HATCH: Times may change, but correct principles never do. The core principles Ronald Reagan stood for -- limited government, peace through strength, individual liberty, low taxes and the sanctity of human life, just to name a few – are timeless. They are just as relevant today as they have ever been. Reagan championed those ideals, which explains why so many champion him today and why his legacy continues to endure and endear. He also was a great communicator with the ability to inspire Americans of all walks of life and to change hearts and minds. He was a great man, a great president and a dear friend.
UPD: What can modern-day politicians learn from the style and content of his leadership?
HATCH: Reagan’s hand at the helm of the ship of state was steady. Regardless of the political whims and winds swirling around him, he steered a straight and steady course. His leadership was based on the foundational principles that make our country great and the bedrock of freedom for the world, and he did not deviate from them. He stayed the course – and because he did, the Iron Curtain fell and hundreds of millions of people around the world were freed from tyranny.
Reagan also brought unbridled enthusiasm and optimism to the White House. He rekindled Americans’ optimism and can-do spirit that was nearly extinguished in the aftermath of Vietnam and Watergate. He firmly believed in the goodness and greatness of the American people, and he was so effective in communicating that belief that we believed right along with him. When he was our President, it truly was morning in America again. Our nation became that shining city on the hill once more, and we all stood a little taller and reached a little higher as a nation and as a people. That ability to inspire the American people is something modern-day politicians would do well to emulate.