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Ronald Wilson Reagan (1911 - 2004) was the 40th President of the United States, serving from 1981 to 1989. Prior to that, he was the 33rd Governor of California from 1967 to 1975.
In future ages Ronald Reagan may be considered one of the greatest World leaders of all time.
Ronald Reagan like everyone else had good and bad points, successes and failures.
His achievements however may have been unprecedented in world history.
It may have been due to Reagan that the Communist Empire collapsed (without a shot being fired) along with several other positive developments.
It was remarked to me that perhaps the success of Reagan was due to chance, that he just happened to be there at the right time when things were happending.
This is unlikely but even if so, Divine Providence chose him to be where he was, when he was.
Not for nothing.
This too says something about him.
Napoleon said, Give me generals with luck. And Reagan had it, he saw it coming, and he made certain to help it along.
Did Reagan hold similar beliefs to those of Brit-Am concerning the Ten Tribes being in the west?
We will return to the matter towards the end of this article.
First let us recall who Ronald Reagan was.
President Ronald Reagan
Adapted From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Reagan's father was a salesman and a storyteller, the grandson of immigrants from County Tipperary in the central south of Ireland.
Storytellers and the transmitters of Oral Tradition have a revered place in Irish Culture.
His mother had Scots and English ancestors.
Reagan was born in Tampico, Illinois. His father nicknamed him "Dutch" because he looked like a Dutchman.
# His first job was as a lifeguard at the Rock River in Lowell Park, near Dixon, in 1927. Reagan [claimed to have] performed 77 rescues as a lifeguard, noting that he notched a mark on a wooden log for every life he saved.#
Reagan became a radio, film and television actor.
# According to Paul Kengor, author of God and Ronald Reagan, Reagan had a particularly strong faith in the goodness of people, which stemmed from the optimistic faith of his mother, Nelle, and the Disciples of Christ faith, which he was baptized into in 1922. #
Reagan married Nancy Davis in 1952. It was his second marriage. He had two children from his first marriage and two from his second.
He switched from the Democratic to the Republican Party in 1962. He served as Governor of California, 1967-1975.
In 1981 Reagan defeated incumbent Jimmy Carter and became President.
Under President Jimmy Carter Iran had held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days (from November 4, 1979 to January 20, 1981). Reagan had campaigned on this issue.
The hostages were formally released into United States custody just minutes after Reagan was sworn into office.
# During his Presidency, Reagan pursued policies that reflected his personal belief in individual freedom, brought changes domestically, both to the U.S. economy and expanded military, and contributed to the end of the Cold War. Termed the Reagan Revolution, his presidency would reinvigorate American morale and reduce the people's reliance upon government. #
On March 30, 1981, John Hinckley, Jr. attempted to assassinate Reagan and severely wounded him. He recovered.
# Reagan believed that God had spared his life so that he might go on to fulfill a greater purpose. #
Reagan reduced unemployment and inflation.
He lowered taxes and government spending in most areas but increased the defence budget by ca. 40% in his first term.
On the other hand,
During his term the national debt grew. Some beneficiaries of social services suffered from his budgetary cuts.
In 1983 Reagan ordered an invasion of Grenada in the Carribean to prevent a Communist takeover.
There were American peacekeeping forces in Beirut, Lebanon. A suicide truck bomber caused the deaths of 241 American servicemen and wounded more than 60. Reagan planned retaliation against the responsible party, the Hizbollah, but the mission was aborted and the Marines withdrew from Lebanon in 1984.
# Osama bin Laden would later cite Reagan's withdrawal of forces as a sign of American weakness. #
# In March 1983, Reagan introduced the Strategic Defense Initiative [SDI], a defense project that would have used ground and space-based systems to protect the United States from attack by strategic nuclear ballistic missiles. Reagan believed that this defense shield could make nuclear war impossible. #
This came to be known as "Star Wars" .
# David Gergen, former aide to President Reagan, believes that in retrospect, SDI hastened the end of the Cold War. #
Reagan negotiated with Russia under Mikhail Gorbachev, culminating in the INF Treaty and the decrease of both countries' nuclear arsenals.
Reagan was reelected in a landslide in 1984, proclaiming that it was "Morning in America."
He described the Soviet Union as an "evil empire," and supported anti-communist movements worldwide as well as ordering a massive military buildup in the arms race.
He is said to have co-ordinated his campaign against Communism with the British PM Margaret Thatcher and with the Pope of Rome. He foresaw the collapse of Communism and helped collapse it.
The Americans backed and trained the Mujaheddin of Afghanistan who were resisting a Soviet invasion.
Reagan was careful not to antagonize the Chinese over Taiwan.
His war on drugs in the USA reduced the rate of adolescent drug use.
In 1986 Libya under Gaddafi was bombed in retaliation for a terrorist attack against US forces in Germany.
