To start with, I don't know where to begin in writing a worthy tribute to Ronald Reagan on the occasion of his 100th birthday. I've been having a hard time trying to come up with something decent, and with such excellent tributes written by Humberto Fontova, Michelle Malkin, and especially my former Congressman Mark Souder, it seems unnecessary for me to write one. But Ronald Reagan was a great President and a good man; I feel like I owe him something.
What I can say about the man is well known to everybody; he was a good actor, a great speaker, a man of strong convictions, sound conservative principles, and a strong faith, one of the best Governors the state of California ever had (although not too many Californians have realized that, it seems), one of the finest Presidents in the 20th century (if not all time), one of the three major players responsible for bringing down the Evil Empire otherwise known as the Soviet Union, an eternally optimistic man who believed in the exceptionalism of Americans, and above all, a regular guy.
My earliest memories of President Reagan aren't much; just a warm, grandfatherly face, the face of somebody important (though I didn't knew how or why at the time). With what I've learned about him in the years since, I find the fact I was born during his first term as President as a point of pride. I regard the the fact I am a Reagan Baby to be a badge of honor. I thank God for placing Ronald Reagan at the right place and at the right time.
Thank you, President Reagan, for giving us the faith and optimism to resolve the problems we had to confront and have to confront now. You will never be forgotten.