Happy Birthday to the president who made Americans believe themselves again!
On February 6, 1911, Nelle Reagan gave birth to her son, Ronald Wilson Reagan. At the time, she probably could not image the impact that her son would make upon the world, for so many of us, it is impossible to forget. Ronald Reagan grew up to be the most influential conservative leader in our nation, and arguably the greatest president America has ever known. His Reagan Revolution returned liberty to the American people and promoted liberty throughout the world. For the first time under his leadership, entrepreneurship was highly valued and innovation and creativity were unleashed, revealing America’s potential.
Tomorrow will mark Ronald Reagan’s 99th birthday. I hope we will all take a moment to remember history’s great liberator, and the man who restored the spirit and hope of the American people. Below is an excerpt from his final speech and I think it perfectly sums up his legacy:
“And whatever else history may say about me when I’m gone, I hope it will record that I appealed to your best hopes, not your worst fears, to your confidence rather than your doubts. My dream is that you will travel the road ahead with liberty’s lamp guiding your steps and opportunity’s arm steadying your way. My fondest hope for each one of you — and especially for young people — is that you will love your country, not for her power or wealth, but for her selflessness and her idealism. May each of you have the heart to conceive, the understanding to direct, and the hand to execute works that will make the world a little better for your having been here. May all of you as Americans never forget your heroic origins, never fail to seek divine guidance, and never lose your natural, God-given optimism. And finally, my fellow Americans, may every dawn be a great new beginning for America and every evening bring us closer to that shining city upon a hill.”