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Retailer pays a price for getting too close to Obama
Topic - Steven F. Hayward
One of the nation's most liberal universities has announced it has successfully completed its quest to hire a conservative professor.
There can be little doubt that Americans today consider the presidency to be the most captivating and meaningful institution in American politics. Creative works devoted to the presidency have enjoyed special popularity in recent years.
As a boy, I read hortatory biographies of Washington, Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt, each intended to teach young people lessons of character as found in our great leaders. The genre included more than presidents as subjects - I remember similar volumes on Thomas Edison and George Washington Carver - but among presidents, only those three. By this, his 100th birthday year, Ronald Reagan has become the subject of a similar instructional literature, except these books are for adults.
This sequel to "The Age of Reagan: The Fall of the Old Liberal Order, 1964-1980" is, at 753 pages, only 58 pages shorter than its predecessor, but just as detailed in its examination of its subject.
He writes, "Reagan understood instinctively that modern liberalism represented a rejection of the constitutional premises of self-government. … Hence the core of Reagan's political purpose was recovering an appreciation for the Founder's understanding of the principles and practice of American government."
Asked why he thought the visiting scholar position was being created, he said, "It's a reaction to the Ward Churchill train wreck," referring to the former ethnic-studies professor who was fired in 2007 for comparing victims of the 9/11 terrorist attack to Nazi bureaucrats.