February 6, 1911: Remembering President Reagan

2012 February 6

If you know who was born on this date, then you probably own at least one book by Ronald Reagan or about Ronald Reagan, and you’ve read several more.

The Heritage Foundation has a quiz up on Facebook: How Well Do You Know Reagan?* If you don’t get all six questions correct, then you need to go into Reagan Rehab immediately and spend the day at Reagan 2020.

The Patriot Post (sponsor of Reagan 2020) never forgets President Reagan. See its Open Thread: President Reagan with links to these four essays by Mark Alexander:

The Reagan Centennial

The Reagan Model for Restoration (Don’t miss the link to a RNC conference that qualifies as the quintessential insight into RINOs).

Ronald Reagan: North Star of the Conservative Revolution

The Twilight’s Last Gleaming — God Bless Ronald Reagan

In 2009 Steven F. Hayward wrote a column that highlights the character and governance of Ronald Reagan.

Upon entering office in 1981, Reagan’s team produced a 50-page, detailed blueprint for their first six months in office. The passage of their economic policy was the central objective. This report, called the Initial Actions Project (IAP), has received little attention from historians or journalists (with the notable exception of Lou Cannon)….

…the report’s authors, Richard Wirthlin and David Gergen, wrote: “The election was not a bestowal of political power, but a stewardship opportunity for us to reconsider and restructure the political agenda for the next two decades. The public has sanctioned the search for a new public philosophy to govern America.”

Establishing a new governing philosophy, in other words, would require sustained public argument — something for which Reagan had an abiding instinct. Even in private sessions with Democrats, Reagan relished vigorous arguments about the welfare state. This was much to the annoyance of then House Speaker Tip O’Neill, who just wanted to cut deals….

The IAP report understood that the American people “are yet to be convinced that Mr. Reagan’s policies will work.” Relying on his skills as “the great communicator,” the IAP recommended that the president focus on “the outlining of broad strategic policy outlines, and not on narrow programs” and that his explanations be “simple, straightforward and understandable.”…Throughout the tax cut battle of 1981 — which was no sure thing right through the final vote in July — Reagan understood the need for constant argument about the substance of the matter to convince the American public and bring together enough Democrats to pass his agenda.”

The contrast between President Reagan and Tip O’Neill says it all about the difference between a statesman and a politician: one man who had principles undergirding and guiding his governing objectives, and who saw his election as a stewardship opportunity to be used to set forth arguments and explanations connecting principles to policies—and the other man who wanted to cut deals. Reagan’s political philosophy was not so much new as it was a philosophy based on the governing principles of the United States Constitution.

Why remember Reagan? One reason, of course, is to honor who he was and what he did; but Reagan himself, as the optimist that he was, would not want us to look back and be dragged down by remembering the past in the midst of a difficult present. The past gives us roots to remember who we are as a people and to remind us to continue connecting governing principles to governing policy in conversation and in the examination of candidates and laws. The past also serves to remind us of seemingly impossible goals achieved because their impossibility was hammered and shattered by ideas and courage.

 “Tear Down This Wall”

“It may look as though I wrote the speech, but there is a deeper truth,” Robinson tells Insight. “That deeper truth is that all I did was give voice to what already was in the mind and heart of Ronald Reagan.
It was Reagan from beginning to end.”

“He alone could have given that speech.”

“Reagan gave us hope.”

…But an observation: I’ve had my share of victories in the Congress, but what few people noticed is that I never won anything you didn’t win for me. They never saw my troops, they never saw Reagan’s regiments, the American people. You won every battle with every call you made and letter you wrote demanding action. Well, action is still needed. If we’re to finish the job….

And so, goodbye, God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.

Ronald Reagan, Farewell Speech, January 11, 1989


*I realize Heritage is trying to gather e-mails with the quiz, but I thought you might like to see the six basics it chose.

Steven F. Hayward, “Obama Misreads His Mandate: Reagan didn’t assume his landslide was a license for whatever he wanted,” Wall Street Journal, February 12, 2009.
Peter Robinson,””Tear Down This Wall” How Top Advisers Opposed Reagan’s Challenge to Gorbachev—But Lost,” National Archives Prologue Magazine, Summer 2007.
Jennifer G. Hickey, “A Speech Heard Round the World,” CBS, November 29, 1999.
“‘Wall’ speech set Reagan apart,” The Washington Times, June 11, 2007.
“Poland Unveils Statue of Ronald Reagan in Warsaw,” FOX News, November 21, 2011.

