By Former Assemblyman Steven Sanders
The passing of the former first Lady Nancy Reagan is a moment for mourning and reflection of our nation’s collective loss.
Mrs. Reagan and her husband President Ronald Reagan inhabited the white House from 1981-1989. By all accounts she was a very influential force helping to shape President Reagan’s views and his style. She was also a tireless advocate to rid America of scourge drugs and trying to keep young people from becoming addicted to dangerous controlled substances. In that regard she is best noted for her “Just Say No” campaign.
But perhaps her greatest contribution was her support of her husband in all the various circumstances that President Reagan found himself involved, both personal and political. Whether or not one believes that the 40th President was a great one or not, there is no denying that President Reagan believed deeply in his brand of conservative politics and was fiercely loyal to those principles. But he was always respectful, and always dignified. He sought out what he thought were the best solutions to national problems even if at times that meant compromising his views. Half a loaf was better than none. And by taking that tact with that civil tone Ronald Reagan generally got more than half the loaf.