Cultivating the Roseanne vote

By John Ruberry Last week after two decades in rerun stasis the sitcom Roseanne returned to ABC with massive ratings, even higher than its final episode of its first run in 1997. Formerly a liberal, the show's star, Roseanne Barr, declared that she was a supporter of Donald Trump two years ago. While Trump isn't … Continue reading Cultivating the Roseanne vote

Trump Year 1: Yes he’s a conservative

By John Ruberry Now that we have entered the first full day of President Donald Trump's second year in office it's a good time to ask this question. Is Trump a conservative? "Yes," is my firm answer. Fascinatingly, Trump doesn't talk about conservatism much, nor did he as a candidate. Contrast the president with the … Continue reading Trump Year 1: Yes he’s a conservative

Britain’s Reagan and Trump moment

By John Ruberry "This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves." Ronald Reagan, A Time for Choosing, … Continue reading Britain’s Reagan and Trump moment

Rest in peace, Nancy Reagan

By John Ruberry Nancy Reagan died this morning at her home in Los Angeles. The former First Lady, who had been ailing in recent years, was 94. Ronald Reagan in the last year of his presidency said this about his wife: What do you say about someone who gives your life meaning? What do you … Continue reading Rest in peace, Nancy Reagan

Ronald Reagan clearly loved America

By John Ruberry The poet called Miss Liberty's torch "the lamp beside the golden door." Well, that was the entrance to America, and it still is. And now you really know why we're here tonight. The glistening hope of that lamp is still ours. Every promise, every opportunity, is still golden in this land. And … Continue reading Ronald Reagan clearly loved America

Ronald Reagan’s glorious autumn of 2014

By John Ruberry Ten years after his passing, the legacy of Ronald Reagan still resonates. The Gipper has had a phenomenal autumn. Eight days before Election Day, the 50th anniversary of Reagan's A Time for Choosing address arrived and it reacquainted Americans with the 40th president's core values--and for younger voters it exposed the fallacies … Continue reading Ronald Reagan’s glorious autumn of 2014

Europe is right and Obama is wrong: Top-down government belongs in the past

By John Ruberry "This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capitol can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves." Ronald Reagan, A Time for Choosing, 1964. … Continue reading Europe is right and Obama is wrong: Top-down government belongs in the past

Why you should read Jay Nordlinger reason 387,384….

...because he says things lie this: The Obama-Biden line this year might be rendered as follows: “We inherited a mess. We thought we could fix it in one term. But we need more time. Give us another term, please.” (I’m not sure they say “please.”) Contrast this with the Reagan example. He too inherited a … Continue reading Why you should read Jay Nordlinger reason 387,384….

I offer a little bet for Ezra Klein…

Ezra looks at the trend lines on President Obama and thinks liberals are worrying needlessly: But so far as the polls go, Obama is doing okay among the left. In fact, as the graph below shows (click on it for a larger version), his approval trends among Democrats, independents and the country mirror Ronald Reagan's … Continue reading I offer a little bet for Ezra Klein…

Eugene Robinson spills the beans, Reversing Reaganism!

The MSM has been very careful to talk respectfully about Reagan lately but Eugene Robinson just gave up the game. He agreed with Charles Krauthammer statement of the following: The net effect of 18 months of Obamaism will be to undo much of Reaganism. On Morning Joe he agrees saying saying on Morning Joe that … Continue reading Eugene Robinson spills the beans, Reversing Reaganism!

Shh don’t tell Joy Behar that John Fund remembers Ronald Reagan…

...and the 80's a tad differently that his son might: Not this time. Ron Reagan, now a talk show host in Seattle, got the ball rolling when he told Joy Behar of CNN Headline News that his dad wouldn't have approved of either Sarah Palin or the "Tea Party" movement now roiling American politics. "Oh, … Continue reading Shh don’t tell Joy Behar that John Fund remembers Ronald Reagan…

Why I’m a Jay Nordlinger groupie…

...well maybe groupie is the wrong word but ya gotta love it when he says something like this: I remember wanting to ask Rep. Charles Rangel a question, years ago: Whom do you consider the better man: Ronald Reagan or Fidel Castro? (At the time, Rangel was pounding Reagan as a racist villain, basically, and, … Continue reading Why I’m a Jay Nordlinger groupie…