39 Responses leave one →
  1. 2012 February 6 1:10 pm
    MI Conservative permalink

    Great Post. Bestest!!!

    So as Reagan was an optimist I’m posting something positive about …..

    Bachmann-love her family ideals and fostering of children
    Cain-love his hard work ethic to move forard in business
    Perry-love his economic policies in Texas
    Huntsman-Love his language skills and foreign affairs knowledge
    Gingrich-Love how he calls out the media
    Romney-Love his handling of the Olympics which were in shatters
    Santorum-Love his strong anti-abortion stand
    Paul-Love his stand on getting the federal govt’ out of my pocket

    Reagan-Love “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

  2. 2012 February 6 1:10 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Definitely one of a kind. No Presidential candidate in my lifetime comes even close, not even Goldwater.

    During his last terms in the Senate, Goldwater had become far more libertarian/moved to the left (depending on your view) and his relationship with President Reagan became badly strained.

    In the 1980 election Goldwater won reelection by defeating “political legend” Bill Schultz by a whopping 49.5%-48.4% margin. On the same day Ronald Reagan carried Arizona with 60.6% of the vote. Goldwater saw the writing on the wall and didn’t seek re-election again.

  3. 2012 February 6 1:46 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Reagan’s greatness was that he was not or expected to be great. Humble beginnings, hard work and a conviction were all that he provided. But that narrative, that a man or woman can achieve great things as an individual is why the Left despise him so. He embodies the narrative of the individual supreme that they wish to eliminate.

    He is missed.

  4. 2012 February 6 2:16 pm
    mulletover permalink

  5. 2012 February 6 2:42 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Would you like to make $2000 a day?? Well you can. Just hire a tanker — http://www.zerohedge.com/news/shipping-rates-go-negative

  6. 2012 February 6 2:47 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Hey guess what? Obama may lose his Nobel — http://www.zerohedge.com/news/obamas-peace-prize-about-be-confiscated-nobel-peace-prize-jury-under-investigation — Oh please, make my day….

  7. 2012 February 6 3:53 pm

    Revoking the peace prize of the first black POTUS
    has about as much chance of resurrecting the dodo bird from it’s long lost DNA. Not in this lifetime would socialist sweden have the calified cajones to ask for such a refund.

  8. 2012 February 6 4:40 pm
    justrand permalink

    great post INC…thx!!

    Reagan was a great President…we’ll not see his equal again.

  9. 2012 February 6 5:13 pm
    MI Conservative permalink

    I’m finding Obama’s fight with the Catholic Church interesting on Drudge. Maybe Eph can help me on this but I am under the impression that Obama is going to have trouble with the Jewish vote. And now he goes after the Catholic voters.

  10. 2012 February 6 5:49 pm
    gnqanq permalink

    MI – maybe, just maybe Obama does not care what the Jewish or Catholic voters think or care about.

    Maybe, just maybe. Obama knows something we don’t.

    Given the economy and it aint getting any better. Projections that there is going to be $4 to $5 gas this summer which will put it further in the toilet which can not be good for any sitting president.

    The potential for domestic unrest with this president and this administration fanning the flames,

    With what is going in the mideast and the tension between the Israelis, the arabs and the Iranians. We are sitting on the verge of world war 3.

    How can any of this be good for any president. It isn’t.

    Do you really expect elections come this fall?

    I have my doubts.

    Don’t put anything past this president, so far he hasn’t let anything else get in the way.

  11. 2012 February 6 5:55 pm
    bc3b permalink

    I think Obama believes he has enough liberal, minority and liberal voters in his corner that if he appeases them he can write off the rest of the electorate.

    That’s one of the reasons I rail against immigration. The majority of the “new immigrants” that have arrived in the U.S. – both legally and illegally – have fit right into the Democratic camp.

  12. 2012 February 6 6:08 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    I lead off with — tell me where I am wrong?

