And when Reagan died in 2004, the American people showed that their love for him and all he stood for was undiminished. If anything, it had grown. They thronged the route of his funeral procession. Ordinary men and women waited for hours to file past his coffin and pay their last respects -- to thank the man who led our country so nobly, who won the Cold War without firing a shot, a leader who brought a sense of renewed purpose and genuine hope.
The liberal media have tried for years to remake Reagan as just a nice old man “sleepwalking through history,” to quote one critic. But the American people know better. They remember who went to the Berlin Wall and said, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” They recall his honesty and his courage. They know that the tax cuts he fought for allowed them to keep more of their own money. They haven’t forgotten who gave them back their government. Ronald Reagan’s legacy is defined by timeless principles, fearless leadership and visionary solutions.
I believe others can rise to the occasion and govern just as successfully as Reagan did. But we must remind them that it is impossible without resolve, courage and an undying commitment to constitutional principles. That’s why The Heritage Foundation, Sean and Laura seek to remind Americans that every politician’s promise, every proposed law, must be measured by one standard: the U.S. Constitution.
But if you’ve never read the Constitution … how will you know?
The Heritage Foundation is ready to arm you with your own copy of this essential document. Just go to heritage.org and click on “What Would Reagan Do?” There you can order, free of charge, a pocket-sized copy of the Constitution. (We’ll even pay the postage.) It’s more than just a tribute to a great president. It’s our way of ensuring that the flame of liberty kindled by our Founding Fathers continues to light the way for future generations of Americans.