Tuesday’s with the Gipper


The Gipper


The alarm clock switches on with a pop-and-scratch efficiency which obscures the words of the DJ, that is, until I am far enough away to blend the colors.  It is much like staring too closely at comic book stippling.

It is Tuesday, and today, the content of my thoughts are consistent with the themes last 5 years:

  1. Obama is ruining the country;
  2. Coffee;
  3. When are we finally going to have a revolution?
  4. Hot neighbor lady is mowing again!  Time to have a smoke on my porch;
  5. I miss Reagan.

I keep a framed newspaper from Tuesday, November 4, 1980 hanging on my living room wall.  It is the Dixon Evening Telegraph; The first publication in the United States to announce the Ronald Reagan’s victory, and the primary publication in Reagan’s home town of Dixon, Illinois.

The picture of the Gipper is big.  His wizened eyes seem to be saying “everything is fine now; I’m in charge.” But of course he is not in charge.  Not any more.

We have now been taken over by a nation of spoiled, ungrateful, hedonists who want instant gratification.  It’s like the nation has become the collective ‘parental basement’ with half of the population living at home with papa Barry.

One of my favorite quotes from Ronald Reagan is “The best social program is a job.” If this is true, which it is, then why are we rewarding joblessness? Anyway, I am not going to turn this article into a policy piece.

Whether you agree with his policy or not, Reagan was unapologetically proud to be an American.  Did you know he started the tradition of the POTUS saluting uniformed military servicemen, and undertook hours of saluting practice so that he could do it perfectly?

If you haven’t seen the picture of him and Nancy standing on the USS New Jersey, you MUST look it up!  I have had it as the desktop picture on my work computer for months!

I have heard liberals complaining that we are lionizing this man.  Well, some men are larger than life.  Some men make waves that ripple long after they are gone.  Some men are worth remembering.

Today, this Tuesday, and every Tuesday to come; I invite all Americans to reflect on one of the greatest presidents in American history.  Lest we forget, this nation was once guided by great men.

It took a Carter to create a Reagan, and by that logic, we should have someone really great to look forward to in the future.


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