3 years from now we'll need a president with vision and a keen sense of American exceptionalism to put the country back together again!Saturday marked the 25th anniversary of President Reagan's farewell address to the nation from the Oval Office. Ten days after delivering the address he left office when George H.W. Bush was inaugurated.
The full text of the address is here but I really recommend watching the entire 20 minute speech. It's a walk down memory lane for those who remember and a good lesson for the young in what a real leader looks like and sounds like.
If you really can't spare the time, I took the last few minutes from the closing of the speech and posted it here:
In eight years Reagan led a country that had been mired in self doubt and what Jimmy Carter called "malaise" and restored not only the economy but the American spirit as well. And Reagan reminds us in this address that it wasn't all about him, it was about us; "we the people," Americans working together. Contrast that with Obama and how many times the word "I" appears on his teleprompter.
In closing, Reagan talks about what it means to be an American and how important it is that we never forget who we are. Sadly, that's exactly what has happened. We now have a President who grew up in Hawaii and Indonesia with little or no tie to the culture of American patriotism. Hollywood has stopped making films that extol the greatness of American virtues and the left prefers to concentrate on what's wrong with this country and ignore what is right. In schools today, if they teach history at all it's concentrated more on the wrongs of the past. I doubt kids today even know we landed on the moon.
Three years from now in January 2017 we will inaugurate a new President. Hopefully it will be one who understands what makes this country great and can lead us back to those ideals. Reagan provides the road map. Are we willing to follow?