The Lord sent us to Ronald Reagan.
The Lord sent us to Ronald Reagan.
Americans do not fall into the masonic lethargy in which they have tried to plunge the diabolical Obama and recognize themselves in the mirror of their glorious past: Every year a survey is conducted to determine which is the favorite president of the Americans and, as It has happened on the last twelve occasions, the most voted has been Ronald Reagan. Ronald Reagan is an American symbol par excellence.
Finally, he gave an example of dignity by accepting with Christian resignation his terrible illness and decay. The will of God is everything, especially when it merges with that of Man. A man with honor, faith in God and patriotism, this is precisely what the United States would need now. Once the land of liberties and opportunities, from his dark and suspicious arrival to power (some day you will know everything), Obama is turning it into a socialist, Marxist and moral relativist state.
The United States has always been characterized by equating opportunities between social classes: there, if you work hard, you can become a millionaire and the elite, as Ronald Regan showed. Health for those who work and pay for it. Education, too. As it should be! To this world we have come to work hard and raise our Homeland, which is the manifestation of God on Earth.
But that is over: Obama wants to implant the worst tics of atheist and Masonic social democracy in the United States. Fortunately, there are healthy movements like the Tea Party that make the flag of the vital fear of God and of economic freedom.
A new Reagan, a traditional man who dresses by the feet, could lead a more massive movement even than the Tea Party, which was a beacon not only for his country, but for the whole Christian world. Power must be held by people with faith and will to work and improve. It is essential that this be the case, and in Spain and the United States more than anywhere else.
Road to the US presidency
Reagan’s first attempt to obtain the nomination as a Republican candidate for the presidency was in 1968 against Richard Nixon, but he failed. He tried again in 1976 against Gerald Ford, but was defeated at the Republican Convention by a small difference. In 1980 Reagan … See more Reagan’s first attempt to obtain the nomination as a Republican candidate for the presidency was in 1968 against Richard Nixon, but he failed. He tried again in 1976 against Gerald Ford, but was defeated at the Republican Convention by a small difference.
In 1980 Reagan finally won the Republican nomination for the presidential candidacy after defeating his rivals in the primary elections of most states. During the Republican National Convention held in Detroit, Michigan, Reagan spoke of the possibility that former President Gerald Ford would run for vice presidential nomination, but ultimately selected George HW Bush.
As an opponent of Reagan during the party’s primaries, Bush had declared that he would never be his vice president. Bush was many things that Reagan did not: a lifelong Republican, a veteran of war and a position of rapprochement with the United Nations; likewise, the economic and political philosophy of Bush was much more moderate than that of Reagan.
A Liberal Republican from the moderate wing of the party, who had been defeated in the primary by Reagan, the then representative of the United States Congress John B. Anderson, decided to present his presidential candidacy as an independent, taking with himself a part of the electorate traditional republican and many independents who wanted a third option different from the two traditional big parties.
After the Republican Convention, Ronald Reagan gave a campaign speech at an annual fair outside of Philadelphia (Mississippi), in the place of the murders of civil rights workers in 1964. During the speech, Reagan stated: « I believe in the rights of the states and I believe that we have distorted the balance of our government by giving powers that were never believed to be given in the Constitution to the federal government. ”
The campaign, led by William J. Casey, took place in the shadow of Iran’s hostage crisis. Some analysts believe that the inability of the then president and candidate for re-election, Jimmy Carter, to solve the crisis, played a key role in Reagan’s victory. On the other hand, Carter’s inability to solve double-digit inflation and the level of unemployment, the paralysis of economic growth, the instability in the oil market and the perceived weakness of national defense, could have had a greater impact on the electorate. As far as the economy is concerned, Reagan said one of his most famous phrases: “A recession is when your neighbor loses his job. A depression is when you lose yours. And a recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his. ”
In the presidential election held in 1980, Reagan obtained 43,903,230 popular votes equivalent to 50.75% of the total votes cast; Carter obtained 35,480,115 popular votes, which amounted to 41.01% of the votes; and Anderson, a former Republican and now an independent, won 5,719,850 popular votes, equivalent to 6.61% of the vote. The rest of the votes were distributed among other smaller candidates. Reagan won in 44 states and Carter in just 6 and the District of Columbia, so in the Reagan Electoral College won 489 voters against 49 of Carter. Therefore, Reagan became President of the United States.
