With the passing of 100 years since his birthdate, Ronald Reagan has been in the news a lot, lately. The current political climate, in which politicians on both sides of the aisle wouldn’t mind borrowing a little of the luster that has accumulated upon his memory, has made his legacy all the more relevant. In particular, whether you liked him or disliked him, you’d be hard pressed not to agree with the assessment that he was a real leader. And as I’ve written about frequently (inspired by Dr. Douglas Winnail’s observations), we’re living in a time where there is a real leadership crisis.
I won’t add to the abundance of commentaries out there, myself — there are too many who can speak more knowledgeably of the man and of what he represents to us today. I just thought I would pass on two links for those who may be interested, both of which go to articles I enjoyed concerning the man.
- Time magazine: “Reagan Revelation: At 100, Why He Still Matters”
- Peggy Noonan (WSJ): “Ronald Reagan at 100: Being a good man helped him become a great one”
Additionally, for those who remember some of his speeches and would like to hear them again, you might consider the Reagan Foundation’s YouTube channel.
In particular, here is a video of what is arguably one of his most famous speeches (ranked in some places as one of the top ten American speeches of all time): His televised comments after the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. While of little political consequence, perhaps, it is one of my favorites (and was, if I recall correctly, written by Ms. Noonan).