Ronald Reagan’s Road to Conservatism

By |2019-02-18T02:40:14-05:00November 6th, 2018|

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. [...]

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

By |2018-06-07T10:46:18-05:00June 6th, 2018|

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|

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 |2018-03-03T23:42:33-05:00March 3rd, 2018|

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, was [...]

Liberals, Conservatives, and the American Presidency

By |2019-02-28T10:40:08-05:00February 18th, 2018|

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|

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 |2018-08-25T01:13:55-05:00December 20th, 2017|

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 [...]

A True Conservative: Lee Edwards

By |2017-12-12T10:43:00-05:00December 12th, 2017|

Lee Edwards has not just known the greats of post-World War II conservatism, but he has also lived with them, and as one of them… Celebrating his eighty-fifth year on this earth, Lee Edwards is a remarkable cultural treasure, a man’s man, a gentleman’s gentleman, and a conservative’s conservative. Biographer of Ronald Reagan and [...]

Why So Many Leaks in President Trump’s Ship of State?

By |2017-02-19T22:29:10-05:00February 19th, 2017|

The myth of civil service neutrality, like the myth of an unbiased press, has fostered the growth of an arrogant, self-interested governing class and structure than can and will defend its own interests… In less than three weeks, the Trump administration has suffered a Niagara of leaks from the White House to the press. [...]

President Trump: The True Heir of Ronald Reagan?

By |2017-01-17T00:51:36-05:00January 17th, 2017|

The common denominator of both the Reagan landslide of 1980 and Donald Trump’s victory is that both candidates appealed to American nationalism. But how similar are these outsiders who captured their nominations and won the presidency?… Since World War II, the two men who have most terrified this city by winning the presidency are Ronald [...]

Farewell Address

By |2016-11-12T04:10:00-05:00October 3rd, 2016|

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 [...]

When Mother Teresa Came to Washington

By |2016-10-10T14:25:07-05:00September 6th, 2016|

It was utterly ludicrous, stepping out of a chauffeured White House limousine to go hear Mother Teresa. Even then I recognized that, as a twenty-something working at the locus of political power. Her simple sari and sandals were incongruous among the tailored suits and silk ties of the people who styled themselves as Masters [...]

Ronald Reagan: 1986 Father’s Day Proclamation

By |2016-06-18T21:30:07-05:00June 18th, 2016|

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 [...]