Saturday, June 9, 2012

Thinking of the Gipper

These first few days of June - as I think I've written before - always fill me with Reagan nostalgia. June 5 is the anniversary of his death, June 6 marks the immortal "Boys of Pointe Du Hoc" D-Day speech in 1984, and yesterday, June 8, was the 30th anniversary of his famous speech at Westminster Hall, where he said that Communism and the Soviet Union were headed for "the ash heap of history."

Of course, the lefties went nuts. Reagan was a war monger, an idiot who would blow up the world in a nuclear war. And of course, they couldn't have been more wrong. On the day Reagan threw down the gauntlet at Westminster, we were less than a decade away from the collapse of the Soviet Union, which brought freedom and opportunity to millions of people that the American left would have been happy to leave enslaved by Communism.

We lost him eight years ago this week, but his smile, his commitment to freedom, his optimism and his love of America live on. It's hard to pick out my favorite Reagan quote, but this one is right up there: "Above all, we must realize that no arsenal or no weapon in the arsenals of the world is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women."

We miss you, Gipper.

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