Reagan was a leader appointed by
His vision was to give back the power to
the individual States of this nation
so that state and local officials could once
again have the ability to solve their own
problems rather than everyone looking to
the Federal government for solutions. He
restored balance in America's federal
system. He believed in our Constitution.
God for a crucial time in history. America became hopeful again because
America had a God fearing leader who loved the nation he served.
Most attribute the fall of the Soviet Union to Ronald Reagan. With the fall
of Soviet Communism came the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, preached
onto those who had never heard the glorious message. Matt 24:14 And this
gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto
all nations; and then shall the end come.
Our loving prayers go out to the Reagan family in their time of grief. May
we also be ever mindful to pray for this nation, for the values that were once
held in high esteem by our nation during the Reagan years are scarcely to be
found today. May we remember to pray for President Bush that God would
grant him all the strength that he needs to lead our nation. May we
remember in prayer those in government and in authority. May we also pray
for those in uniform who serve our nation. May God protect them all and
"When we think how many people in the world are imprisoned or tortured,
harassed for even possessing a Bible or trying to read one -- something that
maybe we should realize how -- and take advantage of what we can do so
easily. In its lessons and the great wealth of its words, we find comfort,
strength, wisdom, and hope." ~ President Ronald Reagan February 3, 1983
come under attack by the armies of the ungodly nations, and it says
that Libya will be among them. Do you understand the significance
of that? Libya has now gone Communist, and that's a sign that the
day of Armageddon isn't far off. Biblical scholars have been saying
for generations that Gog must be Russia. What other powerful
nation is to the north of Israel? None. But it didn't seem to make
sense before the Russian revolution, when Russia was a Christian
country. Now it does, now that Russia has become communistic
and atheistic, now that Russia has set itself against God. Now it fits
the description of Gog perfectly.... For the first time ever,
everything is in place for the battle of Armageddon and the Second
Coming of Christ. It can't be too long now. Ezekiel says that fire
and brimstone will be rained upon the enemies of God's people.
That must mean that they will be destroyed by nuclear weapons."
message ever written -- God's word and the Holy Bible. Inside its
"Can we resolve to reach, learn, and try to heed the greatest pages
lie all the answers to all the problems that man has ever
known...We face great challenges in this country, but we've faced
great challenges before and conquered them. What carried us
through was a willingness to seek power and protection from One
much greater than ourselves, to turn back to Him and to trust in
His mercy. Without His help, America will not go forward."
"I've always believed that we are, each of us, put here for a reason, that
there is a â€¦ divine plan for all of us." â€“ Ronald Wilson Reagan (1911-
|Excerpts from Memorable Speeches
by President Reagan
great oceans to be found by those who had a special love of freedom and
the courage to leave the countries of their birth. From our forefathers to our
modern-day immigrants, we've come from every corner of the earth, from
every race and every ethnic background, and we've become a new breed in
the world. We're Americans and we have a rendezvous with destiny. We
spread across this land, building farms and towns and cities, and we did it
without any federal land planning program or urban renewal. Indeed, we
gave birth to an entirely new concept in man's relation to man. We created
government as our servant, beholden to us and possessing no powers except
those voluntarily granted to it by us." ~To Restore America March 31, 1976
The Founding Fathers established a system which meant a radical break
from that which preceded it. A written constitution would provide a
permanent form of government, limited in scope, but effective in providing
both liberty and order. Government was not to be a matter of self-appointed
rulers, governing by whim or harsh ideology. It was not to be government
by the strongest or for the few. Our principles were revolutionary. We began
as a small, weak republic. But we survived. Our example inspired others,
imperfectly at times, but it inspired them nevertheless. This constitutional
republic, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men
are created equal, prospered and grew strong. To this day, America is still
the abiding alternative to tyranny. That is our purpose in the world --
nothing more and nothing less....To carry out that purpose, our fundamental
aim in foreign policy must be to ensure our own survival and to protect
those others who share our values. Under no circumstances should we have
any illusions about the intentions of those who are enemies of freedom. Our
Communist adversaries have little regard for human rights because they
interest in human freedom. The ruling elites of those countries wish only one
thing: to preserve their privileges and to eliminate the nagging reminder that
others have done and are doing better under freedom.
America will remain great and act responsibly so long as it exercises power
-- wisely, and not in the bullying sense -- but exercises it, nonetheless.
Leadership is a great burden. We grow weary of it at times. And the Carter
administration, despite its own cheerful propaganda about accomplishments,
reflects that weariness.
But if we are not to shoulder the burdens of leadership in the free world,
then who will?
The alternatives are neither pleasant nor acceptable. Great nations which fail
to meet their responsibilities are consigned to the dust bin of history. We
grew from that small, weak republic which had as its assets spirit, optimism,
faith in God and an unshakeable belief that free men and women could
govern themselves wisely. We became the leader of the free world, an
example for all those who cherish freedom.
If we are to continue to be that example -- if we are to preserve our own
freedom -- we must understand those who would dominate us and deal with
them with determination.
We must shoulder our burden with our eyes fixed on the future, but
recognizing the realities of today, not counting on mere hope or wishes. We
must be willing to carry out our responsibility as the custodian of individual
freedom. Then we will achieve our destiny to be as a shining city on a hill
for all mankind to see."
Taken from the speech "America's Purpose in the World"
March 17, 1978
5th Annual CPAC Conference
"Our military strength is a prerequisite to peace, but let it be clear
we maintain this strength in the hope it will never be used, for the
ultimate determinant in the struggle that's now going on in the world
will not be bombs and rockets but a test of wills and ideas, a trial of
spiritual resolve, the values we hold, the beliefs we cherish, the
ideals to which we are dedicated." The Evil Empire June 8, 1982
"In the end, it all comes down to leadership. That is what
this country is looking for now. It was leadership here at
home that gave us strong American influence abroad and
the collapse of imperial Communism. Great nations have
responsibilities to lead, and we should always be cautious
of those who would lower our profile because they might
just wind up lowering our flag."
~ President Reagan's Speech at the 1994 Gala On the Occasion of
His 83rd Birthday
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.
We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be
fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or
one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our
children's children what it was once like in the United States where
men were free."
"How do you tell a communist? Well, it's someone who reads Marx
and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It's someone
who understands Marx and Lenin."
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