If you support our national security issues, you may love and appreciate the United States of America, our Constitution with its’ freedoms, and our American flag.
If you support and practice our fiscal issues, you may value worldly possessions.
If you support and value our social issues, you may love Judeo-Christian values.
If you support and practice all these values, that is all good; an insignia of “Wisdom” . - Oscar Y. Harward
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Saturday, July 19, 2008
President Ronald Reagan – A Personal Legacy
I loved Ronald Reagan’s “Wisdom”. It was as if God provided him the right words, at the right time, and all the times. Yes, I did consider President Reagan a political friend. Ronald Regan ran for President of the United States in 1976, 1980, and 1984. I like to say I worked in each of the three campaigns. North Carolina Republicans provided Ronald Reagan his very first Presidential GOP Primary victory in 1976.
Over the years, I ask Ronald Reagan:
While spending a short private meeting with Ronald Reagan in a one-on-one engagement with another personal friend, I asked Ronald Reagan to just “Keep It Simple Stupid” (KISS). He did.
To keep his promises to support Conservative “Fiscal, Social, and Moral” issues to the American people. He did.
For a special invitation for my young son, Michael and me to his January 1981 Presidential Inaugural. He did.
Upon Ronald Reagan being shot by John Hinckley on March 30, 1981, and knowing God would take care of Ronald Reagan, I, with my son, Michael, went to town for purchasing a Get-Well card and mailed it with a special note to President Reagan. Inside that note, I suggested to our President that the next time he was to be in Monroe, NC, I would propose he purchase some new life insurance from me. He did not.
To remember Bobby Allison of NASCAR in his final race of the 1982 year in California, as Bobby was on his way to winning the NASCAR Championship, so long as he finished in fifteenth (15th.) place or better in that race. I proposed he make arrangements on national TV and congratulate race car driver, Bobby Allison on his championship. After Bobby Allison won the “Daytona 500” in February 1982, the first words to come from Bobby Allison’s mouth were, “I love Ronald Reagan”. The final race of the year was rain shorted, with little TV coverage of Bobby Allison’s victory, so there was no Ronald Reagan – Bobby Allison TV interview. It was covered via radio. He tried – TV Rained out.
In the Spring of 1983, and hearing for the first time Lee Greenwood's “God Bless The USA”, I immediately contacted the White House, asking Ronald Reagan to make contact with Lee Greenwood, and invite him to the 1984 GOP National Convention. Ronald Reagan met with Lee Greenwood in Nashville, TN. Lee Greenwood did sing “God Bless The USA” at the 1984 GOP National Convention. He did.
To telephone my dad and mother on their 50th.(?) wedding anniversary to “congratulate”. He did.
To appoint now US Federal Court of Appeals Judge, David Sentelle, of Charlotte, NC to be appointed to US District Court, NC Western District. Mrs. Shirley Bossbach also submitted a letter of recommendation for this appointment. Today, Justice David Sentelle sits on the DC Court of Appeals as Presiding Judge of the Special Division for the Purpose of Appointing Independent Counsels. He did.
Thank you President Reagan for sharing just one moment in your most memorable leadership by restoring our morality, for rebuilding our national economy, for rebuilding our US Military, for tearing down the Communist “Iron Curtain”, for tearing down the physical wall which separated the City of Berlin in Germany. But most of all, thank you for representing the “dawning of America”, by instilling in each of us the ability to “believe in (y)ourself”. Ronald Reagan’s success was his continual focus on “old time Common Sense”. He learned it. He practiced it. He lived it. He legislated by it. God was his Pilot. From an “ole time plowboy” of yesterday, Ronald Reagan was a “goodun”.
God Bless Ronald Reagan and God Bless America!