February 6th, 1911 -- June 5th, 2004.
33rd Governor of California (1967-1975).
40th President of the United States of America (1981-1989).
"A people free to choose will always choose peace. "
"Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged."
"How do you tell a communist? Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin."
"It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first."
"Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"
"Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong."
" There are no easy answers' but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right."
Ronald Reagan -- "Ronaldus Maximus" -- along with Blessed Pope John Paul II and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher of the United Kingdom -- effectively ended the Cold War.
I had the opportunity to see him personally in October, 1984, at the dedication of the Christopher Columbus statue in Baltimore's Little Italy. I was no more than 100 yards or so away. I was still too young to vote!
I had a ticket to the Second Inauguration in January, 1985 -- the one which was canceled due to the extremely frigid weather.
He would have been 100 years of age today. May he rest in peace. We shall not see his like again.
(And I'm not a Republican!)