U.S Armed Forces – We Must Fight – President Reagan (HD)

Belonging to a Conservative Chat Group on Facebook is not only entertaining, it is educational as well. Once in a while someone links something that just makes you sit back and ask why our present day politicians just don’t get it. This is one of those videos.

A very patriotic man named Matthew has a great youtube channel and he made this video. It features great footage of our amazing Military and also of the greatest American President of the 20th Century, if not of all time, Ronald Reagan.

On his youtube channel, Matthew introduces himself this way:

My name is Matthew, I am a proud C SQN Royal Canadian Dragoon in the Canadian Army and make videos on my spare time. I am Canadian/American and as such also make American videos from time to time. I am currently deployed overseas. None of the videos are made for profit, nor are any of them commercializing on any contents or media used in them. They are made solely for educational purposes and are not intended to be used in any form for any sort of monetary gain.

Without any further ado, here is the video, do yourself a favor and take 3 minutes to watch this. You’ll be glad you did.

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Reagan Stats for his 100th Birthday

Reagan Results:

Number of American taxpayers who claimed more than $1 million in income in 1980: 4,400

Number of American taxpayers who claimed more than $1 million in income in 1987: 35,000

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Share of income tax burden borne by the top 10% of taxpayers in 1981: 48%

Share of income tax burden borne by the top 10% of taxpayers in 1988: 57.2%

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Total growth of Real GDP 1983-1990: 35.7%

Total growth of Real GDP 1991-1999: 33%

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Total federal revenues 1980: $517 billion

Total federal revenues 1990: More than $1 trillion

(in constant inflation-adjusted dollars, this was a 28% increase)

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Revenues from individual income taxes 1980: $244 billion

Revenues from individual income taxes 1990: $467 billion

(in inflation-adjusted dollars, this amounts to a 25% increase)

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The Reagan-created economic boom lasted 92 months without a recession, from November 1982 to July 1990, the longest period of sustained growth during peacetime and the second-longest period of sustained growth in U.S. history.

The growth in the economy lasted more than twice as long as the average period of expansions since World War II

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The American economy grew by about one-third in real inflation-adjusted terms.

This was the equivalent of adding the entire economy of East and West Germany or two-thirds of Japan’s economy to the U.S. economy.

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From 1950 to 1973, real economic growth in the U.S. economy averaged 3.6 percent per year.

From 1973 to 1982, it averaged only 1.6 percent.

The Reagan economic boom restored the more usual growth rate as the economy averaged 3.5 percent in real growth from the beginning of 1983 to the end of 1990.

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Proportion of total income taxes paid by the top 1% 1981: 18%

Proportion of total income taxes paid by the top 1% 1988: 28%

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Doesn’t matter how the left tries to revise the record, history shows Reagan’s fiscal responsibility is by far the most successful economic policy of the entire 20th century.

What he did to the tax structure in this country brought about a boom equaled by no other US President.

He won the Cold War without firing a shot and put the Soviets where they belong – on the trash heap of failed governing systems.

Think what Reagan could have accomplished had he a Republican Congress that would work with him, rather than a Democratic Congress that worked against him.

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Happy Birthday, Ronald Reagan.

Memorial Day – A thank you for the ultimate sacrifice

Last year, I wrote a Memorial Day article and posted it on my blog. Here it is, and after I revisit that article, I would like to add a thought or two to it.

As we mark Memorial Day this year, let us reflect on why we set aside one day to show our gratitude to the brave men and women who have sacrificed so much to preserve our freedoms and the American way of life. United States soldiers have gone into battle in each and every corner of the world to meet the call and pay the price for freedom. Every since our great country was founded, we have enjoyed a unique place in the world. For our country is markedly different in that we are, as Ronald Reagan in his first Inaugural Address in 1981 said, “….a nation that has a government—not the other way around. And this makes us special among the nations of the Earth.” This is not to be taken lightly and many times in our nation’s history we have sent our young men and women into harm’s way in order to preserve our place in the world. At other times, our military has gone to face the evils of the world to liberate others. And when natural disasters strike, no matter where in the world, the United States always responds with humanitarian efforts, often delivered by our military.
One must stop and think, that but not for the strength, resolve, compassion and courage of the United States military Europe would be vastly different than it is today. Not only would the lines on the maps quite probably be changed but many, many more lives would have been lost to the evils that plagued our world during WWII. Again, to point to Ronald Reagan, ours is a “shining city on a hill,” and on this day, let us take the time to thank our military personnel for their service to this great country. I know that I will, for my family knows what it means to have loved ones go off to battle. My father served in WWII and my younger brother served during the first Iraq war. Thankfully they both came home to us. Not all families are that fortunate, so let us not also forget that the soldiers are not the only ones to feel the sacrifice that comes with service to our country So as we go about grilling our hamburgers and getting a cold drink from the cooler, let’s take the time to show our gratitude to our service personnel. Thank a vet. Offer a friendly word to the family of a soldier. The next time you are in line at the grocery store or post office and you see one of our military people, let them know how much they mean to us. Let them know that we thank them from the bottom of our hearts, because freedom isn’t free and they, more than anyone else know just how true that is.

On the 40th Anniversary of the Normandy D-Day Invasion, Ronald Reagan related a heartfelt and touching letter written to him from the daughter of a D-Day veteran. A letter in which she explained her father’s desire to return to the beaches of Normandy; a letter in which Private First Class Peter Robert Zanatta, of the 37th Engineer Combat Battalion says,
“Someday, Lis, I’ll go back. I’ll go back, and I’ll see it all again. I’ll see the beach, the barricades, and the graves.”
Reagan was so moved by this letter and by the fact that Private Zanatta had succumbed to cancer 8 years earlier and thus, was deprived of his chance to return to Normandy. President Reagan so eloquently related this story to those in attendance that day in France.

“Lisa Zanatta Henn began her story by quoting her father, who promised that he would return to Normandy. She ended with a promise to her father, who died eight years ago of cancer, “I’m going there, Dad, and I’ll see the beaches and the barricades and the monuments. I’ll see the graves, and I’ll put flowers there just like you wanted to do. I’ll feel all the things you made me feel through your stories and your eyes. I’ll never forget what you went through, Dad, nor will I let anyone else forget. And Dad, I’ll always be proud.”
Through the words of his loving daughter, who is here with us today, a D day veteran has shown us the meaning of this day far better than any president can. It is enough for us to say about Private Zanatta and all the men of honor and courage who fought beside him four decades ago: We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be prepared, so we may always be free.

Thank you.”

I think the best line from that speech was when Reagan said:
We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be prepared, so we may always be free.

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