The Great Communicator - Ronald Reagan

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“My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.” Ronald Reagan during a microphone check, unaware that he was on air. (NPR Audio, NPR.org)

The Russians were not pleased, to say the least. In some of the darkest days of the Cold War, in 1984, no world leader was smiling. The world was on the brink nuclear annihilation. To show humor was a sign of weakness. However, in all the darkness that surrounded the world at this time, one man’s bright smile and wit shined through; Ronald Reagan.

Ronald Wilson Reagan was born in 1911 in Tampico, Illinois on February 6th, 1911 to John Reagan and Nelle Wilson Reagan. His beginnings were tough, like
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It established Reagan as a strong political force and less than six months later, he was asked to run for governor by a republican group. At first, Reagan resisted heavily. He refused for several weeks before finally giving in, the temptation too great. The energy he was known for, several years ago, had returned with force. He ran for governor in 1966. It was a landslide victory. For the next eight years, Reagan would continue testing the waters of the Presidency, while he was Governor of California. Choosing not to seek a third term, Reagan began to seek out a higher goal. The Presidency of the United States.

Reagan first challenged President Gerald Ford to become Candidate for President in 1976. Ford, being considerably more moderate, beat Reagan narrowly, however failed to acquire the Presidency itself, losing it to Jimmy Carter. However, in 1980, Jimmy Carter had struggled for 12 months to free American Hostages in Iran. With high inflation and the economy tanking, Carter’s plea-bargaining attempts with the American Public didn’t help him win a second term. Reagan began his plan for rebuilding the future of America, first off, by teaching them how to dream again. His own dreams were that of individual enterprise and a government with less control over its people. When Carter was defeated by a landslide, it was called the “Reagan

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