I often ask myself that question when the insanity of today's politics becomes more than I can bear. I am a Reagan Conservative. This good and decent man was a genius, demonstrating moral and intellectual superiority in all that he did. Foremost among his many successful philosophies was "Trust the people." He was an optimist with unshakable faith in the convictions that he developed in his early childhood, largely from his mother's influence. He was comfortable in the company of world leaders, such as Mikhail Gorbachev, his cabinet and leaders in Congress. In dealing with Congress, even when the Democrats were misguided, he knew how to work with both sides. At the time, the press called him "The Great Communicator," but Reagan was really a communicator of American ideals. The central theme of most of his speeches was patriotism. He portrayed a vision of America as a city on a hill, a beacon to the nation of the world. "In my mind," he said, "it was a tall, proud city built on rocks and stronger than oceans, wind-swept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace, a city with free ports and doors that were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get there."
Reagan would be shocked and saddened to see what the Liberals in our country are trying to do to the American ideals that he believed in so fervently. What would he have to say about how the Liberals have taken over the media in our country to use as a platform to get their agenda across (which of course, is not an agenda at all, but rather a means to their end: Get Bush)?
He famously said, "If we forget that we are one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under." We Reagan Conservatives still believe in one nation under God. We still believe that we are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights, among them life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We think, unlike Alec Baldwin, Sean Penn and the other Hollywood elites, that we live in a great country, that "city on a hill." We LOVE America and put our hands over our hearts when the Star Spangled Banner is played.
Liberals aren't optimistic in the Reagan tradition. They thrive on misery and blame and cynicism. They are more interested in criticizing and tearing down rather than building up. They are ashamed of America and constantly find the need to apologize for our policies to elitist comrades around the world. Reagan apologized to none because he didn't need to. He had a vision for America and he was not afraid to act on that vision. He believed in the goodness and decency of the American people. He fought for lower taxes, individual responsibility, less government, and strong national defense to preserve our inalienable rights to freedom and liberty.
We must be grateful to our founding fathers. In crafting the ingenious piece of legislation known as our Constitution, they provided the ultimate protection for our basic rights.
What would Reagan say? Great leaders don't come along very often. In many ways, Reagan was an original. He isn't returning, and there will never to another president or man quite like him. He succeeded because he had a vision for America. The unquestionable success of this extraordinary man gives us reason to hope. Just as the Constitution endures, so do the values of our 40th President who paved the way for generations of Conservatives to come.
Three cheers for the Gipper!
Mary K. Allen lives in Steamboat Springs and Mequon, Wisconsin. She is a long-time Conservative activist and enjoys working in the campaigns of conservative candidates and attending functions by the Leadership Program of the Rockies. Mary is a director of the Conservative Leadership Council of Northwest Colorado.