The presidential election was accompanied by the change of 12 Senate seats from Democratic to Republican hands, giving Republicans a majority in the Senate for the first time in 28 years. Upon taking office, on January 20, 1981, he became the oldest president to take office, at 69, one of the phrases he pronounced in his possession was: “Government is the problem” (“The Government is the problem”).
During the Reagan administration, the economy went from negative GDP growth of -0.3% per year in 1980 to 4.1% in 1988 (in constant 2005 dollars), which allowed 20 million new jobs to be created by decrease the unemployment rate by more than two points, going from 7 … See more During the Reagan administration, the economy went from negative GDP growth of -0.3% per year in 1980 to 4.1% in 1988 (in constant 2005 dollars), which allowed 20 million new jobs to be created by The unemployment rate fell by more than two points, from 7.5% in early 1981 to 5.2% in 1989.
The inflation rate, from 13.5% in 1980, rose to 4.1% in 1988, which was achieved by applying high interest rates by the Monetary Authority. The latter caused a brief recession in 1982, with a fall in GDP of -1.9% and high unemployment. In addition, during the Reagan administration, the Gross National Product grew by 26% in real terms, the net worth of families earning between $ 20,000 and $ 50,000 a year grew by 27% and the preferential interest rate fell further than the average. from 21.5% in January 1981 to 10% in August 1988.
In 1981, it significantly reduced the maximum tax rate, which affected the very rich, and went from a nominal rate of 70% to 50%; in 1986 he again reduced the rate to 28%.
During the presidency of Ronald Reagan there was also the crisis of the Savings and Loan Association (savings and loan associations, a special type of financial institutions). The final cost of the crisis is estimated to have been around 160 billion dollars; around 124.6 billion dollars were delivered directly by the United States government through a financial rescue from 1986.
Alzheimer’s disease, death and recognition.
Due to the Twenty-Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, which establishes a limit of two terms for the President of the United States, Reagan could not be presented for a new re-election. His vice-president George Bush (father) headed the republican candidacy to the … See more Due to the Twenty-Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, which establishes a limit of two terms for the President of the United States, Reagan could not be presented for a new re-election. His vice-president George Bush (father) headed the republican candidacy for the presidency, winning his Democratic rival Michael Dukakis.
Ronald Reagan died on June 5, 2004 after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for almost a decade. A six-day state funeral followed his death, starting on June 5 and ending on the 11th of the same month.
On June 7, he was transported in a hearse to be exhibited at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in California, to fly to Washington DC to be publicly seen and pay tribute to the US Capitol building. Then a state funeral was held at the National Cathedral in Washington on June 11, the day on which President George W. Bush declared a national day of mourning. That same day, after services, Reagan’s coffin was transported back to California to be in the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum.
According to Reagan’s daughter, “At the last moment, when his breathing told us it was the end, he opened his eyes and looked directly at my mother. They opened those eyes that had not opened for days, and were not opaque or lazy. They were clear and blue and full of love. If a death can be beautiful, his was. ” His wife, former First Lady Nancy Reagan, told him that the moment was “the best gift you could have given me.”
Every year, President’s Day is celebrated in the United States, a national holiday that honors all the men who have been presidents of the country. One more year a survey has been conducted to determine which is the favorite president of the Americans, and as for twelve years, the most voted has been Ronald Reagan.
Reagan’s foreign policy was marked by his desire to curb Soviet expansionism, considered inevitable by his predecessor Jimmy Carter. This position was a conflict that was victorious thanks to his tenacity. He knew how to turn the arms race into a struggle … See more Reagan’s foreign policy was marked by his desire to curb Soviet expansionism, considered inevitable by his predecessor Jimmy Carter. This position was a conflict that was victorious thanks to his tenacity. He knew how to turn the arms race into a technological struggle, where industrial and scientific capacity dismantled Soviet dreams. Atomic submarines appeared and the era of computing was taken advantage of. He was able to convince his rival Yuri Andropov that through his more advanced technological resources the Soviet Union had nothing to do. This was the concept of “Star Wars.”
