Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The Bronzed Gipper

I am happy that Ronald W. Reagan, the 40th President of the United States (and the greatest of my lifetime so far), was honored with a bronze statue in the rotunda of the US Capitol. The statue contains a piece of the Berlin Wall, which Reagan famously challenged Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down.

I have to admit it's a bit odd to see Nancy Pelosi standing behind Mrs. Reagan, smiling and applauding! (I have not been able to confirm the reports that after the unveiling, Rep. Pelosi immediately claimed that the statue had lied to her.)

In a statement released by the Ronald Reagan Legacy Project, Grover Norquist, who is Chairman of the RRLR, said:
The need for a statue of Reagan in the United States Capitol is long overdue. Reagan’s leadership left a resounding impact on the lives of citizens worldwide. At home we saw his policies lead us out of double-digit inflation, twenty percent plus interest rates, and double-digit unemployment. Abroad, his disdain for communism moved him to set in place policies that would see the Soviet Union fall.
How ironic that during an era when the US government has become the owner of GM, that the champion of small-government is so honored in Statuary Hall.

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