Ronald Reagan

The question Democrats fear most

Rep. Tom McClintock, Washington Examiner

Ronald Reagan asked a simple question both in 1980, when he ran against the economic malaise of the Carter years, and again in 1984, after he had implemented the same pro-growth policies Trump is now implementing. “Are you better off today than you were four years ago?” No politician or pundit can spin the answer to that question – every American knows it precisely in their own lives. Republicans are now uniquely poised to ask it once again.

A debate for history

Craig Shirley and Scott Mauer, National Review

The 1970's fight over the Panama Canal was a victory for Reagan’s supporters in the debate. The canal issue raised the prominence of Richard Viguerie, Paul Weyrich, and other opponents of the “giveaway.” And it was arguably through the canal issue that the conservative movement became a permanent part of the American political firmament, after a series of other significant events, such as Reagan’s ascendancy in American politics.

Book Review: Just Right by Lee Edwards, Ph.D.

By Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
I urge all of my friends and CHQ readers to add Just Right by Lee Edwards to their Christmas list, not only is it a joy to read, but it is an essential chronicle of the rise of the modern conservative movement through the eyes of one of the few men who have been at the center of it all from 1958 to the present.

Lessons From My Book TAKEOVER: Be A Third Force, Not A Third Party

By Richard A Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
The policy of acting as a separate force within the Republican Party worked well to nominate Judge Roy Moore – even though it meant defying President Trump’s call to support establishment Senator Strange.

Reagan Was Mocked and Underestimated, Too

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Reagan was, as Trump claimed to be, an anti-interventionist. Reagan had no wish to be a war president. His dream was to rid the world of nuclear weapons. This does not sound like Trump in October 2017. Steve Bannon may see the 25th Amendment, where a Cabinet majority may depose a president, as the great threat to Trump. But it is far more likely that a major war would do for the Trump presidency and his place in history what it did for Presidents Wilson, Truman, LBJ and George W. Bush.

Book Review: Citizen Newt by Craig Shirley

By Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
One of the great strengths of Citizen Newt is to remind readers that the more things change in Washington, the more they remain the same. Thus, Citizen Newt is full of lessons for today's movement conservatives and conservative - populist supporters of President Trump.

Meanwhile Over In Moscow

With help from President Reagan’s former Attorney General Ed Meese and from Jon Utley’s Freda Utley Foundation, which provided funding, a statue of Presidents Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev was recently unveiled in Moscow.

It's Time To Drain The Swamp In The GOP

We conservatives need to translate the grassroots rage over the betrayals of Republican elected officials into a national conversation about the future of the Republican Party and a wave of national activism to nominate and elect “Drain the Swamp” Republicans to the House of Representatives and the US Senate.

When Will The Republican Establishment Get A Grip On Reality?

Today’s Republican establishment is one of those online retailers whose slick website accepts your credit card for merchandise that is perpetually on back order – voters have paid in good faith, but their order never ships.

Trump and Putin Finally Meet: Is Reconciliation in the Air?

Washington needs to restore a working relationship with Moscow on multiple issues. That doesn’t mean trusting Vladimir Putin. It does mean making policy in accord with the way the world is, not the way we wish it was.

Trump Joins Churchill And Reagan With Warsaw Speech

Communism and Nazism were stymied in the 20th century by Churchill and Reagan, and when President Trump said, “every foot of ground, and every last inch of civilization, is worth defending with your life,” the Warsaw speech made clear that, after eight years of appeasement by Barack Obama, the enemies of liberty will be opposed in the 21st century by Donald Trump.

An update on the Trump revolution

Tammy Bruce, Washington Times

The contempt the political establishment has for the American people has been clear for some time, and now it’s mutual. The constant efforts to obstruct the president and effectively nullify the 2016 election is backfiring. But the swamp’s blind hatred for Donald Trump kept them from seeing reality during last year’s election, and they’re making the same mistakes now.

The Best Budget Since Reagan

Stephen Moore, The American Spectator

‎This budget, in sum, reverses Obamanomics. Well done. Obama’s gave us the worst debt record ($9 trillion added in eight years) of any president by a country mile. The economy barely recovered from recession. Americans voted for a change in direction and this budget lays it all out. Somewhere Reagan is smiling.

Newton’s Third Law of Physics is Alive and Operating in the Political Arena

Our opponents are raising hundreds of millions of dollars and growing their organizations. The good news is, the voters and donors of Donald Trump's new conservative -- populist coalition are more engaged and outraged than ever. If there was ever a time to start or grow your conservative organization that time is now.

Fifty years ago today: Reagan enters the world stage

Gene Kopelson, Washington Examiner

Fifty years ago, Ronald Reagan first pushed for America to stand firm with its allies in Southeast Asia when they were threatened by aggression from communist neighbors. With America, Japan, and South Korea all now facing similar direct threats of aggression from communist North Korea, President Trump can look back at Ronald Reagan's firm stance exactly fifty years ago as a role model to follow.

The Heritage Foundation And Jim DeMint: Both Vital To The Conservative Movement

By Richard A Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
I was there, so to speak, at the beginning of the Heritage Foundation and what many people in Washington seem to have forgotten is that Heritage was founded to be a movement conservative force independent of the Republican Party and establishment Republican leaders.

Reagan's Lesson for Trump

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

Reagan did not run against the Democrats. He did not run against the left. He ran against the establishment — at the time dominated by liberal Democrats but not limited to them. If he was to become president, he also had to defeat the Republican establishment of moderates, whose collective blood curdled at the thought of him being elected.

Here’s What Ronald Reagan Did When College Kids Went Ape At UC-Berkeley

Donna Carol Voss, The Federalist

Someone in the crowd shouts that Reagan should have negotiated with the students. Reagan, with the incredulity of someone who understands that youth don’t run the world for a reason, says: “Negotiate? What is to negotiate? All of it began the first time some of you who know better and are old enough to know better let young people think that they have the right to choose the laws they would obey as long as they were doing it in the name of social protest.”

What President Trump Doesn’t Get About the Freedom Caucus

What President Trump doesn’t seem to understand is that when establishment Republicans talk about “governing” and “legislating” what they really mean is growing government at a slightly slower pace or to benefit a different set of cronies than the Democrats would if they were in power.

New Role For Conservatives: Operate As A Fourth Force

By Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
On tax reform, economic growth, reducing the size and scope of government and many other areas President Trump has indicated he wants to pass a bold conservative agenda. Let’s make it our job to be the “fourth force” that pushes him to the right and convinces him that to pass that agenda he must explicitly and actively move right and align himself with conservatives.