Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas

God Bless you Ronald Reagan:

“For most of us, the holidays bring back such a trove of memories, evoked by things as simple as the scent of pine or the painted scene on a greeting card, that our Christmases become not separate events on a calendar but a chain in which all are linked together as one. This is as it should be, for Christmas is a holiday that we celebrate not as individuals nor as a nation, but as a human family...May our prayers this Christmas call forth that serenity of heart and confidence in the future that are the best of all possible gifts. May the song of our people be one of thanks for God's blessings on America and of petition for His continued blessings upon us, especially on those who face this Christmas in want or loneliness. Let us raise our hearts and voices in common song for the reign of peace and the rule of goodwill, that in the words of the carol, all may celebrate ``everywhere, everywhere, Christmas tonight. Nancy joins me in wishing all Americans a Christmas of true peace and a New Year filled with happiness and joy.”
- Ronald Reagan; December 11, 1986


  1. He was titan of a President. We won't see his like again, more's the pity.

  2. Amigo,
    The first video is a no-go.

    I sure do miss that man. I look forward to the day that we have a president that loves this country again.

    Merry Christmas.

  3. Gunny,

    I hope you are wrong, but then again, there's only been one George Washington, John A. Lejeune, and one Ronald Reagan.

    However I remember talking to then Major Larry Livingston who went on to be a Major General (one of the smartest men I ever met) about such a topic. I remarked about some less than sterling officers who were punching tickets by rotating in and out of commands in peacetime. I was a very junior Captain and he remarked to me that the right leaders have a way of bubbling to the top when required.

    Who would have ever believed in August of 2001 that George W. Bush would be a great wartime President? Now most can't even remember that his campaign was all about domestic issues.

    Perhaps why I'm a bit more forgiving with our Republican field. I was a teenager growing up in California when Reagan ran for governor. I remember the hateful things said about him at the time - only an actor! he was divorced! he'd been a DEMOCRAT*!

    He rose to the occasion in California and Nationally.

    Merry Christmas.

    *Socialist, Progressive, Liberal, whatever

  4. Larry Livingston is on my list of heroes, be posting in the next few days. When 1/8 got attached to 6th Marines during GWI, alot of old 8th Marines guys were upset about pogeybait sixth, but I told em Livingston was the best guy in theater, and I considered us lucky.

  5. MajGen Livingston is one of the smartest men I ever met. A truly great Marine. I was exceptionally lucky to have worked for him for about a year.

  6. CS,

    I've known him most of my life. Did I mention, uh, umm, err, well, he's a Mustang?

  7. Tenth,

    I have nothing against Mustangs. Hell, some of my best friends . . . .