June 11th, 2004

christmas 2008

on Reagan

You and I are told we must choose between a left or right, but I suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down. Up to man's age-old dream -- the maximum of individual freedom consistent with order -- or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism...
- Ronald Reagan, at the 1964 Republican national convention

Ronald Reagan was the greatest American president of the twentieth century. His is a legacy of the defense and expansion of freedom, both at home and abroad. He strove to cut the size of government and get Washington out of the people's way to let their creativity and ingenuity drive the nation to its full potential. He was the singular figure in the triumph over communism, casting aside containment and détente in favor of a more stirring concept: victory. Reagan provided an unbridled optimism when the nation needed it most.

Tomorrow is a national day of mourning, and our command is concluding business very early in accordance with that. I will definitely be in front of a television to see the celebration of one of the great figures of our time, and to wish him the best on whatever journey now awaits him...