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  • Commentary posted October 28, 2014 by Lee Edwards, Ph.D. Another Time for Choosing

    Fifty years ago to the day, a political star was born in America. His name was Ronald Reagan, and he seized the national imagination with a mesmerizing television address titled “A Time for Choosing.” The address was described by political analysts David Broder and Stephen Hess as “the most successful political debut since William Jennings Bryan electrified the 1896…

  • Commentary posted October 21, 2013 by Edwin Meese III Kasich Is Wrong about Reagan

    In the course of his ongoing crusade for Medicaid expansion, Ohio governor John Kasich has suggested that Ronald Reagan, Saint Peter, and God Himself all would support his plan to accept Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion. While we do not have special insight into the mind of the Almighty or His divine agents, we do know something about Ronald Reagan. Expanding a failing,…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Lecture posted January 26, 2012 by Edwin Meese III, Lee Edwards, Ph.D., James C. Miller III, Steven Hayward A Constitutional President: Ronald Reagan and the Founding

    Abstract: Throughout his presidency, Ronald Reagan was guided by the principles of the American founding, especially the idea of ordered liberty. In the opening of his first inaugural address in 1981, President Reagan echoed the preamble of the Constitution, calling on the country’s citizens to “preserve this last and greatest bastion of freedom.” Eight years later, in…

  • 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…

  • 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 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 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 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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  • Lecture posted January 27, 2010 by Lee Edwards, Ph.D. Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism

    Abstract: "The fall of the [Soviet] empire," former Czech president Vaclav Havel wrote, "is an event on the same scale of historical importance as the fall of the Roman Empire." It is true that Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev repudiated the Brezhnev Doctrine--that the Soviet Union will use force if necessary to ensure that a socialist state remains socialist--and in so…

  • 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…

  • Lecture posted July 20, 2006 by Paul Lettow President Reagan's Legacy and U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy

    (Delivered February 6, 2006) I have been asked to speak about President Ronald Reagan's efforts to eliminate the possibility of nuclear war. That topic is long overdue for serious study. A substantial amount of primary material is now available to those who wish to study the Reagan pres­idency. National Security Directives, memos between Reagan and his national security…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Lecture posted January 26, 2012 by Edwin Meese III, Lee Edwards, Ph.D., James C. Miller III, Steven Hayward A Constitutional President: Ronald Reagan and the Founding

    Abstract: Throughout his presidency, Ronald Reagan was guided by the principles of the American founding, especially the idea of ordered liberty. In the opening of his first inaugural address in 1981, President Reagan echoed the preamble of the Constitution, calling on the country’s citizens to “preserve this last and greatest bastion of freedom.” Eight years later, in…

  • 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 February 3, 2011 by Edwin Meese III Reagan Upheld the Rule of Law

    Both as governor of California and as president of the United States, Ronald Reagan was devoted to the appointment of judges who understood the proper role of the judiciary and the important limitations the U.S. Constitution sets on government. He took office as governor amid great controversy about the politicization of the judiciary and the quality of judicial…

  • 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…

  • Lecture posted April 10, 2007 by Paul Kengor, Ph.D. The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism

    Delivered on November 1, 2006 LEE EDWARDS, Ph.D.: When Ronald Reagan died on June 5, 2004, the highly respected presiden­tial historian Michael Beschloss recalled that after Franklin Delano Roosevelt died in 1945, The New York Times predicted that "men will thank God on their knees a hundred years from now that Roosevelt had been president to fight Hitler and…

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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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