Monday, May 31, 2010

President Reagan's Memorial Day Commemoration, May 28, 1984

Hat tip to MAinfo: "In the absence of Washington leadership this Memorial Day weekend, I look to Reagan for guidance in remembering the fallen. May 28, 1984."

What a great man:

Plus, bonus Memorial Day video:

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Bob Belvedere said...

Thank you, Donald for reminding us of a time when we had a leader in The White House who loved his country.

Linked to at:
Their Truth Is Marching On: Memorial Day 2010

Philippe Öhlund said...

Great post, Donald! :-)

I remember Ronald Reagan and I really liked him.

Today the United States is growing older as a nation.

It is a long time ago now the U.S. became a free and independent country.

I believe in the idea of the land of the free and of freedom.

And the United States is a very big and great country.

The United States should therefore consider to transform itself into a constitutional monarchy.

Look at the differences in Europe between monarchies, such as Sweden and Denmark, and republics, such as Portugal and Greece.

I don't think Swedish people are five times smarter than people in Greece or Portugal.

And I don't think Danish people work five times harder than people in Greece or Portugal.

But we have royal families, which have ruled for centuries.

I remember when the Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf became King in 1973.

I was 13 years old then.

The Prime Minister and the government should of course have the real political power.

And they change every 5 - 10 years.

But the value of a royal figure as a unifier and a keeper of important traditions, should not be underestimated.

I think the U.S. has had great Presidents.

It is also natural for a young country to be a republic.

But now it's time to grow up!

There are no more excuses!

It would be easier for the United States to preserve its leading role among the nations, if it was a constitutional monarchy.

Would you not like to wake up tomorrow knowing that your King watches over you?

The royal family always defended the little man against the greedy and the mighty and against injustice.

But Presidents tend generally to be so busy, only seeing the influential, the powerful, and the mighty, that they forget about you.

And I don't blame them. That's their job. And they have many priorities to do.

But every time we have a new hospital, school, subway station, canal, company, or whatever, the King or Queen or a Prince or Princess, is there inaugurating the place, talking to people, talking to nurses, talking to the bus drivers and teachers, or other people daily involved.

A President is President for such a short time, he never has the time to become one with his people and to really get to know it.

By the end of the month I move to France.

I like French President Sarkozy.

But I really will miss the emotional sentiment knowing there is a King watching over me and the neighborhood.

If only France could become a constitutional monarchy again!

JBW said...

"In the absence of Washington leadership this Memorial Day weekend, I look to Reagan for guidance..." Reagan? Reagan! *fap*fap*fap* This fetish of yours becomes weirder by the day, Don.

Philippe, I agree with your positive sentiments about my country but I think I can speak for a majority of us here when I say that I find the idea of living under a king or queen somewhat offensive. The only thing I dislike more than someone baselessly insisting that they're better than me is someone who does so by pointing to their god as proof of it, and I believe that it's anathema to the American spirit of freedom and mindset of rugged individualism to install royalty at the top of our society. I understand that Europeans aren't as bothered by this since you've had many lifetimes to get used to the idea but it makes me extremely uncomfortable as an American.

Philippe Öhlund said...

Thanks for your feedback, JBW! :-)

There is in fact an often forgotten economic upside of monarchy.

The Swedish royal family costs the taxpayers around 2 million dollars per year, which is much less than a President would cost.

But the positive side is by having them promoting Swedish companies and products worldwide, they generate 40 billions per year for the country, which is very important.

JBW said...

I'll admit that I've never even considered installing an American monarchy, Philippe. I suppose it's because the idea is almost viscerally repugnant to me; I just get this weird feeling when I think about it so I don't.

Maybe it goes back to the whole "chosen by god" thing that many kings have claimed or maybe I'm just prejudiced against royalty, who knows? I do know that I don't want it though.