Tag: Ronald Reagan

How Many Times Have You Died, and Of What Causes?

 

Seems like there have been at least half a dozen times we were all going to die since Trump assumed office. Net Neutrality? Pulling out of the Paris Accords climate boondoggle? Etc. But the immediate destruction of the world is hardly new to having Trump as PotUS. I was trying to count all the times I have died and of what causes during my lifetime, but with all the goalpost moving, it can be so hard to keep up.

OccupantCDN’s Ice Free Montana had a video the other day that went through the timeline of when Montana’s glaciers were supposed to all be melted starting with the first prediction of 1941, if I remember correctly. They just removed signs that said they would all be gone next year. (Surprise! They’re still there!) That is hardly the only one of the many, many dire predictions that have had to be moved back because the predictions did not come to fruition.

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Quote of the Day: Socialism

 

“Socialism only works in two places: Heaven where they don’t need it and hell where they already have it.” – Ronald Reagan

The problem with socialism is it requires perfect people to work. That is why it works in heaven. Of course, if people are perfect, as Reagan observed, socialism is unnecessary. And if people are not perfect in a place where socialism is implemented? Well, Reagan had the answer to that, as well. Perhaps it is no accident that the United States’s most flawed politicians are the most ardent socialists in the United States.

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Michael Ledeen on the Potential Collapse of Iran’s Khomeinist Regime

 

For this week’s Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten podcast, I had historian, Freedom Scholar at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, former Special Advisor to the Secretary of State and consultant to the National Security Council during the Reagan administration, author of 38 books and most pertinent to today, Iran expert, Michael Ledeen on the podcast to discuss among other things:

  • The impending collapse of the Khomeinist regime and what the U.S. can do to accelerate it
  • The false narrative about alternatives for Iran being either appeasement or war
  • The history of U.S. intelligence failures in Iran
  • How secular and liberal Iran’s dissidents actually are
  • Whether there is a wedge that can be exploited between Iran and Russia
  • What will become of Hezbollah if the Iranian regime collapses
  • The allegedly political witch hunt against Iran hawk and Israel supporter Larry Franklin as an illustration of historic anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism in the foreign policy and national security establishment
  • Ledeen’s theory that Gen. Michael Flynn — with whom Ledeen co-authored the book, The Field of Fight — falsely pled guilty, and the real reason why Gen. Flynn was targeted in the first place

You can find the episode on iTunes, everywhere else podcasts are found, download the episode directly here or read the transcript here.

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Dennis Prager on the Self-Righteously Suicidal West and False Morality

 

For this week’s Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten podcast, I had nationally syndicated radio host, columnist, author of numerous books, teacher, film producer and co-founder of PragerU, Dennis Prager, on the podcast to discuss among other things:

  • How Dennis Prager ended up a conservative as an Ivy League-educated Jewish intellectual from Brooklyn, New York — contrary to so many of his peers
  • How perceptions of human nature divide Left and Right
  • Whether government has filled the void of religion for the increasingly secular and progressive American coasts
  • How the good intentions that underlie Leftist policy prescriptions lead to horrendous outcomes — and emotion versus reason on the Left and Right
  • The false morality underlying European immigration policy with respect to the Muslim world, and Prager’s criticism of Jewish support of mass immigration consisting disproportionately of Jew-haters
  • The self-righteous suicidalism of the West
  • The Leftist bias of social media platforms and PragerU’s legal battle with YouTube/Google

You can find the episode on iTunes, everywhere else podcasts are found, download the episode directly here or read the transcript here.

