“Reagan saw a federal government that had become, like a diseased heart, enlarged and sclerotic. Paving a path trod today by the Tea Party, he sharply cut taxes to restore economic growth. He took painful measures to rein in double-digit inflation. He fought to cut federal spending. He sought to restore our Founding Fathers' vision of American greatness and limited government.”
So writes Mitt Romney in a USA Today feature article, remembering the legacy of the nation’s 40th President. Romney honors Reagan, whose 100th birthday will be celebrated this February 6th, praising him a “transformational President.”
Delving further into the Reagan mystique, Romney writes:
entered the Reagan era as one kind of country and exited it another. His mixture of extraordinary personal and political qualities made it possible. One must begin with his sunny disposition: cheerful conservatism in flesh and blood. The Gipper's irrepressible high spirits tapped into something deeply rooted in the country: optimism, faith in America itself. “ America
“Reagan came to occupy the White House in a moment of national crisis, not altogether dissimilar from the one we face today.”
The article adroitly underscores similar themes Romney himself has been speaking out on the past few years, as well as in his (soon to be released in paperback) book, "No Apology."
Critics of Reagan underestimated his abilities regarding policy, but admired his amiable and sunny nature. Critics of Romney often do the opposite. Well Romney displays a little bit of that sunny disposition, wryly bookending his article by remembering Reagan was referred to by critaics an “amiable dunce.” Romney then turns the phrase on those politicos of today, who fail to see Reagan’s legacy endures.
The full article can be read here.