Because of Reagan, we tend to prefer candidates for office who make strong stands without rancor, and who elevate politics to a moral plane. We do so because we see Reagan himself as a shining example of that model idea put into practice. He led by example: an imperfect but morally conscious, good-hearted, optimistic human being who saw the best in America, and charged Americans with upholding and implementing a better future not only for themselves, but for future generations. As conservative philosopher Edmund Burke once noted, society is a kind of contract between the dead, the living and the unborn. The world we, the living, inherited from those gone before us we will pass along to our children, and they to theirs.