Rebecca Hagelin

  • It was Ronald Reagan who declared there is no moral equivalence between our political and social systems and those in communist countries ... and that we ought to stop acting as if there is. That's what ended the Cold War. It led him to call the Soviet Union an "Evil Empire," and to tell Mikhail Gorbachev, "Tear down this wall."

  • It was Ronald Reagan who engaged the Soviets in a defense-spending war he knew they couldn't win. When they realized they couldn't win, the Cold War ended more abruptly than even the always-optimistic president probably expected.

  • It was Ronald Reagan who realized that one day some unstable tyrant will get control of a ballistic missile ? possibly with chemical or biological warheads attached ? and that America better be ready with a missile defense.

  • It was Ronald Reagan who saw the rise of small business and its enormous potential to create jobs and set about making tax and regulatory policies to accommodate these entrepreneurs.

  • It was Ronald Reagan who recognized that lowering taxes is critical to a strong economy.

  • 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.

    Rebecca Hagelin

    Rebecca Hagelin is a public speaker on the family and culture and the author of the new best seller, 30 Ways in 30 Days to Save Your Family.
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