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Tag: Ronald Reagan
  • War and Freedom

    Alexis de Tocqueville once said: No protracted war can fail to endanger the freedom of a democratic country. . . . War does not always give over democratic communities to military government, but it must invariably and immeasurably increase the powers of civil government; it must almost compulsorily concentrate the direction of all men and …

  • Four Antiwar Ronald Reagan Quotes

    When you’re having that debate with a neoconservative on the verge of coming around to the true conservative position on war (bad for business, bad for families, and bad for liberty), sometimes all you need is a good Ronald Reagan quote to push them over the edge. And you’ve got to hand it to him, …

  • Blowback much? Ronald Reagan hangs out with Afghan “freedom fighters.”

    Here’s Ronald Reagan meeting with the Mujahideen, precursors of the Taliban. Yes, that Taliban, the terrorists we’re now fighting in Afghanistan and Pakistan.  In the 80s, however, Reagan called them “freedom fighters.”  Despite rumors circulating on the Internets, he didn’t equate them to the founding fathers, and they aren’t identical to the Taliban.  Nonetheless, this …

  • The GOP should acknowledge a domestic enemy, the State

    “Ideally, the Republican Platform should acknowledge a domestic enemy, the State.” With those words in the Jan. 25, 1952 edition of The Commonweal made available from the Buckley archives at Hillsdale College, the young William F. Buckley, Jr. declared what he thought the GOP should stand for.  That was over fifty-seven years ago.  It’s time that …