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February 6, 2008

Ronald Reagan: Tear Down This Wall

Ronald Reagan would have turned 97 today, had he not passed away in 2004 and faded from the political scene a decade earlier due to Alzheimer's. His memory gets invoked constantly by Republicans, 20 years after he left office with his sunny optimism intact and a stronger nation behind him. We'll continue arguing over his legacy, its meaning, and its heirs, but we can never argue about the impact of his leadership on history. Reagan spoke truth to massive power, and he sounded its death knell in four short words:

Speaking truth wasn't enough, though, and Reagan explains that immediately after his famous Berlin declaration. We didn't beat the Soviets in a fluke.

Mitch Berg and Gary Gross have Reagan remembrances today as well.


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