Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Freedom in Iraq

No matter what you thought of his policies or Presidency, whether you are liberal or conservative, Ronald Reagan inspired our nation through unyielding optimism tempered with reality, vigilant faith in the people and a dedication to the principles upon which this nation was founded. While visiting our nation's capital and listening to debate over the war in Iraq, whether we should be there, our excuse for doing so and how soon we should pull our troops out, I was reminded of a quote from President Reagan that summarizes eloquently, simply and far better than I ever could, why despite the trials, tribulations and questions that abound, our presence there is the right thing to do.

"The ultimate determinant in the struggle now going on for the world will not be bombs and rockets but a test of wills and ideas - a trial of spiritual resolve: the values we hold, the beliefs we cherish and the ideals to which we are dedicated... So let us ask ourselves: What kind of People do we think we are? And let us answer: free people, worthy of freedom and determined not only to remain so but to help others gain their freedom as well." - Ronald Reagan

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