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You don't realize how much you miss him,
until you read and remember some of the stuff he said and stood for:

 


Photograph of Ronald Reagan in a cowboy hat at Rancho Del Cielo. (Circa 1976)

Sometimes wittingly, sometimes not, California's Governor Ronald Reagan has turned quite a few memorable phrases in his brief political career. He was: "THE GREAT COMMUNICATOR"....

"Here's my strategy on the Cold War: We win, they lose."
- Ronald Reagan

"The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help."
- Ronald Reagan

"The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant: It's just that they know so much that isn't so."
- Ronald Reagan

"Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong."
- Ronald Reagan

"I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandment's would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress."
- Ronald Reagan

"The taxpayer: That's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination."
- Ronald Reagan

"Government is like a baby: An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other."
- Ronald Reagan

"If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under."
- Ronald Reagan

"The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program."
- Ronald Reagan

"I've laid down the law, though, to everyone from now on about anything that happens: no matter what time it is, wake me, even if it's in the
middle of a Cabinet meeting."
- Ronald Reagan

"It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession; I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first."
- Ronald Reagan

"Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it."
- Ronald Reagan

"Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards; if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book."
- Ronald Reagan

"No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.
- Ronald Reagan

"An economist is someone who sees something happen and wonders whether it would work in theory."
- Ronald Reagan


President Reagan riding his horse "El Alamein"
at Rancho Del Cielo. 4/8/85

The light in his eyes is gone, and the long life is ended. Ronald Reagan lived the ultimate American Dream, turning rags into riches, always learning, always growing, always preparing for the next step ahead. For those of us who view the world as a glass half-full instead of half-empty, his optimism about the positive potential of the United States and its citizens held a ray of hope that we could always have fun while accomplishing cherished goals. For those of us who remembered and loved Ralph Waldo Emerson, Mark Twain, and Walt Whitman, he symbolized the notion that Americans were guided an innate sense of good. His optimism, his disarming sense of humor, and his grace and courage under pressure helped us define America as it sped toward the twenty-first century.

Ronald Reagan shared a background typical of many Americans: He grew up without wealth or privilege. No one presented him a Porsche as a high-school graduation gift. Dealing with a parent’s problem of alcoholism, he learned early to put on the face of composure for the outside world and to do his own thinking and to identify his own opportunities for future success. Like Walt Whitman and Carl Sandburg, he was a product of the heartland in the Great Plains. Like many of the pioneers from the great cornfields, his early successes came as a result of trial and error, then perseverance, then self-confidence forged from personal experience. Like Whitman, Sandburg, and Twain, perhaps he listened to the wailing of a distant freight train and thought about the possibilities of who he might become before setting out for California on his own. Perhaps he remembered Emerson’s advice of hitching a wagon to a star and setting optimistic goals.

For those of us who remember the era after World War II, there was a program called Death Valley Days, hosted by a smiling, charming Ronald Reagan in 1965-1966 for sponsor Twenty Mule Team Borax until he was elected Governor of California in 1966 and started a meteoric climb toward the United States Presidency. Although he played only a few cowboy roles in his fifty-nine movies, such as “Cowboy from Brooklyn,” “Santa Fe Trail,” “Angel from Texas,” “Tennessee Partner,” and “Cattle Queen of Montana,” in real life he knew quite a bit about horses and riding. There is a picture of Ronald Reagan riding in English breeches and an English saddle in the company of Queen Elizabeth II, but many of us remember the cowboy hat, the blue jeans, and the cowboy boots as the standard riding costume for his well-loved trail rides with Secret Service men following his lead or falling out of their saddles as they attempted to keep tabs on Dutch.

Finally, there was something that attracts some of us even more—something that makes us proud to share a link and a personal love: Reagan owned horses himself—not just any horses--but Arabian horses. . In 1975 he purchased a registered grey Arabian gelding from Tom Chauncey in Arizona. Tom Chauncey should be remembered, along with singing star Wayne Newton, as owner of the imported grey Arabian stallion, *Naborr (also known as *Nabor). This gelding was named Gwalianko, AHR 53676, and was a son of the imported grey stallion from Poland, *Gwalior, who stood at Locust Farm in Kirtland, Ohio, now the home of Lake Farm Park. *Gwalior, a son of *Naborr, was of the illustrious Skowronek sire line, through the magnificent grey stallion, Naseem, who was sold to Russia. Gwalianko’s dam, Magic Charm, carried the magnificent CMK blood of Nafalla, Alla Amarward, and Alyf, all CMK foundation horses. In addition, about 1981 Mexican President Jorge presented Reagan with a white Arabian stallion named El Alamein. El Alamein was the subject of a painting that was presented to Mr. Reagan by the Federal Republic of Germany. Like Ronald Reagan, Nancy Reagan also shared a love of the Arabian horse, owning a chestnut gelding named Catalina Muzraff, bred by Philip Wrigley of Catalina.

Together, Ronnie and Nancy rode the trails of El Rancho del Cielo and marveled over the glories that God had presented them on this ranch. Cielo means “heaven or sky.” Emerson, Thoreau, and Twain would have understood the Reagans’ delight with the tangible evidence of God’s work and the idealistic notion that there is an absolute Good in the Universe.

Simplistic? Idealistic? Absolutely!

Ride those trails, Mr. President, over the Rainbow Bridge with those glorious Arabian horses that symbolized the courage, honesty, dignity, grace, and goodness that you exemplified in your golden journey of life!

Amen!

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