Memorial Day, the USA's national day to remember or like Obama to play golf and pause for a moment of silence. I spent the day travelling from Gallup, New Mexico to Seligman, Arizona on old Route 66, with a side trip to the Grand Canyon.
Last night my family and I stayed at the El Rancho Hotel in Gallup, New Mexico. The hotel was built in 1937 to accomadate Hollywood. Westerns were a mainstay in the golden age of Hollywood and Gallup was at the center of the best scenes for making Westerns. So, a hotel was built and it thrives today on old Route 66.
A frequent guest in those Hollywood years was Ronald Reagan. In fact I saw several photographs signed and unsigned of Ronald Reagan hanging in the massive two story lobby of the El Rancho Hotel. That same night my family and I ate at the restaurant in the hotel and they had "The Ronald Reagan" sandwich, which is a hamburger with bacon and cheese served with a side of jelly beans. My son ordered that for his entrée and I explained how Ronald Reagan loved his jelly beans. It also brought back the memory the last time I was in California, I was there when Ronald Reagan passed away. Now, my family and myself are on the way to California via Route 66 and I remember Ronald Reagan.
Ronald Reagan typified America, especially small town America, he was a gentleman who respected and loved people. That is why I am sadden when some conservatives and Republicans say that, "we must move past Ronald Reagan."
This is a falsehood, because being conservative is being a person who basis their belief and view of government upon principles. Ronald Regan embodied those principles and was a champion of the ideal that the individual is the one ordained by His Creator with unalienable rights and that the role of government is to preserve those rights, not the other way around.
I know one thing, on Memorial Day Ronald Reagan would honor those who have died for our freedoms in a way that is most deserving and he would spend the day serving the American people instead if playng golf.
On this day I remember Ronald Reagan.