The fact is had Ronald Reagan not served as Governor of California. And probably not of served two terms as Governor, he probably doesn’t get elected President. Running as an Ex Actor and now Political Commentator. With a Newspaper Column and a Radio Show. Would’ve not been a big enough platform. To launch Ron Reagan to the Presidency, he wouldn’t of even gotten the GOP Nomination. He would’ve been like Herman Cain running for President. Being Governor of California, gave Reagan the Executive Experience he needed. Running an Administration in a State, thats the size of a good size country. WIth one of the largest economy’s in the World. Gave Reagan the platform he need to run for President.
Getting behind Barry Goldwater when he ran for President in 1964. Put Ron Reagan on the map in Republican Politics, especially for Conservatives. And he became the new spokesperson and Leader of the Conservative Movement. The Conservative Movement as it actually is and not as its portrayed. Where Classical Conservatives and Libertarians are seen by Religious and Neoconservatives. As Liberals if you can believe that. When Reagan got behind Goldwater in 1964, he ran against Big Government. And when he ran for Governor in 1966, he was running against Big Government. And when he ran for President in 1980, he was running against Big Government. His message was always the same.
If you listen to any speech that Ron Reagan gives, you know he’s a Conservative. And if you listen to one of his speeches and then to listen to someone. Like Rick Santorum or Michelle Bachmann today. Except for maybe the economy, you know they aren’t Conservatives. And the GOP needs to get back Reagan and Classical Conservatism. If they want to remain a major Political Party.