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Congressman Tom McClintock

Representing the 4th District of California

Remarks in Support of HR 131 (Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission)

March 9, 2009

House Chamber, Washington DC.  March 9, 2009.  Perhaps only one generation in a century is fortunate enough to actually know a truly great leader – and ours was that generation. But our children and their children will know him too, through the power of his words and the force of his ideas – his undying faith in freedom and his eternal belief in America.  And they will know him – and know him well – because our generation will make sure of it.

The passing of Ronald Reagan did not mark the end of an era – rather, his life marked the beginning of one – an era of American renaissance and resurgence – an era when America rediscovered her belief in liberty and her faith in her ultimate destiny.  Ronald Reagan opened that era; it is now for our generation to cultivate it, to expand it, and to extend it to the next.

He often reminded us that for America, the best is yet to come.  He was right, because his memory will be walking beside us and counseling us and guiding us to those bright decades and centuries ahead.

This Commission is a small step in support of a large pledge – a pledge from this generation to all future generations: that we will keep Ronald Reagan’s memory alive: that we will uphold and advance his vision of America’s greatness and of her goodness.  And this Commission and its work will be yet another thread in the tapestry of memory that will stretch through time to the latest generation.