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GOP Gov. Kristi Noem pays tribute to president Ronald Reagan

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In a recent Fox News opinion piece, South Dakota’s Governor Kristi Noem paid a proper tribute to America’s 40th president and fellow Republican Ronald Reagan. Citing the former head of state’s frugal lifestyle and admirable work ethics, Noem praised the Hollywood actor-turned-politician for influencing her to do better in serving the American people.

“Ronald Reagan led our country through challenging times on the world stage, yet embraced the humble simplicity of the daily life of an average citizen in America. Recently, I was honored to spend some time at the Reagan Ranch in California. It is maintained by Young America’s Foundation and preserved for the next generation in order that we may look to the past to create an even better future,” Noem wrote.

“I was struck by the life that Ronald Reagan and his family lived at the ranch. It was not remarkable, fancy or reflective of the position of power he held as leader of the free world. It was average, simple and a step back from the grandeur of Washington, D.C. To him, it was heaven,” Noem shared.

Born into a low-income family in Tampico, Illinois in 1911, Ronald Wilson Reagan found success in the movie industry where he starred in films such as All American and Kings Row (nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1943). Reagan would begin honing his leadership skills as president of the Screen Actors Guild from the late 1940’s till the early 1960’s. During his term, he was responsible for weeding out alleged communist influence within the organization.

Coming from a financially-struggling past, Reagan’s self-made success is a story that should inspire the rest of the country today. We are living in an era where things are being handed out by the government for free, without any regard for the damage that it will bring to our economy. For America to be great again, we must give utmost importance to what we can offer to this great nation, instead of just waiting for the blessings provided by the state.

“My hope is that the American people take note of this aspect of our former president’s life and example. We can’t rely on a debt-ridden federal government to take care of us. We are burning through borrowed cash. Many people wake up looking for a handout, rather than tackling tasks for themselves that will lead to prosperity and opportunity,” Noem continued.

“Stepping onto the Reagan Ranch last week, I understood in a new way the greatness of Ronald Reagan and the life he led. He was a man who held a powerful position, yet embraced the life of an average American. And he loved it,” Noem added.

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