By David Bossie
As Congress jetted off to yet another recess, many liberals caught the first plane out of town. Here in Washington, DC the preferred airport of most Members of Congress is Ronald Reagan National Airport. Located on the banks of the Potomac it’s the fastest way out of town and back to their home districts.
The District of Columbia is known for its awe-inspiring architecture, landmarks, and museums. Many of our office buildings and airports are named after strong and significant leaders in United States history. We honor our forefathers with iconic memorials dedicated to Jefferson, Lincoln, and Washington. We commemorate our leaders for their duty and sacrifice with office buildings named after Presidents Eisenhower and Ford. However, one building has inspired anger from the Left - the Ronald Reagan National Airport.
Ronald Reagan was added to the airport name in 1998 in honor of his presidency. Democrats are seeking to change the name to Washington National Airport because they find the Reagan name offensive.
I find this especially intriguing for a few reasons. First, this is liberal logic 101. Our country is imploding from government corruption and poor leadership yet the name of an airport is the issue Democrats choose to focus on.
We have a federal debt that has reached over 18 trillion dollars; business owners are being targeted for their religious beliefs; foreign affairs are hitting dangerous levels in regard to global terrorism; and we’re seeing more and more government scandals. We have real issues that need to be addressed yet this is the issue Democrats want to pursue.
Like most liberal logic, this is dripping with hypocrisy. The United States has monuments and dedications throughout the country with names of Presidents from the progressive left. John F. Kennedy Airport, for example, added Kennedy’s name in December of 1963. The state of West Virginia is littered with bridges, roads, and parks honoring Senator Robert Byrd. As I see it, the tolerance level seems to be significantly greater within the Republican Party in comparison to members in the Democratic Party.
Ronald Reagan National Airport is a fitting reminder of one of our nation’s greatest leaders. During his term, Reagan accomplished many great achievements. He ended the Cold War, embraced pro-growth economic policies, and revitalized the conservative movement. This was thoroughly documented in Citizens United’s film Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny. This documentary, hosted by Newt and Callista Gingrich, documents Ronald Reagan’s legacy as the 40th President of the United States. It enables viewers to have an inside look to never-before-seen interviews, meetings, and discussions between Reagan and his government officials.
With enthusiasm to lead his country, while maintaining personal and economic freedoms, why would anyone want to remove his name from Ronald Reagan National Airport?
There are two responses to this request. First, liberals are intolerant. Conservatives are constantly attacked and accused of being intolerant for their religious and political beliefs. The language used by the Left to attack conservatives is a clear demonstration of their intolerance. Second, liberals feel a need to banish conservatism from society. They want to silence free speech that they don’t agree with; undo our strong national defense; destroy our American economic free market system through social welfare; and now, rename buildings to erase conservative leaders from history.
As Ronald Reagan elegantly stated, "The United States of America is and must remain a nation of openness to people of all beliefs. Our very unity has been strengthened by this pluralism. That's how we began; this is how we must always be. The ideals of our country leave no room whatsoever for intolerance…” We must stand strong in the fight for conservative values to keep this nation on the right path. It’s imperative for the success and well being of our country and generations to come.