I am a conservative today because of Ronald Reagan. When I left home to attend the University of Texas in 1979, I considered myself to be a democrat because that is what black americans were. This bold, brave, determined leader made me open my eyes and take a real look at the value system that I was raised under. The way he cut taxes in the face of liberal complaining, the way he stood up to Communism, the way he beefed up the military and pumped up their morale, his optimism, his communication skills, all influenced me greatly.
His unapologetic approach to religion, pro-life issues, and economic empowerment were awesome. He was funny too, and had great one-liners: "Mr. Gorbacev, tear down this wall"; "There you go again"; "Any way you look at it, it is still the L word, L-I-B-E-R-A-L"; "Bombing begins in 5 minutes"
Ronnie, rest in Peace.