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Archive for the ‘Ronald Reagan’ Category

Ronald Reagan, the Great Communicator

Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 21, 2011

Carl sent in this video with the comment: “There’s no one in politics today who can equal RR in his ability to communicate and be likable.”  How true!  To that we add that Ronald Reagan was unique with his laser-like vision for America and the world that he did not change with the polling data.

There is only one Republican candidate currently running for the presidency that has Reagan-like qualities: Herman Cain.  While his vision is not perfect, it is clear and understandable.  The currently has certainly had enough of the jellyfish vision of Hope and Change.


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Addressing America’s Real Challenges

Posted by Steve Markowitz on March 5, 2010

While America today faces many challenges, two stand above all others; 1) the out of control federal deficit and 2) the threat from militant Islamic fundamentalist (terrorists).

Our huge federal deficit is not only immoral since it robs from future generations, but will soon degrade our ability to defend the country.  Should we not bring the deficit under control, the country will not be able to support the infrastructure required to remain a superpower.  That will open the door for adversaries to feel emboldened; i.e. the barbarians at the gate.

The threat from militant Islamic fundamentalist is more apparent.  While this threat started long before 9/11, that act brought home the deep of hatred these terrorists and their rouge nations have for America and Western culture.  Make no mistake about it; we are at war and it is not of our choosing.  Mr. President, words will not change the hatred they have for our culture, as your first year in office has shown.

Superior leaders define challenges and then create atmospheres conducive to corrective action.  We see little of this coming from Washington.  In fact President Obama has ignored the deficit issue, increasing it substantially since taking office.  His recent comments aimed at this issue therefore ring hollow.  On the terrorist issue, Obama has shown a weakened resolve, even banning the word “war” when it comes to terrorists.  Changing a word does not diminish the threat.

In addition, the President has redirected the government’s energies towards questionable conclusions related to man-made global warming and to healthcare reform.  While these issues may need addressing, terrorism and the deficit have the greater potential to cause catastrophic issues much sooner

History has shown how true leaders act during challenging times.  Winston Churchill saw the evil in Nazi Germany and told the British people:  “We shall not flag or fail.  We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and the oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.” Churchill did not equivocate to his people or his peoples’ enemies.  The result, Britain survived against immeasurable odds.

Ronald Reagan became president during our Country’s darkest days since World War-II. We lost the war in Vietnam; had a president resign in disgrace; encountered oil crises; had the Iranian hostage issue; dealt with high unemployment and inflation; and had to endure the incompetence of Jimmy Carter.  But unlike our current President, Reagan did not complain or blame his predecessors.  Instead, he set a tone for this Country that focused on the Evil Soviet Empire and the American government’s hampering of economic growth.  This led to the defeat of the Soviet Empire and the rebuilding of American’s economy.

President Reagan vision for America was unwavering.  He developed it long before entering politics and did not change it with political winds.  Reagan entered politics to serve; not to gain.  The following speech given by Reagan in 19661 shared his vision nearly 20 years before being elected president when he helped implement this vision.  The warnings he offered in the early 1960’s have proven prophetic as we now struggle with an over-reaching government in Washington.

My Republican friends smell blood in the water as we approach the November Congressional elections.  I am not yet optimistic.  While getting rid of the Democrats will lessen the damage from Washington, until we see a true leader with vision in the mold of Ronald Reagan, the country will remain a ship without a rudder.

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Ronald Reagan in Plain English

Posted by Steve Markowitz on January 7, 2010

Those of us that lived through the second half of the 1970’s remember more than the polyester leisure suits.  We recall a time when the country was embarrassed in the Viet Nam War, still reeled from the Watergate scandal, had massive inflation and unemployment, oil embargos, the Society Union’s invasion of Afghanistan, and yes, the worst president in history, Jimmy Carter.  It was a bleak time with similarities to today’s atmosphere.

Then, out of a bleak time came a regular American, Ronald Reagan, who spoke with honesty and without the Ivey league gibberish that politicians so often use.  He was mocked by the lame-stream media and the Intelligencia for these attributes.  The rest is history.  By the time Reagan left office the American economy was humming and the Soviet Empire was crumbling.

As the Democrats and their Leftist allies begin their rapid retreat from power, who will fill the vacuum?  Should the Republicans resort back to the same knuckleheads that ran the country the last time around, the country will gain little.  It is up to the grassroots Republicans and Independents to insure that this does not happen.  We must look for a person with commitment to the country that overrides commitment to the Party.  We need a person that takes the Party away from the mean-spirited ways of the last decade.  We must look for a person that speaks in plain language, as Ronald Reagan did.

It is over 20 years since Ronald Reagan left office.  There is no better way to remember his simple genius than through his own words quote below.  Thanks Henry for sharing these quotes with the Blog.

Ronald Reagan:

Socialism only works in two places: Heaven where they don’t need it and hell where they already have it.

Here’s my strategy on the Cold War: We win, they lose.

The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.

The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.

Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.

I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress.

The taxpayer: That’s someone who works for the federal government but doesn’t have to take the civil service examination.

Government is like a baby: An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.

The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program.

It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.

Government’s view of the economy could 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.

Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed, there are many rewards; if you disgrace yourself, you can always write a book.

No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is as formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.

If we ever forget that we’re one nation under GOD, then we will be a nation gone under.

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Accommodating Evil: Not During Reagan’s Time

Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 10, 2009

Berlin Wall FreedomWe just passed the 20th anniversary of the removal of the Berlin Wall.  The fall of this wall represented much more then the elimination of bricks and mortar.  More importantly it was the end of the Cold War and the fall of the Communist Empire.  For us Baby Boomers raised during the height of the Cold War, this was a remarkable event.  For the first time in our lives, the threat of a nuclear holocaust was substantially lowered.

There are those with a revisionist view of history that believe the Soviet Empire rotted from within and this alone brought down the Wall and its empire.  While the Soviet Union was indeed rotten, the overly simplistic view that this by itself brought them down ignores the dynamic events that occurred during the 1970’s and 1980’s.

The 1970’s was the zenith of the Soviet Empire’s power.  America had been embarrassed and weakened by the Vietnam debacle.  This, along with the Watergate scandal, led to the election of the accommodative and liberal, Jimmy Carter, the worst president of modern time.  These happenings emboldened the Soviets and led to their invasion of Afghanistan. Read the rest of this entry »

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Reagan Predicted Obama’s Healthcare Plans

Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 14, 2009

My longtime friend, Jim Mahoney, yes another Penn Stater, shared with me an audio recording on YTube that is a must hear (link below).  This speech, given by Ronald Reagan inreagan 1961, is profound in that it predicts the current thrust of President Obama’s drive for socialized medicine.

Had Reagan’s speech been given in August 2009, it would have been an excellentpiece on the historical progression into socialized medicine.  The fact that it was given 48 years ago is a remarkable confirmation that Reagan’s vision on many subjects was spot on.  Oh, what a difference 20 years makes!


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