Ronald Reagan's Accomplishments

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Unlike popular belief, Ronald Reagan did not become a household by being in the army or becoming the president of the United States, but because he was an actor on the big screen! Ronald Reagan did more things in a few years than most people do in their lifetime. He was apart of the United States Army during World War II, the 40th president, and not to mention he was in office for a full two terms! Reagan changed the United States for the better in more ways than one but he is most honored for his work in convincing the Soviet Union to tear down the Berlin Wall. From 1947 to 1991 the Soviet Union and The United States of America were at war with their ideas how to rule Germany post World War II, resulting in the construction of the Berlin …show more content…
During Reagan’s presidency he was determined to convince the Soviet Union to tear down the wall, and give East Germans what they always wanted, their freedom. Reagan made many decisions that contributed to the fall of the Berlin Wall, but his plan for military build up put a ball in Reagan's court. “The buildup had three objectives: strengthening the military in case of war, persuading European allies that the United States would not abandon them, and encouraging the Soviets to come to the bargaining table”(Ronald Reagan: Foreign Affairs). The Soviet Union heard about Reagan’s plan and eventually put missiles in the United States. The U.S did the same to the Soviet Union. Due to the Soviet Union not being as economically advanced the Soviet Union had to take the missiles out of the U.S. Shortly after the United States did the same. This showed people from all across the world that Ronald Reagan was weakening the Soviet Union and the best days were yet to …show more content…
Reagan’s ideas did not stop with freedom, he was a big believe that the people controlled the country not the government. Our Government,” he emphasizes, “has no power except that granted it by the people. It is time to check and reverse the growth of government which shows signs of having grown beyond the consent of the governed.” The old Constitution, with its restraints and emphasis on limited government, allows individual freedom to work for the common good. “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem” ( Reagan First Inaugural). Reagan made sure to remind the citizens of the United States that the people can make a difference if they want to, they have a voice, and they can use it.
Ronald Reagan wanted nothing more than for the United States to have peace and human rights. He made sure to remind people of his views and his thoughts on peace. “Peace is more than just the absence of war. True peace is justice. True peace dictates the recognition of human rights. Peace was a big part of Ronald Reagan’s ideas of what the United States citizens deserved. He made sure while he was president we could have ever long lasting