Letters to the Editor

Return to Reagan's conservative legacy

The morning after the 1988 presidential election, I stood in the White House Rose Garden as President Ronald Reagan thanked the staff who had worked so hard to help George H.W. Bush win a resounding victory over Democrat Michael Dukakis. I remembered on the campaign trail how Reagan had invoked the dying wish of George Gipp, the Notre Dame football player whom Reagan memorialized in the film "Knute Rockne: All American." In the film, Reagan repeats Gipp's famous words: "Some day when the team is up against it ... ask them to go in there with all they've got and win just one for the Gipper. I don't know where I'll be then, but I'll know about it, and I'll be happy." As the president finished speaking and turned to go back into the Oval Office I shouted, á la ABC's Sam Donaldson, "That was one for the Gipper." The president returned to the podium and proceeded to regale us with another of his famous George Gipp stories. Twenty-two years later, I'm thinking of that moment and of Reagan's conservative legacy of fewer taxes and less government that is at the heart of the nationwide movement to restore this country starting Tuesday. We're up against a tough team of committed big government, big union ideologues who will say anything and stop at nothing to push through their harmful and irresponsible agenda. Talk to your family, friends and associates. Make sure they vote. Tell them: Let's win one more for the Gipper. Michael Miller Moss Creek Beaufort