#1 of Personal Letters From Ronald Reagan

I am currently reading a book edited by Ralph E. and Ralph A Weber.  It is Dear Americans – Letters from the Desk of Ronald Reagan.  President Reagan was a prolific letter writer.  He wrote thousands of letters to Americans during his presidency, 1981-1989.  He would hand write the letters and have his assistants type them.  He wrote to a very diverse group of people ranging from kids to adults  and rich to poor. 

I think these personal letters from the man serving in the most powerful position of leadership in the world are very interesting and give great insight into the heart of a true leader.   As I read I am going to post some quotes from his correspondence.  You can tell he truly loved and had compassion for all people.

From Book Introduction pg. 6

During his last days in the White House, President Reagan may have recalled the words he wrote for his inaugural in 1981:  “We shall reflect the compassion that is so much a part of our makeup.  How can we love our country and not love our countrymen?  And loving them reach out a hand when they fall, heal them when they are sick and provide opportunity to make them self-sufficient so they will be equal in fact and not just in theory?”  The president did indeed reflect that compassion, did reflect that love of country and its citizens, ans sought equality for all regardless of race, creed and gender.

Letter to Mr. Pat Boone…March 18, 1981

I know I will need the support of Christian leaders to deal with the problems facing our nation.  But more importantly, I will need their prayers.

Letter to President of the Soviet Union, Leonid Brezhnev…April 24, 1981

Indeed the peoples of the world, dispite differences in racial and ethnic origin, have very much in common.  They want the dignity of having some control over their individual destiny.  That want to work at the craft or trade of their own choosing and to be fairly rewarded.  They want to raise their families in peace without harming anyone or suffering harm themselves.  Government exists for their convenience, not the other way around.

If they are incapable, as some would have us believe, of self-government, then where among them do we find any who are capable of governing others?