Ronald Reagan was by far and wide my favorite president to date. Since Abraham Lincoln, what other president in US history has created such significant positive change towards the peaceful unification and high productivity of the people in this country and the rest of the world? That’s right. Reagan.
Reagan’s “Peace through Strength” concept was clearly laid out before the world when he chose to increase US defense spending by 40%, and thereby increasing the number of troops in the military. America’s solidarity and powerful presence has always been a beacon of hope and safety to those nations who must rely on its protection.
Reagan’s economic plan, better known as “Reaganomics”, showed us how things would get done when he rolled up his sleeves, and he cut taxes across the board, and restrained from frivolous domestic spending which helped to ignite an economic boom that lasted for two decades. The previous administration left him with a nearly 20% unemployment rate. Disgraceful, Reagan proved he was up for the challenge and nothing would stop him from stabilizing such a weak economy. During his two-term presidency, 16 million new jobs were created. His free market, small government, conservative idealism rekindled the enthusiasm of the Republican Party, and his influence still stands strongly today with conservatives quoting him, and following in his footsteps.
Reagan spoke of the values that had served America well since its beginning days. America was built on conservatism, patriotism, and good old fashioned hard work. He also focused on the values of family, and made us know for certain the American dream was very much alive and well!
Perhaps the most memorable event that comes to mind during Reagan’s terms was the ending of the Cold War. While Communism was still questing for world dominance at that time, the Cold War had been going on since World War II, and continued to be a threat to the United States. Unlike the passive stance we saw from the Carter administration, Reagan stood strong against our threats, and particularly against the Soviet Union. He referred to it as an “evil empire”, and demanded that Mikhail Gorbachev “tear down this wall” that divided Berlin, Germany. He relentlessly promoted his Strategic Defense Initiative and gave aid to rebels battling Soviet-backed Marxists from Nicaragua to Angola. Those efforts were critical in the ultimate collapse of the Soviet empire and essentially ended the Cold War.