Mister, we could use a man like Ronald Reagan again! Absolutely! The date was November 4, 1980 when a Ronald Reagan, a B-movie actor who made movies like Bedtime for Bonzo and Hellcats of the Navy got elected president of the United States. He was sworn in on January 20, 1981; five months later, I graduated from Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk, Connecticut.
Ronald Reagan, the actor, was a liberal Democrat and served as president of the Screen Actors’ Guild. Ronald Reagan, the politician saw the light and became a Republican conservative; in fact, the founder of compassionate conservatism. His first elected office was as governor of California 1967 – 1971. After failure to get the G.O.P. nomination in 1968 and in 1976, he finally got it in 1980 defeating President Jimmy Carter.
On his inaugural address on January 20, 1981, Mr. Reagan declared in to be morning in America. Just as the swearing in was completed and the presidency had changed hands, an airplane took off from the airport in Tehran, Iran, allowing some thirty odd American hostages held in captivity for 444 days by Ayatollah Khomeini in protest for the U.S. granting asylum to Iran’s deposed Shah Shapour Bakhtia. America was in economic crisis too as unemployment was at an all time high, gasoline went over a dollar a gallon for the first time and long line at the pump for most of 1978 – 1979. After that long cold night known as the Carter administration, it was morning in America again. The economy and standard of living were up. The stock market was up. Jobs were created and unemployment was down. There was money to be made. And by the end of his eight year term in office, Communism would fall like the stack of dominos it had been compared with at the beginning of the Cold War.
Any similarities then to the state of the union today? Yes, Mister, we could use a man like Ronald Reagan again. But the party nominated Mitt Romney. Like I said, not as conservative as Rick Santorum, my choice during primary season, a little spotty in some areas, but more conservative than Barrack Obama. But Mitt Romney is no Ronald Reagan.
His plan for a 25% corporate tax will encourage more foreign business and outsourcing. His progressive income tax will not generate revenue in the fairest way with compassion to struggling taxpayers like the flat tax. His wavering on abortion and gay marriage issues leave question marks in the minds of conservatives. Is he a true conservative, or is he an opportunist taking our side now because the pendulum is now swinging right in response to Obama’s faux pas and perfunctory policies.
Rick Santorum was the closest to Ronald Reagan in recently past field. He was a true conservative who was prepared to bring God back to America. Alas, Romney falls just a little short although I will support him for president now that it is decided he will be the Republican nominee. But I must say, Mister, we could use a man like Ronald Reagan again!