Faces and names change, but old errors never die.

With only a few days to go I think it’s high time to lay out in clear terms what is at stake. This should pretty much do the trick. With the barest of imagination you should have no problem transmuting Reagan’s remarks from 48 years ago to the wars, bad fiscal policies, and threats to freedom we face in the present day. Stunning, huh? Note especially the *outrageous* figures he tosses ... More

On Ronald Reagan’s Catholic Father—and Your Thoughts

Last week I wrote a Father’s Day piece on the complicated case of Ronald Reagan’s father, Jack Reagan. The article was distributed to newspapers and websites around the country, and a bunch of them ran/posted it. I also did a shorter version for Catholic Exchange and EWTN/Ave Maria Radio, with the text and audio both available at Catholic Exchange. The Reagans from L to R: Father Jack, Br... More
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A Real Scar & War

Some images should make an indelible mark. Don’t click on this link unless you’re prepared to keep this image with you. The photo is of Feng Jianmei and her dead child. She was reportedly taken from her home by government officials while her husband was at work and after they refused to pay fines, their child was killed on June 3. At a ceremony today in Washington at the Victims of Communis... More

Obama’s Mandate: Timeless Wisdom from Ronald Reagan

Today, Feb. 6, is Ronald Reagan’s birthday. Because of that, and because February is also the month of Lincoln’s birthday and Presidents’ Day, many Republicans nationwide hold annual “Reagan Day” events. The GOP has long marked “Lincoln Day” events. The fact that many Republicans have now started doing Reagan Day celebrations is a testimony to the iconic status of Reagan in thei... More

Christmas 1981: A Flame for Freedom in Poland

December 2011 might not be an anniversary on the minds of American Catholics, but it is close and near and dear to the hearts of Polish Catholics. As American Catholics, we ought to pause here, today, to consider why. The reasons are historically and even spiritually inspiring. It was 30 years ago, December 13, 1981, that martial law was imposed upon Poland by the communist government. Poles... More

“A time for choosing.” So perfectly true, nearly 50 years later.

It’s a weekend. This is the fastest 27 minutes you will experience. Seriously: it flies by. If you have never watched/listened to Ronald Reagan’s 1964 GOP convention speech you absolutely must. If you have, do it again. Truly terrifying how much more accurate an assessment his speech is nearly 50 years later than it was even in its day. At that point, the most fearsome Socialist menace... More

Reader: Cain camp denies sexual harassment charges, U.S. prefers Reagan over FDR, KC paper refuses ad defending bishop

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on. Two women had accused Herman Cain of inappropriate behavior when he was head of the National Restaurant Association. http://cvote.to/6y The Cain campaign denies any allegations of sexual harassment. http://cvote.to/74 Not all unwanted advances are “sufficiently severe or pervasive” to automatically con... More

Catholics and Presidents’ Day

We welcome Dr. Paul Kengor as an occasional contributor to the CatholicVote Blog. Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania. Of the 56 signers to the Declaration of Independence, all were Christians, but only one was Catholic. Of the nearly 100 signers to both the Declaration and Constitution, all were Christians, but only three were Catholic. Fas... More

Well, Reagan did host Gorbachev.

What could Reagan possibly be saying? Time Magazine’s latest cover depicts Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan sharing a laugh, with Reagan’s arm around Obama’s shoulders. First and foremost, it’s funny in light of the recent “revelation” by Ron Reagan that his dad showed early signs of Alzheimer’s way back during his first term. So on the one hand you have one... More

NASA: 25 years after the Challenger, It’s gone green.

It was 25 years ago that I, and so many others, watched the space shuttle Challenger lifting off… and then explode. Later that day, President Reagan delivered a simple, and powerful message about the national tragedy. Concerning NASA and its mission, Reagan said, The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave. The Challenger crew was pulling us into the fut... More

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