The Reagan Legacy and Democracy

Faculty Fellow, Philip Seib, blogs for the Huffington Post about the importance of the Reagan Legacy and Democracy. "If the United States is to make democracy the hallmark of its public diplomacy, Reagan's words, and those of the former policy makers at his library's conference, can provide a valuable foundation for those who seek to build a new political world." Read the blog here. var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true};…

The Last Reagan Campaign: Legacy

SIMI VALLEY, Calif.–When President Reagan left office in 1981, his legacy did not seem Mount Rushmore quality. He left office with a good approval rating, more than 50 percent. People always liked him. But there was limited enthusiasm for his record in office. Many of his own ideological soul mates were disappointed with the Gipper, thinking he was a tired old man. They thought he was being manipulated by younger aides in such capers as the Iran-Contra scandal and losing the Cold War to a new, younger Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev. Howard Phillips, the founder and chairman of Conservative Caucus,…

Reagan's presidential legacy examined by Tom Brokaw, panel at Centennial Symposium

More than two decades after he exited the political stage and rode off into the California sunset, President Ronald Reagan continues to spark passionate debate about his policy achievements, foreign policy, and political legacy. "Ronald Reagan was a great president, and he will be remembered in history for one thing, winning the Cold War," exclaimed Reagan biographer Lou Cannon to a standing room only crowd of more than 500 students, scholars and Reagan admirers, who came to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California on February 2 for a discussion led by legendary journalist and author Tom Brokaw….

Reeves: Republicans still hold true to Reagan ideals

In conjunction with the upcoming Ronald Reagan Centennial Academic Symposium, CCLP is set to release a new white paper by Senior Fellow Richard Reeves on the construction of Ronald Reagan's legacy. Reeves argues that the Great Communicator's mark on American politics is still being felt today, as Reagan remains the "nucleus" of the modern conservative movement. "American conservatism was constructed like an atom," says Reeves in an article in USA Today. "You had all of these energetic electrons, as it were, spinning wildly around — the religious, financial, nationalistic conservatives, and the old-fashioned New York banker conservatives — often despising…