Sunday, February 16, 2014

President's Day In The US - History

The third Monday in February of each year, President's Day, is a National Holiday in the US.  Schools, Banks and many businesses are closed to honor all Presidents of the United States, but most importantly our greatest Presidents.  The reason the month of February was originally chosen for this holiday is because both George Washington, born February 22, 1732 and Abraham Lincoln born February 12, 1809, two of our greatest Presidents were born in this month.   But another great President was also born in February, one of this Blogger's heroes, Ronald Reagan was born on February 6, 1911. 

Those of us that lived through the failed Carter Presidency, the Reagan Presidency and now the failed Obama Presidency, long for the days of Ronald Reagan.   The lame stream, left wing media at the time characterized Reagan as a Simpleton and a Cowboy.   The left wing media doesn't do that today because Reagan was clearly one of our greatest Presidents, but they still hate him because he was a successful Conservative.  After the dismal Carter Presidency, high inflation, the hostage crisis, gas lines and "malaise" in our country during the horrible Carter years, Ronald Reagan brought morning in America again. 

From Reagan's election in November, 1980 big thing started happening.   Reagan signaled to the Iranian's that he would take military action to end the hostage crisis and he had the credibility to make his threat believable.  It is no coincidence that as Reagan was being sworn in as President, the Iranians released the hostages, that very moment, after holding them for more than 400 days.   Reagan was shot in 1981, not long after taking office; but in characteristic good humor, while on the operating table, Reagan quipped to the doctors that saved his life, I hope some of you are Republicans to which the doctors said, Mr. President, "we are all Republicans today".   That day actually began the Reagan Presidency. 

Ronald Reagan, like Pope John Paul, lived through an assignation attempt, which was their destiny.   Ronald Reagan worked with a Democrat Congress to cut taxes, restore incredible economic growth, rebuild our military, conspire with Pope John Paul to bring down Communism and end the Cold War.  It is important to note that Reagan inherited a horrible economy from Jimmy Carter, born October 1, 1924, yet this Blogger does not remember one instance of Reagan continuing to blame Carter for the mess he inherited.  It is also important to note that it was Ronald Reagan who signed the bill allowing for the Earned Income Tax Credit to benefit the working poor. 

Reagan always looked to the future and never look backwards.  And, Ronald Reagan was not afraid to speak the truth when he called the Communist Soviet Union the "evil empire" that is was.  Most important, Ronald Reagan never, never attempted to divide our country, the way Obama does every day because Reagan knew correctly that America wins when we work as a team. 

The election in 1980 was the first time this Blogger, then 30 years old, voted for a Conservative and a Republican.  It was Ronald Reagan who helped me realize that government was the problem and not the solution.  Gosh, do we see that today under Socialist Pinocchio Obama who works hard to divide our nation into rich and poor, men and women, white and black, straight and gay.  Obama is in business to grow government to intrude into all aspects of daily life even though we will all be poorer for it.  

Clearly, Obama, born on August 4, 1961, like October born Jimmy Carter, will never go down as one of our great Presidents, celebrated in February because Obama is incompetent and does not understand the job, which Obama has in common with Carter.  Obviously, Obama is no Ronald Reagan; that's for sure.  We need another Ronald Reagan to both bring our country back together and deal with the big problems we face today.   We can only hope that just maybe in 2016, that person, a Conservative, willing to speak in "bold colors not pastels" will emerge again.  

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