Consequently Gaddafi attempted to be more placatory towards the west.
The Iran-Contra scandal broke out in 1986 revealing how money from selling arms to Iran had been used to fund anti-Communist guerillas in Nicaragua in Central America.
The involvement of Reagan in this operation was not clear.
Saudi Arabia had increased oil production, resulting in a drop of oil prices in 1985 to one-third of the previous level; oil was the main source of Soviet export revenues.
The Soviets had been overspending on armaments but were unable to keep up with the USA. All this together with mismanagement, planning failures, and malaise, virtually bankrupted the Soviet Union. The result under Gorbachev was the end of Communism.
Reagan received much of the credit and probably deserved it.
Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, said of Reagan, "he warned that the Soviet Union had an insatiable drive for military power... but he also sensed it was being eaten away by systemic failures impossible to reform." She later said, "Ronald Reagan had a higher claim than any other leader to have won the Cold War for liberty and he did it without a shot being fired." Said Brian Mulroney, former Prime Minister of Canada: "He enters history as a strong and dramatic player [in the Cold War]." Former President Lech Valensa of Poland acknowledged, "Reagan was one of the world leaders who made a major contribution to communism's collapse."
Reagan left office in 1989.
# He ranks highly in public opinion polls of U.S. Presidents and is credited for generating an ideological renaissance on the American political right. #
Reagan and the Jews, Selected Extracts.
REAGAN, RONALD WILSON
In 1948 he resigned from the Lakeside Country Club in Los Angeles because of its refusal to permit a Jew to take out membership. In 1967 he strongly supported Israel during the Six-Day War and was the featured speaker at a pro-Israel rally in the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
During his governorship he was instrumental in having a law passed in the California legislature in which banks and savings institutions were authorized to purchase and invest in State of Israel Bonds. During the mid-1970s Reagan had a weekly column in the Jewish Press newspaper, whose readers were mainly Orthodox Jews in New York and other parts of the U.S.A.
President Ronald Reagan and the Jews
Jewish Ledger | 2-18-11
# During the 1980 presidential campaign, Reagan had left little doubt about his pro-Israel views. He denounced the PLO as a terrorist organization and described Israel as a 'strategic asset,' a 'stabilizing force,' and a military offset to Soviet influence.
United States financial aid to Israel increased steadily throughout the Reagan years, reaching an unprecedented $3 billion a year, in loans and grants, beginning in 1986. In 1988 Israel Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir declared to reporters: 'This is the most friendly administration we have ever worked with.'
# During the 1980 presidential campaign, Reagan spoke out frequently on the issue of Soviet Jewry, attacking the Soviet Union for its imprisonment of Jewish dissidents and its curtailment of Jewish emigration.
# in Oct. 1986, Reagan would again raise the issue of Soviet Jewry and the importance of the Jewish immigration issue to the people of the United States, telling Gorbachev that 'because Jews want to freely practice their religion,' their freedom to emigrate was imperative.
'Reagan's interest in Soviet Jewry,' as Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir of Israel would later recall, 'was immense; it was close to the first issue on the American agenda and was part of the confrontation between the two superpowers.' #
Was Ronald Reagan Good For Jews and Israel?
# Reagan worked to free of Soviet Jews, and also approved the CIA-sponsored rescue of 500 Ethiopian Jews in 1985 s Operation Joshua. He also was responsible for helping to reform Israel's economy. In 1985, following a severe economic crisis in Israel, which sent inflation rates soaring as high as 445%, the U.S. approved a $1.5 billion emergency assistance package and helped formulate Israel's successful economic stabilization plan. #
Ronald Reagan and the Jews by Jason Maoz
..."The Soviet leaders," Shamir added, "told me that every time they met with Shultz, he raised the issue of Soviet Jewry, and they would ask him, 'Why do you do this?' Shultz answered that this was very important."
Elliott Abrams, who served under Shultz as an Assistant Secretary of State, told the Strobers that "The Reagan administration kept beating the Soviet Union over the issue of the Soviet Jews and kept telling them, 'You have to deal with this question. You will not be able to establish the kind of relationship you want with us unless you have dealt with this question....'"
According to Richard Schifter, another assistant secretary of state, when Gorbachev came to Washington in December 1987 for a summit with Reagan, it was just a couple of days after a huge rally for Soviet Jews had been held in the nation's capital "and the person who was the note-taker at the meeting told me that Reagan started out by saying to Gorbachev, 'You know, there was this rally on the Mall the other day.'
"And Gorbachev said, 'Yes, I heard about it. Why don't you go on and talk about arms control?' And for five minutes, Reagan kept on talking about the rally and the importance of the Jewish emigration issue to the United States, when Gorbachev wanted to talk about something else."
