About Ronald Reagan

Ronald Wilson Reagan was the 40th President of the United States, serving from 1981-1989. He is credited with winning the Cold War against the Soviet Empire and with reviving the American economy and spirit. He also served as the 33rd Governor of California from 1967-1975. Prior to his political career, he was a well-known movie actor.

Father’s Day Proclamation

By |2020-06-23T14:15:56-05:00June 20th, 2020|Categories: Family, Ronald Reagan|

Each year the third Sunday in June is designated as Father’s Day, a day on which we honor our Nation’s fathers for everything they do for their families and for America. Today fatherhood is sometimes drily described as a craft or an occupation, something which competes with career or outside pursuits for time and attention. [...]

“These Are the Boys of Pointe Du Hoc”: D-Day Speech

By |2021-06-06T01:22:14-05:00June 5th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Politics, Ronald Reagan, War, World War II|

On June 6, 1984—the 40th anniversary of D-Day—President Ronald Reagan delivered a speech to an audience of D-Day veterans and world leaders commemorating the lost and living heroes. He stood at the site of the U.S. Ranger Monument at Pointe du Hoc on the northern coast of France where Allied soldiers had courageously charged ashore. [...]

Farewell Address

By |2016-11-12T04:10:00-06:00October 3rd, 2016|Categories: Featured, History, Politics, Presidency, Ronald Reagan|

Editor’s Note: Ronald Reagan delivered the following address on January 11, 1989, as he prepared to leave office after serving two terms as President of the United States. My fellow Americans, this is the thirty-fourth time I’ll speak to you from the Oval Office, and the last. We’ve been together eight years now, and soon [...]

The Berlin Wall Speech: “Tear Down This Wall!”

By |2020-06-11T16:32:48-05:00June 12th, 2015|Categories: Communism, Democracy, Freedom, Ronald Reagan|

General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MDFX-dNtsM Delivered June 12, 1987 Chancellor Kohl, Governing Mayor Diepgen, ladies and gentlemen: Twenty-four years ago, [...]

Address to the Nation on the Observance of Easter and Passover

By |2019-11-14T15:04:15-06:00April 5th, 2015|Categories: Audio/Video, Ronald Reagan|

President Ronald Reagan delivered the following radio address to the nation on April 2, 1983. Books on the topic of this essay may be found in The Imaginative Conservative Bookstore. We hope you will join us in The Imaginative Conservative community. The Imaginative Conservative is an on-line journal for those who seek the True, the [...]

The “Evil Empire” Speech

By |2021-03-08T00:11:12-06:00March 13th, 2015|Categories: Communism, Democracy, Featured, Ronald Reagan|

I urge you to beware the temptation of pride—the temptation of blithely declaring yourselves above it all and label both sides equally at fault, to ignore the facts of history and the aggressive impulses of an evil empire, to simply call the arms race a giant misunderstanding and thereby remove yourself from the struggle between [...]

Ronald Reagan’s Christmas Address

By |2019-12-17T15:37:00-06:00December 25th, 2014|Categories: Audio/Video, Christmas, Ronald Reagan|

The heartfelt and inspirational December 23, 1981 Christmas Address to the nation from the late, great, President Ronald Reagan. The Imaginative Conservative applies the principle of appreciation to the discussion of culture and politics—we approach dialogue with magnanimity rather than with mere civility. Will you help us remain a refreshing oasis in the increasingly contentious arena [...]

A City Upon a Hill

By |2014-09-21T20:34:02-05:00September 21st, 2014|Categories: Ronald Reagan|

I’m happy to be back with you in this annual event after missing last year’s meeting. I had some business in New Hampshire that wouldn’t wait. Three weeks ago here in our nation’s capital I told a group of conservative scholars that we are currently in the midst of a re-ordering of the political realities [...]

Ronald Reagan: A Better Inauguration Speech?

By |2016-03-13T14:39:05-05:00January 21st, 2013|Categories: Ronald Reagan, W. Winston Elliott III|

Ronald Reagan's 1981 speech Today many Americans heard the inauguration speech of President Obama. Perhaps it would be beneficial to compare his speech to that of President Ronald Reagan in 1981. Which is more inspiring? Which speech better represents the aspirations of the citizens of the American Republic? Books on President Ronald Reagan [...]

Ronald Reagan on Freedom

By |2017-06-27T10:47:38-05:00March 1st, 2011|Categories: Quotation, Ronald Reagan|

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once [...]

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