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 Copyright © June 2004

Saying Goodbye to the "Gipper"...

What the Liberal Media Still Doesn't Get....

~written from the common sense perspective of The Winds of the Soul~

by Dr. Gregory C.D. Young, Ph.D.(Oxon.)

 
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With the rolling rhythmic solemnizing of the drums, though, we naturally became quieter and more alert as we approached this sacred area. 

When I was a young kid, I had the privilege of attending a boy's summer camp in the beautiful mountains of Ely, Vermont. It was a wonderful camp, situated on one end of Lake Fairlee, offering about every activity imaginable.  For eight weeks, we were schooled in every sport, craft, and skill that any nine year old kid could dream about.  Over-seeing all activities were counselors who were both young and old, all proficient in their chosen activities, some were even professional athletes, but better still, they were all moral men.  Good men with high ideals, disciplined but optimistic about tomorrow, and ever encouraging around and with their campers.  One in particular I still remember..., he made me sit up and take notice.  He was the owner and head camp counselor of Camp Norway.  His name was Mr. Web Keith.  His presence was continual and ever present in our camp life. 

There was one event in particular that stands out in my mind above all others.  On Sunday evenings, the whole camp would participate in a non-denominational twilight vesper service, deep in the heart of a tall pine forest, and located away from the camp's center.  Although, Camp Norway was not an Indian theme camp, this ceremony was refreshingly eclectic, being Indian and Judeo-Christian in nature.  With the processional beat of Indian tom-toms echoing throughout the forest and acting to usher us into the gathering spot, this proved to always be a solemn and hushed occasion, even respected by the 200 or so campers, who just moments before, were raising their voices to the tree tops with the exuberance of youth.  With the rolling rhythmic solemnizing of the drums, though, we naturally became quieter and more alert as we approached this sacred area. 

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As his narrative entered our waiting hearts, we would be invited to privately wish to model ourselves after the characters who were so alive and real.  It was as if we entered his dreams of all that was good, while watching the sparks from the settling fire ascend beyond the canopy of surrounding trees and up into the stars of the Milky Way.  There were no limits placed about goodness on those evenings. 

 We would enter a small, round, bleachered arena completely cocooned by tall dark pines, with a large crackling and roaring bonfire in the center.  The Head Counselor, Web Keith, would sit alone at the head of the affair, painted and clothed in the full beaded and fringed dress-skins and regalia of a Chief of the Iroquois Indians, his feathered headdress flowing around his moccasined feet.  When everyone was assembled, there would be an opening invocation, the Lord's Prayer, followed by ancient twirling Indian dances by other counselors skilled in Western and Eastern Indian lore, dressed to the hilt with feathers and horse-tails, throwing and catching flaming sticks, rings, and even coconuts in the air as they preformed gymnastically around the fire.  It was pure magic!  

More religious hymns were sung...., accompanied by an old portable pipe organ..., hymnals being provided on our wooden benches.  Then Chief Web would arise and speak to us, telling us stories of bravery and of heroes, of humility and courage, stories that would teach and uplift, never degrade nor denigrate.  As his narrative entered our waiting ears and hearts, we would be invited to privately wish to model ourselves after the characters who became so alive and real to us.  It was as if we entered his dreams of all that was "good," while watching the sparks from the settling fire ascend beyond the canopy of surrounding trees and up into the stars of the Milky Way.  There were no limits placed upon goodness those evenings.  Our hearts and feelings were stretched as he showed us the possibilities of the choices in life that were before us. 

It was always a special evening with our Chief.  We always wanted to stay longer and hear more of his stories.  He spoke to each of us like a Grandfather depicted in one of those Norman Rockwell paintings..., strong and resolute, yet kind and generous, wise and jovial, well-meaning and always comforting. His heart and voice resonated with the things that were important, if not sacred..., of how to deal with people, to know right from wrong, to do one's moral duty, to discern between good and evil, and most importantly, the necessity of choosing to be on the side of Good.  His stories and anecdotes were always entertaining, always warm and heartfelt.  And from this we learned that the Chief was our friend.  And we knew him because he spoke about the things important to our heart.

