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A Brit sees the greatness of Ronald Reagan.
Why can't some Americans?

MEP Daniel Hannan visited the Reagan Ranch while in America and wrote a wonderful blog post at the UK Telegraph about his experience. Here's a portion:

At the weekend, I fulfilled a long-standing ambition and visited Ronald Reagan's ranch, now held in trust by the wonderful Young America's Foundation. It was here that the Gipper would withdraw whenever he could, to ride around the estate with Nancy. "The best thing for the inside of a man is the outside of a horse", he used to say.

In other politicians' homes, you find constant reminders of status: photographs with popes and monarchs, gifts from visiting statesmen, piles of books by famous contemporaries, cases of trophies and awards. But Reagan's one-bedroom bolt-hole couldn't be simpler. He painted and furnished it with his own hands, and enclosed it with a fence which he sawed from old telegraph poles.

The casual visitor wouldn't guess that this had been the home of the leader of the free world, this the table where the greatest tax cut in America's history was signed into law, this the telephone used to call the families of fallen American soldiers. Other than one or two historical works among the cowboy novels, the only political touch is the shower-head, which is in the shape of the Liberty Bell. Here, plainly, lived a man who was bien dans sa peau; a man who, unlike so many politicians, had nothing to prove. Mikhail Gorbachev, visiting the ranch, was distressed by how basic it was; Margaret Thatcher, by contrast, loved it, intuiting that it reflected the character of its inhabitant.


You must go and read all of Mr. Hannan's post.  While he has always been an admirer of Ronald Reagan's, it is gratifying to see him come to a fuller and more defined appreciation. He even included a video embed of "A Time for Choosing," one of Reagan's most important speeches.

After reading Mr. Hannan's post, I can't help but wonder: why can't some of our fellow Americans see what Mr. Hannan, a Brit, says he is beginning to see so clearly?

Another great speech that captures Reagan's character is his Farewell Speech from January 11, 1989. It also captures the spirit of the Tea Party movement:


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Comments (14)

Someone should point out th... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Someone should point out this humility to Barry, but I doubt he'd get the point.

There are some things, and ... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

There are some things, and people, that only occur once. Here is one of them.

How the heck can you watch ... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

How the heck can you watch THAT and then praise Obama's oratorical skills?

A man for the ages.... (Below threshold)
ab01:

A man for the ages.

Sure miss those days of hon... (Below threshold)
914:

Sure miss those days of honest leadership. When is Barry going to show a glimmer and pay his way?

Forget I asked.

Can you imagine Barack Obam... (Below threshold)
Patrick:

Can you imagine Barack Obama giving a fairwell speech with that kind of humbleness and humility? Neither can I...

You can just sense from him that it was his honor to serve the American people and he never forgot who he was working for. He knew the government worked for the people and not the other way around and it is in that spirit that the Tea Party exists today. There is none of this self-inflated importance that led to the infamous utterance "We were the ones we have been waiting for" from Obama. Reagan was reluctant to claim credit for his accomplishments - he put his success down to the American spirit.

I just look at Reagan and then look at Obama and I can readily see how far we have fallen as a nation. Things are just so different now and not in a good way. I hope we can get that optimistic feeling back because I am tired of having a president that trashes this country and half the people who live in it. He is an utter disgrace.

We'll never see his like ag... (Below threshold)

We'll never see his like again.

Godspeed, Ron.

because his economic police... (Below threshold)
warchild:

because his economic polices bankrupted this country among other things. Because that philosophy led to the economic meltdown in this country. cue the wailing.

Just fifteen minutes ago... (Below threshold)
gaius piconius:

Just fifteen minutes ago Daniel Hannan appeared with Niel Cavuto on Fox News and I was struck by his handiness with words, his elegance and the sincerity with which he enunciates his political vision. He is totally in step with Ron, (whose video inspires today just as greatly today as then), Maggie, (and who can't admire the iron one, the biggest admirer of this genuine POTUS), and Winston, the giant among giants who is now 'bustless' in the dwarfs lair inside Castle Barackula).
Barack, no matter the false elevation of him over the last two years, just does not and cannot stack up in any catagory of leadership. In his farewell address, implicit in his summing-up, will undoubtably be his clear recognition that his own brilliance was beyond the grasp of ordinary America, his vision beyond the common understanding. That being said we can still look forward to the day when Squire Hannan will return to give his summary of this present blood-sucker.

Ah. . Warchild? Federal Re... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

Ah. . Warchild? Federal Revenues went up under Regan. The Deficit was a SPENDING deficit. . and I bet you could, if you looked it up, name the party that controlled congress - specifically the house and the purse-strings - at that time and inflated the budgets?

And here is what Hannan, a... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

And here is what Hannan, a 'close observer' of America, two years ago, in the same paper, "the Daily Telegraph" in a article titled 'Why this conservative is for Barack Obama' wrote:


Obama's appeal is similar. He's a Protestant who was brought up among Muslims. He's from Kansas and at the same time from Hawaii. Unto the blacks, he became as a black, that he might gain the blacks; to them that are white, as a white that he might gain the whites.

Let me remind you of a passage from the 2004 which brought him to national attention:

"The pundits like to slice and dice our country into red states and blue states: red for Republicans, blue for Democrats. But I've got news for them. We worship an awesome God in the blue states, and we don't like federal agents poking around our libraries in the red states. We coach little league in the blue states and, yes, we've got some gay friends in the red states."

That's the stuff, Obama: warm, inspiring, jolly. Exactly what I want from a president.

Obama, "jolly and from Kansas". Obviously, Hannan knows his presidents. I suppose Eisenhower was from Montana and mean. Actually "good ole Ike" wasn't a particularly nice man, but it is always the image which is more important, than the reality, and same divergence for 'family values' Reagan.


Steve:Haven't you ... (Below threshold)
Patrick:

Steve:

Haven't you figured out that almost everything Obama says has an expiration date? This is especially true of his statements about bipartisan outreach. Since he was inaugurated, we have seen pretty much none of that. It has been attack the Republicans 24/7. One of key differences between Reagan and Obama is how they worked with the other side. Both were committed to their ideologies but Democrats while they opposed Reagan and his vision for America they had a begrudging respect for him because he was so likeable and they knew the majority of the American people liked him. Obama just does not have that - he comes across as a condescending jerk far too often and that kind of attitude won't get you very far.

Patrick, Reagan apart from... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Patrick, Reagan apart from his persona, may have been more bipartisan because the Dems were accomodating than the Republicans are now? Think of how the Republicans, under the influence ot the tea party have banished moderate Republicans...and how they would deal with mainstream Dems.

There are two schools of thought about the lack of current bipartisanship. Obama was genuinely bipartisan in the beginning, and he was rebuffed or he didn'go far enough. I have heard arguments for both. I think Obama had to go the extra mile, which he didn't, but ultimately we are at the inevitable deadlock or gridlock irrespective of how we got here.

Crickmore,name 3 thi... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

Crickmore,
name 3 things Pres. Obama has done that were bipartisan.




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