Happy Presidents' Day!
On this Presidents’ Day, I ask that you join me in honoring our past presidents and the strides they made and the feats they accomplished while serving our great nation. As we approach the 2016 Presidential Election this November, I have great hopes of a prosperous future for our country that is led by our next strong, conservative president. Two remarkable former presidents come to my mind when I envision such leadership: Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan.
Before becoming president, Dwight Eisenhower proudly serviced his country in the United States Army, becoming a Five-Star General and serving as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe during World War II. While in office, President Eisenhower understood the indispensable need to maintain direct contact with the American people and build their trust while serving them. President Eisenhower made sure to cultivate a positive relationship with the press and held nearly 200 press conferences to ensure the public was informed of Executive Branch activities.
Throughout his presidency, President Eisenhower humbly, but sternly, championed numerous efforts that boosted the U.S. economy, paved the way for civil rights, opposed the communist regime, and elevated American innovation. President Eisenhower signed into law the bill that authorized the Interstate Highway System in 1956, which not only benefitted our military operations, but also provided a measure of continued economic growth.
As a staunch opponent of communism, President Eisenhower condemned the brutal Soviet invasion of Hungary in response to the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. In further defending equal treatment and justice for all, he signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1960 and started the process of desegregating the Armed Forces. President Eisenhower maintained prosperity, balanced the budget three times, and promoted technological innovation by authorizing the creation of NASA and space exploration. His service to his fellow Americans, before, during and after his presidency, was no less than honorable.
Another president I greatly admire, along with many of my fellow conservatives, is Ronald Reagan. Almost 30 years after his presidency, his executive legacy is still greatly admired and a model for conservative leadership.
Like President Eisenhower, President Reagan stood up to the oppressive communist powers and eliminated an entire class of nuclear weapons with his critical efforts to end the Soviet empire and Cold War. President Reagan also made great strides in fueling an economic boom in the U.S. with his across-the-board tax cuts, deregulation, and domestic spending restraints.
At a time when our military was diminishing and had low morale, President Reagan managed to rebuild our Armed Forces and restore faith in our national security. By the end of his last term, he had expanded the U.S. military budget to substantially more than the total expenditure during the height of the Vietnam War. This budget growth provided for an increase of tens of thousands of troops, more equipment and resources to defend our nation, and an enhanced and advancing intelligence program.
Another aspect of President Reagan’s leadership I highly revere is his revitalization of the Republican Party and the conservative movement with his free-market, small-government and pro-liberty policies. President Reagan understood the dangers of overregulation by our government, and its effects of stifling economic growth and independence. Through-and-through, he lived by his statement that the “government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.” Ronald Reagan’s presidency was, and still is, the epitome of Freedom.
In fewer than nine months, we will unite as a nation on November 8 to elect our next president to fight for our liberties and steer our nation with polices that adhere to our voices. Along with asking you today to honor those who have held the noble title of President of the United States of America, I also ask you to do your due diligence as a United States citizen by exercising your right to vote and educating yourself about those running for office and the electoral process.
Let us never forget the historic equal justice activism of Presidents Dwight Eisenhower and Abraham Lincoln. Let us never forget the courageous acts done by Presidents Ronald Regan and George Washington to build a strong military and secure nation. I dearly pray our next president takes heed of and time to reflect upon the daring leadership exemplified by those who held the position before him or her.
Most of all, I pray God gives our next president the wisdom and guidance to listen to and protect the American people, while standing firm on conservative principles that will greatly benefit us all. May God bless you all, and may God bless the United States of America.
Dennis A. Ross