Over the past few days I've tried to place my finger on why I love this man, Ronald Reagan, so much. My children have grown up with Ronald Reagan as a regular guest at our dinner table - not in person, of course, but in the recounting of his words and deeds. I guess that I quote Ronald Reagan second only to the Bible.
But my affection for Ronald Reagan goes beyond his historic accomplishments of reviving the American economy and vanquishing the Soviet Evil Empire. President Reagan made me feel excited about being an American, and he let me know that it was OK to express my love of Country.
I was eighteen years old when I first heard Ronald Reagan, the politician, and I was just forming firm ideas about many things in the wide World. Ronald Reagan taught me what kind of country America is: a country with a special mission from God, to bear high the torch of freedom; a country whose people would do the things others considered impossible; and a country whose best days lie ahead.
God bless America, and God bless Ronald Reagan - his best days also lie ahead.