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Thanks From a Grateful Country (Peggy Noonan's WSJ Tribute To Ronald Reagan. Absolute MUST READ!)
Wall Street Journal ^ | 6/7/04 | Peggy Noonan

Posted on 06/06/2004 10:12:50 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

He was dying for years and the day came and somehow it came as a blow. Not a loss but a blow. How could this be? Maybe we were all of us more loyal to him, and to the meaning of his life, than we quite meant to be.

And maybe it's more.

This was a life with size. It had heft, and meaning. And I am thinking of what Stephen Vincent Benet, a writer whom he quoted, wrote on the death of his friend Scott Fitzgerald. "You can take off your hats now, gentlemen, and I think perhaps you'd better."

(Excerpt) Read more at opinionjournal.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: godblessronaldreagan; peggynoonan; ronaldreagan; ronaldwilsonreagan
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1 posted on 06/06/2004 10:12:51 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
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To: ntnychik

Here you are!!!


2 posted on 06/06/2004 10:14:41 PM PDT by potlatch (HECK IS WHERE PEOPLE GO WHO DON'T BELIEVE IN GOSH)
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To: StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; DKNY; ...
ping!

Please FReepmail me if you want on or off my infrequent ‘miscellaneous’ ping list.

3 posted on 06/06/2004 10:16:50 PM PDT by nutmeg (God bless President Ronald Reagan)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

bfl


4 posted on 06/06/2004 10:17:36 PM PDT by oyez (¬°Desea vivo el revolutuin de Reagan!)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

"Good on ya",indeed, President Reagan...I know you are Home now.


5 posted on 06/06/2004 10:21:44 PM PDT by MEG33 (John Kerry's been AWOL for two decades on issues of National Security)
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To: txradioguy; kcvl

Enjoy!


6 posted on 06/06/2004 10:24:02 PM PDT by MEG33 (John Kerry's been AWOL for two decades on issues of National Security)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

BTTT


7 posted on 06/06/2004 10:24:29 PM PDT by playball0
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

BTTT


8 posted on 06/06/2004 10:24:51 PM PDT by Brytani (Politics: n. from Greek; "poli"-many; "tics"-ugly, bloodsucking parasites.)
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9 posted on 06/06/2004 10:26:15 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: potlatch
I want to quote the whole darn thing.. but I'll center in on..

Today I imagine saluting right back. Do you? We should do it the day he's buried, or when he lies in state in the Capitol Rotunda. We should say, "Good on you, Dutch." Thanks from a grateful country.

God has a special place for those who did as much good as RR did.

The best I can hope for is that in the next life I will be able to walk and talk with this fabuluous man (I have to assume we don't get a better mind in Heaven, since we could only appreciate the good ones God handed out).

10 posted on 06/06/2004 10:30:33 PM PDT by m87339 (If you could see what a drag it is to be you)
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To: m87339

My life is better to have been an American when President Reagan was in charge... I am honored to have served under him. He made us feel like we mattered and what we fought for was right. And above it all, he was right. SO much more today as the battle is no longer communism, but terrorism. We must continue the fight, and win this war as well.

God Bless You President Reagan, you will be missed....


11 posted on 06/06/2004 10:42:50 PM PDT by John.Cooch
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Marked for later read.


12 posted on 06/06/2004 10:48:01 PM PDT by Gator113
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To: nutmeg

bttt


13 posted on 06/06/2004 10:56:24 PM PDT by lainde (Heads up...We're coming and we've got tongue blades!!)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Peggy mentions that Reagan was turned down for combat duty because of his poor eyesight. Thus he served stateside working on training films during WWII. However, it is little realized that Reagan joined the reserves before WWII and then cheated on the eye test so he could get in the military. Quite the opposite from you know who, who cheated to stay out.

Cavalry Reserves

Ronald had a passion for riding horses. A friend (and a reserve officer in the cavalry) had suggested that Reagan apply for a commission, giving him access to army horses and all the free riding he could want. The idea appealed to Reagan until he learned that eyesight was of primary importance in the commisioning of a cavalry officer. Reagan at this time wore glasses and would later wear corneal lenses once they became available. But in 1935 he became a reserve second lieutenant with the 14th Cavalry Regiment at Des Moines by the simple expedient of cheating! During his medical examination, instead of a piece of cardboard, he held his hands over his deficient eyes and peeped through the slight gaps between his fingers. This had the same effect as punching a pinhole in a cardboard, producing the effect of a corrective lens for a nearsighted person.

Because of his commission in the cavalry reserve, Reagan was made a second lieutenant in that branch of the service.

Source is from the website covering his birthplace http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/albums/album_image/359307/88964.htm

14 posted on 06/06/2004 11:11:42 PM PDT by JohnBovenmyer (I)
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To: m87339

That so many on the left can not see, or will not admit, the enormous preponderance of good in the ledger in which the deeds of Ronald Reagan are entered, bespeaks the totality of their moral and intellectual bankruptcy. We must not let such villains gain the power to lead us to ruin.


15 posted on 06/06/2004 11:27:10 PM PDT by luvbach1 (Reagan won the cold war. Of course the left isn't impressed since they rooted for the other side.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
If you never post again, you have done enough with this post. Thank you.

Thank you, Peggy. I'm ready to salute to him, too.

16 posted on 06/06/2004 11:58:26 PM PDT by Ruth A.
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
"Ronald Reagan told the truth to a world made weary by lies. He believed that truth was the only platform on wich a better future could be built. He shocked the world when he called the Soviet Union evil, because it was an empire, because it was that too. He never stopped bringing his message to the people of the world. To Europe, China, and in the end, the Soviet Union. And when it was over, the Berlin Wall had been turned into a million souvenirs, and Soviet communism had fallen. But of course it didn't fall. It was pushed. By Mr. Know Nothing Cowboy Gunslinger Dimwit. All presidents should be so stupid."

This is definitely a must read. I love the way Peggy Noonan writes. What a fabulous tribute to a wonderful man who will go down in history as one of the greats of our time.

And note that the criticism of Ronald Reagan sounds familiar.

17 posted on 06/07/2004 12:21:41 AM PDT by fly_so_free (Never under estimate the treachery of the democrat party-Save USA vote a dem out of office)
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To: Mrs Zip; BOBWADE

ping


18 posted on 06/07/2004 2:52:01 AM PDT by zip (Remember: DimocRat lies told often enough became truth to 42% of americans)
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To: luvbach1

Bump.

That so many on the left can not see, or will not admit, the enormous preponderance of good in the ledger in which the deeds of Ronald Reagan are entered, bespeaks the totality of their moral and intellectual bankruptcy.


19 posted on 06/07/2004 2:56:39 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
"...and Soviet communism had fallen. But of course it didn't fall. It was pushed. By Mr. Know Nothing Cowboy Gunslinger Dimwit. All presidents should be so stupid."

Amen!

Some of it though,sounds like the sort of things currently being said about Bush.

God bless Ronald Reagan,a great and humble man.

20 posted on 06/07/2004 4:14:45 AM PDT by mitch5501 (by the grace of God,I am what I am)
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