Chuck DeVore- Contributor
DeVore represents 450,000 residents of Orange County
70th Assembly District.. He served as a Reagan White House
appointee in the Pentagon from 1986 to 1988 and was Senior
Assistant to Cong. Chris Cox. He is a lieutenant colonel in the Army
National Guard. Chuck’s novel, CHINA
ATTACKS, sells internationally and has been translated
into Chinese for sales in Taiwan. [go to DeVore index]
[Chuck DeVore] 6/7/04
been thinking about President Ronald Reagan’s
life for the past two days. It’s been a time of tears and
Word of President Reagan’s death came to me while I was
in uniform. Within seconds of the news, the soldiers of the 40th
Infantry Division (Mechanized) at Los Alamitos Armed
Forces Reserve Center lowered the flags to half-mast.
As with many Americans, Ronald Reagan changed my life.
President Reagan’s inspirational words and deeds, his strong
faith in America and our role in the world, caused me to volunteer
for military service in 1983.
President Reagan’s clear communication of vision and values
sparked my activism in the Republican Party.
I had the opportunity to hear President Reagan in person speak
By chance, on July 19, 1982, I was in Washington, D.C. for the
90th Anniversary of the College Republicans when the President
led a rally for a balanced budget on the lawn of the Capitol.
Two years later, on September 3, 1984, President Reagan spoke
at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley, California.
It was the official campaign kick-off for Reagan/Bush ’84.
I was a 22-year-old Presidential motorcade driver for the event
got to see
President Reagan up close at the Irvine Marriott before the rally
(although I was too awestruck to say anything or shake his hand).
President Reagan’s words at the 1984 Orange County rally
before over 50,000 people bear thoughtful reflection today:
“In 1980 we said, ‘The time is now to build a new beginning
for this beloved nation of ours.’ And in 1984 we're saying
that the great crusade we began really never ended; we are just
“We don't seek a victory for any partisan purpose. Today we set
out to achieve a victory for the future over the past, for opportunity
over retreat, for hope over despair, and to move up to all that
is possible and not down to that which we fear…”
find ourselves thrust into a great struggle between two visions
of the world. One, a vision of freedom and
peace, the other, a vision of enslavement and hatred. It’s
really no different than it was 20 years ago when President
in Orange County that, “…we set out to achieve
a victory… for opportunity over retreat, for hope
On that fine day in September 20 years past, from my
vantage point just behind the stage, I could hear the
not see him when he continued, “Building
prosperity and maintaining our strength also permit
us to keep our
-- faith, work, family, neighborhood, freedom, and
peace. And those are not just words, they're expressions
means, definitions of what makes us a good and loving
“We must do more than talk about these values; we must restore
them and protect them against challenge.”
President Reagan said we must “protect” our values “against
challenge.” One wonders what President Reagan would think
about 9-11 and today’s struggle to protect our
values against brutal savages while some people in America
continue to voice
doubts about our moral right to defend ourselves.
This I know, President Ronald Reagan would stand foursquare
behind President George Bush in his efforts to defend America
victory, not retreat; with hope, not despair.
In this time of national mourning and remembrance, let us recommit
ourselves to the task at hand. We are in a struggle for the
future of this planet. When we win, freedom wins. Failure is
option. Let us steel ourselves with resolve, gird ourselves
with hope, and prepare the way for victory. Doing this is the
and highest way to honor the legacy of the great man we will
soon lay to rest. CRO
Chuck DeVore is the Republican nominee in the 70th State Assembly
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