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Reagan Centennial

Recorded on February 4, 2011

It's time for common sense; I'm Ernest Istook.

This weekend marks the 100th anniversary of when President Ronald Reagan was born.

For good reason, Reagan remains the gold standard not only for conservative leaders, but also for leaders who always demonstrated good will, good humor, plus a great love for everyday ordinary people.

For that reason, President Obama's team keeps claiming that he's Reaganesque. He's not, but it would be good if he were. Some media try to re-define Reagan—but he's already defined by history.

Reagan stood up against the evils of Communism and for the principles of freedom. He knew that government often serves best when it gets out of the way and lets free enterprise flourish and create jobs, opportunity and prosperity.

If you wonder whether our country still produces great Americans, then look no further than Ronald Reagan, and you'll again feel proud of the USA.

For common sense, from The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.