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To mark the centennial celebration of Ronald Wilson Reagan's birth, here he is in his own inimitable words on our unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness: LIFE. "Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation," Human Life Review, 1983, reprinted 2004: We must all educate ourselves to the reality of the horrors... Read More
Words of wisdom as relevant today as they were in 1975. Read 'em. Savor 'em. Live 'em. Brand 'em on your foreheads, Republican politicians. (Hat tip: Lisa)
The morning after.
I'll be on Fox in a few minutes to talk about the Super Tuesday results and the GOP with Linda Chavez, who argues that John McCain is the "ghost of Ronald Reagan." I can think of a lot of words. "Ghost" is not the first that comes to mind. Anyway, how are you all feeling... Read More
Right turn. Plus: Happy Birthday, Ronald Reagan!
Update 1:10pm Eastern. McCain to conservatives: "Calm down." *** CPAC: It's the must-attend event for grass-roots conservatives. There's much at stake for the GOP presidential candidates. And it all begins Thursday at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.The schedule is here. All four GOP contendersare coming, as well as President Bush and VP Cheney.... Read More
Right and wrong.
Mark Levin Rights--and yes, I mean that with a capital "R"--some wrongs committed by McCain supporters invoking Ronald Reagan. A snippet: ... I appreciate all the references to Reagan's efforts to advance his agenda, which did involve making compromises with a Democrat House and, throughout most of his presidency, a Democrat Congress. And if John... Read More
Compare and contrast. Class warrior John McCain Edwards at last night's GOP debate held at the Reagan Library (transcript): Ronald Reagan, "What Ever Happened to Free Enterprise," Ludwig Von M
Rancho del Cielo.
I'll be spending a large chunk of my birthday on a plane later today, but the opportunity to visit the Young America's Foundation offices and the Reagan Ranch was well worth it. Quite a special treat. After speaking to students, staff, and local YAF supporters in Santa Barbara, I drove up to visit Rancho del... Read More
***updates*** John Hawkins at Right Wing News writes "In Defense of Matt Sanchez." B. Daniel Blatt skewers leftist attackers and argues: *** Well, this is an interesting development, to say the least. As I noted on Saturday, one of the honorees at CPAC was Matt Sanchez--a corporal in the Marine Corps Reserve and junior at... Read More
Ronald Reagan, CPAC speech, February 2, 1982: *** The American Conservative Union has issued a statem
Bryan Preston, Ian Schwartz, Erick Stakelbeck, and I will be covering the 34th annual Conservative Political Action Conference for Hot Air. I'll also liveblog events and photoblog here at throughout the 3-day conference. If you're planning to attend, we'll have a booth in the exhibitor hall that opens at 10am later today. In addition... Read More
***update: Dec 27 756am Eastern Bush speaks...Ford "was a true gentleman who reflected the best in America's character...he commanded the respect and earned the good will of all who had the privilege of knowing him...for a nation that needed healing and an office that needed a calm and steady hand, Gerald Ford came along when... Read More
One of America's greatest intellectual heroes of freedom passed away last night. Here's the Friedman Foundation's statement: Today, upon news of the death of Nobel Laureate economist Dr. Milton Friedman, Gordon St. Angelo, president and CEO of the Milton and Rose D. Friedman Foundation, offered the following statement: America has lost a true visionary and... Read More
Just when the MSM focus had fixed on the Democrats' culture of corruption and business-as-usual, along come Beltway Republicans to remind us of how lame the GOP leadership is. Trent Lott is back. Flashback 2002: I called Trent Lott the Republican Party's eternal Maalox moment. Nothing's changed. Meanwhile, RNC chair Mel Martinez is demonizing grass-roots... Read More
Moonbats disrupt the Connecticut Senate debate. Three men (and one useless journalist wincing on the side) are on the stage. What do they do? Democrat Ned Lamont sits on his hands. Independent Joe Lieberman pouts. Moderator George Stephanopoulos wheedles. Republican Alan Schlesinger shows 'em all how it's done. Watch the video and learn. *** The... Read More
The National Moment of Remembrance takes place at 3pm local time today for one minute. Our minute-long tribute over at Hot Air is here. La Shawn Barber shares reflections. Castle Argghhh! has a three-part Memorial Day series. Start here. Take time to read the Mudville Gazette and Milblogs, where Wynton Hall issues a challenge: Op-For... Read More
Remind me again which party has the majority in the U.S. Senate? Via Reuters: Can you spell c-a-v-e-i-n? President Bush, the GOP elite, and the open borders lobby can deny it until they're all blue in the face, but the Senate "compromise" on immigration and border security is the dictionary definition of "amnesty." Amnesty is... Read More
