On 6 February 1911, Ronald Wilson Reagan was born – the 40th President of the US, one of the world’s great conservatives and arguably the greatest US president of the 20th century.
Originally a Democrat until 1962, Reagan became a great Republican conservative and President with true spine, conviction, principle and charisma. He appealed to conservatives as a blue-collar, working-class conservative and to libertarians also. He came from a poor family in a small northern Illinois town, then after college became a radio sports announcer, scored a few major Hollywood acting, television and motivational speaker roles and was twice elected president of the Screen Actors’ Guild. He was elected Republican governor of California in 1966 and on his third and successful attempt for presidential nomination, went on to defeat Jimmy Carter in a 1980 landslide.
Reagan’s presidency was famous for what was labelled ‘Reaganomics’ – record tax cuts, mass de-regulation, taming both inflation & public sector unions whilst slashing non-military public spending. Reagan also waged a concerted war on drugs and restored U.S. pride, culture, dignity and patriotism. He stood up to the Russian “Evil Empire” (as he called it) and applied the pressure that saw the Berlin Wall fall within a year of him leaving office (with a near 70% approval rating). German reunification and the collapse of the Soviet Union soon followed the constitutional end of the Reagan presidency.
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