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It is hard, if not impossible, to look back at the 1980s and not think, at least politically, about Ronald Reagan.
Tuesday would have been the Gipper’s 113th birthday.
The 40th president set the stage for greatness in the ’80s. Most everything that happened in Washington at a macro level was because of or in reaction to him.
And thanks to Reagan’s leadership, America left the decade so much better than it began it, both economically, in terms of national security, and with a return of national pride and spirit.
In his farewell address in January 1989, Reagan could proclaim, “My friends: We did it. We weren’t just marking time. We made a difference. We made the [“shining city upon a hill”] stronger, we made the city freer, and we left her in good hands. All in all, not bad — not bad at all.”
Former President Donald Trump has the unique opportunity to repeat Reagan’s achievement of defining a political era in American history and, of course, in many ways he already has.
The parallels between the situations facing Reagan in 1980 and Trump in 2024 are uncanny.
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