Friday, February 4, 2011

Consider the Differences

This Sunday will mark the 100th birthday anniversary of America's fortieth President, Ronald Wilson Reagan. Interestingly, the recent talk of the town is how the Obama administration so closely resembles the Reagan administration. President Obama even claims to emulate his style.
And there are similarities to be found. Both entered the Oval Office at a time when recession assailed America.
Reagan was dubbed "The Great Communicator" for his ability to connect with and inspire the people. Obama has been accredited with the same capability.
However, the differences in the two men greatly outnumber the similarities.

Though both faced the daunting task of pulling America out of a recession, the recession of Reagan's day overwhelmed the circumstances significantly more. In November of 2008, the inflation rate was at 1.64%. In November of 1980, the inflation rate was at 12.65%! In the midst of nation-wide fiscal struggle, both Presidents were forced to take action. What did they do?
Reagan cut taxes.
Obama raised them.
While Obama encourages Americans with the promise that the government will make everything better, Reagan declared the opposite. "Government isn't the solution to our problem," he said. "Government is the problem."
Reagan has been accused of creating an anti-government mindset among the American people, convincing them that big government was bad. Now, those same people hopefully proclaim that Obama is getting Americans' heads back where they need to be. But Reagan wasn't the one who planted that mindset in the American brain. It was already there, from the very start. In 1787, the Constitution was formed to prevent the government from over-stepping its bounds. Yes, federal government definitely has a role to play in our nation. Without a strong central government, chaos would reign in the country. BUT - contrary to what Obama touts, strong government doesn't equal big government. And in the words of Reagan, "You can't be for big government, big taxes, and big bureaucracy and still be for the little guy."
Reagan's strategies proved successful. Under his leadership, the economy began to flourish. Incentive sky-rocketed. And the economy continued to thrive for many years to come.
After two years of Reaganomics, inflation had decreased 8.94%. Two years into Obamanomics, the inflation rate is the same.

In 1980, America's military was weak. Our national defenses were shaky. The Cold War still had half the world walking on their tip-toes, afraid of Communism and the Soviet Union. Reagan put a stop to that. He wasn't afraid to call evil by its name. He believed in peace through strength. During his Presidency, the Cold War ended. The Iron Curtain fell. Many European countries were finally able to experience freedom from communism.
How do Obama's foreign policy tactics compare? Instead of speaking the truth and calling evil by its name, he refuses to call even our enemies enemies! Refraining from using the term "War on Terror," he refers to the current war as the "Overseas Contingency Operation." Instead of displaying strength on behalf of America, he has bowed to foreign kings, honored our rivals, supported our adversaries, and apologized for America to the whole world. Have his methods earned him or America any respect? Just consider the recent State Dinner with Chinese President Hu. The answer? No.

When Reagan encouraged the American people with his riveting speeches, he spoke of the true American dream. That dream was pure freedom - no fluffy additives.
Obama's version of the American dream is a recycled Utopian fantasy - the same fantasy that has led to socialism and communism in other countries.

Reagan revived American pride in the American people. His charisma was certainly a key factor in his instant popularity, but his beliefs are the wheels that keep his legacy turning. Obama may have winning style, but statistics already reveal that his popularity is dropping, and fast. Why? In the words of Ronald Reagan...

"Speech delivery counts for little on the world stage unless you have convictions, and, yes, the vision to see beyond the front row seats."