We would leave this magic place filled with hope and awe, quietly returning to our open-air cabins, secured in our cots and heavy blankets, falling asleep to the lone melancholic sound of taps being blown by a single bugler in the quiet of the mountain air whispering through the pine tops.  All was well under His watch....  

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By first recognizing the pattern and cadence of that which beat within the depths of our souls, we then easily could see that which was resonating within him.  Those of us that liked him most, were generally like him the most, and were comforted and reinforced by his vision and understanding, not just by his manner and speech.  And through the benefit of his enlightened vision, we more clearly saw our own potentials.   

I never met the former President Reagan, but I imagine that he sure was like our Head Counselor, Web Keith:  brave and regal because of the moral tenets he clung to within himself.  And like Web Keith, I believe I knew his heart, just as did many other Americans.  Because President Reagan spoke about the realities that mattered most to himself, he spoke familiarly to us all who had brooded, ruminated, and cared about similar things. 

Although Reagan rarely wore the regalia of an Indian feathered headdress in public (he did have one, by the way!), he was still the Chief of our camp.  And when he spoke we listened, not just because he was the President, but more because he spoke the language that should be most familiar to all our hearts, even the language of Goodness, of the Father and the Son.  Such things don't necessarily need to be labeled.  They testify as to their linage all by themselves. 

By first recognizing the pattern and cadence of that which beat within the depths of our own very souls, we then could easily see that which was resonating within our past President.  Those that liked him most, were generally like him the most----being comforted and reinforced by his vision and understanding, not just by his manner and speech.  His steely resolve and gentle smile made us more confident about ourselves, more sure about tomorrow.  And through the benefit of his enlightened vision, we more clearly saw our own potentials.   

And I believe that because of these connections, we felt strangely safe and at ease when he addressed us, sharing with us his inner convictions and perceptions of the world, lifting the fog and cleansing the pessimistic visions of the liberal pundits of the time who tried only to slander his rhetoric and demean the possibilities of his vision.  Most simply, when he spoke, we listened because of the same chord being sounded within our own hearts. 

  Please note, therefore, that I am not speaking about the tinseled falseness of Hollywood charisma here, as the liberals would certainly have us believe, but something far more stable and certain, more legitimate and real.  To be more pointed, Clinton, for instance, was never like Reagan in this regard, and to this day still sadly remains unaware of the difference.  Unlike his political adversaries, predecessor (Carter) or the next Democratic successor (Clinton), Reagan never tried to be above anybody, never slyly nor sycophantically sought the envy of those he served, like many prideful men and woman do ever more amongst us.

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Unfortunately, his liberal adversaries and antagonists never "got" this enlightened vision.  They proved too cleverly dark, too guileful, to impoverished of Light to understand the things of Heaven. To this day, these narcissistic demagogues and sophists, chronically suffering from a self-inflicted state of incubated mental stagnation, still pompously laud themselves to be "the" wise and intelligent amongst us, and yet they still don't understand the greatness and nobility behind the man..., even the greatness and nobility within the man..., even the Lord's Light that showed him the way. 

Instead, Ronald Reagan sought equity, parity, and fairness throughout his life, reminding us again and again that we are all the free creatures made by the Lord's Hand.  As in the wisdom of our Forefathers, he too found courage in the roots of mercy.  He recognized the strength of generosity by first respecting true economy.  And his character resonated leadership because he first mastered humility. 

He spoke to the things that mattered, about the responsibilities of freedom, about moral persuasion and kindness, about sound understanding and wisdom, about how we all need to stand and do what is right even when our enemies seem innumerable and their persecution overwhelming... 

He knew how to stay the course and see through the shams of the quick political fixes.  He changed us for the better as a people, lifted us on his shoulders to see the things that he saw and knew from his own experiences.  He taught us to remember our roots, our value structure and from whence it was derived, and who we were and should be as a nation. 

