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Presidents Day Our Favorite Presidents : Ronald Reagan

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Presidents Day Our Favorite Presidents : Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan, originally an American actor and politician, became the 40th President of the United States serving from 1981-1989. His term saw a restoration of prosperity at home, with the goal of achieving ‘peace through strength’ abroad.

At the end of his two terms in office, Ronald Reagan viewed with satisfaction the achievements of his innovative program known as the Reagan Revolution, which aimed to reinvigorate the American people and reduce their reliance upon Government. He felt he had fulfilled his campaign pledge of 1980 to restore “the great, confident roar of American progress and growth and optimism.”

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Fears of Trump as Fascist Echo Similar Warnings Against Ronald Reagan

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By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun | February 29, 2016

How panicked should we be about the rise of Donald Trump? A professor at Harvard, Danielle Allen, recently published a widely shared op-ed piece in the Washington Post likening his rise to that of Hitler in Germany.

She’s hardly the only one drawing that analogy. I did so myself back in September of 2015. Certainly, the last thing one wants to do is repeat the error of those who ignored or minimized the threat of Hitler until it was too late.

I’m not telling anyone not to panic. But myself, I am just taking a deep breath or two and relaxing. I will probably get called a Trump enabler, or worse, for saying so. Alas, telling people to calm down doesn’t generate the clicks or television ratings that the Trump panic does. But here — to help you sleep better, if nothing else — is a case that the alarm over Trump is probably overstated.

First of all, such Hitler hype has happened before, and been unwarranted. Steven Hayward, author of “The Age of Reagan,”recalls the rhetoric:

Democratic Rep. William Clay of Missouri charged that Reagan was “trying to replace the Bill of Rights with fascist precepts lifted verbatim from Mein Kampf.” The Los Angeles Times cartoonist Paul Conrad drew a panel depicting Reagan plotting a fascist putsch in a darkened Munich beer hall. Harry Stein (later a conservative convert) wrote in Esquire that the voters who supported Reagan were like the “good Germans” in “Hitler’s Germany.”…John Roth, a Holocaust scholar at Claremont College, wrote: “I could not help remembering how 40 years ago economic turmoil had conspired with Nazi nationalism and militarism—all intensified by Germany’s defeat in World War I—to send the world reeling into catastrophe. . . . It is not entirely mistaken to contemplate our postelection state with fear and trembling.”

Second, Mr. Trump hasn’t even won the presidency yet. There’s a reasonable chance that Hillary Clinton would defeat him in a general election, vanquishing Trumpism for a generation to come and sending the Republican Party a clear message that if it wants to win the White House it will have to jettison the anti-immigrant platform.

Third, some of the shrillest alarms one is hearing about Mr. Trump come from conservatives who complain he isn’t conservative enough. Erick Erickson writes, “He defends Planned Parenthood, says he can cut deals in Washington, and believes in a socialist government run healthcare scheme.”

The editorial in the famous anti-Trump issue of National Review faulted Mr. Trump for being too pro-immigrant: “Trump says he will put a big door in his beautiful wall, an implicit endorsement of the dismayingly conventional view that current levels of legal immigration are fine.” The magazine assailed his immigration policy as “a poorly disguised amnesty.”

http://www.nysun.com/national/fears-of-trump-as-fascist-echo-similar-warnings/89476/

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Celebrating the Presidents on Presidents Day

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February 15,2016
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Ridgewood NJ, Presidents Day is celebrated on the third Monday in February each year, it is considered a day to recognize all presidents, past and present. Traditionaly it a celebration of certain key presidents, such as George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

Presidents Day began as an unofficial holiday on George Washington’s Feb. 22 birthday in 1800, just two months after his death but it didn’t become a federal holiday until 1879, when then President Rutherford B. Hayes signed it into law. Presidents Day became a national bank holiday six years later .Presidents day was the first bank holiday to celebrate an individual and it joined other bank holidays ; Christmas, New Year’s, Independence Day and Thanksgiving.

In 1971 that the Uniform Monday Holiday Act  was enacted, to create more three-day weekends for workers and moved the day of observance to the third Monday in February.The act also combined Washington’s birthday with Abraham Lincoln’s (Feb. 12).

Lincoln’s actual birthday is still a state holiday in Illinois, and U.S. government itself still calls the third Monday in February Washington’s Birthday. Interesting side note both William Henry Harrison and Ronald Reagan were also born in February.

The Village of Ridgewood plays it safe by closing the Village Hall and all Village Departments on February 12th and February 15th in observance of Lincoln’s Birthday and then Presidents’ Day.

 

Some of the Ridgewood blog’s Favorite Presidents

George Washington was a leader of the Continental Army in the American Revolution, and was the first to become U.S. president. Called the Father of the Country and the English Empire’s Greatest Enemy.

Abraham Lincoln became the United States’ 16th President in 1861, issuing the Emancipation Proclamation that declared forever free those slaves within the Confederacy in 1863.First tried to preserve the Union , later won the Civil war.

As America’s 30th President (1923-1929), Calvin Coolidge demonstrated his determination to preserve the old moral and economic precepts of frugality amid the material prosperity which many Americans were enjoying during the 1920s era. The last true small government President .

Ronald Reagan, originally an American actor and politician, became the 40th President of the United States serving from 1981 to 1989. His term saw a restoration of prosperity at home, with the goal of achieving “peace through strength” abroad.