Simply Speaking: Ronald Reagan's 100th b-day
Thank goodness Super Bowl 45 is history. The local Media seemed over-dosed all week on Sunday’s game, played here in Arlington’s Cowboy (Jerry Jones) Stadium, along with the snow and ice weather associated with it. Local stations may really have to hustle in order to come up with worthy news and weather-matter this week.
Personally, thank you Green Bay Packers for beating the Pittsburgh Steelers on Dallas Cowboy turf. The Cowboys certainly have a history of not being able to do so. Course, the Pokes mostly have been run over by the Packers as well.
Those of us old enough remember, with agony, the 1967 Ice Bowl played up at Green Bay, with Bart Starr sneaking in for the winning touchdown with 16 seconds on the game-clock. The late Don Meredith was quarterback for Dallas and had brought the Cowboys back from an early 14 - 0 deficit in the 13-degree below zero temperature at game-time, along with a 48-degree below zero wind-chill factor.
The frustration shared by all Cowboy fans back then, after consecutive-year, championship game narrow defeats at the hands of Green Bay, was illustrated by Bob Lilly, All Pro Dallas defensive tackle fiercely bouncing his helmet off "the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field" at game’s end. Green Bay - 21, Dallas - 17. The fierce competitiveness of Dallas in that frigid game pretty much dispelled the perceived reputation of Dallas being a strictly "finesse" team.
But Super Bowl Sunday this year was notable for a very special birthday, Ronald Reagan’s one-hundredth.
In 1980, Reagan ran against incumbent President Jimmy Carter, a race which Major Media termed too-close-to-call, right up through most of Election Day.
That (purposeful) miscall and deceit illustrates how badly the Left (of which Media is a full partner) fervently campaigned for Reagan’s defeat. Reagan won in 45 of the 50 states, Carter garnering only 41.01% of the popular vote and 49 electoral votes to Reagan’s 489 (Media is currently more liberal than ever).
But back to the birthday party...
According to Newt Gingrich, Reagan’s greatest love and ideal was freedom. In line with that, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour said one of RR’s greatest campaign slogans was, "Get government off the backs of the people."
Along with, "The government’s view of the economy can be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it." Or...
"Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize it bears a very close resemblance to the first." Maybe my favorite...
"Government is not a solution to our problem; government is the problem." or "When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right."
Mike Huckabee says Reagan’s most important and lasting effort was he caused Americans to believe in America again. Former U.S. Attorney General under Reagan, Edwin Meese, said Reagan went out of his way to develop friendships and cooperation, was always respectful, always friendly, always cheerful.
Sarah Palin said she came of age politically during the Reagan era, and thanks God for the experience. She was studying political science in college, learning about Star Wars (Reagan’s SDI, Strategic Defense Initiative), the Cold War, and the many other critical issues Reagan was engaged in, in addition to the country’s economic concerns. It was a time when she became distinctly aware of good and evil, right and wrong. Palin knew then that Ronald Reagan was leading our country towards good, towards optimism. "I believe I have greatly benefited from his influence."
Son Michael Reagan says if his father were alive today, his message would be, "Never forget where you came from. Never forget who you truly are. Be proud of your heritage as an American. And live it every day."
In his California Gubernatorial Inauguration Speech, Reagan said, "Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction."
Ronald Reagan’s Presidential Farewell Address contained, "Once you begin a great movement, there’s no telling where it will end. We meant to change a nation, and instead we changed the world." And so he did.
A Reagan quote for the road, to Tea Party folks and freedom-loving Americans everywhere: "The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry."
Happy One Hundredth Birthday, Ronald Reagan, probably riding a winged horse, some-wherever you are. We really miss you.
May Yahweh God bless Texas and America through the Messiah, Yeshua, Christ Jesus the King.