On Feb. 6th, 2010, I celebrated Reagan’s 99th birthday by posting two articles I wrote about Ronald Reagan for that day
On Feb. 6th, 2011, I celebrate Reagan’s 100th birthday by writing and publishing this post on defense issues (it explains what defense policies Reagan implemented as president, why, and what lessons can politicians learn from him):
I plan to post additional articles, as well as links to works on Reagan produced by other people, after Reagan’s 100th birthday (February 6th, 2011).
Also, I would like to mention that in 2009, the American people ranked Reagan as the best President America has ever had, ahead of Lincoln (ranked 2nd) and JFK (ranked 3rd). Mikhail Gorbachev, Reagan’s Cold War era rival who later befriended him and bid farewell to him as if he was his brother, said that Reagan was “an extraordinary political leader who had decided to be a peacemaker”.
Lou Cannon explains why Reagan was rated as the best President America has ever had:
“On the eve of Ronald Reagan’s election as president of the United States in 1980, a radio reporter asked him what it was that Americans saw in him. Reagan hesitated and then replied: “Would you laugh if I told you that I think maybe they see themselves and that I’m one of them?”
[Thirty] years and four presidents later, Americans still see themselves in Reagan. In a Gallup poll in 2009 they ranked Reagan as the best president, just ahead of Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy.
This highly generous assessment is based on more than likeability. Reagan left the world safer and the United States more prosperous than he found it. Even some liberal scholars who disdained Reagan when he was in the White House now acknowledge his effectiveness as a leader, especially his role in ending the Cold War.”