. ONLINE TOUR OF REAGAN LIBRARY AND PHOTO GALLERY here.
Full column here.
“Believe me, you cannot create a desert, hand a person a cup of water, and call that compassion. You cannot pour billions of dollars into make-work jobs while destroying the economy that supports them and call that opportunity. And you cannot build up years of dependence on government and dare call that hope.”
Reagan is ranked among the top Presidents of all time for many reasons. He is viewed favorably, even by political adversaries, for his good-natured leadership and ability to positively persuade cooperation. Reagan had a certain cheerfulness and modest friendliness that engendered trust. Those closest to him describe a man always focused on the needs of those around him, an individual slow to anger, someone genuinely concerned about the welfare of others.
His closest associates say he was the same man in public and private, the mark of integrity.
Contrary to the way many on the hard Left characterize him, Reagan was highly intelligent, well-read, and was therefore effective on the world stage, able to communicate across national and cultural boundaries to inspire millions of people worldwide chiefly about the precious value of liberty, and economic freedom.