"A wise and frugal government which shall restrain men
from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."
(Thomas Jefferson)

Monday, February 7, 2011

Reagan Remembered: An Unyielding Faith in America's Greatness by Senator John McCain

Reagan Remembered: An Unyielding Faith in America's Greatness
Feb 3, 2011 – 9:20 AM

Sen. John McCain
Special to AOL News

When I was a prisoner of war, the Vietnamese went to great lengths to restrict the news from home to only prominent opponents of the war. They wanted us to believe America had forgotten us. They never mentioned Ronald Reagan. No matter. We knew about him. New additions to our ranks told us how the then governor and Mrs. Reagan were committed to our liberation and our cause.

When we came home, we were eager to meet the Reagans to thank them. But more than gratitude drew us to them. We were drawn to them because they were among the few prominent Americans who didn't subscribe to the then fashionable notion that America had entered her inevitable decline.

We came home to a country that had lost a war and the best sense of itself; a country beset by social and economic problems. Assassinations, riots, scandals and contempt for political, religious and educational institutions gave the appearance that we had become a dysfunctional society. Patriotism was sneered at. The military scorned. The great, robust, confident republic seemed exhausted.

He possessed an unshakable faith in America's greatness, past and future, that proved more durable than the prevailing political sentiments of the time.

We were a good country before Vietnam, and we are a good country after Vietnam. In all of history, you cannot find a better one. Of that, Ronald Reagan was supremely confident, and he became president to prove it.

His was a faith that shouted at tyrants to "tear down this wall." Such faith, such patriotism requires a great deal of love to profess. And I will always revere him for it.

When walls were all I had for a world, I learned about a man whose love of freedom gave me hope in a desolate place. His faith honored us, as it honored all Americans, as it honored all freedom-loving people.

Let us honor his memory by holding his faith as our own, and let us, too, tear down walls to freedom. That is what Americans do when they believe in themselves.

Sen. John McCain. R-Ariz., was the 2008 Republican presidential nominee.

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