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  • 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…

  • 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.…

  • Lee Edwards on Liu Xiaobo's Peace Prize and Chinese Totalitarianism: Heritage in Focus, October 11, 2010 Audio Recorded on October 11, 2010 Lee Edwards on Liu Xiaobo's Peace Prize and Chinese Totalitarianism: Heritage in Focus, October 11, 2010

    Lee Edwards discusses the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, with David Weinberger. To get regular updates on Heritage in Focus podcasts, visit our RSS feed or subscribe on iTunes.…

  • Commentary posted July 15, 2010 by Lee Edwards, Ph.D. The Libertarians are Coming

    They came from Arizona and Australia, Boston and the Bahamas, South Carolina and South Africa to raise high the elixir of liberty in this, the most laissez-faire city in America. More than 2,100 strong, they crowded the corridors of Bally’s Casino and Resort to attend FreedomFest 2010, the largest-ever “non-political” gathering of libertarians. They booed the…

  • First Principles Series Report posted May 5, 2010 by Lee Edwards, Ph.D. Standing Athwart History: The Political Thought of William F. Buckley Jr.

    Abstract: In the mid-1950s, the danger of an ever-expanding state was clear, but conservatives could not agree on an appropriate response, including whether the greater danger lay at home or abroad. The three main branches of conservatism—traditional conservatives appalled by secular mass society, libertarians repelled by the Leviathan state, and ex-Leftists alarmed by…