Reader H.J.T. has kindly sent me the full, 16-page "whiny kids grow up to be conservatives" study in PDF format. Click here to download and read the entire document. Update: Removed for copyright *** RightWingDuck spoofs. Dr. Helen: The Politicization of Psychology Continues Helen and Glenn's recent podcast explores this very topic with Dr. Nicholas... Read More
I'm heading home in a bit after an enjoyable event at Oberlin College kicking off the Ronald Reagan Lecture Series. It was refreshing to see a healthy, engaged group of College Republicans on campus, and some wonderful professors on their side grounded in reality. C-SPAN covered the speech, which will probably air in the next... Read More
Remembering the Challenger disaster: Dr. Sanity, a former NASA flight surgeon, was at Cape Canaveral in Florida on that fateful day 20 years ago assigned as the Crew Surgeon for Mission 51-L. Below the Beltway remembers. Mike's Noise has a link-filled tribute and recommends this video commemoration at Chris Valentine's. NASA remembers. remembers. I'll... Read More
Yes, blogging has been light. Among many other duties, I've had my hands full trying to potty-train our two-year-old son. It's a losing battle so far, although Spongebob has been helping. Meantime, there are lots of good reads 'round the Internet. *Belated congrats to Rusty at The Jawa Report on his two-year blogiversary. One of... Read More
Good lunch-time surfing... John Noonan at The Officer's Club reflects on the 25th anniversary of the end of the Iran Hostage crisis: Mark Taps
GOP and the City is covering the NYC transit temper tantrum: GOP and the City points to a transit worker union blog here. Check out the comments section (379 comments and growing) from NYC residents giving the union their trademark piece of mind: These jerks have some nerve trying to seek pity. I have a... Read More
So, President Bush is at the border this week paying lip service to new "immigration reform"--even as he pushes his same old, enforcement-undermining amnesty plan. Back at the Department of Homeland [In]Security, crony nominee Julie Myers has may be given a recess appointment to head up the Immigration & Customs Enforcement agency, reports Debbie Schlussel.... Read More
It's the first anniversary of President Reagan's passing. Trey Jackson has a lovely tribute.
Browsing through the "New Non-Fiction" section at my local Borders today, I came across the following cover: Yes, believe your eyes! It's the latest publication from the trustworthy narrators of history at CBS News--who are cravenly attempting to cash in on President Reagan's death in time for the holiday book-buying season. I just about spit... Read More
My column is about the now-thoroughly-discredited myth that higher turnout benefits Democrats. Here's the intro: Here's the conclusion: Read the whole thi
Well, now that the talking heads don't have to say "Too Close To Call" anymore, a new batch of mindlessly repeated phrases are polluting the airwaves "The Country is Deeply Divided." "It's Time to Heal." "We Need to Heal." "The President Must Reach Out." Oh, blecch. Yes, civility is all well and good. But it... Read More
Zell, Zell, Zell! 1) The whole speech. So many stirring lines. These were some of the best: What has happened to the party I've spent my life working in? I can remember when Democrats believed that it was the duty of America to fight for freedom over tyranny. It was Democratic President Harry Truman who... Read More
The latest news on the book front: * I will be speaking about the book in Houston today, at an event sponsored by The Houston Forum. My next public appearances will be at U.C. Berkeley (145 Dwinelle Hall) at 7 pm on Weds Sep 8th, Borders Books in Puyallup, Wash., at 7 pm on Friday... Read More
For those who are interested, I have uploaded a follow-up response to professors Eric Muller and Greg Robinson, two principal critics of my new book. You can read the whole thing here. Part I of my response to Muller and Robinson, posted a few weeks ago, is here. I appreciate the extensive effort that these... Read More
The name will be unfamiliar to most, but Constantine Menges was a great American dedicated to the preservation of freedom and security. He served under President Reagan as Special Assistant for National Security Affairs and at the CIA as a National Intelligence Officer. He was a scholar, author, university professor. Menges oversaw the design of... Read More
Read this. Then wipe away your tears and read my friend Mike Fumento's important piece on defeating Alzheimer's.
Ben Johnson at FrontPageMag raises troubling questions about the imam selected to represent Muslims at President Reagan's funeral today. Excerpt: Magid, who was born and educated in the Sudan, is the Director of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS). ADAMS has numerous close affiliations with the main targets of "Operation Green Quest," "the largest... Read More
I'll be leaving for D.C. later on today for President Reagan's arrival. Will attend the public viewing this evening. From the Washington Post today: Anthony Ferrari, a Miami businessman, traveled up here for the funeral procession. "The man had a big impact on America. He really loved this country and it showed."
New column: "My Ronald Reagan moment" is up. And the Washington Post revisits Lenny Skutnik and other everyday heroes honored by President Reagan.
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