We Should Not Believe In Them Either
By: Carolyn Hileman
A few nights ago our candidates were asked if the Ronald Reagan era was over a few of them actually said yes. I wonder if the at the democrat debates if the are going to ask them if the JFK era is over? While the era may be over for those who are sick of walking in his shadow, for his people it will never be over. On June 11, 2004 tens of thousands of people came to the Rotunda of the US capital to pay their respects and even more lined the streets as his funeral procession meandered slowly through the streets, thousands more stood in front of their television sets to watch, just as many watched the procession as they did the Twin towers being attacked. No small feat for a man who had been relatively unseen and unheard from in years because he suffered from Alzheimerâ€™s in most cases when a person suffers from that disease not only do they forget, they are forgotten, but not Ronald Reagan.
It is hard to put out a light that shone as brightly as his, people from all walks of life loved that man, young and old still quote him, and young and old still look to his history as president for solutions to the problems of today. How easy it was for those to announce that the life and times of Ronald Reagan has no use to us today. Perhaps in their world the love of country that Ronald Reagan espoused is passÃ©, perhaps they believe the shining beacon on the hill has finally dimmed. I can see why they would wish it were over simply because every candidate or president we have had has been submitted to the Reagan test and all have fallen short, just as every single democrat candidate has been submitted to the JFK test and fallen short. Americans tend to look to the last president that they truly loved as a pattern for the next one be it democrat or republican, it has always been that way and always will be.
While it is good to strike out on your own and make your own name you do not do it by saying that our beloved presidents era is over because you know for a fact when you say that it is nothing but a lie. You cannot take Ronald Reagan out of the hearts of the people any more than you can take the stars off the flag it is simply not possible. This was a man who was a father figure to some and a grand father figure to others, he told us how wonderful America is, he told us that there was nothing we could not do, he told us that America is the greatest place in the world and we still believe him. He told us that each and every one of us had value and worth and that we could do something for our country, not unlike JFK who steadfastly believed in the people of this country. Perhaps what those candidates are really telling us is not that the Reagan era is over but that they do not believe in us, our abilities or our country and if that is the case we should not believe in them either.
In the End,
we will remember
not the words of our enemies,
but the silence of our friends.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
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