February 6, 2014: Ronald Reagan Day

WHEREAS, President Ronald Wilson Reagan, a man of humble background, worked throughout his life serving freedom and advancing the common good, having been employed as an entertainer, union leader, corporate spokesman, governor of California and president of the United States; and

WHEREAS, Ronald Reagan served with honor and distinction for two terms as the 40th president of the United States of America; the second of which he earned the confidence of 3/5ths of the electorate and was victorious in 49 of the 50 states in the general election – a record unsurpassed in the history of American presidential elections; and

WHEREAS, in 1981, when Ronald Reagan was inaugurated President, he inherited a disillusioned nation shackled by rampant inflation and high unemployment; and

WHEREAS, during Mr. Reagan’s presidency he worked in a bipartisan manner to enact his bold agenda of restoring accountability and common sense to government which led to an unprecedented economic expansion and opportunity for millions of Americans; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Reagan’s commitment to an active social policy agenda for the nation’s children helped lower crime and drug use in our neighborhoods; and

WHEREAS, President Reagan’s commitment to our armed forces contributed to the restoration of pride in America, her values and those cherished by the free world, and prepared America’s Armed Forces to meet 21st Century challenges; and

WHEREAS, President Reagan’s vision of “peace through strength” led to the end of the Cold War and the ultimate demise of the Soviet Union, guaranteeing basic human rights for millions of people; and

WHEREAS, February 6, 2014 will be the 103rd anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth and the tenth since his passing;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Thursday February 6, 2014 as Ronald Reagan Day in Michigan.