By Allan Erickson
As we see indications at the polls Americans are rejecting far left ideology in favor of conservatism, it gladdens the heart to think Ronald Reagan would be pleased. Heading into Thanksgiving, thinking about this special month and all we have to be thankful for, it is also heartening to remember certain milestones in Mr. Reagan’s life during the month of November, national milestones we may be revisiting, not just in memory alone, but in present-day action as well.
On Nov. 4, 1980, Mr. Reagan was first elected President, defeating Jimmy Carter.
He was re-elected by a landslide Nov. 6, 1984, defeating Walter Mondale.
On Nov. 13, 1974, the Reagan’s purchased Rancho del Cielo high above Santa Barbara. It became known as the Western White House, a modest 1500 square-foot ranch house on several hundred acres. It was the Reagan retreat, the place they rested, the place they rode horses, and the place Mr. Reagan worked with his own hands clearing brush, chopping and stacking oak firewood, building fences, and caring for his horses.
During his presidency Mr. Reagan spent every Thanksgiving at Rancho del Cielo. The Reagans left the ranch for the last time Nov. 27, 1988, moving to L.A., but using the ranch periodically in the years following for special occasions.
Mr. Reagan’s last visit to Rancho del Cielo occurred in 1995.
Mrs. Reagan’s last visit was in 1998.
The ranch is now owned by the Young America’s Foundation which preserves it as a “living monument to Reagan’s ideas, values and lasting accomplishments.” Special private events and seminars are conducted there.
Speaking of Mr. Reagan’s accomplishments, detail here.
Perhaps his greatest contribution: demonstrating for us with grace and good humor how important it is we preserve the dream, and forward, with optimism, the work for a better America, and a better world: “One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice, for all.”
With that in mind: two inspiring quotes from one of the best men ever to hold the office.
“Each generation goes further than the generation preceding it because it stands on the shoulders of that generation. You will have opportunities beyond anything we’ve ever known.”
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”