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Ronald Reagan dreamt of a nation focused on freedom and achieving its “destiny to be as a shining city on a hill for all mankind to see.” Known as The Great Communicator during his presidency, he never felt it was the words he used that made a difference: it was the content. He has admitted […]
“How do you tell a communist? Well, it’s someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It’s someone who understands Marx and Lenin.” – Ronald Wilson Reagan
Communism only works on the household level. The traditional family is run as a communist society: from each according to his abilities and to each according to his needs. In a functional family, it succeeds and succeeds powerfully. Dad and Mom provide the resources and distribute them as needed. The children grow up to be productive adults.
Fifty-four years ago today, on November 8, 1966, only two years after Barry Goldwater’s rout in the Presidential election of 1964, Ronald Reagan was elected Governor of California and American Conservatism was back in political business. His opponent, once-popular, two-term Democrat Pat Brown had unwisely decided to seek a third term (after stating that he would not), and was damaged by unrest in the universities (where else?) and a season of riots, most notably those in the Watts area of South Los Angeles, huge conflagrations in which dozens died. Reagan took a tough line with the universities, asking in the speech announcing his candidacy:
Will we allow a great university to be brought to its knees by a noisy dissident minority? Will we meet their neurotic vulgarities with vacillation and weakness, or will we tell those entrusted with administering the university we expect them to enforce a code based on decency, common sense and dedication to the high and noble purpose of the university?
Jeffrey Lord writing in the Spectator back in 2012 before Paul Ryan’s public spanking on national television:
Reagan’s point was that no matter the issue — it could have been the Reagan Doctrine one day or the confirmation of Reagan appointees the next day (on one occasion Biden smilingly told a nominee for an obscure government board, “by my definition you are a racist”) or something else the day after — Joe Biden was always there to play the role of the “smooth but pure demagogue” — the hot headed guy in the leftist political lynch mob brandishing the rope.
“My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.” — Ronald Reagan, August 11, 1984
August Eleventh. It is a day in history that should be remembered. The day that Ronald Reagan outlawed Russia. Joking around while doing a soundcheck, Reagan freestyled something that was based on his intended speech of the day:
The usual names that come up when a Conservative thinks about Cancel Culture or the Culture Wars in general: Saul Alinsky, Herbert Marcuse, Antonio Gramsci, etc.
My thoughts on Cancel Culture made some other names pop up in my head; Roy Moore, Ed Stack, Brett Kavanaugh, Ben Shapiro, Andrew Breitbart, Stanley Kurtz, Thomas Jefferson, Jared Polis, Michael Corleone, John Roberts, Heather Mac Donald, Ronald Reagan, Michael Lind, etc.
As we inch closer to the 2020 Presidential election, expect to see more and more ignorant attacks against America, our founding ideals, and western civilization itself. First, one of the biggest lies that the anti-American left perpetrates must be addressed— the idea that America is founded on racism, white supremacy, and slavery. Preview Open
In this week’s podcast, we celebrate that day in November 1989, when the Berlin Wall was finally destroyed 30 years ago. Rather than continuing to focus on the famous remarks delivered by President Reagan in 1987 when he asked Gorbachev to tear down the wall, we thought we’d go back in history, to recall the story of the Wall and review some of the President’s early remarks about the Wall… because for many years, our 40th president viewed it as the ultimate symbol of Soviet aggression and totalitarian control, unyielding to its innocent prisoners. Let’s listen.
Two scenes from the end of the Cold War:
Scene one: On June 12, 1987, President Reagan stood before the Berlin Wall, the Brandenburg Gate rising behind him, to challenge to the leader of the Soviet Union. “General Secretary Gorbachev,” the president said, “if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate.
“Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”
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.
In honor of Presidents Day, we discuss our favorite Republican presidents and policies throughout American history. Preview Open
“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.
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
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
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 […]
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.
I found the first two books, while perhaps a bit too kind to the communists, to be quite good. The stories were good, the characters were interesting, and the historical narrative was easy to understand. Unfortunately, in Edge of Eternity, Follett lets his biases trump good storytelling and ruins the end of the story with bald-faced historical lies and inaccuracies.
Episode 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?