Happy Birthday President Reagan

Posted on February 6th, 2011

In celebration of the 100th Birthday of President Ronald Reagan, who many will agree is America’s most loved and revered President; I would like to share with you some of my thoughts and the influence this great man possessed. As a teenager in the 1980’s, Ronald Reagan personified the “Perfect President” to those of my generation. He rescued the hostages in Iran; he brought prosperity and growth back to our nation, and recognized the important role and value of young Americans. President Reagan was our hero.

I remember sitting in homeroom in my senior year one bright spring morning at Bishop Kearney H.S. in Bensonhurst Brooklyn, when our teacher, Sister Pat handed out two forms. One was a registration card for the Selective Service and the other was a Voter Registration card. She told us both were important, but stressed the greatness of our right to vote and the gift to choose our political party affiliation. I recall her stating that our choice should not be what party our parents belonged to but what ideologies we as bright independent young women felt most comfortable with. My girlfriend Maryann (who the Lord took from us too soon, miss you Mare) quipped: “Sister, I don’t even need to think about what party to register in. Ronald Reagan is the coolest President. He understands us.  He respects us. He kicked Carter’s butt! And he had Vinnie Barbarino at the White House! I’m registering Republican!” We all clapped and cheered and 30 senior girls from Bishop Kearney H.S. registered for the first time as Republicans that morning. I am sure that to this day, 20 plus years later, most, if not all, of those fresh-faced young women are still registered Republicans today.

Reagan epitomized our values and determination for personal freedom and limited government. We remembered our parents struggling to make ends meet through the Carter administration, similar to what our children will remember about the current Presidential administration. Ronald Reagan is my inspiration for becoming so active in politics. Reagan brought us “Reaganomics”, reduced our tax rates, spurred economic growth, reduced inflation, deregulated the economy, and reduced government spending. We watched him call Gorbachev “the ruler of the evil empire” and tell him- “No More Nukes” and “Tear Down That Wall”. We watched him stand up for Americans and make us the most powerful and respected country in the world. Ronald Reagan was the” hope” of my generation

Thank You President Reagan. Happy Birthday!

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