Unfortunately, his liberal adversaries and antagonists never "got" this enlightened vision.  They proved far too cleverly dark, too guileful, too impoverished of Light to understand the things of Heaven.  To this day, these narcissistic demagogues and sophists, chronically suffering from a self-inflicted state of incubated mental stagnation, still pompously laud themselves to be "the" wise and intelligent amongst us, and yet they still don't understand the greatness and the nobility behind the man..., even the greatness and nobility within the man..., even the Lord's Light that showed him the way.  Being in the dark for so long, they continually underestimated him, misunderstood and dis-understood (i.e., maligned) him and the power behind and within him.  I dare say that their understanding is at best superficial, tired, and tryingly sophomoric, and will likely not improve with time. 

But to be fair, even some in his own Republican party and staff didn't quite understand the profoundness of his vision and from whence it came, while confessing as well that he was personally hard to know, that he was a loner and remained distanced from his own people, despite the fact that he was always so gracious and friendly. 

But I submit that he was only difficult to "get" and hard to know if the heart of another was not resonating from the same place his was...  In fact, to the degree that one's heart is in synchronous sympathy with the tenets of Goodness, he wasn't hard to understand or know at all.  The problem of distance existed only in the eyes of the beholder, as Reagan's hand was always open and receptive, believing more than anything else that everyone's heart could hold the same blessed things his own did, if we would only so choose.... 

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Sounds rather like the treatment the elite liberal media and the Europeans are giving our current President, doesn't it?  There are indeed many parallels between the two men, parallels that have scared the liberal elite silly, forcing them today to push ever harder in slandering the current man----with their ongoing agenda of propaganda and disinformation, while misreporting every chance they get----again fearful that President Bush's vision is as correct and powerfully inspired as was Reagan's, resulting once again in their shameful exposure and their needs to stand reproved.

Perhaps, too, this is why the liberal political and media pundits never understood him and were always amazed at how popular he was despite their concerted efforts to bring him down to their level.  Even in the face of the liberal need to now rewrite history, our records still demonstrate that both the Europeans and liberal elitists alike, hated and ridiculed him throughout his tenure as President. 

We should never forget that they unapologetically labeled him a "cowboy," regularly insulted his intelligence by referring to him as a dunderhead while attaching other demeaning labels such as a "dumb Hollywood actor" (even by the Hollywood Elite!), likening him pathetically to Bonzo the chimp in one of his past movies.  He suffered their scorn, their denigration, their ridicule and injustices all, while maintaining the higher road of truth, reason, and logic, while never stooping to their level of name-calling.

And yet, while he was so "visionless," as claimed by the liberal elites, he more than any other brought about the end to the Cold War, rebuilt our military and national defense, replaced the foundation of our anemic economy despite the unheeded Congressional addiction for spending which doubled our debt, but nevertheless, with a strength that brought the biggest economic expansion our history has ever seen.  Still, even in the face of these unparalleled successes, the smug and conspiring liberals would never be caught dead in honorably giving him his due, nor in regarding from whence came his inspired vision....      

Sounds rather like the treatment the elite liberal media and the Europeans are giving our current President, doesn't it?  There are indeed many parallels between the two men, parallels that have scared the liberal elite silly, forcing them today to push ever harder in slandering the current man----with their ongoing agenda of propaganda and disinformation, while misreporting every chance they get----again fearful that President Bush's vision is as correct and powerfully inspired as was Reagan's, resulting once again in their shameful exposure and their needs to stand reproved.    

So let the liberals scoff and demean while they can.   It may seem all right for now, but be forewarned, their tap dance must needs soon end, because justice will finally come to even these who believe that their secular humanism is without fault. 

As for President Reagan, I believe that Heaven has already received him, pronouncing: "Well done, thou good and faithful servant," duly rewarding him for his loyalty and courage, for his faith and perseverance..., and where he awaits the hand of his sweetheart Nancy who is only a heartbeat away from their eternal reunion. 

