Reagan Articles


They Could Be Heroes

Book Review: Conservative Heroes: Fourteen Leaders Who Shaped America, from Jefferson to Reagan, by Garland S. Tucker III
2:00 PM, Nov 12, 2015

In 1990’s classic The Matrix, the lead character realizes that the world he thought he knew was false, and that the truth about his society was being hidden by a hostile power.  Many conservatives have a similarly Matrix-like moment in their intellectual development, that moment when they realize that much of what they had been taught to believe by progressive elite

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Beyond Obama

Oct 06, 2014

I happened to be meeting with Senator Ted Cruz a few hours after President Obama’s United Nations speech Wednesday. We naturally started by discussing the president’s latest oratorical effort. Cruz’s judgment on the speech as a whole? “Unsurprising, but consistently disappointing.” On Obama on Russia and Ukraine? A nice statement by Obama, but “why isn’t he giving serious military aid to Ukraine, both nonlethal and lethal?” Obama’s paragraph on Iran?

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Barnes Podcast: What Nixon, Reagan, and Clinton Had--And Obama Doesn't

Hosted by Michael Graham.
8:00 AM, Jul 10, 2014

The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with executive editor Fred Barnes on what Presidents Nixon, Reagan, and Clinton had--and President Obama doesn't.

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Profiles in Courage

May 26, 2014

Two emails recently showed up, one right after the other, in my inbox. The first was a mass mailing from Ron Paul (my inbox is a big tent!). Its subject line: “The IRS asked for a fight. How about a revolution?” The second was a review by Peter Berkowitz of the recently reissued book by Roger Scruton, The Meaning of Conservatism.

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Calm, Cool, Collected?

May 12, 2014

It's mature to be calm. Republicans are nothing if not mature. It’s chic to be cool. Republicans yearn to be chic. It’s a sign of gravitas to be collected. Republicans have gravitas. And so Republicans, from candidates to consultants to commentators, cultivate a calm, cool, and collected affect. Keep calm and carry on, they say soberly and sagely to each other.

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Learning to Love Reagan

Jonathan V. Last gets to know and love Reagan
Mar 10, 2014

Though raised Catholic, I was educated by Quakers, and from an early age I took my politics from the Society of Friends. They were for the United Nations and against pollution and—this being the late 1970s—terribly concerned about the bomb. We heard a lot about nuclear war at school. Our little library had an illustrated book detailing, for young readers, what it had been like for the poor souls at Hiroshima.

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A Misleading Cold War Analogy

Don’t count on containing Iran.
Feb 17, 2014

Jerusalem
The Israeli debate over Iran’s nuclear program is, perhaps oddly, not yet heated. For now, the action is with the Americans: Israelis watch the negotiations nervously and without confidence, but there is little sense of impending doom—or impending war.

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Second Time as Farce

Jul 01, 2013

For a brief moment last week, The Scrapbook felt a twinge of compassion for President Obama. The setting was Berlin. Readers will remember the extraordinary (and extraordinarily peculiar) sight in 2008 of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama speaking to a throng of 200,000 worshipful Berliners in the Tiergarten. No American candidate had ever before campaigned in a foreign country—especially one where spectacles of mass enthusiasm revive instructive memories.

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Reagan, the Environmentalist

His administration was greener than you think.
Jun 17, 2013

Mention Ronald Reagan to an avowed environmentalist, and you’ll generally elicit a groan. In the conventional telling, the Gipper appointed right-wing extremists to key environmental positions and proceeded to give timber companies and energy interests a free hand to despoil nature. Had Congress not stopped him, the tale goes, all of the environmental progress of the 1970s would have been swept away in the 1980s.

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Mike Tyson: 'I Have the More Money When Bush and Reagan was President'

"I'm going to work on that too with this Obama administration. Just seeking this Obamacare helps us keep money."
7:50 AM, Apr 29, 2013

Mike Tyson weighed in on taxes and Obamacare this morning on Fox News:

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Let Romney Be Romney

May 14, 2012

No whining. No nagging. No teeth-gnashing. These are our springtime resolutions here at The Weekly Standard, at the beginning of the six-month general election campaign to select the next president of the United States.

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What Reagan Actually Said

Apr 23, 2012

I’m not the first president to call for this idea that everybody has got to do their fair share. Some years ago, one of my predecessors traveled across the country pushing for the same concept. He gave a speech where he talked about a letter he had received from a wealthy executive who paid lower tax rates than his secretary, and wanted to come to Washington and tell Congress why that was wrong.

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They’ll Have His Back

What congressional Republicans will do for the GOP nominee.
Mar 19, 2012

Jack Kemp, the Republican congressman from Buffalo, met with Ronald Reagan at the Airport Marriott in Los Angeles in early January 1980. Kemp, an enthusiastic supporter of supply-side economics, had authored the Kemp-Roth tax cut to reduce income tax rates by 30 percent across the board. He was eager to persuade Reagan, who had expressed sympathy for the tax proposal in radio broadcasts. 

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Gary Bauer: 'Ron Paul Is Not a Reagan Republican. We Can Do Better.'

11:43 AM, Jan 06, 2012

Conservative leader Gary Bauer warns of the dangers of Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul in the latest Emergency Committee for Israel ad:

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Barack H. Reagan

Obama goes for the full monty.
5:15 PM, Mar 30, 2011

My Reaganite heart leapt and skipped when I read this article, “Obama authorizes secret support for Libya rebels,” wherein we learn that “President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorizing covert U.S. government support for rebel forces seeking to oust Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi...Obama signed the order, known as a presidential 'finding'....”

Covert ops! Presidential findings! What’s next? Ollie North reporting for duty?

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Twenty-Eight Years Ago Today Ronald Reagan called the Soviet Union an 'Evil Empire'

6:30 PM, Mar 08, 2011

It was true then, and with each new bit of historical understanding we continue to realize it was more evil than we previously knew.

The Senate Republican Policy Committee provides some helpful perspective on the speech:

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