Congressman Gary Palmer notes the 11th Anniversary of the death of President Ronald Reagan, and says the following:
"President Reagan took office during a time of economic turmoil and American retreat internationally. Many thought America was in a state of irreversible decline. Yet under Reagan's watch, the economy boomed, inflation was tamed, and the Cold War was all but won.
"During his tenure, President Reagan faced bipartisan doubt and was criticized widely, both by his political friends and foes. But Reagan maintained the trust of the American people. Ultimately, his legacy outlasted his critics. His impact was such that, today, people across the ideological spectrum must take into account his point of view and many former critics say positive things about him. When his body was laid to rest in Southern California, people lined the streets for miles and miles in a final act of appreciation for all he did.
"As Ronald Reagan said, "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.' So as we remember Reagan's legacy on this anniversary, let us not look backwards with nostalgia, but look forward and focus on what is required by our generation to protect freedom for those who will come after us."