In the United States, you can always find a party. In Soviet Russia, the Party finds you!
That’s the kind of thing I expected when Angie and I went to Yakov Smirnoff’s show in Branson. What I got was a whole lot more.
You see, Yakov is more than just a comedian. He is an art teacher. He is a professor of psychology. He is a writer. He is an actor. He is a traditional Russian dancer. We got a glimpse of each of these facets at his show.
The comedy in his show was family friendly, but sharp. His clever play with the language was like George Carlin without the vulgarity. “I bet you never looked at it that way … but you will now!” was his refrain.
What struck me most about Yakov was his genuine affection and appreciation for America. He spoke in a way that isn’t fashionable now. Continue reading What a country!
I was a teenager during the Reagan Revolution. I knew then that there was something extraordinary about our 40th president.
His policies were straightforward and completely consistent with his belief that people knew better how to run their lives than career politicians in Washington. His successes, the greatest economic expansion in our history and bringing an end to the Cold War, are nothing less than stellar. As a president, Ronald Reagan belongs alongside our greatest leaders.
As a man, Ronald Reagan was every bit as great. His relationship with Nancy exemplifies what it means to have a life-long love affair with your partner. And anyone who has met him seems to have a story about his graciousness, his simple kindnesses, and his disarming humor. But what always struck me most about Ronald Reagan was his infectious optimism.
It is time for us to realize that we’re too great a nation to limit ourselves to small dreams…. Let us begin an era of national renewal. Let us renew our determination, our courage, and our strength. And let us renew our faith and our hope…. The crisis we are facing today… [requires] our best effort and our willingness to believe in ourselves and to believe in our capacity to perform great deeds; to believe that together with God’s help we can and will resolve the problems which now confront us. And after all, why shouldn’t we beleve that? We are Americans.” – Ronald Reagan, First inagural address.
Thank you Ronald Reagan, for your terrific service to our country and for being a model of great character with your kindness and optimism.
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.” – Ronald Reagan