Entries Tagged as 'Ronald Reagan'

Real Reaganites Don’t Demonize Their Opponents

December 23rd, 2011 at 12:25 am 26 Comments

Ronald Reagan’s speech at the 1980 Republican National Convention provides a welcome jolt amidst the atmosphere of the current Republican nominating contest. Instead of hypocritical invective and mindless tribalism, Reagan offers a fundamentally optimistic and cooperative narrative of America.

Though this speech has moments of anger, it is not, at heart, an angry speech. Consider some of these lines near the opening:

I know we have had a quarrel or two, but only as to the method of attaining a goal. There was no argument about the goal. As president, I will establish a liaison with the 50 governors to encourage them to eliminate, where it exists, discrimination against women. I will monitor federal laws to insure their implementation and to add statutes if they are needed.

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A False Correction on Reagan’s Record

October 20th, 2011 at 10:33 am 18 Comments

After I wrote my piece on why a candidate with Ronald Reagan’s record would encounter problems if he were trying to become the Republican presidential nominee today, I received the following comment from Stan Greer of the National Right to Work Committee from the National Institute for Labor Relations Research:

The author’s comment about Ronald Reagan’s stance on Right to Work laws is very misleading. Actually, that’s too kind. It’s basically false.

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Reagan As He Was

October 17th, 2011 at 11:59 pm 41 Comments

An increasing number of political commentators are saying, look in effect, that it’s a surefire certainty that Mitt Romney will be the Republican presidential nominee in 2012.  Of course, four years ago the Higher Punditry was united in foreseeing that Hillary Clinton would be the 2008 Democratic nominee, so don’t bet the mortgage on Romney’s coronation yet.

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In the Shadow of Ronald Reagan

David Frum September 8th, 2011 at 8:39 am 34 Comments

Twenty years ago, historian William Leuchtenberg published a book with the poignant title, In the Shadow of FDR. Leuchtenberg’s point: President Roosevelt raised expectations for the modern presidency that his (Democratic) successors could not hope to fulfill. From Truman to Clinton, they were doomed to fail.

You could make an analogous argument on the Republican side based upon the presidency of Ronald Reagan.

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Never Stop Talking About Reagan

David Frum September 6th, 2011 at 1:27 pm 29 Comments

Reading Mitt Romney’s op-ed in USA Today, I was saddened by a missed opportunity.

Gov. Romney commits to opening more trade talks to build a “Reagan Economic Zone”: “a partnership among countries committed to free enterprise and free trade.” Good start. But why is only the trade plan named after Ronald Reagan? Why not a “Reagan tax plan,” “Reagan regulatory relief,” a “Ronald Reagan balanced budget,” a “Reagan worker training program”?

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Marco Rubio Bashes Republicans

David Frum August 25th, 2011 at 8:30 am 173 Comments

I’ll have more to say later about Marco Rubio’s very interesting and very important speech at the Reagan Library from August the 24th.

For now, just one point:

You know, we at the FrumForum take a certain amount of heat for the offense of “bashing fellow Republicans.”

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Reagan: The Biggest RINO

August 24th, 2011 at 12:52 am 27 Comments

What would the Club for Growth say about Ronald Reagan? We know what they think about Rick Perry since they have produced new Presidential White Papers on him. Their opinion: eh, not bad, but not great.

Now, keep in mind, the Club for Growth is hard to please. We are talking about Rick Perry, the governor of Texas. That is Texas, arguably one of the most conservative and freest of the market states in the country. The very place that George W. Bush helped to create a pro-business atmosphere. All he had to do was clock in and clock out and he gets an A, right?

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Businesses Demand More Regulation (Really!)

August 18th, 2011 at 5:35 pm 12 Comments

The prevailing narrative about regulation is that businesses want the Environmental Protection Agency to lighten up. So, why did five appliance manufacturers recently ask EPA to tighten rules involving air conditioners and ozone-depleting refrigerants?

Or, to put it another way, is the Obama administration undercutting Ronald Reagan’s signature environmental accomplishment through sloppy rule writing?

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Don’t Underestimate Rick Perry

August 15th, 2011 at 11:30 am 39 Comments

In the spring of 1966, for sale as a young graduate student, sovaldi sale I spent a week in Sacramento with my parents’ neighbor and my first political mentor, the late Alfred E. Alquist. At the time, Al was a second term Democratic member of the California State Assembly.

One of the week’s conversations has stuck with me ever since, and it underscores the timeless and essential wisdom of the warning, “Be careful what you wish for — you may receive it.”

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GOP Climate Stance Could Have Been Different

August 4th, 2011 at 3:16 pm 19 Comments

Citing an essay by D.R. Tucker, online Peter Sinclair asks: What if American conservatives had followed their British counterparts and not allowed partisan animus against Al Gore to distract them from the scientific evidence on climate change?

Imagine if Reagan had delivered speeches similar to Margaret Thatcher’s 1989 and 1990 speeches on combating climate change, troche suggesting that this was a cause beyond the threshold of partisan politics, pharm and that the threat of a warming planet imperiled conservatives and progressives equally. What if Reagan had heeded Dr. James Hansen’s June 1988 call for action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and encouraged members of his party to seek alternate energy routes?

Would conservatives have dismissed “Ronaldus Magnus” as a crank, or would they have listened to his words?

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