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! 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 |2020-04-16T23:36:11-05:00March 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 [...]

The Optimism of Ronald Reagan

By |2015-02-06T10:15:47-06:00February 6th, 2015|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Featured, Government, Progressivism, Ronald Reagan|

While many across the political spectrum would like to discover the secret of Ronald Reagan’s success, some conservatives, believing the fortieth president a high priest of the American civil religion, have dismissed him as a barely closeted progressive who blithely saw the good in all. After all, it is always morning in America… While one [...]

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 [...]

Bruce Springsteen at the Berlin Wall

By |2020-11-09T01:00:47-06:00November 9th, 2014|Categories: Audio/Video, Bruce Springsteen, Communism, Ronald Reagan, Stephen M. Klugewicz|

On July 19, 1988, Bruce Springsteen played a concert in East Berlin, telling the crowd: “I came to play rock ‘n’ roll for you East Berliners in the hope that one day all the barriers will be torn down.” The program included Bob Dylan’s “Chimes of Freedom.” An East German concertgoer recalled: “What I [...]

Economic Recovery: Presidents Reagan and Obama

By |2014-10-16T17:27:36-05:00October 16th, 2014|Categories: Brian Domitrovic, Ronald Reagan|

With the stock market cruising at all-time highs and the unemployment rate sitting at quaint levels, a fashionable new argument is making the rounds. Barack Obama is better at economic recovery than Ronald Reagan ever was. The numbers make the case. Dow Jones Industrial Average the day President Obama was inaugurated in January 2009 [...]

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 [...]

When Reagan and Ratzinger Teamed Up on Faith and Hope

By |2016-02-16T14:32:49-06:00September 7th, 2014|Categories: Christianity, Communio, Faith, G.K. Chesterton, Hope, Pope Benedict XVI, Ronald Reagan|

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger became Pope Benedict XVI almost a year after the June 2004 death of Ronald Reagan. I don’t know if Ratzinger and Reagan ever met, though there’s a chance they did during one of Reagan’s visits to the Vatican to meet with Pope John Paul II, especially his first and most prominent [...]

The Battle For Reagan’s Soul, 2014 Version

By |2014-08-24T22:36:11-05:00August 21st, 2014|Categories: Barack Obama, Brian Domitrovic, Conservatism, Government, Ronald Reagan|

In 1980, that terrible year of stagflation, when Ronald Reagan was gaining the Republican nomination for president, dueling editorials appeared in the Wall Street Journal about “The Battle for Reagan’s Soul.” The first, by that title, came from neo-conservative sage Irving Kristol, who alerted readers that an effort was on by the establishment to [...]

The “Awesome” ’80s: Remembering the Right Lessons

By |2015-01-06T14:14:05-06:00July 9th, 2014|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Ronald Reagan, Steve Jobs|

It is hard not to laugh when my students think they are imitating or comprehending the zeitgeist of—whether to honor or mock—the 1980s. Though, in almost every way, it is impossible to fault them for this. The individual members of the incoming freshman class will have entered this world sometime in 1996 or 1997, [...]

How Ronald Reagan Changed Bruce Springsteen’s Politics

By |2019-11-26T16:12:23-06:00June 11th, 2014|Categories: Audio/Video, Bruce Springsteen, Politics, Ronald Reagan|

Born in the U.S.A., which turns 30 this week, is Bruce Springsteen’s best-selling album to date, and that should come as no surprise. Its songs—“I’m On Fire,” “Glory Days,” “Darlington County” and others—are FM radio staples, their foursquare drum, piano, base and guitar parts perfectly at home in either a Jersey Shore bar or [...]

What Would Reagan Do?

By |2014-04-17T10:35:58-05:00April 16th, 2014|Categories: Conservatism, Government, Pat Buchanan, Ronald Reagan, War|Tags: |

President Reagan was holding a meeting in the Cabinet Room on March 25, 1985, when Press Secretary Larry Speakes came over to me, as communications director, with a concern. The White House was about to issue a statement on the killing of Major Arthur Nicholson, a U.S. army officer serving in East Germany. Maj. [...]

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