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When I was a young girl growing up on our ranch in South Dakota, we had a sign hanging over our pasture gate where we grazed our horses. The sign said, “There’s nothing better for the inside of a man than the outside of a horse.”
I didn’t come from a political family, so it wasn’t until years later that I learned this was a quote from President Ronald Reagan. Suddenly, he became my favorite president. Any leader who recognized the value of time spent with horses was a person of good discernment and wisdom in my book.
Over the years, I’ve learned that looking back can help us move forward in incredible ways. Former leaders and important periods of history remind us of what makes America special.
Ronald Reagan led our country through challenging times on the world stage, yet embraced the humble simplicity of the daily life of an average citizen in America. Recently, I was honored to spend some time at the Reagan Ranch in California. It is maintained by the Young America’s Foundation and preserved for the next generation in order that we may look to the past to create an