I was reminded, some time ago by a dear friend from middle school, that I had an “I ♥ Reagan” bumper sticker on my bedroom door. I was raised in the malaise of Carter—which, thankfully was squelched after one term, by the optimism and election of Reagan. Although a young girl, I was drawn to his words of inspiration, individual achievement and the love of his country. Growing up among generations of military men, the love of my country and the military was instilled at a very young age, but Reagan, personified the American Dream. He was an approachable, Midwestern man, who rose to be the leader of the Free World.
There will never be another Ronald Reagan, but I cannot and will not believe that his convictions of principled conservatism died with him. In each of us, as Americans–as individuals, is the aspiration to rise to greater heights, to leave a better place for our children, and to live out our dreams—in the only place on Earth where the light of liberty and the song of freedom continue to lure hundreds of thousands to our shores.
We must preserve the light and play the song. We are only missing the guardian, the conductor.
This short video serves as a reminder to the crowded 2016 playing field in the GOP and the call for a third party. My rolling blog/commentary will serve as a reminder that the battle is not between right and left, but between the direction of our country– up or down.