Trumpism vs. Reaganism: A Dialogue

By |2020-10-06T16:54:47-05:00October 6th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Bradley J. Birzer, Conservatism, Donald Trump, Modernity, Politics, Presidency, Ronald Reagan, Senior Contributors|

There are some conservatives who believe that Donald Trump is taking conservatism in the wrong direction. They would like to get back to the model of conservatism for which Ronald Reagan stood. Is conservatism shaped differently by the realities of 2020, or should we as conservatives be embracing something similar to Reagan’s 1980 platform? [...]

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 [...]

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

By |2020-06-05T22:20:44-05:00June 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 [...]

Amity Shlaes on the Failure of The Great Society

By |2020-08-26T16:29:52-05:00February 27th, 2020|Categories: Books, Conservatism, Economics, Government, History, Politics, Ronald Reagan|

During LBJ’s presidency, a war was waged, as Amity Shlaes demonstrates in “Great Society,” by the federal government against the rest of the nation. This tragic story of government growth sowed seeds of division in America which suggests that, as long as federal power dominates civil society, Americans will live in a “tribalized” nation.  [...]

The Divine Plan: How John Paul II & Ronald Reagan Promoted Peace

By |2020-05-18T08:24:23-05:00September 10th, 2019|Categories: Christianity, Compassion, Culture, Ronald Reagan, St. John Paul II|

Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II defeated their enemies at every turn. But they also sat down and talked, prayed for them and prayed with them. They studied them thoroughly, reaching out lovingly to win them over. They acted in the example of Jesus Christ, defeating mass murderers without bullets. In doing so, [...]

When Mother Teresa Came to Washington

By |2019-09-06T10:21:50-05:00September 5th, 2019|Categories: Barbara J. Elliott, Catholicism, Culture, Politics, Ronald Reagan, Sainthood, Senior Contributors, Virtue|

As I looked around that room in Washington, filled with so many powerful people, I realized that one day in Mother Teresa’s life brought more good to the face of the earth than all our efforts combined for a lifetime. Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Barbara [...]

Ronald Reagan’s Road to Conservatism

By |2019-10-24T11:06:44-05:00November 6th, 2018|Categories: Conservatism, History, Liberalism, Politics, Ronald Reagan|

In the autumn of 1948, as Harry Truman campaigned to remain president, the International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union produced a pro-Truman radio advertisement that aired on stations across the country. The fifteen-minute program had two principal speakers: a liberal Minnesota politician named Hubert Humphrey, on his way to being elected that year to the U.S. [...]

God, John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, & the Fall of the Soviet Union

By |2020-03-30T11:23:27-05:00June 25th, 2018|Categories: Communism, History, Ronald Reagan, St. John Paul II, World War II|

Paul Kengor’s A Pope and a President is unusual in that it is also a theo-history, taking seriously the religious events of the 20th century. Written with academic rigor and in a brisk, readable style, it is a God’s-eye view of the hidden events of the 20th century and the actions of Ronald Reagan and [...]

Ronald Reagan, Donald Trump, & the Future of the Republican Party

By |2018-06-07T10:46:18-05:00June 6th, 2018|Categories: Books, Conservatism, Donald Trump, Politics, Presidency, Ronald Reagan|

Reagan Rising: The Decisive Years, 1976–1980 by Craig Shirley (432 pages, Broadside Books, 2017) The Working Class Republican: Ronald Reagan and the Return of Blue-Collar Conservatism by Henry Olsen (368 pages, Broadside Books, 2017) Of all the questions that divide conservatives in 2018, the most basic might be this: Are we living in wilderness years under [...]

Advice for Those With a Bad Boss: My Experience in the Reagan Administration

By |2018-03-13T21:51:52-05:00March 11th, 2018|Categories: Conservatism, Donald Trump, Government, Leadership, Politics, Presidency, Ronald Reagan|

A key to Ronald Reagan’s personality was the devastating experience of being a child of an alcoholic parent. That experience burned into him patterns of behavior common to children of alcoholics—dislike and avoidance of controversy, fear of confrontation and, for many children of alcoholics, an obsession with order… “Chaos” in the Trump White House [...]

A Pope, a President, and Providence

By |2020-03-29T21:21:23-05:00March 3rd, 2018|Categories: Books, Catholicism, Christianity, Dwight Longenecker, Ronald Reagan, St. John Paul II|

God’s way of working in the world is full of seeming coincidences, plot twists, and unexpected jolts. Ronald Reagan’s election at an advanced age could not have been predicted, neither could have the sudden death of Pope John Paul I, which thrust the young pope from Poland onto the world stage. Most dramatic, however, [...]

Liberals, Conservatives, and the American Presidency

By |2020-11-02T15:37:45-06:00February 18th, 2018|Categories: Featured, George Washington, Presidency, Ronald Reagan|

Immediate popular majorities do not bestow greatness on statesmen. Rather, it is the longview of history and experience that will be the arbiters of the place each of our presidents will ultimately find. The office of the presidency has always been controversial. Born of the Founders’ struggle to create a stable republican political order, [...]

Ronald Reagan & the Return of Blue-Collar Conservatism

By |2018-10-08T13:10:49-05:00February 5th, 2018|Categories: Books, Conservatism, Donald Trump, Economics, Featured, Politics, Ronald Reagan|

Ronald Reagan’s version of conservatism was far more pro-government than was Barry Goldwater’s. Compassion, not liberty, was Reagan’s guide. This raises the question: To what extent is the success of modern political conservatism dependent upon the conservation of liberal, even progressive, reforms?… The Working Class Republican: Ronald Reagan and the Return of Blue Collar [...]

Ronald Reagan & George C. Marshall: A Cold War Affinity

By |2019-05-14T13:56:10-05:00December 20th, 2017|Categories: Cold War, Conservatism, Europe, Featured, History, Politics, Ronald Reagan, War|

Both George C. Marshall and Ronald Reagan were “conservative internationalists”: peace-through-strength realists who did not lose sight of their democratic principles, and who engaged with other nations to achieve not only American security and prosperity, but also a greater measure of freedom and justice in the world… Within this past year occurred both the thirtieth [...]

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