Guest post by iOTW reader Spartan -
I’ve never been one to be emotional or inspired by anyone in politics. But, it is an undeniable fact, I’m a Reagan fan.
I love everything Reagan. I was inspired by Thatcher, too. And I was certainly moved by Pope John Paul. Perhaps I was still a bit too young to understand the ramifications of the politics, but with Reagan you sensed it was all going to be alright. Perhaps, it was the fatherly way about him.
I will never forget sitting in class and watching the shuttle fall out of the sky, and later that evening President Reagan addressing the nation, hugging us, reassuring us through the television that we would pull through as a nation. Whatever the crisis, he had it under control. Maybe that’s why I didn’t feel a sense of urgency or a need to monitor the politics on a daily basis.
But now, I feel an urgent need to get involved. More so than I ever imagined I ever could be.
Something is so very wrong. So much so that I have grown angry and depressed. I’ve read more in the last two years than I’ve done in 20. (If only my teachers could see me now.) I talk to my friends about topics that they had no idea I even knew about. Now they come to me and ask, “what’s going on today?” I’m a bit flattered, but a bit sad that they don’t investigate the political landscape themselves. Glenn Beck spoke about a condition known as normalcy bias. I understand it now.
There is a restoration that is sorely needed. And on September 29th, 2008, I saw the woman that could be, once again, the inspiration for us all. It was a strong woman from Alaska who spoke plainly about what the current warped mentality in Washington has done to our country. She was the maternal counterpart to Reagan’s paternal comfort. Her name was Sarah Palin, and her countenance was, like Reagan, firm, reassuring, wise and full of resolve.
And so I’m standing with Sarah as she takes back our country from the bonds of tyranny and sets the ‘ship’ right again, and towards the destiny our Founding Father’s set for us long ago. I have always had hope. It’s just that my ‘hope’ isn’t tied to an individual who exploited the word in order to sharply veer from our intended course.
This is my choice! This is her destiny! This is our future!!