    In this ecclesiastical battle Obama is threading the needle. Any Catholic who would avail themselves of Planned Parenthood services may not necessarily support Obama, but they would be ambivalent to any pronouncements from the pulpit. The balance of the Catholic faith who would not have considered abortions would not expect that its an issue of the Church to fight over — “We’re not going to use it, so its an offering that will go lame into the night.” Most just won’t see what the fuss is about.

  13. 2012 February 6 6:09 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    have fit right into the Democratic camp.

    Don’t tell my wife the former Communist. She hates the man’s guts! 🙂 With her own little business going she has become quite the capitalist.

  14. 2012 February 6 6:26 pm
    justrand permalink

    drdog, like most things with Obama, he is scheduling the IMPACT of his crackdown on the Catholic Church (for that IS what it is) too occur after the election. His hope/plan is that folks will say: “I heard about it…but there doesn’t seem any real impact”.

    Just like the rest of ObamaCare…2013 is when the hurt happens

  15. 2012 February 6 6:28 pm
    bc3b permalink

    have fit right into the Democratic camp.

    Don’t tell my wife the former Communist. She hates the man’s guts! With her own little business going she has become quite the capitalist.

    I was thinking more about the non-European immigrants. I doubt Teddy Kennedy had your wife in mind.

  16. 2012 February 6 6:37 pm

    One crap hole looks just like any other crap hole. 😆

  17. 2012 February 6 6:46 pm
    mulletover permalink

    Verum Serum has a pretty good response to the Eastwood ad…..


    Here’s part of it……..


    Your ad, good as it is, just doesn’t reckon with the reality we’re facing and, more importantly, neither does President Obama. We’re $15 trillion dollars in debt. That’s money being loaded on future generations, including your kids and mine. Is it fair to ask people not yet born to pull together to shoulder our burdens? Because that’s the core of the disagreement on the field, Clint. It really does matter which team wins this one.

    We desperately need a President who can get us to pull together for the good of the country (read: suck it up and pay our own way). But that’s not who we have in office. Not even close, Clint. According to the actual polling, Obama is the most divisive President in recent history. But that’s only part of it.

    The truth is, Obama has made himself the standard bearer for big government irresponsibility. He didn’t cause all the debt, (technically the President doesn’t cause any) but he’s piling it on and refusing to get serious about dealing with it. He’s the guy saying we should stick it to the future, not the guy saying let’s deal with this mess.

    And, oh, by the way, he’s not a big fan of roaring engines, Clint. He forced through new CAFE standards that could mean the end of 8 cylinder production engines on all but a few cars. Obama wants America to roar? Only with 4 cylinder diesel-hybrids. Maybe that’s your idea of a kick-ass America but it’s not mine.

  18. 2012 February 6 6:50 pm

    Career Change……… > >
    I was sitting at a stoplight yesterday, minding my own business, waiting on it to turn green. A carload of bearded, young, loud Muslims, shouting anti-American slogans, with a half-burned American Flag duct taped on the trunk of their car and a “Remember 9-11” slogan spray painted on the side, stopped next to me. The light changed, the Muslims praised Allah, shook their fists, hit the gas & darted off ahead of me. Suddenly an 18-wheeler came speeding thru the intersection & ran directly over their car, crushing it completely, killing everyone in the car. For several minutes I sat in my car thinking to myself, “Man… that could have been me!”. So today, bright and early, I went out and got a job as a truck driver.

  19. 2012 February 6 7:05 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Hey why not! In most states it would be Man 1 and with a good lawyer it can be pleaded down to a third degree misdemeanor if no alcohol was involved. Released on recognizance and time served. Sounds like a fair trade.

  20. 2012 February 6 7:08 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    One crap hole looks just like any other crap hole. 😆

    True. But if one’s intent is to get weekend lost drunk. There is no place like NO to do it in. At least that is what I did in ’72.

  21. 2012 February 6 7:30 pm
    justrand permalink

    mullet #18…that’s a GREAT response!!

    Clint’s made it sound like “We’re only at the HALFTIME of Obama Presidency” And the SECOND HALF will be awesome!

