President Report: Ronald Reagan, How Did This President Address/Attack The Social, Political, Economic, Religious, And Moral Issues Of The Time?

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Beginning with our founding fathers, freedom has been an idea that has forever infiltrated Americans' hearts and souls. Ronald Reagan was a president that dedicated his words and actions of his two term presidency to the protection of peoples' freedoms. During his time of leadership, he restored the American dream that had slowly begun to dissolve, with his appealing unending optimism. As former President Bill Clinton stated, "He personified the indomitable optimism of the American people." He addressed issues with a firm opinion and solid plan, and was unwavering in his convictions. He spoke to the public honestly and openly about what he intended to accomplish, and by never giving up the fight for these issues, he was greatly trusted. Although everyone didn't always agree with all of his plans, they did support him on the majority of the issues. He faced many challenging issues during his presidency, but tackled these problems with a "can-do" attitude, and with this positive approach, he was able to rally the American public behind him and accomplish his goals.The social issues during his presidency were very important to Reagan. He knew that these issues were what would make or break his popularity and effectiveness. He devoted a great deal of time to making sure the American people were motivated and that they felt secure. He said, "Whatever else history may say about me when I'm gone, I hope it will record that I appealed to your best hopes, not your worst fears; to your confidence rather than your doubts. My dream is that you will travel the road ahead with liberty's lamp guiding your steps and opportunity's arm steadying your way" (Presidential).When Ronald Reagan was elected in 1980, defeating one term president Jimmy Carter by a landslide, the country was just emerging from a nightmare. The very day of his inauguration, hostages were finally being released in Iran, inflation was skyrocketing, and pessimism was at an all time high. The people were discouraged because our military seemed insignificant in comparison with the Soviet Union, and concerns and fears were mounting in regard to the rise of Communism. Reagan stepped in and stomped out these social concerns of the era. His character traits, including optimism, conviction, compassion, courage, and faith in freedom, rubbed off on the American people, and they too had their confidence in our country restored. As Christopher Cox, a Republican member of the House of Representatives once said, "For pessimists, the world is full of obstacles. For optimists, like Reagan, the world was and is full of possibilities" (What Conservatives...). Reagan brought back our spirit, unity, confidence and nationalism, and in his own words, restored "the great, confident roar of American progress and growth and optimism" (White House).One problem Reagan was faced with when he came into office was that America's confidence in the government had diminished during the Watergate scandal and Carter's grim...

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