Ronald Reagan Argumentative Essay

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President Reagan Ronald Reagan was (arguably) one of the greatest Presidents of the United States, or POTUS. While he was in office from 1981 to 1989 unemployment levels went down 2.0%. The real GDP (gross domestic product, or the growth of the entire economy adjusted for the size of the population) went up 2.6%. By the end of his term, The United States was enjoying its longest recorded period of peacetime prosperity without recession or depression. Reagan enlisted in the Army Enlisted Reserve and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Officers Reserve Corps of the cavalry on May 25, 1937. Reagan was ordered to active duty for the first time on April 18, 1942. Due to…show more content…
Early in his first term, he proposed a constitutional amendment to allow school prayer. The school prayer had previously been banned by the supreme court in 1962, and Reagan's election reflected an opposition to the court's decision. Reagan's 1981 proposed amendment stated: "Nothing in this Constitution shall be construed to prohibit individual or group prayer in public schools or other public institutions. No person shall be required by the United States or by any state to participate in prayer." In a message to Congress, Reagan said that his proposed amendment would "restore the simple freedom of our citizens to offer prayer in public schools and institutions." In 1984, Reagan again raised the issue, asking Congress "why can't [the] freedom to acknowledge God be enjoyed again by children in every schoolroom across this land?" In 1985, Reagan expressed his disappointment that the Supreme Court ruling still bans a moment of silence for public-school, and said he had "an uphill battle." In 1987 Reagan again renewed his call for Congress to support voluntary prayer in schools and end "the expulsion of God from America's classrooms." During his term in office, Reagan campaigned vigorously to restore prayer to the schools, first as a moment of prayer and later as a Moment of Silence. This is just one example of actions by Reagan that showed he was not neutered by the public

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