Skip to comments.What Would Reagan Do? By Rebecca Hagelin
Posted on 01/10/2008 11:21:19 AM PST by K-oneTexas
What Would Reagan Do? By Rebecca Hagelin
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
President Ronald Reagan. Were hearing a lot about him on the campaign trail these days. It seems everyone is invoking his name.
Why? Because they sense that Americans are looking for true leadership based on the bedrock principles of our Founding Fathers. The principles of limited government, a strong national defense, traditional values and individual freedom. Ronald Reagan proved that when you govern according to these conservative principles -- when you do not waiver -- when you are steadfast and true to freedom -- America flourishes.
Which brings us back to the thousands and thousands of candidates running for local, state and national offices this year. When pondering a policy question, they should ask themselves, What Would Reagan Do? The Heritage Foundation has partnered with talk show greats Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham in a new year-long campaign to invite citizens and candidates to ponder this very question. There is no better role model to help navigate the choppy waters of politics, today and well into the future. Why? Because Reagan did more than simply take strong, effective positions -- he took positions based on the U.S. Constitution -- principles which never change. Principles as relevant to todays issues as they were when penned by our nations founders. He proved that timeless values are just that timeless.
Ronald Reagan won a resounding 44-state victory in 1980. In 1984, he won a 49-state landslide. Remember, all this occurred before there was a FOXNews, the World Wide Web, or talk radio to keep people informed. Reagans message reached the American people -- and he reached them right over the heads of an entrenched liberal media establishment.
How did he manage this? As Heritage President Ed Feulner summarizes:
Ronald Reagan secured victory because he spoke powerfully to the American people about conservative principles -- which he would not compromise! He spoke of our Founding Fathers and promised to return government to the people. And he did. He captured the hearts and minds and spirits of the American people. And through his presidency, he governed by conservative principles. Not compromising. Not giving in to pressure. Never allowing the media to dictate his day or his policy.
And when Reagan died in 2004, the American people showed that their love for him and all he stood for was undiminished. If anything, it had grown. They thronged the route of his funeral procession. Ordinary men and women waited for hours to file past his coffin and pay their last respects -- to thank the man who led our country so nobly, who won the Cold War without firing a shot, a leader who brought a sense of renewed purpose and genuine hope.
The liberal media have tried for years to remake Reagan as just a nice old man sleepwalking through history, to quote one critic. But the American people know better. They remember who went to the Berlin Wall and said, Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall! They recall his honesty and his courage. They know that the tax cuts he fought for allowed them to keep more of their own money. They havent forgotten who gave them back their government. Ronald Reagans legacy is defined by timeless principles, fearless leadership and visionary solutions.
I believe others can rise to the occasion and govern just as successfully as Reagan did. But we must remind them that it is impossible without resolve, courage and an undying commitment to constitutional principles. Thats why The Heritage Foundation, Sean and Laura seek to remind Americans that every politicians promise, every proposed law, must be measured by one standard: the U.S. Constitution.
But if youve never read the Constitution how will you know?
The Heritage Foundation is ready to arm you with your own copy of this essential document. Just go to heritage.org and click on What Would Reagan Do? There you can order, free of charge, a pocket-sized copy of the Constitution. (Well even pay the postage.) Its more than just a tribute to a great president. Its our way of ensuring that the flame of liberty kindled by our Founding Fathers continues to light the way for future generations of Americans.
Rebecca Hagelin, a vice president of The Heritage Foundation is the author of Home Invasion: Protecting Your Family in a Culture that's Gone Stark Raving Mad and runs the Web site HomeInvasion.org. Copyright © 2006 Salem Web Network. All Rights Reserved.
I am sorry but this fantasy land Talk Radio Reagan never existed in the real world. The real President Reagan could never of lived up to the standards being involked about him by today's "Conservative" media Establishment.
Reagan had advice for the sort of 100%er dogmatic purist "Conservatives" who are so busy invoking his name these days
By Ronald Reagan in his autobiography An American Life
When I began entering into the give and take of legislative bargaining in Sacramento, a lot of the most radical conservatives who had supported me during the election didnt like it. Compromise was a dirty word to them and they wouldnt face the fact that we couldnt get all of what we wanted today. They wanted all or nothing and they wanted it all at once. If you dont get it all, some said, dont take anything. Id learned while negotiating union contracts that you seldom got everything you asked for. And I agreed with FDR, who said in 1933: I have no expectations of making a hit every time I come to bat. What I seek is the highest possible batting average. If you got seventy-five or eighty percent of what you were asking for, I say, you take it and fight for the rest later, and thats what I told these radical conservatives who never got used to it.
All that is true, he was a very good President,to bad he did not leave a pro life/pro family legacy on the high court as President Bush has.
Reagan would defend our economy against world predators like he did with Harley Davidson. He would pick Thompson to play him in some future movie.
There’s nothing in what he’s saying that isn’t true, and it doesn’t mean he waived from his convictions.
Regean was right about the most staunch conservatives, they are too dogmatic in their belief it’s their way or a highway.
In politics, and in life, sometimes you have to take what you can get and fight for more later, you have to pick and choose your battles, otherwise you’ll end up looking like some whiny whack job.
Too bad so many don’t understand what it takes to accomplish goals like ours in a realistic setting, those who refuse to compromise are the ones that usually get nothing done, and when their done, have nothing to show for the time they spent in office since they didn’t accomplish a damn thing other to look like a hard headed stubborn fool.
It’s during elections like this that I really miss Ronny, he always knew what to say to put the media and libs in their place.
I think Ronnie himself would be disgusted by his over-the-top treatment.
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