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A troubled and afflicted mankind looks to us, pleading for us to keep our rendezvous with destiny; that we will uphold the principles of self-reliance, self-discipline, morality, and, above all, responsible liberty for every individual that we will become that shining city on a hill. – Ronald Reagan, November 13, 1979. On this date in […]

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Ken Follett Slanders Reagan in the Vilest of Ways

 

This is not a book review. This is just an attempt to work out my anger at a book that started with real promise but ended up slandering the legacy of our 40th president. Edge of Eternity is the third novel in Ken Follett’s Century Trilogy (the first two being Fall of Giants and Winter of the World), which is Follett’s attempt to do for the 20th century what Herman Wouk did so skillfully for the second world war in The Winds of War and War and Remembrance. (I cannot speak highly enough of these books. If you have not read them you should run, not walk, to your favorite browser and order them right now.)

The series follows the lives of several families in the United States, Germany, Russia, and the UK through the events of the 20th century, starting just before the First World War and concluding with the end of the Cold War (save for a brief epilogue celebrating the election of Barack Obama). Follett weaves historical fact with personal narrative and tells a compelling story, touching on everything from women’s suffrage to the civil rights movement to communist oppression while giving a broad overview of historical events.

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Let’s Meet in DC! Dan Schneider Discusses CPAC 2018

 

Dan ScheiderEpisode 91: Whiskey Politics welcomes Dan Schneider, Executive Director at CPAC 2018 and the American Conservative Union to discuss the greatest gathering of conservatives in the world. Why do so many college kids attend? Will President Donald J. Trump and Mike Pence return? In today’s divisive politics, can conservatives work toward goals and achieve sound outcomes with “Chuck and Nancy’s” obstruction?

2018’s conference will be held February 21–24 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Washington DC. Reserve your spot at Conservative.org and be sure to find Whiskey Politics on media row where we will be interviewing political luminaries.

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Here’s How a President Really Pushes Tax Reform

 

By all accounts, passing tax reform/cuts is the top Republican legislative priority right now. But even though GOPers almost unanimously agree that something needs to be done about the labyrinthine, anti-growth, anti-investment tax code, hashing out the details of that “something” is complicated. For instance: Politico yesterday ran a piece that ostensibly showed the Trump administration-GOP congress “Big Six” negotiators making progress on a bill. From the story:

There is broad consensus, according to five sources familiar with the behind-the-scenes talks, on some of the best ways to pay for cutting both the individual and corporate tax rates. The options include capping the mortgage interest deduction for homeowners; scrapping people’s ability to deduct state and local taxes; and eliminating businesses’ ability to deduct interest, while also phasing in so-called full expensing for small businesses that allows them to immediately deduct investments like new equipment or facilities. . . . One idea quietly being discussed would be taxing the money that workers place into their 401(k) savings plans up front: an idea that would raise billions of dollars in the short-term and is pulled from the Camp plan. This policy idea is widely disliked by budget hawks, who consider it a gimmick; the financial services industry that handles retirement savings; and nonprofits that try to encourage Americans to save.

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I would love for the beautiful people of Ricochet.com to check out my latest podcast. Next on Thinking It Through: I get the chance to interview Mr. Peter Robinson, Hoover Institution Research Fellow and host of Uncommon Knowledge. We speak about what led him to being a speechwriter for Vice President George H. W. Bush and President Ronald Reagan […]

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This week’s episode of Banter featured a double-dose of Ronald Reagan. Henry Olsen, senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, and Craig Shirley, author of four bestselling books on President Reagan, engaged in a conversation on Reagan and his legacy. Both have recently published books on Reagan: Olsen’s The Working Class Republican: Ronald […]

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Peter Robinson 30 Years After “Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall”

 

On this special 50th episode of Whiskey Politics, we are honored to welcome Peter Robinson, Speechwriter to President Ronald Reagan. Among hundreds of other speeches, Peter is now celebrating the 30th anniversary of the history-making Brandenburg Gate speech where against advice from the White House, State Department, and Germans, President Reagan called on General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall!” We discuss this pivotal moment in history, the relationships with Margaret Thatcher and Milton Friedman and his upcoming Ricochet and Uncommon Knowledge interview with Pat Sajak at the Reagan Library.

