Ronald Reagan

Victorious Cruz declares the 'Reagan coalition is back'

W. James Antle III, Washington Examiner

The Texas senator declared that the "Reagan coalition is back," an assembly of evangelicals, Tea Party conservatives, libertarians and Reagan Democrats that the Iowa caucus winner promised to lead to victory in the Republican primaries and November.

Bandow: No One in Current GOP Field Wears the Reagan Foreign Policy Mantle

The Cato Institute's Doug Bandow, a Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan, says nuance highlighted Reagan’s policies, but with the exception of two candidates, nuance is completely lacking in the current “bomb ‘em, invade ‘em, occupy ‘em” GOP field.

Rush Limbaugh: ‘Compared to Reagan, Trump is not a conservative’

Steve Guest, Daily Caller

“Compared to Reagan, Trump is not a conservative, and the bulk of Trump’s support is not the Republican base…If you look at the demographics, at least as expressed polling data, the bulk of Trump support is what we all have been led to believe the Republican Party wants: blue-collar people, moderates and independents.”

Dole Endorses Bush – Big Government GOP Desperate To Save Jeb's Failing Campaign

Bob Dole supported the passage of Obamacare. If you connect the dots, and the Washington Cartel money, there’s a straight line from the Big Government Republicans, like Bob Dole, who also supported the George H.W. Bush tax increase that broke his “read my lips” pledge and led to his defeat, to the content-free campaign of 1996, to the Big Business – Big Government axis of Chamber of Commerce money supporting Jeb Bush, to yesterday's Bob Dole endorsement of Jeb Bush.

What is conservatism?

Jay Nordlinger, National Review

“I think that, in the end, there is something that unites all conservatives, which is that they are pursuing something they love. My view is that the Left is united by hatred, but we are united by love: love of our country, love of institutions, love of the law, love of family, and so on. And what makes us conservatives is the desire to protect those things, and we’re up against people who want to destroy them, and it’s very simple.”

Getting and Keeping Power: Why Jeb Bush is Unlikely to Drop Out

Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
If a conservative or outsider is leading going into the Republican National Convention, even if they have the nomination wrapped-up, you can count on the inside elite of the Republican political class to demand that one of their own receive the vice presidential nomination as the price of “party unity.” And no one else in America, beside Hillary Clinton, has a larger Rolodex of Washington insider supporters than Jeb Bush.

The New York Mets Are Back — It’s Morning in America

Benjamin Weingarten, National Review

In 2015, the Mets are in the World Series for the first time in 15 years. Riding the momentum of a surreal run of two and a half months, the club could win its third world championship and first since the Reagan administration. What might “morning in the Amazins’ America” augur today?

A new history on Reagan’s Last Act

Brent Bozell and Tim Graham, CNS News

Craig Shirley has already written two terrific history books about Ronald Reagan, chronicling the 1976 and 1980 presidential campaigns. Now he has delivered the trifecta: "Last Act: The Final Years and Emerging Legacy of Ronald Reagan."

Was Yogi Berra a Conservative?

Yogi Berra’s quips were often used or paraphrased by politicians, including President Ronald Reagan. Even though they weren’t particularly political in nature they were good for a laugh and connected the speaker with baseball, which was America’s national pastime, at least in the days before Facebook was invented.

GOP candidates battle to claim Ronald Reagan's mantle

Stephen Collison, CNN

With Wednesday night’s debate being held at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California, all of the Republican presidential candidates are naturally drawing comparisons between themselves and the legendary conservative icon.

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.