Let’s Stop Looking For The Next Reagan. We’re NOT Going To Find Him.
Every election cycle candidates with an “R” behind their names start invoking the name of Ronald Reagan. Time after time we hear activists and conservative voters stating that they want “someone like Reagan”. Let’s not even get started on how the presidential candidates conduct themselves.
It seems like it’s a contest at presidential debates to see how many times one can state the name Reagan. We could turn it into a drinking game – take a shot every time Reagan is mentioned and no one in the place could drive home.
Do any of you remember the 08 primary election for the GOP? I know, I know. Don’t remind you. It makes me nauseous thinking about it too. However, think back to that debate that was held at the Ronald Reagan Library. Nancy Reagan was sitting on the front row and it was a Reagan-a-thon. It was a wrestling match to see which candidate was going to have Mrs. Reagan on his arm. And, wouldn’t you know it, McCain won the contest.
Allow me to jump further back in time to the 19th century.
President Andrew Jackson took the oath of office on March 4, 1829. From all historical accounts he was a powerful and popular president. As can be the case for any political office holder, you can find something to like about him and a whole lot to dislike about him.
Regardless of your interpretation of his terms in office, what was ushered in was called the “Age of Jackson”. Election cycle after election cycle, the people of the nation attempted to find the “next Jackson”. Presidential candidates promised to be the “next Jackson”. Every president was measured against the policies, accomplishments, and style of Andrew Jackson. Naturally, none of them seemed to ever measure up – although James K. Polk is seen as being the most successful, even having served just one term.
The concluding search for the “next Jackson”, and the dusk of his age, came with the election of a man by the name of Abraham Lincoln.
Returning to contemporary times, the nation elected George H.W. Bush on the hope that he would continue the work that Reagan initiated. The nation was disappointed. And the practice of looking for the “next Reagan” began in earnest. Although every GOP primary has been colored by the search, the search has fallen miserably short cycle after cycle. Why?
Because there was only one Reagan! The only place you’re going to find the great Reagan now is in his beautiful tomb at his library, and in the memories of those that lived at the time of his service. There is no other Reagan! And, we should stop looking for such a creature. It’s a waste of time.
Ronald Reagan was put in the plans of God for just the time that he was needed. Reagan had the beliefs, the temperament, the personality, the skills and everything else that was needed for just that moment in American and world history. For once, 20th Century America got it right when it came to selecting its servant-in-chief. But, he’s gone and there is no other – certainly not these cheap Reagan imposters that fashion themselves suitable for the White House in this cycle. And I mean every one of them – no one excluded.
In the selection process of this cycle, and those to come in the future, we should be seeking out the “next Lincoln”, if you will. We should be looking for the one that will make Reagan a fond memory. We need the one that is specially and specifically anointed by God for THIS time, and the challenges that we face at THIS moment. And you can be sure it won’t be anyone that closely resembles the great Reagan. It’s going to be someone that can achieve greatness through the power of an unique and genuine set of qualities that we may have never witnessed before from a conservative. That person will not “look” like Reagan, will not “sound” like Reagan, will not govern like Reagan.
Greatness is a rare commodity. It’s not easily found. Nevertheless, it’s a treasure worth hunting for because it means a complete rejection of mediocrity.
To you, the saints and patriots, I encourage you to cease your look for the “next Reagan” and began searching for the next Great One. Furthermore, in this election cycle and those to follow for decades to come, let’s see if any one of those that seek our precious vote contain the spirit of revolution. In THIS era, that will be the key quality to greatness.