In Central America, it supported the governments and peoples that were suffering and at risk of becoming communists (El Salvador and Guatemala), under the influence of the USSR, through Cuba and Nicaragua. It also maintained the balance of the Armed Forces in the region, since up to the present none has superiority over another. With the fall of the USSR, military support was substantially reduced, which resulted in the signing of the peace accords.
He also launched a campaign against the Sandinista government of Nicaragua, which came to power after overthrowing the regime of Anastasio Somoza Debayle, another political client of the United States. Financed the Nicaraguan counter, reaching funding not authorized by the congress. The Nicaraguan government accused the United States of violations of international law before the International Court of Justice for this support and for undermining the country’s ports. The Court ruled in favor of Nicaragua, but the United States refused to respect the Court’s decision, arguing that the Court had no jurisdiction over the case.
At the request of the governments of Barbados and Dominica he invaded Granada, whose government had been accused of aligning with the Soviet Union and Cuba and of promoting the militarization of the country, with the construction of a large capacity airport with Cuban aid.
In the Middle East he ordered the bombing of Beirut, after the murder of 248 US Marines and 58 French paratroopers.
In the year 1984 Reagan appeared for the reelection with the unconditional support of his party (no republican leader competed against him to obtain the presidential candidacy). At the Republican National Convention held in Dallas (Texas), the delegates unanimously acclaimed … See more In the year 1984 Reagan appeared for the reelection with the unconditional support of his party (no republican leader competed against him to obtain the presidential candidacy). At the Republican National Convention held in Dallas, Texas, delegates unanimously acclaimed Reagan.
In the presidential election held in 1984, Reagan obtained 54,455,472 popular votes, equivalent to 58.97% of the votes cast; Mondale obtained 37,577,352 popular votes, equivalent to 40.56% of the votes; and the rest was divided into small candidacies. Reagan won in 49 states and Mondale in just one (his native Minnesota, by a narrow margin) and in the District of Columbia; reason why Reagan had 525 electors in the Electoral School against the scarce 13 of Mondale. It was one of the most crushing electoral victories in American history. You have received 106 points
Reagan portrayed himself as an advocate of economic liberalism, in favor of heavy tax cuts and the reduction of administration. He also took a strong anti-crime stance. The high point of the Reagan presidency was its first 100 days in the presidency … See more Reagan portrayed himself as an advocate of economic liberalism, in favor of heavy tax cuts and the reduction of administration. He also took a strong anti-crime stance.
The high point of the Reagan presidency was his first 100 days in office, initiated with the end of the hostage crisis in Iran, after being released minutes after his takeover. The first official act of Reagan was to end the control of oil prices, with the hope of increasing the domestic production of the fuel and encouraging its exploration.
One of the main concerns of the first Reagan period was the reactivation of the economy, which was in a new situation in which economic stagnation combined with high inflation. His administration fought against two-figure inflation by supporting the Federal Reserve and the decision of its president Paul Volcker to drastically contract the issue of money, with interest rates that were significantly increased. By successfully lowering inflation, this policy caused a short-term recession (1981-1982). Economist and Nobel laureate Milton Friedman praises him “for being willing to cause a severe recession to end inflation.”
He made a strategy of combining this policy of contracting the issue with general tax reductions designed to increase investment in business. Meanwhile, this policy was ridiculed by her opponents, who called her “Reaganomics” contemptuously. At the same time, the administration reduced social expenses.
After the recession of 1981-1982, the economy experienced a remarkable recovery that began in 1983. The Reagan administration argued that tax cuts helped to revive the economy and create jobs, which led to an increase in federal income from taxes during the 1980s from five hundred billion to more than one billion dollars per year.
Religious and philosophical beliefs.
Reagan belonged to the Disciples of Christ, although during his last years of life he also embraced the Presbyterian Church. On his tombstone is written a phrase dear to Reagan: “I know in my heart that man is good, that what is good will always triumph, in the end, and every … See more Reagan belonged to the Disciples of Christ, although during his last years of life he also embraced the Presbyterian Church. On his tombstone is written a phrase dear to Reagan: “I know in my heart that man is good, that what is good will always triumph, in the end, and each life has a special value and purpose.”
