How far did President Reagan move the ideological goalposts? When President George W. Bush took office in 2001, he proposed tax cuts to jumpstart the slowing economy. The debate in Washington wasn't over whether tax cuts would help the economy. All sides accepted that premise. The argument was over how large the cuts should be.
Thanks, too, to President Reagan, we no longer argue over whether welfare recipients should work or perform public service in exchange for government assistance. We argue over how much they should be required to work.
Missile defense, which opponents derided as a Hollywood fantasy when President Reagan proposed it, is now the law of the land.
Most of us don't have personal stories to share about this great man. But as Americans, we are all living the story of President Reagan's amazing legacy and the many blessings that go with it.
As we gather around our TV sets this week and listen to his friends and former colleagues pay him tribute, and as we then join them in paying tribute when his body is laid to rest, let us renew our own commitment to help make America that "shining city on a hill" that President Reagan always knew it could be.