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"What Reagan Might Say"
Ventura Star, June 8, 2004

By Terry Paulson, PhD

When I landed at LAX from my Saturday flight from Denver, I had one question: “Did Smarty Jones win the Triple crown?” No one knew the answer. One of the police officers said what I was not ready to hear—“Ronald Reagan has passed away.” There was no shock, just a stunned, silent appreciation for a man who made a difference for us all. As I snaked my way home up the crowded 405 freeway, my life intersected with Ronald Reagan one last time. As I passed Wilshire Boulevard, his hearse and motorcade were visible from the freeway. Reagan is gone. His loss has made this a sad day, but it has been a sad day for many years. We have missed him. We’ve missed his words, his confidence, his warm and self-depreciating humor and his optimism.

Before he was our Governor and our President, Ronald Reagan auditioned to be a sports announcer. He was asked to create and broadcast a game from his memory. For 15 minutes, he brought to life a fictional football game so vividly that he was hired on the spot. With humility and with respect for the great communicator that Ronald Reagan was, let me end by weaving Ronald Reagan’s own words to say what I think he would say to us today:

My fellow Americans,

Do not be sad; my time has come. As the longest living President, I well exceeded my life expectancy, which I’m sure was a source of annoyance to a lot of people. But you must know that I was blessed to be your President. After all, there were many advantages. The day after I was elected, I had my high school grades classified Top Secret.

As you can see, I’ve missed bringing you my humor and hearing you laugh. But I don’t want to take this time to have you remember and honor me. Instead, I ask you to trust yourself. That is what America is all about. It’s the power of millions of people like you who will determine what will keep America great. Whatever else history may say about me when I’m gone, I hope it will record that I appealed to your best hopes, not your worst fears; to your confidence rather than your doubts. My dream is that you will travel the road ahead with liberty’s lamp guiding your steps and opportunity’s arm steadying your way.

Continue to dream heroic dreams. Those who say that America is in a time when there are no heroes, they just don’t know where to look. They’re the individuals and families whose taxes support the government and those whose voluntary gifts support church, charity, culture, art and education. Their patriotism is deep. Their values sustain our national life.

After all, who would trade America’s future for that of any other country in the world? And who could possibly have so little faith in our American people that they would trade our tomorrow’s for our yesterdays?

Beware the temptation of pride—the temptation of blithely declaring yourselves above it all, ignoring the facts of history and the aggressive impulses of evil empires and thereby removing yourself from the struggle between right and wrong and good and evil.

When our struggle seems hard, remember what Eric Liddell, Scotland’s Olympic champion runner, said in Chariots of Fire. He said, “So where does the power come from to see the race to its end? From within. God made me for a purpose, and I will run for his pleasure. He’ll give us the power we need—power to fight the good fight, to finish the race, and to keep the faith.” May God be with you still as He has been with me.

Just as we honor the men who stormed the beach at Normandy, we must continue to honor and support the men and women who give their all for freedom today. Remember that we don’t pass freedom on to our children in their bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day you will spend your sunset years telling your children and your children’s children what it was once like in the United States when men were free.

Now that I have saddled up one last time and ridden off into the sunset may it be with the knowledge that we’ve done great things together. We kept faith with a promise as old as this land we love and as big as the sky. A brilliant vision of American as a shining city on a hill. Thanks to all of you, and with God’s help, America’s greatest chapter is still to be written, for the best is yet to come.

In closing, let me thank you, the American people, for giving me the greatest honor of allowing me to serve you as your President. The Lord has called me home. I will leave with the greatest love for this country of ours and eternal optimism for its future.

May God bless you as He has so richly blessed me,

Ronald Reagan...as he might have written.

Terry Paulson, Ph.D., from Agoura Hills, CA, is a professional speaker on making change work and author of The Dinner: The Political Conversation Your Mother Told YOu Never to Have

—May we never forget him...

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