Ronald Reagan

Jeb Bush Has No Claim On Reagan’s Legacy

By Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
George H.W. Bush, ran as a pro-choice moderate in the 1980 Republican primaries – he wanted nothing to do with the social and economic conservative positions Reagan espoused. Almost by default Bush became Reagan’s runningmate, but he never adopted Reagan’s limited government goals and throughout the Reagan presidency he was never trusted by conservatives.

A Brief Shining Moment in the Sorry '70s

Craig Shirley, Real Clear Politics

It took courage for three men, Ronald Reagan, Jesse Helms and yes, Joe Biden, to go against their president and go against conventional thinking and stand up for what they thought was right. For Reagan, Helms and Biden, welcoming Alexander Solzhenitsyn to America was a brief, shining and courageous moment.

Rick Santorum: A Good Man Who Missed His Moment

By Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman

Senator Santorum’s announcement speech had some solid points, especially his point that “Working families don’t need another president tied to big government or big money.” But he's been off the radar screen for three years and others, like Ted Cruz, are now the recognized leaders on the issues Rick Santorum had largely to himself in 2012. Much as I hate to say it, despite his many admirable qualities, I think Rick Santorum’s moment has passed.

Jeb Bush Misses One Thing W Got Right

While George W. Bush was the originator of the “Islam is a religion of peace” lie, his national security strategy got the idea of how to defeat Islamism right; his problem was his implementation and the execution of the strategy by the very people with whom Jeb Bush has now surrounded himself.

Obama’s AUMF Guarantees An Endless War With Radical Islam

Obama's new AUMF merely formalizes his failed "whack-a-mole" tactical approach that equates the worldwide battle against radical Islam and sharia to using limited military force against the Islamic State. This is a recipe for not just an endless war, but an endless war we could very well lose if we follow Obama’s approach and institutionalize it in a new Authorization of the Use of Military Force. Fortunately, Ronald Reagan's strategy to defeat communism offers us a model of a successful alternative.

Reagan, Jeb Bush and History

Craig Shirley, Real Clear Politics

In non-incumbent years since 1952, the GOP has always nominated its frontrunner. Now, Jeb Bush is the frontrunner and on the face of things history also appears to favor him as the next president. Except he is suffering from the schism in the GOP created by his brother’s policies. 

Needed: Leaders to Speak the Truth about Radical Islam

By Richard A. Viguerie, Chairman ConservativeHQ.com

On the day a video of Jordanian pilot First Lieutenant Moaz al-Kasasbeh being burned to death by the radical Islamists of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria the President of the United States would still not name Islamists as the perpetrators of that unspeakable act. Now is the time to learn from the wisdom of Ronald Reagan who said “wishful thinking about our adversaries is folly.” We need leaders who will communicate about radical Islam as Reagan and conservatives did about the Soviet Union; with honesty and with clarity about the threat and about what it will take to win. 

Let’s Play Two

We don’t know if the late Chicago Cubs baseball great Ernie Banks was a Democrat or a Republican, conservative or liberal, but we do know that Bank’s infectious enthusiasm for the game of baseball and his perennially “in the cellar” Cubs has a lesson for conservatives in today’s political environment.

The Jeb Bush Lobbyist Gambit

Jeffery Lord, Conservative Review

Never in the history of GOP presidential politics has 1 man done so much to raise money from so few to alienate so many. Reagan preached & practiced moving the center right, not the opposite, the latter being the objective of Bush & GOP consultants. It's a formula for losing elections.

The Bush Massacre of the Reaganites

Twenty-six years ago this week any prospect of institutionalizing Reaganism as the governing principle of the Republican Party and America was abruptly ended when George H.W. Bush conducted a well-planned purge to replace conservatives (be they Bush supporters or not) with establishment Republicans.

Remembering Marty Anderson

Ronald Reagan surrounded himself with recognized conservatives; men like Nevada Senator Paul Laxalt, Lyn Nofziger, Dick Allen, Ed Meese, Jeff Bell, Judge William Clark and Marty Anderson weren’t window dressing like Warren Buffet is to Barack Obama – they were who Ronald Reagan was.

Remembering James B. Edwards

Mark W. Hendrickson, American Spectator

The gentlemanly South Carolina governor who became Ronald Reagan's secretary of energy passed away on December 26, 2014.

Top Reagan Economist Dies

Jim Meyers, Newsmax

Economist and policy analyst Martin Anderson, who served under three U.S. presidents and was one of Ronald Reagan's leading advisers, died this past weekend. He was 78 years old.

Reagan Beats Obama on Economic Growth

Sierra Rayne, American Thinker

Forbes is wrong. Try as the Obama supporters might to revise history, the facts remain the facts. Reagan's econ. legacy is why we see headlines like this: "'80s Nostalgia: Poll Finds Reagan Beats Obama in a Landslide -- Even young people yearn for the 1980s."

GOP, Show, Don’t Tell

Jonah Goldberg, National Review Online

If you want to be the next Ronald Reagan, be the next Ronald Reagan. If Republicans see politics as a game, at least they could play it more convincingly. The “P” in POTUS stands for “President,” not “Pundit.”

Why We Must (Gently) Disagree With Our Friend Mark Levin

Ronald Reagan’s answer to those, including some of his good political supporters, who wanted him to head a new conservative party, was to tell them “they were out of their minds.” As Reagan saw it then (and he was right) the bulk of conservative voters in America are Republicans—and they won’t desert the Republican Party for a third party.

Reagan Biographer: RFK Got Reagan Fired From GE Theater

Jack Coleman, Newsbusters

This was hardly Kennedy's intention when he unscrupulously threatened to cancel gov't contracts w/ GE unless the company fired the popular host of its Sun. evening TV show, General Electric Theater, according to Reagan biographer and former aide Thomas C. Reed.

Levin On '16: GOP Must Pick Conservative For 1st Time Since Reagan

Tony Lee, Breitbart

Mark Levin said the GOP is "a party in trouble" that must nominate a bold conservative for president in 2016 if they do not want to get walloped yet again.

Conservative Leaders Join to Block Jeb, Say He's Anti-Reagan

Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner

“I don’t know of any conservatives who are supporting him,” said Richard Viguerie, chairman of ConservativeHQ.com. “Jeb is a very good moderate Dem,” added Mark Levin. “He doesn't elicit excitement outside a small circle of wealthy corporatists & GOP Beltway operatives.”

Dear GOP: Do Your Damned Job

Steve Deace, a nationally-syndicated talk show host and author of the new book, “Rules for Patriots: How Conservatives Can Win Again,” has some sage advice for Republicans. “Forget what your consultants tell you is politically possible. You’re up against an opponent who doesn’t care about possible, let alone legal.”