Analysis of Ronald Reagan's 40th Anniversary of D-Day
Ronald Reagan, born February 6, 1911, accomplished a great many things in his life. He changed lives and inspired many people from a wide variety of standpoints as an actor, governor, soldier, and eventually president of the United States of America. Reagan was a brilliant and gifted speaker, garnering himself with fame as a star actor, trust and relateability as a loving husband and father, and the love of the American people as the president who reformed the government, decreased the people's reliance on it, and set the Cold War up for an end during his successor, George H. W. Bush's term. From a young age, Reagan was known for his strong faith, belief in the inherent goodness of mankind, and opposition to racism. It is said that at the age of twelve, Reagan took a group of African-American travelers who were denied access to a local inn home, where his mother fed them and allowed them to stay the night. As a young adult and college student at Eureka College, Reagan was famous for discrediting the school's president when he tried to fire some of the school's faculty. The faculty was saved, the president was eventually forced to leave the school. After college, Reagan broke onto the media scene in radio, starting by broadcasting football games for the University of Iowa. He worked his way up the radio ladder, and eventually broke into film with a series of shoddy B-movies produced for Warner Brother's Studios. As time went by, Reagan moved from B-list actor to A-list support, eventually starring as a college football player in Knute Rockne, All American. The movie earned him the lifelong nickname, “The Gipper.” His personal favorite film performance was, however, the role of Drake McHugh, a double amputee, in King's Row. It was also considered his best by many critics and fans. Reagan's life as an actor was cut short by a sudden military career, however. Reagan was restricted to limited service due to his nearsightedness, forcing him to serve strictly within the United States. In a short time, he was put on duty producing recruitment videos for the army. By the end of his career, he produced around 400 training and recruitment films, and ranked as a a lieutenant. He nearly attained Major status, but this was disapproved right before his second transfer to the 1st Motion Picture unit. Reagan began his political career as a liberal democrat, but changed his policies and opinions as he grew closer to republican actress Nancy Davis, who eventually became his wife. During his time as a democrat, he endorsed Franklin Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, and Richard Nixon. Reagan officially became a member of the republican party in 1962, claiming that “I didn't leave the Democratic Party. The party left me.” Reagan hit an odd transitional phase then, many of his opinions started changing rapidly as he grew into the leader who would become president. In 1967, Reagan was sworn in as the governor of California. This was during his aforementioned transitional phase, and he made many choices he later regretted, such as signing a pro-abortion bill. He served two sentences, and then decided it was time to move on and move up. He started campaigning for the presidency in 1967 against current president Gerald Ford. Reagan quickly established himself as the conservative candidate, though the campaign failed and he lost to Jimmy Carter. In 1980 he began another campaign to defeat Carter, in which he asked opponent George W. H. Bush to be his running mate and strongly opposed a bill which would ban gays, lesbians, and supporters of homosexual rights from working in public schools. This time he prevailed, and was sworn in the next year! Reagan was famous during his presidency for declaring that "In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problems; government is the problem." He moved to decrease the common man's reliance on government, and...
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