6 February 1911, so the story goes, upon looking at his newborn son, whom he named Ronald, Jack Reagan remarked,"He looks like a fat little Dutchman. But who knows, he might grow up to be president someday." This Sunday marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ronald Reagan. Though he died in 2004, discussion of his impact on our nation and the world is still vibrant and memories of his accomplishments still stir many people into action themselves. Can you say "Tea Party"?
Marion County Republicans still hold the late president in the highest regard. As he has for many across this nation, Ronald Reagan is the model against whom we compare any person who wishes to seek our support as a candidate for the office of President of the United States.
Provided here is a sample of the several articles that have appeared in the week or so leading up to the Sunday anniversary. Thrown in for good measure are a couple of articles posted on this web site in 2004, upon his death, that still speak strongly of the tremendous debt of gratitude we owe.
In his article "Reagan Reclaimed", Steven Hayward compares the "legacy" those on the Left seek to claim for President Reagan to true claims of conservatives.
In what may be the most illuminating article of all of them, Washington Post correspondent and Reagan biographer Lou Cannon reminds us that President Reagan is "Remembered for a Reason".
In her article, "Reagan at 100", that appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan clarifies misunderstandings introduced into our memories by those whom Hayward (above) reminds us are seeking to at least co-opt Reagan's legacy.
Michael Giorgino, a Navy veteran who served during Reagan's administration, posted a heart-felt tribute that is sure to moisten any reader's eyes.
In his 2004 article appearing in Slate magazine, Fred Kaplan, although showing a bit of his bias to recast Reagan as a liberal hero, reveals the almost symbiotic relationship between Reagan and Gorbachev and (unknowingly, probably) shows God's hand in history.
Finally, in a June 2004 USA Today opinion piece, Leon Aron, arguing that "every great revolution is about morality and legitimacy", discusses Reagan's role in the fall of the Soviet Union.