Saturday, June 05, 2004

Coming out of hiding

I said I wasn't going to post for a while, but I had to post about this. Ronald Reagan, arguably the greatest president in modern history, at least since Teddy Roosevelt, died today at the age of 93. I could go over the list of accomplishments and great things this man has done, but it would take all day. And quite frankly if you don't know, you need to crawl out from under the rock you live in. Suffice it to say, he was a great man, and a great president. He lost his decade long battle with alzheimer's disease, probably the only fight he ever lost. God take you Mr. President...semper fi forever.

Update: John at RWN, has a copy of Mr. Reagan's farewell letter to the American people.

My Fellow Americans,

I have recently been told that I am one of the millions of Americans who will be afflicted with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Upon learning this news, Nancy and I had to decide whether as private citizens we would keep this a private matter or whether we would make this news known in a public way.

In the past Nancy suffered from breast cancer and I had my cancer surgeries. We found through our open disclosures we were able to raise public awareness. We were happy that as a result many more people underwent testing.

They were treated in early stages and able to return to normal, healthy lives.

So now, we feel it is important to share it with you. In opening our hearts, we hope this might promote greater awareness of this condition. Perhaps it will encourage a clearer understanding of the individuals and families who are affected by it.

At the moment I feel just fine. I intend to live the remainder of the years God gives me on this earth doing the things I have always done. I will continue to share life’s journey with my beloved Nancy and my family. I plan to enjoy the great outdoors and stay in touch with my friends and supporters.

Unfortunately, as Alzheimer’s Disease progresses, the family often bears a heavy burden. I only wish there was some way I could spare Nancy from this painful experience. When the time comes I am confident that with your help she will face it with faith and courage.

In closing let me thank you, the American people for giving me the great honor of allowing me to serve as your President. When the Lord calls me home, whenever that may be, I will leave with the greatest love for this country of ours and eternal optimism for its future.

I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life. I know that for America there will always be a bright dawn ahead.

Thank you, my friends. May God always bless you.


Ronald Reagan

Update#2: Those vile treasonous fucking-douchebags (pardon my profanity but I'm REALLY pissed) at the DU are already dancing on his grave. These vile bastards don't deserve the freedom others have fought and died to guarantee them.