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Thursday, February 03, 2005

"In the Face of Evil: Reagan's War in Word and Deed" is a Stirring Tribute on DVD

It was an evening a little more than 40 years ago when a man I knew only vaguely as an actor in the sunset of an undistinguished career appeared on the screen of my family's black-and-white television. Being only 14-years-old, the things I cared about in those days consisted mainly of playing shortstop, cheering A.J. Foyt at Indy and ... girls. But for reasons I now believe were providential, I began listening to Ronald Reagan that night as he delivered what came to be known as The Speech.

By the time Reagan concluded The Speech with a stirring peroration I've known by heart ever since, I was ready to roll up my sleeves and get started saving freedom and saving America. Little did I know that night in Oklahoma in 1964 that I was starting along a road that would ultimately take me to the Oval Office in 1981 meeting with the man I had served for most of the intervening years in one capacity or another, and finally, in the greatest honor of my professional life, as a Reagan appointee in the federal government until 1985.

Yet I was far from unique, as I was but one of literally thousands of young men and women from all over America who heard his summons in the 1960s, then followed him throughout the 1970s and 1980s, and in the years thereafter treasured the twilight days we had remaining with him among us. We were a generation of destiny who, whether we wanted to or not, would answer the question of whether Americans still loved their flag and the faith that gave it birth.

And yes, when he left us last year, I cried as I stood beside Constitution Avenue watching his flag-draped casket slowly go by, followed by that majestic stallion carrying his empty boots one last time. It was a procession that carried President Reagan into the ages because he had believed in America and had so inspired America to believe in itself again.

President Reagan truly fought the good fight and finished the course. Over the years, there have been numerous books written about him, and more than a few tv specials and historians have sought to begin the daunting job of assessing his accomplishments. Among the very best of those books is "Reagan's War" by Peter Schweizer, which tells the story of the president's "fourty-year struggle and final triumph over communism."

As good as Schweizer's book is, there is now a DVD documentary based on "Reagan's War" that tells the incredible story of the 20th Century's decisive struggle between the West and the Communist Bloc, using archival film and news photos, and excerpts from his many wonderful speeches.

Here is the story of how the Cold War was won, beginning with Reagan's first confrontation with communism in Hollywood as president of the Screen Actors Guild and continuing through his years on the speaking circuit on behalf of General Electric, his campaigns for Barry Goldwater in 1964 and for California's governorship in 1966 and 1970, the heroic 1976 battle with Gerald Ford and, finally, those eight incredible years he occupied the White House and led America and the Free World to victory over the most brutal oppressor the world had yet seen.

This feature-length documentary includes never-before-seen footage of Reagan with his most trusted aides as he planned and directed the End Game that won the Cold War. Along the way, the battle moves from Hollywood backlots to the frozen wastes of the Korean War, the jungles of Central America, the heartbreak of the Berlin Wall, the dramatic summits with Gorbachev and the final farewell from the Oval Office. Plus so very much more.

"In the Face of Evil: Reagan's War in Word and Deed" is an incredible documentary, praised by Rush Limbaugh and Lech Walsea, and certain to stir your heart with pride and new resolve for the future. The memories come tumbling forth every time I watch this documentary, just as I am sure they will for you, too.

The more things change, the more they stay the same. It is so today, just as it was in 1964 when Reagan uttered his closing challenge in The Speech: "You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this the last best hope of man on earth or we will sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness."

And so we will.

He was right then and he is an inspiration for right and truth now. You can click on the "In the Face of Evil" logo in the right hand column to order this DVD. I guarantee you will watch "In the Face of Evil" over and over.