The Reagans: The Legacy Endures
by Phil Boatwright

This 91-minute straight to DVD documentary from Image Entertainment can be seen as a love letter to the 40th President of the United States and his First Lady. Don’t like Ronald Reagan? Then you may cringe a bit. But it is nice to see a Republican spotlighted by anyone other than the liberal media. Written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Robert D. Kline, the film is unrated, containing no objectionable material (unless you’re Walter Mondale). Release date: 2/3/15

Here’s why I think a younger generation should view this DVD: the speeches. Not only are they filled with a patriotic-laced common sense, but they are delivered by a president who actually means what he says.

There’s a moment on the DVD when we see Reagan giving a speech about those who gave the last true measure of devotion. At one point, he chocks up, evidencing a genuine respect for those who died for our nation’s cause. You can tell this isn’t rehearsed. It isn’t done to court an audience. It is heartfelt. It was moments like that when we gained insight not just into this politician, but into the ideals that make up the mutt-like pedigree of the American spirit.

I was able to vote for Ronald Reagan and I did because he brought back a sense of patriotism. Now that’s a word that causes some on the left to gag, but for me it reinforces the words of John F. Kennedy, who said, “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.” Like Kennedy, Ronald Reagan also knew that a nation can only remain strong and ultimately prosper when we consider not just ourselves, but our neighbors, as well.

He proved to be was strong, fearless, witty, devout, and certainly charismatic. I remember Sam Donaldson, a liberal journalist, once saying of Reagan, “He’d give you the shirt off his back.” Those opposed to Reagan being president would declare him to be a sly politician one day, an uncomprehending dolt the next. I never could figure that out. How could you be a savvy politician and a dullard?

Ronald Reagan got a lot accomplished in his eight years in Washington, D.C., and left us remembering our duty to loved ones, this country, and the world.