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  • Commentary posted January 31, 2011 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Revealing Reagan’s True Legacy

    It's been more than six years since our nation bid farewell to Ronald Reagan, born 100 years ago this month. Yet it seems at times as though he never left. Consider how Reagan‘s name surfaced repeatedly after the most recent State of the Union address as pundits - both liberal and conservative - weighed the speech’s effectiveness. His Photoshopped image is on the cover of…

  • WebMemo posted June 4, 2002 by President Ronald W. Reagan 20 Years Later: Reagan's Westminster Speech

    Ronald W. Reagan Address to Members of the British Parliament June 8, 1982 My Lord Chancellor, Mr. Speaker: The journey of which this visit forms a part is a long one. Already it has taken me to two great cities of the West, Rome and Paris, and to the economic summit at Versailles. And there, once again, our sister democracies have proved that even in a time…

  • Commentary posted October 2, 2013 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Tom Clancy and Ronald Reagan - two of America's greatest defenders

    Over the last four decades, only two people were able to make wide swaths of the American public really care about the importance of guarding against our nation’s enemies. One was Ronald Reagan. The other was Tom Clancy. The Gipper died in 2004, aged 93. Clancy died Tuesday in Baltimore, just 66 years old. Despite their age difference, Reagan and Clancy had a lot in…

  • Commentary posted July 27, 2011 by Lee Edwards, Ph.D. Reagan Would Approve of Today's GOP

    President Obama and others loath to rein in federal spending would have us believe that congressional Republicans have drifted far from their icon President Reagan and what he advocated regarding the national debt and how to deal with it. The truth is that the Republican House's "Cut, Cap and Balance" legislation is a 2011 application of "Reaganomics." …

  • Commentary posted June 29, 2011 by Edwin Meese III Ronald Reagan, Champion of Freedom

    Fifty-five years ago, freedom reigned for a brief moment in Communist Hungary. On October 23, 1956, student protesters marched through the streets of Budapest demanding an immediate end to their Soviet-dominated government. Before long, the demonstrators had dissolved the Communist regime and set up an interim government based on democratic principles. But the…

  • Commentary posted January 27, 2011 by Edwin Meese III Reagan Took Advantage of Being Underestimated

    In early December 1966, I found myself in the Transition Office in Sacramento, Calif., waiting for the governor-elect. I had never met the man. Ronald Reagan entered the room, gave an expansive greeting to all the old hands gathered there, then turned to me. He invited me into a small conference room he was using as a makeshift office.There, we talked for half an hour. In…

  • Commentary posted January 27, 2011 by Lee Edwards, Ph.D. Reagan Prepared for the Presidency in the Political Wilderness

    On the morning after he narrowly lost the 1976 Republican presidential nomination to President Gerald Ford, a reflective Ronald Reagan met with his downcast campaign staff. "We lost," Reagan acknowledged to advisers and workers, many of whom were weeping, "but the cause, the cause goes on." And then he quoted an old Scottish ballad: "I'll lay me down and bleed awhile.…

  • Commentary posted February 5, 2011 by Lee Edwards, Ph.D. Reagan’s Newspaper

    For more than 40 years, Ronald Reagan’s favorite newspaper was HUMAN EVENTS, which he said “helped me stop being a liberal Democrat.”When he discovered White House aides were blocking its delivery, President Reagan arranged for multiple copies to be sent to the White House residence every weekend. He made clear HUMAN EVENTS’ importance to him by marking and clipping…

  • Commentary posted July 23, 2011 by Edwin Meese III, Michael A. Needham Will Obama Ever Learn Economics from Reagan?

    The centennial of Ronald Reagan's birth earlier this year brought an unusual sight: a round of press reports noting President Obama's admiration for his predecessor, including one he penned for this newspaper. Despite their stark differences on policy, Obama praised Reagan for how he led the nation "through an extremely difficult period, with economic hardship at…

  • Commentary posted February 6, 2011 by Edwin Meese III A President of Great Vision and Leadership

    When Ronald Reagan took office on Jan. 20, 1981, our nation faced serious problems. We were in the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s, with high unemployment, major energy shortages, interest rates of over 21 percent, and inflation at 12.5 percent. Our military capability had deteriorated in the aftermath of the Vietnam War. Observers…

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  • Makers of American Political Thought Series posted June 4, 2013 by Steven Hayward Ronald Reagan: Conservative Statesman

    Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States, is perhaps the second most popular and consequential Republican President after Abraham Lincoln. Like Lincoln, the Great Emancipator, Reagan’s careful rhetorical style proved deeply persuasive to the American people and earned him the name of “Great Communicator.” Elected during a moment of national self-doubt and…

  • First Principles Series Report posted November 1, 2011 by Robert G. Kaufman The First Principles of Ronald Reagan’s Foreign Policy

    Abstract: A neo-Reaganite grand strategy offers the surest guide for restoring and sustaining American greatness in the 21st century. It incorporates the principles of the Founding without slighting the perennial imperatives of power and geopolitics. It inoculates us from the pessimism of unrealistic realists, who underestimate the possibility of provisional…

  • WebMemo posted February 1, 2011 by Lee Edwards, Ph.D. The Classical Virtues of Ronald Reagan

    The best political leaders embody the classical virtues of courage, prudence, justice, and wisdom. President Ronald Reagan had all these qualities and in abundance. Courage When he was shot on March 30, 1981, President Reagan seemed to spend most of his time reassuring everyone that he was not seriously hurt, although the bullet had stopped only…

  • Backgrounder posted September 1, 2010 by Kim R. Holmes, Ph.D., James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Defining the Obama Doctrine, Its Pitfalls, and How to Avoid Them

    Abstract: President Barack Obama has said that America would reach out to other countries as “an equal partner” rather than as the “exceptional” nation that many before him had embraced; that “any world order that elevates one nation or group of people over another will inevitably fail”; and that “[o]ur problems must be dealt with through partnership” and…

  • WebMemo posted June 4, 2002 by President Ronald W. Reagan 20 Years Later: Reagan's Westminster Speech

    Ronald W. Reagan Address to Members of the British Parliament June 8, 1982 My Lord Chancellor, Mr. Speaker: The journey of which this visit forms a part is a long one. Already it has taken me to two great cities of the West, Rome and Paris, and to the economic summit at Versailles. And there, once again, our sister democracies have proved that even in a time…

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