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  • Commentary posted August 25, 2014 by Lee Edwards, Ph.D. The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan

    Not since Edmund Morris’s bizarre semi-fictional biography of Ronald Reagan has there been such a deeply disappointing Reagan book as Rick Perlstein’s The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan. No sooner was it published than it was greeted with charges of plagiarism, egregious misstatements, and “invisible” footnotes. It is always useful to know…

  • Makers of American Political Thought Series posted July 3, 2014 by Lee Edwards, Ph.D. Barry M. Goldwater: The Most Consequential Loser in American Politics

    On November 3, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson was re-elected by the largest popular vote margin in U.S. history, crushing his conservative opponent, Republican Barry Goldwater. Johnson received 61 percent of the vote, topping the previous record set by Franklin D. Roosevelt, and carried 44 states for a total of 486 electoral votes. The election also produced the…

  • Commentary posted June 27, 2014 by Lee Edwards, Ph.D. The Collapse of Communism

    History often seems to move slowly — like sand through an hourglass – until, also like the sand, at the last moment, it suddenly speeds up and runs out. The Berlin Wall had stood, solid and ugly, since 1961 when President Ronald Reagan went to Germany 27 years ago today, and stood there and challenged Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall!” Just two years later the…

  • Commentary posted June 4, 2014 by Lee Edwards, Ph.D. The People Want Rights as Much as Rice

    Man does not live by bread alone. So the Bible says, and it’s the message of Tiananmen Square. Chinese students filled that space 25 years ago to demand free speech, democracy, and an end to corruption. Instead, their protest ended in tragedy. Hundreds of young people were killed the night of June 3, 1989, by Chinese Communist soldiers. But they did not die in vain.…

  • Commentary posted April 5, 2013 by Lee Edwards, Ph.D. Roaring Along Conservatism's Rocky Road

    Political wise guys would have you believe that conservatives these days have but two options: either assisted living in a senior community or a bed in a hospice. We are headed for the ash heap of history, where we will be buried without honors — a footnote, at best, to 20th-century politics. At least that’s what William F. Buckley Jr. biographer Sam Tanenhaus (“The…

  • Makers of American Political Thought Series posted December 18, 2012 by Lee Edwards, Ph.D. William F. Buckley Jr.: Conservative Icon

    William F. Buckley Jr. was the renaissance man of modern American conservatism. He was the founder and editor in chief of National Review, a syndicated columnist, the host of Firing Line (TV’s longest-running weekly public-affairs program), the author of more than 50 books, and a college lecturer for nearly five decades. His mighty stream of words is almost surely…

  • Heritage in Focus: Sen. DeMint Leaves Senate to Head Heritage Audio Recorded on December 14, 2012 Heritage in Focus: Sen. DeMint Leaves Senate to Head Heritage

    Heritage Distinguished Fellow Dr. Lee Edwards discusses Senator Jim DeMint's decision to step down from Congress and head The Heritage Foundation in April 2013 after Dr. Ed Feulner, President and founding Board member, steps down. Jackie Anderson hosts. To get regular updates on Heritage in Focus podcasts, visit our RSS feed or subscribe on iTunes.…

  • Play Movie Delineating the Hofstra Debate - Lee Edwards on Bloomberg Video Recorded on October 17, 2012 Delineating the Hofstra Debate - Lee Edwards on Bloomberg

    Dr. Lee Edwards, Distinguished Fellow in Conservative Thought, discusses the second Presidential debate at Hofstra University on Bloomberg's 'Bottom Line'.…

  • Heritage in Focus: Presidential Debate Wrap-Up Audio Recorded on October 4, 2012 Heritage in Focus: Presidential Debate Wrap-Up

    Distinguished Fellow and Heritage's in-house authority on the U.S. Conservative movement Dr. Lee Edwards shares his reflections on the first Presidential debate in Denver, CO, projections for upcoming debates, and a "best and worst of" list you won't want to miss! Jackie Anderson hosts. To get regular updates on Heritage in Focus podcasts, visit our RSS feed…

  • Commentary posted August 31, 2012 by Lee Edwards, Ph.D. The Last Dixiecrat

    Every political biographer must decide how he is going to balance the public and private lives of his subject. What is important—John F. Kennedy's compulsive sexual relationships or, say, his handling of the Cuban Missile Crisis? In times past, biographers accentuated the public record rather than private conduct, but we live in an era of unrestrained partisanship and…

  • Dr. Lee Edwards on CPAC and We Still Hold These Truths: Heritage in Focus Podcast Audio Recorded on February 7, 2012 Dr. Lee Edwards on CPAC and We Still Hold These Truths: Heritage in Focus Podcast

    In this week's Heritage in Focus podcast, Dr. Lee Edwards discusses the theme of this year's CPAC, "We Still Hold These Truths." David Weinberger hosts. To get regular updates on Heritage in Focus podcasts, visit our RSS feed or subscribe on iTunes. To listen to more Heritage Foundation podcasts, visit our podcast page.…

  • 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 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 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…

  • 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…