Courtesy of our friends at History.com, I am pleased to begin each and every day of the week here at Bulldog Pundit with a snippet of some important event that occurred on this date sometime in the past. Some events might come readily to mind while others may take a bit of effort to recall. Not all are historically portentous and some may even seem whimsical. Nevertheless, each and every one is a grain in the hourglass of human history.
On this day in 1972 the lovely and ever-gracious Nicole Batson was born. I was but a lad of 12 years at the time and had no idea that nearly four decades later fate would bring us together at the April 15, 2009 Tax Day Tea Party rally in Trenton, of all places. Early in September of that year – in Perth Amboy of all places – I knew I finally found the love of my life and my life has been made that much happier with her a part of it.
NADIA NANCY NADINE NOELLE NICOLE!
Elsewhere in the world, on this day in 1989:
After eight years as president of the United States, Ronald Reagan gives his farewell address to the American people. In his speech, President Reagan spoke with particular enthusiasm about the foreign policy achievements of his administration.
In his speech, Reagan declared that America “rediscovered” its commitment to world freedom in the 1980s. The United States was “respected again in the world and looked to for leadership.” The key, according to the president, was a return to “common sense” that “told us that to preserve the peace, we’d have to become strong again after years of weakness.”
Reagan proudly enumerated the successes of his vigorous foreign policy: achieving peace in the Persian Gulf, forcing the Soviets to begin departing from Afghanistan, and negotiating for the withdrawal of Vietnamese troops from Cambodia and Cuban forces from Angola. These efforts were all waged against communism, the ideology that Reagan believed was the main threat to freedom. “Nothing,” he stated, “is less free than pure communism.”
God Almighty, how dearly I miss this man.
America’s calling, Ronald Reagan…Ronnie, you know what to do.
The world is turnin’ round and losin’ lots of ground;
Oh Ronnie is there something we can do to save the land we love?