He had the Great Necklace of the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem. In a letter sent to a Methodist minister in March 1978, who maintained a skeptical view of Christ’s divinity – and accused Reagan of possessing a “theology limited to a Sunday teaching level” – Reagan countered using the trilemma of CS Lewis. In fact, French President François Mitterrand, who appreciated Reagan, although disagreed on several issues, stressed that Reagan “had two religions: free enterprise and God.”
According to one of his biographers, John Patrick Diggins, Reagan maintained an Emersonian belief in personal confidence and an optimistic faith in the goodness of people. Reagan’s mother belonged to the Church of the Disciples of Christ, who maintained an optimistic view of human nature, personal responsibilities, sobriety and Christian tolerance.
Reagan recalled in his autobiography: “My mother always taught us:” Treat your neighbor as you would like your neighbor to treat you, and judge everyone by how they act, not by what they are “. He was frightened of discrimination and said: “My parents constantly explained to me the importance of judging people as individuals.” “Every individual is unique, but we all want freedom, peace, love and security, a good home and an opportunity to praise God in our own way; we all want the chance to move forward and get our children to have a better life than ours, “Reagan wrote in An American Life.
His time on television.
Reagan was first elected to the Board of Directors of the Screen Actors Guild in 1941, serving as an alternate. After the Second World War he returned to his post and in 1946 he became third vice president. The adoption of conflicts of interest laws of 1947 led to … See more Reagan was first elected to the Board of Directors of the Screen Actors Guild in 1941, serving as an alternate. After the Second World War he returned to his post and in 1946 he became third vice president. The adoption of conflicts of interest laws of 1947 led to the resignation of the president and six members of the Board; Reagan was nominated in a special election for the office of president and was elected.
From then on he would be chosen by the members for seven additional one-year periods, from 1947 to 1952 and then again in 1959. Reagan guided the SAG for years marked by major events such as disputes between workers and employers, the Taft-Hartley Act , the hearings of the Anti-American Activities Committee and the era of the Hollywood blacklist.
In 1947, as president of the SAG, Reagan testified before the Committee of the House of Representatives about anti-American activities, regarding communist influence in the entertainment industry. Strongly opposed to communism, he reaffirmed his commitment to democratic principles, declaring: “As a citizen, I would hesitate to see any political party banned by a law based on its political ideology. However, if it is proved that an organization is an agent of foreign powers, or in any case it is not a legitimate political party – and I believe that the government is capable of proving it – then we are in another issue. At the same time, I never, as a citizen, want to see our country urged, out of fear or resentment towards that group, that we can not compromise any democratic principle out of fear or resentment. ”
Although at first he had a critical stance on television, Reagan obtained some film roles in the late 1950s, so he decided to join the media. He was hired as the host of the General Electric Theater, a weekly series of dramas that became very popular. He earned approximately $ 125,000 a year, about $ 1,000,000 in 2008 dollars. His final job as a professional actor was as host and actor of the television series “Death Valley Days”, between 1964 and 1965.
Beginnings of his political career.
Initially, registered as a Democrat and admirer of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Reagan supported the New Deal. At the beginning of the 1950s, Reagan began to turn right due to his desire for a more limited federal government, supporting the presidential candidacies of Eisenhower in 1952 and … See more Initially, registered as a Democrat and admirer of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Reagan supported the New Deal. In the early 1950s, Reagan began to turn right due to his desire for a more limited federal government, supporting Eisenhower’s presidential candidacies in 1952 and 1956, as well as Nixon’s in 1960.
In his position with General Electric, Reagan was required to tour the GE plants and give speeches. Usually, these discourses had political content and delivered a conservative and pro-business message. He wrote his own speeches, working diligently and daily on his prose. Although later, in the White House, he had writers of speeches, Reagan continued editing them. Eventually, the speeches became very controversial for the company’s taste and he was fired from General Electric in 1962. Reagan formally changed to the Republican Party that same year, saying: “I did not abandon the Democratic Party. The game left me. ”
Two years before switching parties, Reagan joined the campaign of Conservative presidential candidate Barry Goldwater. Speaking on behalf of Goldwater, Reagan stressed his belief in the importance of a small government. He revealed his ideological motivation in a famous speech given on October 27, 1964: “The Founding Fathers knew that a government can not control the economy without controlling the people. And they knew that when a government intends to do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purposes. So we have come to a time to choose ». The speech raised $ 1,000,000 for the Goldwater campaign, and soon the speech was known as “Time to choose.” It is considered the event that gave birth to Reagan’s political career.
