A new journal written by former President Ronald Reagan was revealed and released to the public through the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, CA.
And in this journal the man reveals insight into his thought processes as far as his political affiliation. And I guess that is point that needs to be stressed. Ronald Reagan was a man, a man that cared deeply for the United States of America. A man that always tried to make the right decision, and which side of the political coin that one would place a solution to a dilemma facing our country would never have made him hesitate in his support if in his own mind it was the best overall solution.
From Ronald Reagan’s Personal Journal Entry Dated 8/25/2002
Although at the time I felt I could more effectively get my ideas of a collective philosophy accomplished as a Republican more so than a Democrat, I realize now that the Republican Party was indeed the party of purely individual rights, not the Democrats. When I worked as the president of the Screen Actors Guild I understood the need for people to stick together for the greater good to get their goals accomplished. I admired other great presidents of the past such as Franklin Roosevelt, and Dwight Eisenhower who knew that in order for the nation to thrive, we must all thrive.
I am also saddened that the Republican party of today thinks I wanted God in the White House and to rule the nation. That is not true at all, after I was nearly assassinated I wanted God more in my own personal life. I acknowledged that I was to be here for a reason and serve him and my nation together, but they always stayed separate in my mind just as in the Constitution. The Republican party today merely just uses God as a means to get votes, and I don’t believe Jesus would want to be used as a marketing tool.
I regret my decision to become Republican and if I had to do it all over again I would have remained in the Democratic party and ran on their ticket. They seem to instill the core values I believe in, such as a collective philosophy. I thought for a while the Democrats left me, because we used to agree on so much, it turns out that I did indeed leave them, and I would do anything to take it all back. Now as I sit here as an old man, I can only imagine, “what if…”
Not surprisingly the Republican Party is not taking this too well. Or I guess it would be better to say that most of them are trying to say that there is no relevance or point to the words that the man that they made a myth wrote down in his personal journal. And I am sure that they will take this as just another cue that the Ronald Reagan myth is much more to their liking and taste than Ronald Reagan the man ever was.
He also revealed in his journal that he voted for Al Gore in the 2000 Presidential Election. He said, “I just can’t bring myself to vote for that kid, I knew what he was like when I had his dad as my vice president, and I couldn’t allow for a man like that to lead the nation.”