Today marks one hundred and three years since Ronald Reagan was born in a second floor apartment in Tampico, Illinois. Little did his parents know they were raising the man who would be one of the greatest presidents in our nation’s history, and the world would be a better place because Ronald Reagan was the leader of the free world for eight years.
In our film, Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny hosted by Newt and Callista Gingrich, we focus on the three pillars of the Ronald Reagan Presidency: reviving the American economy, restoring America’s spirit and challenging the oppression of the Soviet Union.
We celebrated the Reagan centennial by interviewing historians, former Cabinet members and associates and world leaders as we examined and celebrated the man who served as America’s 40th President. Ronald Reagan saw America as a special place, a shining city upon a hill, and as a beacon of freedom to the rest of the world.
A man whose core values came from his roots in Tampico and Dixon, Illinois, and followed him to Hollywood and the California Governor’s mansion; values and principles this nation is sorely missing today. At a time where it’s so easy as conservatives to get discouraged about the direction this country is headed and begin to wonder if we can ever come back, on the 103rd anniversary of President Reagan’s birth it’s important we honor his legacy as a reformer.
If there is one important lesson we can learn from Ronald Reagan’s presidency, it’s that all is not lost even if America suffers greatly under the failed leadership of a liberal president. Just like Reagan was able to right the ship after the dismal Jimmy Carter presidency, so could a conservative leader restore principles and fix the problems that President Obama will leave behind when he leaves office in 2016.
I encourage you to get our film Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny this week as we celebrate Ronald Reagan’s birthday. It’s filled with great stories and lessons from a leader who served this nation so well, and whose vision we desperately need for our country today. Every February 6th, I am reminded of how blessed we were to have a leader like Ronald Reagan in Washington, DC and how crucial it is to have a Reagan conservative rise up and lead us again while there is still time to undo the damage President Obama has done to what was once a shining city upon a hill.