The Reagan administration was instrumental in gaining the release in 1986 of prominent Jewish dissident Natan Sharansky, imprisoned for nine years on trumped-up treason charges. Now a government minister in Israel, Sharansky recalled his reaction when, in 1983, confined to a tiny cell in a prison near the Siberian border, he saw on the front page of Pravda that Reagan had labeled the Soviet Union an "evil empire."
As Sharansky described it, "Tapping on walls and talking through toilets, word of Reagan's 'provocation' quickly spread throughout the prison. We dissidents were ecstatic. Finally, the leader of the free world had spoken the truth - a truth that burned inside the heart of each and every one of us. I never imagined that three years later I would be in the White House telling this story to the president....Reagan was right and his critics were wrong."
Did President Reagan Believe Like Brit-Am??
A delegation representing the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) once met with Resident Ronald Reagan.
The delegation included J. (now deceased) who was a Reform Rabbi but strongly pro-Israel and affirmatively Jewish in sentiment.
A source personally known to Yair Davidiy who throughout his life had been very close to Rabbi J. and is otherwise reliable quoted Rabbi J. as saying that:
said he was descended from Irish Kings, that their capital had been named Tara,
that Tara meant Torah, and that they were descended from Israelites!
(a) The Auschwitz Filming.
Reagan never left the United States during the war, though he kept a film reel, obtained while in the service, depicting the liberation of Auschwitz, as he believed that someday doubts would arise as to whether the Holocaust had occurred. It has been alleged that he was overheard telling Israeli foreign minister Yitzhak Shamir in 1983 that he had filmed that footage himself and helped liberate Auschwitz, [Cannon, Lou. President Reagan: The Role Of A Lifetime 1991, pp.486-90 Schaller, M. Reckoning with Reagan, 1992, p.9 though this purported conversation was disputed by Secretary of State George Shultz. [Shultz, George. Turmoil and Triumph: My Years as Secretary of State, 1993, p. 550
[Reagan is said to have made a similar statement on at least three different occasions BUT it may all be due to a misunderstanding.]
cf. Blumenthal, Reagan, and the Big Lie by James Kahn
Ma'ariv reports that President Reagan told Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir -- during Shamir's November visit here -- that the roots of his concern for Israel can be traced to World War II. During the war, Reagan served as a photographer in a unit assigned to film the Nazi death camps. According to Ma'ariv, Reagan told Shamir that he saved one of the death camp films for himself. He believed the day would come when people would question whether the extermination of six million Jews had actually place.
[It may be that the unit to which Reagan belonged had taken the film and in the US Reagan had access to it and shared responsibility for its filing and storage. Reagan did keep such a film in his possession. He had first-hand experience with it and could vouch for it being genuine. In the re-telling the listeners may have mistakenly understood Reagan as saying he himself had done the filming.]
(b) All Night Sleep
Ronald Reagan and the Jews by Jason Maoz
For the time, Reagan was unusual in his opposition to racial discrimination, and recalled a time in Dixon when the local inn would not allow black people to stay there. Reagan brought them back to his house, where his mother invited them to stay the night and have breakfast the next morning.
The idea that descendants of Israel, i.e. the Ten Tribes, are today to be found amongst certain Western peoples is widespread in some form or other. In some circles however it is not considered respectable. It may have been considered in the milieu to which Rabbi J. belonged that such sentiments would be damaging to the image of President Reagan.
The known support of the President for Israel is part of the American Zionist legacy. Rabbi J. and his associates could use this as part of their PR arsenal in urging the USA to continue and strengthen its support for Israel. Linking this support to some type of belief in Israelite ancestry may have been considered a possible cause of disparagement in non-religious circles.
At all events other information on this matter might exist.
#1. Presidents Johnson and Reagan were Identification Believers!
Tribesman Remnanter Report no.75
(Benjamin Paul Blegen, POB 694, Black River Falls, WI 54615, USA)
Says that both Presidents Ronald Reagan and Lyndon Johnson were aware of the Lost Israelite Identity of their nation.
Whether or not President Ronald Reagan believed that at least part of the peoples in West Europe and their kinfolk Overseas are descended from Israel or not is not certain. The indications are that he may well have done so.
Future revelations and new evidence may shed more light on this matter.
Whether he believed in it or not, it is true. The Ten Tribes today are to be found mainly amongst Western Peoples. President Ronald Reagan was a great man who emerged from them and gave expression to them.
He had great powers of intuition, strong personal faith, and related well to people, with understanding and compassion. The subject would have been known to him and he was in a position to perceive the truth of it.
Reactions and Remarks to the Article
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Reagan and the Divine Plan for Britain and America.
Yair Davidiy: Reagan and the Power of His Word!
Reagan projected the image of some of the movie roles he had played on, of a gun-slinging cowboy who did not bluff.
All truth passes through three
stages: First it is ridiculed.|
Second, it is violently opposed.
Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860).
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