State Senator Tony Strickland, who has spoken for Young America's Foundation students before, is now working to get a statue of President Reagan in the State Capitol in Sacramento, California.
He held a press conference at the Reagan Ranch Center yesterday to introduce the bill that would lead to the statue. Read more about it here, here, or here.
Foundation Vice President Andrew Coffin made a statement at the press conference, as follows:
"It is a
privilege to be able to support Senator Strickland in his effort to erect a
statue of Ronald Reagan at our State Capitol. Representing a district that is
truly in the heart of Reagan Country, encompassing both the Reagan Library in
Simi Valley and Rancho del Cielo, the Reagan Ranch, here in Santa Barbara, it
is certainly fitting that it would be Senator Strickland who proposes this bill.
Reagan, of course, would have never sought such an honor for himself. He
famously kept a sign in the oval office that read, “It’s surprising what you
can accomplish when no one is concerned about who gets the credit” – and this
is a motto that truly defined his public service.
Ronald Reagan had an uncanny ability to inspire the American people. His
commitment to principle, his love for this great nation, his ability to help
the world see America again as the “shining city upon a hill” – these qualities
inspired a nation and do so still. And thus, while Ronald Reagan himself may
have shied away from this great honor, I believe it is a vital way for this
state to keep that legacy alive as we approach the 100th
anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth.
Reagan also said that “freedom is never more than one generation away from
extinction.” Here at his beloved Santa Barbara Ranch we are convinced that
Reagan’s values and ideas still speak powerfully to the issues that threaten
the American way of life today, and we’re thrilled to support an effort that
will help our state not only honor the accomplishments of a great man, but
remember and cherish the commitment to freedom that defined Ronald Reagan’s