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 2004, Ronald Wilson Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, dies, after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. Reagan, who was also a well-known actor and served as governor of California, was a popular president known for restoring American confidence after the problems of the 1970s and helping to defeat communism.
Known as the Great Communicator, Reagan left the Oval Office as one of the most popular presidents in history, retiring to his much-loved California ranch, Rancho del Cielo. His announcement in 1994 that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease was greeted with great sadness by many across the country. He wrote, in an open letter to the American people, “I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life. I know that for America there will always be a bright dawn ahead.”
He lived out the rest of his days on the ranch, with his wife Nancy, who remained devoted to him to the end, by his side. He was buried at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.
While Ronald Reagan died on this day, his legacy of liberty and prosperity lives on in the hearts and minds of the Movement Conservatives who strive to keep freedom’s flames from sputtering out.
Today is Primary Day in New Jersey and in many of the federal, state and local races, there is a clear choice between the Conservative candidate and the Establishment candidate. May the spirit of Reagan prevail to secure the future in New Jersey of the movement he inspired and shepherded to maturity.