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Latest Ronald Reagan Items
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
An accurate image of a political leader usually emerges only after retirement. The cheers have fallen off, and so too the groans and the spitballs. Certainly this has been the case with Ronald Reagan. Two decades after his last farewell he is no longer portrayed as that "amiable dunce" napping in the White House and dreaming of the perfect mushroom cloud rising over Moscow's "evil empire." So, those of us who in the 1990s perceived the Clintons as corrupt, self-seeking and amusingly absurd, should not be surprised that it has taken mainstream journalists a decade to come to the same conclusion.
You only live once
Western leaders searching for a long-term strategy to defend our civilization from fundamentalist Islam ought to reread the speech President Reagan delivered at the Berlin Wall 20 years ago this month.
I think we can all agree that the most inane speeches delivered nowadays in America are delivered at college commencement ceremonies. Oh, to be sure, speeches intoned at high-level meetings of the Loyal Order of Moose, the Rotarians and the National Organization for Women are also vacant, pompous and often delusory.
Romney's luck of the draw
A point often lost in the debate over border security and illegal immigration is that many of the laws necessary to fix the problem are already on the books, but federal authorities have decided for political reasons not to enforce them. When Ronald Reagan signed into law the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, there were supposed to have been three major provisions of that immigration "compromise": amnesty for the 3 million to 4 million illegal aliens then estimated to be in the country; enforcement of our existing immigration laws in the future; and sanctions against employers who hire illegal aliens. The federal government kept its promise on amnesty, which explains why we have between 12 million and 20 million illegals in the country. However, it failed abysmally when it came to enforcing existing laws and enforcement of sanctions against employers.
In February 1946, George Orwell published another of his essays in the best British tradition. It was civilized, thoughtful and not without humor. It displayed a sense of the past and put the present in perspective. It was about murder.