Marriage and children.
He married the actress Jane Wyman in 1940, with whom he had two children. In 1948 Wyman filed for divorce on the grounds that it was due to her husband’s political ambitions, citing it as a distraction due to her husband’s obligations to the SAG union. The divorce ended … See more He married the actress Jane Wyman in 1940, with whom he had two children. In 1948 Wyman filed for divorce on the grounds that it was due to her husband’s political ambitions, citing it as a distraction due to her husband’s obligations to the SAG union. The divorce ended in 1949, with Reagan being the only divorced US president.
In 1949 he met the actress Nancy Davis, after she contacted him for his status as president of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), to help her with a matter related to the appearance of his name on a communist blacklist in Hollywood (I had been confused with another Nancy Davis). They married in 1952 and had two children.
Those who observed them describe the Reagans’ relationship as close and intimate. During his presidency it was reported that they frequently showed their affection for each other. He wrote to her once: “Everything I treasure and enjoy would not make sense if I did not have you.” When he was in the hospital after the assassination attempt in 1981, she slept with one of his shirts to comfort herself with her scent.
In a letter to US citizens written in 1994, Reagan wrote: “Recently I have been told that I am going to be one of the millions of Americans that will be affected by Alzheimer’s disease. I just wish there was some way to prevent Nancy from going through this painful experience. ” In 1998, when she was seriously affected by Alzheimer’s, Nancy told Vanity Fair: “Our relationship is very special. We were very much in love and we still are. When I said that my life started with Ronnie, it’s true, he did. I can not imagine life without him and I will always be by his side.
Governor of California.
In 1966 he was elected Governor of California, defeating the two-time Governor Pat Brown. He was re-elected in 1970, defeating Jesse Unruh, but decided not to run for a third term. During the protests in People’s Park, he sent 2200 soldiers from the National Guard to the campus of the … See more In 1966 he was elected Governor of California, defeating the two-time Governor Pat Brown. He was re-elected in 1970, defeating Jesse Unruh, but decided not to run for a third term. During the protests in People’s Park, he sent 2,200 National Guard soldiers to the campus of the University of California. He did so on the grounds that his administration would not be under the influence of student agitation.
When terrorists from the leftist People’s Park group abducted Patty Hearst in Berkeley, and submitted a list of demands that included the free distribution of food to the poor, Reagan suggested it was a good time for an outbreak of botulism. After the media picked up and spread this comment, he apologized.
In his first term, he froze the expenses of the government, but also approved fiscal increases to balance the budget. He worked with the spokesman of the Democratic Assembly, Roberto Moretti, to reform fiscal aid in 1971. He opposed the construction of a federal dam that would have flooded a valley of Indian ranchers.
One of Reagan’s biggest frustrations was that he failed to restitute the death penalty. He had campaigned as one of his strongest supporters; however, their efforts to enforce state laws in this area were frustrated when the Supreme Court of California issued the verdict. Although the decision was quickly reversed by a constitutional amendment, there would not be an execution in California until 1992.
Childhood and youth
Ronald Reagan was born Tampico (Illinois) on February 6, 1911. When he was little, his father nicknamed him “Dutch” because of his resemblance to a “fat Dutchman” and his “Dutchboy” haircut. The nickname followed him during his youth. Reagan’s family lived briefly … See more Ronald Reagan was born Tampico (Illinois) on February 6, 1911. When he was little, his father nicknamed him “Dutch” because of his resemblance to a “fat Dutchman” and his “Dutchboy” haircut. The nickname followed him during his youth.
The Reagan family lived briefly in different towns and cities of Illinois, including Monmouth, Galesburg and Chicago, until in 1919 they returned to Tampico and lived on the HC Pitney Variety Store. After his election as president, residing in the barracks on the second floor of the White House, Reagan would say he was “again living on the store.”
According to Paul Kengor, writer of “God and Ronald Reagan,” Reagan had particularly a deep faith in the goodness of people, which came from the optimistic faith of his mother, Nelle, and the faith of the Disciples of Christ, where he was baptized in 1922. When Reagan was 11 years old, his mother gave him the book “That Printer of Udell’s”