    Look, I know Eastwood didn’t MEAN it that way…but that’s the way the writers meant it!!!

  22. 2012 February 6 7:34 pm

    A line in the sand. Methinks numbnuts done stepped on it big time.

    H/T patdollard

  23. 2012 February 6 7:43 pm
    gnqanq permalink

    “Yeah, it’s half time and we are getting our arse kicked.

    It is 62 to zip and we don’t have a clue what we are doing.

    And if you are thinking we are coming back – you are a bigger fool than Obama.”

    That is what Clint meant to say.

  24. 2012 February 6 8:00 pm
    justrand permalink

    IP, the Obamanistas are already trying to walk this back…I pray the Catholic Church realizes this is JUST a ploy!!

    Today Jay Carney tried to distance Obama from the controversy, passing the blame to Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

    I want to make clear that the president’s — or, the secretary’s — decision, and the president concurs with it, is that contraception coverage needs to be available to all American women,” Carney said. [hattip DailyCaller]

    Contraception is NOT the issue here…and the Obama Regime knows it. The abortion medication and sterilization requirements ARE what it is about. Yes, contraception was thrown in too…the Catholic Church has looked the other way on contraception for some time. ABORTION and STERILIZATION are what the Obama Regime wants to force down the Catholic Church’s throat!

  25. 2012 February 6 8:14 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    The Knights Templar symbolism is freaking awesome!! Now if we could invoke Joshua the battle could be joined.

  26. 2012 February 7 4:03 am
    drdog09 permalink

  27. 2012 February 7 4:10 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Remember, “government should not be picking winners and losers.”. Well looks like its — “government is picking only losers.” Another govt funded company is in trouble — http://www.google.com/reader/view/?hl=en&tab=my#stream/user%2F00354268646272502909%2Flabel%2Fpolitics

  28. 2012 February 7 4:41 am

    Interesting ZH link about the BDI, thanks.

  29. 2012 February 7 5:07 am

    A relapse of this on the way?

  30. 2012 February 7 5:13 am
    drdog09 permalink

    btjunkie.org, the file sharing site, censors self and shuts down. Damn.

  31. 2012 February 7 5:46 am


    Typical instead of showing up and knocking on the door they act like he’s osama and increase the risk factor all while making themselves look really stupid.

  32. 2012 February 7 5:47 am

    cheggit last week, btjunkie this week. someone else next week.

  33. 2012 February 7 5:50 am
    justrand permalink

    KH, I’m sure you caught THIS in the article you linked:

    Legal convictions of such extremists, mostly for white-collar crimes such as fraud, have increased from 10 in 2009 to 18 each in 2010 and 2011, FBI agents said.

    We are being inundated right now with requests for training from state and local law enforcement on sovereign-related matters,” said Casey Carty, an FBI supervisory special agent.

    They went from TEN convictions for WHITE-COLLAR crime in 2009…to [gasp!] EIGHTEEN in each of the previous years??? and THAT has led to an “inundation” in requests for how to handle the, uh, threat of [gasp!] 18 white collar crimes NATIONWIDE???

    Oh yeah, Hut 1369 will be opening its doors soon folks!!

  34. 2012 February 7 5:52 am

    yeah exactly JR I noticed that 10 to 18…. OHHHH NOZZZ!@@

  35. 2012 February 7 6:16 am
    justrand permalink

    During the 3 1/2 year reign of Obama the Pathetic, our population has increased by nearly 8 million. And “Right-Wing Crime” has soared from 10 to 18 “Right Collar Crime” incidents per year!

    At that rate we could be looking at nearly THIRTY “White Collar” crime incidents a year from people who: “refuse to pay taxes, defy government environmental regulations and believe the United States went bankrupt by going off the gold standard.”

    National Guard, please report immediately!!!

  36. 2012 February 7 6:57 am
    justrand permalink

    from TheBlaze in noting the FBI focus on the EIGHTEEN “White Collar” crimes from the Right while:

    That’s in stark contrast to, say, the Occupy Wall Street group. Compared to the 18 arrests in 2010 and 2011 for the sovereign citizens, the number of Occupy arrests by just December stood, according to some, at 5,214.

    Good to see the FBI can still prioritize, eh?

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