Saturday, February 5, 2011

Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?

"The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help."

It's hard to believe that February 6th of this year will mark the 100th Anniversary of Ronald Reagan's birth. I get emotional when I think about it.

He left an indelible mark on the soul of our country. Passionate love. Passionate and genuine love for God, family, people, wisdom, the United States and the beauty and joy in living every day.

Ronald Reagan won hearts because he was genuine. He defended our values and our country without compromising sovereignty or righteousness. He cared about victims of injustice whether they were his own countrymen or the people of other nations. Humanity was a whole. Where he saw wrong, he tried to right it. He guarded and preserved the honor of the role of President of the United States by serving it with class and dignity.

He led us with fiery optimism. He had such a way with words. He disarmed his detractors using humor. The taste of bitterness was never on his lips in a rebuke.

"The last bunch of pickets were carrying signs that said 'Make love, not war. The only trouble was they didn't look capable of doing either."

Our desperate attempts to hold onto all of it as he faded into history have been unprofitable.

He is sorely missed.

"Some day when the team is up against it and the breaks are beating the boys, ask them to go in there and win just one for the Gipper."

Some day is upon us.

Boys, game on. Win it for the Gipper.


Caroline said... brought me to tears as well with this post. I was a young 20 something when Reagan was first elected president. My life was a mess and so many had written off any hope for me.

Two significant things happened that November 1980; I had a profound conversion to Christ and Reagan was elected president. They both changed my life forever. Reagan greatly impacted how I looked at the world and politics, Jesus took me under the shadow of His wings and healed what no one ever thought possible.

I don't know where all the cowboys have gone...but I pray one rides in who can impact lives and leave a mark
on history and lives the way he did.


Carol McKinley said...


I was enriched reading your comment. Thank you for sharing it. I was in my 20's in the 80s too and was being a prodigal. With Pope John Paul II in the Chair of Peter and Ron as a political leader, and good strong Catholics who had the courage to call my bluffs, the light finally dawned.

I join you in your prayer!


Anonymous said...

great old school image of cowboy and rosary