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Posted November 16, 2003
Ronald Reagan leads where other fear to go
Reagan (is) was espoused and unequivocally had conservative principals and policies. He was confident that strong leadership, free enterprise, limited government, tax cuts and a strong defense were the solutions. Most of all Reagan believed in the inherent character and fortitude of the American people. He understood that it was freedom, the natural yearning of the human spirit that propelled people to pursue excellence so long that government obstacles were swept aside. Reagan often expressed optimism and confidence in the American people that inspired millions of Americans to attack recession and defeat it. Within hours of his inauguration he froze federal hiring, and he also deregulated oil prices, which weakened Optec¿s grip increasing supply and lowering cost, moreover, fearing Reagan, the Irians released the American hostages. During the first summer of his presidency, Reagan forced through Congress, which was a Democrat controlled house, the most broad based and significant tax cut in American History, thereby unleashing unprecedented American prosperity for the next two decades. Who thought that would be possible? At the same time the Air Traffic Controllers ordered its members to strike illegally in order to shut down air travel to force Reagan to meet their demands. Reagan's response to this blackmail: He fired nearly 70% of the strikers and this country cheered! Reagan's ideas did not stop even with enormous opposition. He pushed back the Soviet Union on all fronts. In 1983, at the height of the nuclear freeze protests, he deployed the first Prussian ballistic missals in West Germany. This in response to the Soviet target at Western Europe. In 1986 Reagan ordered an attack in Libya in response to a German nightclub where several Americans were killed. This showed that harm to Americans would be punished. Reagan rebuilt the military. He launched SDI, which is not only a key aspect of Americans present day defense structure, but it helped break Soviet Communism and freed hundreds of millions behind the Iron Curtain. No one thought this was possible - and unfortunately some still regret it...ummm, I wonder who those people are... But it is important that each of these bold actions was met with skepticism. Reagan was met with this same skepticism during his entire political career. Everyone told him that his ideas couldn't be done; he couldn't tackle any of this. But he forged ahead and showed them wrong. He saw the opportunity where others did not or refused to admit. He stood his ground. Stuck to his principals and accomplished where others failed or surrendered. Bush and all other conservatives need to learn from Reagan and continue what he started.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 16, 2003
Posted February 20, 2000
Real Insight into Ronald Reagan
D'Souza does an excellent job of dealing with the key question about Ronald Reagan: How did such a 'simple' and apparently easygoing man transform the terms of the whole political debate in the United States and the world, in just 8 years? The book is readable, informative and gives real insight into why Reagan was so successful, and how the first 50 years of Reagan's life uniquely prepared him to be a great president. If you are having trouble wading through the tome by Edmund Morris, try this well-written alternative! You will not be disappointed.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.