Here's a rundown on some of the various Reagan tributes I thought you might like.
John Yoo at NRO's Corner Blog
Steven Hayward at NRO
The Washington Times
Ed Rollins, CNNOpinion
Daniel Flynn, Frontpage
Lou Cannon, Politics Daily
Mark Joseph, Investors Business Daily
Deroy Murdock, National Review - Reagan Revealed
John Heubusch, Pajama's Media
Edmund Morris, Washington Post
Senator Orrin Hatch, on the Senate floor
Too often, I've heard the compaint from friends that the Republicans are all about saying, "No" and don't want to do anything. Sen. Hatch reminds us of something Reagan said that gives encouragement to those who say, "NO". Hatch writes,
Ronald Reagan succeeded as president because he knew what he was about. In his farewell address from the Oval Office, he said, ‘I went into politics in part to put up my hand and say, Stop. I was a citizen politician, and it seemed the right thing for a citizen to do. I think we have stopped a lot of what needed stopping. And I hope we have once again reminded the people that man is not free unless government is limited. There’s a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As government expands, liberty contracts.’
I attempt to end the perception that Reagan was not conservative enough to be a Republican today in Want some Tea with that birthday cake, Mr. President?
As I have an opportunity to read more this weekend, I will update this page so check back.
Finally, I offer this - the speech by President Reagan on June 12, 1987 that he gave outside the Berlin Wall. Despite what has been written about him this week, this was no quiet or soft diplomacy. With the world watching and with the greatest symbol of the east-west divide framed behind him, he called out Mr. Gorbachev by name and told him, not asked, but told him to "Tear down this wall!" Today, we have leaders fearful of printing cartoons, but the Gipper would not back down. This epitomized his "peace through strength" diplomacy. He said to the Soviet Premier, "Hey, I'm here. I'm not going anywhere. I'm not here to fight, unless you want to fight. But I got a better idea. What we got over here is pretty good and we want you to have it too. Come down, open the door and shake my hand. This whole thing has gone on too long. It's time for it to end. Now open the door." Firm, but fair.