February 6, 2007

Escapee exemplar

Happy birthday, Mr. President. I never had the great honor of meeting you, though how I wish I had. Back when you led our great nation, I had nothing but disdain for you. I'm older now, a bit grayer, a father of two, working hard to do what's best for my family.

I remember feeling guilty after learning that you had passed on. I'd been so wrong about you, 180 degrees off the mark. But my impressions had already begun to shift based on my reading of your letters, and by Peter Schweizer's great book, "Reagan's War," and by wonderful memoirs from Peggy Noonan ("What I Saw at the Revolution") and Michael Deaver ("A Different Drummer").

I bought a round-trip bus ticket for Washington to attend the funeral, but the day conflicted with my son's graduation from pre-school, and I didn't want to miss that either. I remember asking myself, what would Reagan suggest? I could hear your reassuring voice -- go to your son's school, and that's what I did. I eventually almost gave this blog a different name -- What Would Reagan Do? -- but decided on Left Wing Escapee instead. I hope you like it.

Something I wanted to tell you had we met in person -- thank you, Mr. President. Thank you, sir, for restoring our glory.


Anonymous said...

I'm sorry that you have come to the conclusion that the United States has any glory. Obviously you too have consumed the Cool Aid. You really need to get out more. I am a combat veteran who has traveled all over the world.

I recently returned from a trip from Europe. We were continually the brunt of jokes and condemnation. They don't hate the people or our culture, they can't figure why we would put up with our current administration.

I believe they know more about what is going on both in this country and around the world than we do in this country. They actually have real news, not the policically conservative news that we get in this country. You only have to go to Canada to get real news. Europe is far more civilized, than we are. Their governments are there to provide for their people. They do more with much less. This conservative government has blown a great deal of our wealth and glory just by starting a war. There was another super power that went bankrupt, remember?

Glory. I guess I dont't know what you mean by using that word. You really need to get out more.

Jack Coleman said...

Let me preface my response by telling you that I appreciate your service to our nation. Clearly you don't agree with what I wrote and that is just as clearly your perogative. But I would ask you to recall the dismal state of affairs in the late '70s, and how much better things were a decade later after Reagan had been president for two terms.

"Glory," in my opinion, is not to strong a word to describe the turnabout. And Reagan had more to do with this than anyone.

Peter Porcupine said...

Welcome, Jack, and good luck!

Jack Coleman said...

Thanks, Peter, appreciate that!