Peter Robinson graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College and went on to study politics, philosophy, and economics at Oxford University, graduating in 1982. Peter then spent his next six years in the Reagan White House, first for a year as chief speechwriter to Vice President George Bush and then special assistant and speechwriter to President Ronald Reagan. Now, Peter Robinson, who co-founded Ricochet.com, is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, where he writes about business and politics and hosts Hoover’s video series program, Uncommon Knowledge.

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ACF#5 Predator

 

The American Cinema Foundation movie podcast is back with an anniversary piece. Back in ’87, on the same day Reagan gave his famous “Tear down this wall” speech in Berlin, June 12, John McTiernan’s Predator premiered in America. This was his first studio picture and remains a contender among the best movies about manliness. What starts as a “special forces doing foreign policy in the third world” sort of story, winning the Cold War on screen as it were, threatens to turn into horror as the jungle comes alive and begins to kill these special forces operators, just as we start to admire them.

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On This Date, 34 Years Ago

 

From the holdings of the Reagan Library, President Reagan’s markups on the speech he delivered in Orlando, FL on March 8, 1983. The Soviet Union, “the focus of evil in the modern world.”

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Carpe Diem, Mr. Trump – Speak To Cuba’s Youth

 

Havana, Cuba - November 10, 2015: Malecon boulevard in Old Havana, Young couple in lovers embrace, kissing while sitting on the wall of the Havana waterfront. Other people in the background, busy sidewalk. This is a famous downtown shore line, lined up with great architecture from past now mostly run down after years being exposed to elements from Caribbean sea. Popular place for people of Havana to hang around, be in love, play music and fish. A must see location when visiting this great city. November, late afternoon in winter, city skyline lit by evening sun.

Donald Trump’s extended statement on the death of Fidel Castro is the most honest assessment of the Communist dictator’s horrific record by any world leader thus far and that sort of praise of Mr. Trump I thought I would never utter even as I suspect that someone helped him craft the statement; but then some leaders tend to speak more effectively with the help of speechwriters and learned advisors.

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The Return of Andrew Jackson

 

If you want to get a proper sense of the significance of what happened yesterday, just look at the vote in Washington DC. In our nation’s capital, according to Real Clear Politics, Hillary Clinton won 92.8% of the vote and Donald Trump, 4.1%. Sure, DC is a heavily African-American city, and black Americans are loyal Democratic voters. But there are plenty of non-black Americans in the town, and they now form a majority. What this means is that our political class and their minions were united against the man — and this was, in fact, the stance of our business elite as well. None of the CEOs of the top 100 corporations gave his campaign a dime, and no major newspaper endorsed the man.

I can remember back in 1980 when Ronald Reagan came to DC. His arrival and the formation of a new administration was like the arrival in a country of a foreign army. The Donald’s takeover will be an even more dramatic event. It will be as if William Jennings Bryan had won in 1896. The only analogue that I can think of is the inauguration of Andrew Jackson. But he had already had a long career in public life — most notably, as the general victorious at the Battle of New Orleans and as a United States Senator. Trump has no such pedigree — though, like Jackson, he is a hero to the excluded.

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FX has just announced it has picked up the series Snowfall, “a drama series inspired by the early days of the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles in the early 1980s.” One of the show’s executive producers in John Singleton, director of films such as Boyz n the Hood, Poetic Justice, Higher Learning, and Rosewood. He is […]

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Last week, my wife and I were able to visit Ronald Reagan’s hometown of Dixon, Illinois. Earlier in the year, we were in the hometown of the current Republican nominee, which also happens to be the adopted hometown of the Democratic nominee. You might remember it as the city whose values Ted Cruz bemoaned. Dixon, on […]

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The political news coverage and conservative pundits have been focused on the political horse race and personalities and not so much on issues. One wonders where to turn this year so that we do not, as stated in the 2008 Democratic Party platform, “mortgage our children’s future on a mountain of debt.” Scary charts depicting […]

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