Sunday, February 6, 2011

Happy Birthday, Mr. President

Sunday, February 6, marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ronald Reagan, America’s 40th President. For many Americans, President Reagan gave new voice to sentiments and principles that had faded from the political scene before his arrival.

The notions of limited government, traditional values, and the uniqueness of America were not Ronald Reagan’s ideas. They were timeless principles dating to the very founding of our country. Back then, politicians had forgotten them. With a little help from the Great Communicator, the people sent them a reminder.

So great is President Reagan’s legacy that today even Barack Obama and his media supporters seek to evoke false comparisons to the Gipper, even as they work tirelessly to undo and undermine the ideas and principles he—and we—all hold so dear.

Ronald Reagan used to be a Democrat before, as he put it, “The party left me.” Last year, many thousands of folks in Harrison County found that the party of their fathers and their grandfathers had left them. They followed in Ronald Reagan’s footsteps, leading to the best election results for Republicans perhaps in the history of Harrison County.

More people voted for Republicans in Harrison County in 2010 than ever before. Given that many folks here, sadly, often attribute their political party not to their own beliefs, but to the habits of past generations of their family, this is really saying something. The people of Harrison County consciously decided, as Ronald Reagan did long before them, to vote their principles and their beliefs. For many of them, it could not have been an easy decision, but it is one we all welcome.

Reagan once said, “I know what it’s like to pull the Republican lever for the first time, because I used to be a Democrat myself and I can tell you it only hurts for a minute and then it feels just great.”

The accomplishments for conservatives and Republicans in the last election will only last for two years if we do not work hard to build on what has been achieved. We must continue to work tirelessly to remind everyone of the conservative principles Ronald Reagan espoused, the principles upon which this country was founded.

To continue President Reagan’s efforts, and to keep Harrison County “red,” we need your help. Your financial support will be critical to ensure that the victories of November 2010 are not undone in the next election. Help us win another one for the Gipper. Help us keep Harrison County RED.

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