Heaven, too, will remember well when it comes time for Reagan's adversaries turn to stand before the Lord, being prepared to finally prove to them who doubted and bore false witness against Reagan of Whom his inspirations and guidance came.  The Light of Goodness will then shine free, condemning all that are of unlike heart to a place of darkness and despair, to all who never took the time to brood and ruminate over the wonderful causes of Goodness, to all who proved faithless and rejected the sure counsels of the Lord. 

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To President Reagan, we may now tearfully say goodbye, but only with the knowledge that our parting is brief... We shall see each other all in the Heavens that await us.  And because we will never say goodbye to those same Principles of Life that made our late President such a great man, and those he would never wish us to forget, we too may look forward to be reunited with all those who embrace the same visions and Principles of Goodness. 

God have mercy on any soul at that time of judgment who has yet to embrace the Goodness ever wanting entrance into their hearts, that same Goodness testified by the Holy Bible, and shown generously through the lives of select righteous men who the Lord chooses to inspire and bless.... like that of the late President Reagan, even the "Gipper," who asked us to remember him when our back is up against it all and times are tough. 

To President Reagan, we may now tearfully say goodbye, but only with the knowledge that our parting is brief... We shall see each other all in the Heavens that await us.  And because we promise to never say goodbye to those same Principles of Life that made our late President such a great man, and those he would never wish us to forget, we too may look forward to be reunited with all those who embrace the same visions and Principles of Goodness. 

Just as President Ronald Reagan found these Living Principles to embrace and lead his life, so should we, if we are to "win one for the Gipper."  The ways of Goodness should never die amongst us, as long as one of us has the courage to lift them up as an Ensign and Standard in our lives.  Thank God, these Principles remain here for our benefit, so that we may take them upon ourselves with the same courage and humility, the same understanding and wisdom, as did our late President, while always under the auspices of the Lord's grace and love. 

So with your passing, President Reagan, be assured that the torch of your fire has been passed to others of synchronous, sympathetic, resonations of heart.  So enlightened, we will remember and so honor you by turning now evermore in accepting the fullness of our own numerous responsibilities.  

In this manner, I for one, will remember you as a wise camp counselor, an elderly Chief that I chose to lovingly befriend and emulate.  It is in this sense that I will remember your leadership, your friendship, your good counsel, by remembering that which you and other great men have always taught, namely, that that which was within you, revealed so bright and so clear and yet so briefly for a time upon this earth, is also within us....  It just needs to be awakened and faithfully embraced. 

So it becomes now our turn to arise and faithfully take upon ourselves a portion of the mantle of our forefathers, as so faithfully did our late friend.  These are the promises that I will wrap about me this evening as a warm and welcomed blanket, fending off the cold night's gathering, waiting for that good sleep of Heaven to one day take me as well. 

And, in the deepening of the starry night, as I pause again listening for the taps that will surely sound for a great man that has passed our way, I will recall the pattern of his voice and manner..., and in turn, being reminded of each and every good lesson that I have ever learned, want their melodies to harmonize with all that is good and true within me..., entering and embracing the dreams of those that have gone on before me with the hope and the anticipation that the Lord will be with us, as He most surely was and is now forever with our beloved President Reagan. 

Good night, Mr. President.... you were a good and faithful example for us all....

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About the Author:  Dr. Gregory C.D. Young, Ph.D.(Oxon.) is a Clinical Psychologist and Neuroscientist having been educated abroad where he completed his postgraduate studies at King’s College, the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and then graduated and received his Doctorate from the University of Oxford, Oxford, England. He has been in private clinical practice and medical research for over 25 years, being active as an author, popular radio and TV personality, public speaker, and biomedical researcher. An expert in a number of fields including Forensic/Criminal Psychology, Child and Family/Relationship Psychology, and Neuropsychology.  He has also served as an expert scientific advisor, product innovator and formulator, and professional consultant to the Medical and Pharmaceutical Industries. He is the author of The Winds of the Soul~Heaven’s First Voice To Us, as well as numerous other scholarly papers and works.

 

 

 

 

 

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