What Can Republicans, Democrats, and even President Obama Learn from Reagan?
“No Reagan biographer or scholar knows Ronald Reagan and conservatism like Paul Kengor. If you want to know what’s really meant by Reagan conservatism, Paul Kengor is the guy and this is the book.” —Michael Reagan
Grove City, PA –-(Ammoland.com)- Ronald Reagan died 10 years ago, June 5, 2004. At the time, he was America’s longest-living president. He was also one of the most beloved presidents, elected in 1980 by winning 44 of 50 states and reelected in 1984 by winning 49 of 50 states.
His combined Electoral College victory was 1,014 to 62. And Reagan achieved this stunning electoral success when a majority of registered voters were Democrats—that is, voters from the opposing party. It didn’t matter.
Millions of Democrats, as well as Republicans, pulled the lever for the man. Today, surveys by the likes of Gallup and others find that Americans regularly rank Reagan their favorite all-time president, even above Lincoln and Washington.
Is it any wonder that every Republican seeking office is quick to call himself or herself a “Reagan conservative?”
But what is a Reagan conservative? And what is the man’s legacy? Why is he so widely liked to this day? And what lessons can Republicans, Democrats, and even President Barack Obama learn from Ronald Reagan?
Few people know Ronald Reagan like Paul Kengor, professor of political science at Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania. Since 2004, Kengor has published five books on Reagan, including the bestsellers God and Ronald Reagan and The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism. His books on Reagan have been translated and published in multiple languages. He has published countless articles on Reagan and spoken on the 40th president in numerous venues, including the Reagan Library and Reagan Ranch Center.
Kengor’s latest book is 11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative — an extremely timely book.
In 11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative, Paul Kengor paints the first comprehensive picture of Reagan’s beliefs. He identifies 11 principles, what he calls his “Reagan Eleven,” that comprised Reagan's conservatism.
“These eleven,” says professor Kengor, “tell us what Reagan’s conservatism was truly about, and what his emulators might take to heart.”
- Sanctity and dignity of human life
- American exceptionalism
- The Founders’ wisdom and vision
- Lower taxes
- Limited government
- Peace through strength
- Anti- communism
- Belief in the individual
Many a politician has asked: What would Reagan do if he were president now? Where would Reagan stand on today's issues? Who is the next Ronald Reagan? Paul Kengor dissects Reagan's presidency and provides decisive conclusions. The answers to some of these questions may surprise conservatives and liberals alike.
Paul Kengor has been asked every question imaginable on Ronald Reagan.
“I’ve heard them all and I’m happy to answer them all,” says Kengor. “Softballs, hardballs. Reaganomics, the deficits, the homeless, AIDS, astrology, Iran-Contra, the Cold War, Reagan’s views on God, on taxes, on gays, on minorities, on the Middle East, on Islam, on immigration, on the Ukraine, on Russia, on terrorism, on the welfare state. You name it. You can ask me anything about Reagan. I enjoy the conversation. I’ve been interviewed by sources ranging from Sean Hannity to Pravda, from Glenn Beck to NPR, from Fox News to MSNBC.”
For an engaging discussion on Ronald Reagan 10 years after his death—including Reagan lessons for President Obama today—contact Dr. Kengor directly at [email protected] or Felicia Minerva at [email protected]
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr. Paul Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College and executive director of the college’s Center for Vision & Values. He is an internationally recognized authority on Ronald Reagan and the presidency. A New York Times best-selling author, Kengor’s numerous writings on Reagan have appeared in academic presses, scholarly journals, and publications ranging from the Washington Post and USA Today to CNN.com. He has spoken on Reagan in venues from the Reagan Library and Reagan Ranch Center to Eureka College. His books on Reagan are the basis for the coming bio-pic “Reagan: The Movie.” A native of Western PA, Kengor lives in Grove City, PA, with his wife and their seven children.
11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative
By: Paul Kengor
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