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Reagan’s importance

There is a basic reason that Ronald Reagan should be recognized as the most important president of the past century.

In the 1920s, the Republican leaders applied their philosophy that “the business of government is business” with disastrous results. In 1933, the Democratic president abandoned that party’s historic Jeffersonian tradition of small (libertarian) federal government and joined the Republicans in interfering in our private lives, resulting in further disastrous results.

There followed a string of presidential administrations throughout the rest of the century, including both major political parties, during which our federal government continued to grow and become more oppressive and out of control.

But there was one exception, Ronald Reagan. A former Democrat who strongly believed that a small federal government was essential to the peace and prosperity of our country, he was elected in a landslide. His popularity proved that the majority of our citizens really wanted smaller government, not more special interest programs that the other politicians were offering.

And for his success in bringing to light this truth about what the majority really wanted, he was our most important president during the 20th century.

Bob Glassco

Grass Valley

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