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Reagan thinks anyone can become American…

“You can go to Japan to live, but you cannot become Japanese. You can go to France to live and not become a Frenchman… Anybody from any corner of the world can come to America to live and become an American.”

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“America represents something universal in the human spirit. I received a letter not long ago from a man who said, ‘You can go to Japan to live, but you cannot become Japanese. You can go to France to live and not become a Frenchman. You can go to live in Germany or Turkey, and you won’t become a German or a Turk.’ But then he added, ‘Anybody from any corner of the world can come to America to live and become an American.'” – Campaign rally for Vice President Bush (1988) Ronald Reagan

Ronald Wilson Reagan was an actor-turned-politician who served as the 40th President of the United States from 1981 to 1989. Reagan is one of five Presidents since 1900 to unseat an incumbent – he successfully ended Jimmy Carter’s Presidency before Carter could serve two terms. Reagan went on to be a powerful Republican President setting tax policies (associated with supply-side economics and trickle-down economics) in motion that earned their own name: Reaganomics. Though his legacy is riddled with economic debate, he left office as one of the Presidents with highest public approval ratings.

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Reagan was born in Illinois, and relocated to California as an adult. He worked as a sports announcer on the radio in Illinois, then as an actor in California. He was elected as the President of the Screen Actors Guild – the labor union for actors – two times in the 40’s and 50’s. He was a secret FBI informant in Hollywood, notifying the FBI of communist sympathizers. As a supporter of Barry Goldwater in the 1964 elections, Reagan gained national attention for his “A Time for Choosing” speech on October 27, 1964, when it was part of a pre-recorded television program, Rendezvous with Destiny. His successful run for Governor of California came soon after, and then he moved upward to the White House for two terms.

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