May 2, 2007

A Look Back At Reagan

Ronald Reagan inspired many analyses of his performance, from historically brilliant to accidentally successful, and worse. Journalists used him as a blank canvas for the most part, projecting their own biases and agendas onto Reagan and missing the essence of the man. Fortunately, Reagan faithfully kept up his diaries until the end of his presidency, and Harper Collins will publish extracts by historian Douglas Brinkley in The Reagan Diaries later this month.

I've posted some excerpts at Heading Right from Howard Kurtz' article in the Washington Post, and we find out that Reagan is as we essentially knew him: witty, honest, passionate, and intelligent. In a front-page story, the placement of which speaks volumes about Reagan’s legacy, the wisdom of the 40th president remains trenchant and compelling today.


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Posted by RBMN [TypeKey Profile Page] | May 2, 2007 10:04 AM

I know this: If Reagan's term had been from 2001 to the present, he'd have more than 2 notches on his veto pen.

Posted by TonyGuitar [TypeKey Profile Page] | May 2, 2007 2:51 PM

Reagan had a better than average supply of common sense and more importantly, the will to enforce difficult decisions.

Sadly, for everyone today, Reagan failed to properly overrule his longtime school pal, secretary Wineberger.

In *83 Wineberger canceled Reagan*s order to smack down Hizballah for their killing of 241 marines peace keepers in Lebanon .

Appeasing the enemy did not work with Hitler, nor with Arafat, Bin Laden, Muqtada al Sadr or Acmahdinejad.

Carter and Clinton failed to learn that and today Pelosi seems unaware that al Qeada is in fact a big force in Iraq. They even put on a parade recently.

Bush and the executive know what realism is.

I wish Bush would have a fireside chat with America and let everyone including the Dems in on the facts so all can get on side. = TG