Ronald Wilson Reagan was not born into greatness 100 years ago today. His humble origins in a small hamlet in Illinois would not have convinced a presidential historian that a seed of destiny was germinating under this piece of Midwestern sod.
However, as fate would have it on this planet traversing the cosmos, Ronald Wilson Reagan rose to national prominence over the course of a long career. In 1980 the stage was set for a change in America. A new morning of optimism and hope was beginning.
Many people come onto the political scene and fade into the pages of history. Ronald Wilson Reagan lived the pages of history in the 1910s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s before the plague of Alzheimer’s took his incredible mind and wit.
As many people around the world celebrate his centennial, let’s pause to remember one who walked among us. For he was one of us.
Perhaps, the words of Daniel 12:3 aptly describe this man who has rejoined the stream of the cosmic ocean:
“Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.” NIV
The following video tribute will air during the Super Bowl tonight:
Former Senator Fred Thompson narrates a tribute:
The Humor of Ronald Reagan
Don Rickles on Dean Martin Roasts Reagan
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