This was a truly great day for America, especially anyone who is fond of history. Just the collection of dignitaries that gathered in Washington to be a part of the ceremony, coupled with the tremendous outpouring from the populace these past three days at the Capitol, made this whole process a truly inspiring experience. I truly doubt that if this had been Carter or Clinton being honored with a state funeral the outpouring from the public would be as great. This should serve as further proof that America is a conservative nation, that Americans believe in small government, tax cuts, a strong international presence, as well as honesty, dignity, and humility. America is waiting in line for six hours to catch a glimpse of a great man to whom we all owe so much; and while America is also the ability to walk through campus and protest a war, a la the "New Resistance," I think we can rest assured, as David and I concluded after watching Morgan's cult march on the UC lawn, that the majority of Americans do not and will not buy into the rhetoric of the far left, the so-called "progressives" who in actuality take a good word and distort its meaning. Ronald Reagan was truly the greatest man to serve in the Oval Office during the post-war era (discounting Truman to whom I hold the utmost respect, and who I would say technically was the last president before the "post-war era"). Reagan was flanked by Carter, who is a good man but was not right for the office, and Clinton, who history will prove to be a dishonest and dishonorable citizen of this nation.
Some notes on the week...
1. ABC had the best coverage of the funeral, complete with the clearest picture as well as continuous shots of sites around the world, including Moscow, the Brandenburg Gate, the South Pole, the Reagan Library, Dixon, Illinois, the Reagan Birthplace, Times Square, various Cathedrals across the nation, and the view of Washington from Arlington with the Eternal Flame in the foreground.
2. My fellow La Salle High alum Chris Matthews is quickly falling out of favor with me, due to his perceived hesitance to give Reagan his due compliments these past few days. His support of Kerry also is not something I am thrilled about.
3. Anyone who watched the MTV Movie Awards would have seen the politicizing from Jack Black (Vote Kerry T-Shirt), Sean Astin (Kerry button and sticker), and our favorite person here at the Inner Circle, Michael Moore (an unnecessary video appearance to plug his new slanderfest movie filled with comments about Bush). Among Moore's comments about Bush was an insinuation that Bush wanted this film censored. Hmm, I wonder if Moore thinks Bush owns Disney. I have not seen any evidence of George W. Bush trying to "block" Moore's movie. But as long as Moore tells the millions of young voters watching the show that Bush is trying to "censor" his movie he, and the rest of Hollywood, is happy. This is just increasing my resolve to get Bush re-elected. Bush is not my ideal conservative, and we disagree on a few key issues, but I can't stand John Kerry nor these liberals any longer. To give them power could lead to the demise of American prominence in the world. So, if you want to throw American sovereignty away and allow Kofi Annan and the rest of the corrupt powerbrokers in the U.N. (see Oil-for-Food Program) to control American foreign policy, which will eventually handcuff future generations with regard to domestic policy in a globalized world, vote for the pinko from Massachusetts.
4. I stand firm with Brian in support of stem-cell research.
5. I stand firm with Mary and Brian in support of legalizing gambling in Pennsylvania, thereby going against the state CRs once again.
God Bless Ronald Reagan, and may future leaders follow his example and save our country from the far left, who share neither our values nor our respect for this shining city upon a hill. To close, as we have read many times over the past few days, Reagan's farewell address...
"The past few days when I've been at that window upstairs, I've thought a bit of the `shining city upon a hill.' The phrase comes from John Winthrop, who wrote it to describe the America he imagined. What he imagined was important because he was an early Pilgrim, an early freedom man. He journeyed here on what today we'd call a little wooden boat; and like the other Pilgrims, he was looking for a home that would be free. I've spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don't know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it. But in my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, windswept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity. And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That's how I saw it, and see it still.
And how stands the city on this winter night? More prosperous, more secure, and happier than it was 8 years ago. But more than that: After 200 years, two centuries, she still stands strong and true on the granite ridge, and her glow has held steady no matter what storm. And she's still a beacon, still a magnet for all who must have freedom, for all the pilgrims from all the lost places who are hurtling through the darkness, toward home.
We've done our part. And as I walk off into the city streets, a final word to the men and women of the Reagan revolution, the men and women across America who for 8 years did the work that brought America back. My friends: We did it. We weren't just marking time. We made a difference. We made the city stronger, we made the city freer, and we left her in good hands. All in all, not bad, not bad at all.
And so, goodbye, God bless you, and God bless the United States of America. "