GOP Turns Sure Victory into Defeat

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Wait until next year — 2016, that is.

That’s what disappointed Republican spinners kept saying Tuesday night as they watched Mitt Romney’s hopes crash and burn in swing state after swing state.

How many times did I hear a Republican talk about how their party’s deep bench of future all-stars will return it to power in Washington in four years?

But all the Ryans, Rubios, Bushes, Haleys and Christies in America can’t put the GOP — or the country — back together again.

The GOP is a wreck — and not just in California, where the party’s registration is now below 30 percent.

Look how easily the Republican Party managed to turn what should have been a sure victory over an incompetent and dangerous incumbent into an embarrassing defeat.

First they tore each other to shreds in a bitter primary, smearing their eventual nominee in debates as a rich, uncaring profiteer who put working people out on the street and shipped their jobs overseas.

Then, while Obama’s ads in the battleground states reinforced the Republican-made caricature of Mitt, the Romney campaign did just about everything wrong.

It squandered the GOP convention and tried to make their candidate into “Mitt the Moderate.” Team Romney also shunned their natural allies in talk radio and didn’t reach out for help from conservatives like me.

I would have been glad to help the Romney campaign in Ohio or Pennsylvania, where I worked for my father in 1980. I offered, but the phone never rang. It didn’t ring for Bill O’Reilly or for the other major radio and TV talk shows, either.

But Team Romney’s biggest mistake was playing prevent defense after his big victory in the first debate. It was a terrible, fatal blunder.

Instead of hammering away at the horror of Obamacare, the cover-up in Benghazi and President Eye-Candy’s four years of failure, Romney ran the last five weeks hoping the clock would run out before Obama could recover.

But you don’t play prevent defense when you are running in second place in Ohio, Virginia, Florida — and Tuesday’s results proved it.

Hurricane Sandy struck Mitt a final blow, giving Obama the chance to look presidential and making Mitt disappear from the media for four days.

But give credit to Obama’s Chicago Gang. They ran a much better campaign — on the ground and in the air. They got out the vote and Obama got out his message of class envy and federal entitlements for all, without any trouble from his toadies in the media.

Now bigger deficits, higher taxes and a stagnant economy lie ahead for as far as the eye can see. And socialized medicine — which my father warned was coming to America 50 years ago — is going to soon become a reality via Obamacare.

Team Romney blew an easy win because it had a poor game plan. But it also lost because the Republican Party is all talk and no guts when it comes to fighting for real conservatism — Ronald Reagan conservatism.

GOP bigwigs constantly praise my father. For years they’ve used him to suck true conservatives into the party, but they’ve never really embraced Reaganism or its ideals.

They didn’t in the 1980s and they still don’t today. They only talk about him. The party bosses don’t really think like him.

Most of those Republican candidates who lost Tuesday played the same game of pretend.  “I’m like Ronald Reagan!” “No, I’m like Ronald Reagan!”

But most of them aren’t like my father. They weren’t waving the “bold colors” of real conservatism he talked about in 1975. The banners of the losers — like Mitt’s — were colored in “pale pastels.”

The GOP needs a new playbook. Unless it starts embracing my father’s conservative ideals instead of just paying lip service to them, the so-called “Party of Ronald Reagan” may never win another national election.

Copyright ©2012 Michael Reagan. Mike’s column is distributed exclusively by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate. For info on using columns contact Cari Dawson Bartley at or call 800-696-7561.

A Tale of Two Presidents

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This is the story of two very different American presidents and how they each answered their emergency Libyan phone calls.

First, the story of Ronald Reagan. When he got a call about trouble with Libya it was in August of 1981 and I happened to be having dinner with him and Nancy in Los Angeles.

We had just finished eating and were having coffee when Ed Meese phoned. Meese was my father’s top policy adviser, and there was a serious military crisis brewing in the Mediterranean.

At the time, the United States Navy was conducting war exercises in international waters in the Gulf of Sidra off the Libyan coast.

Since 1973 Moammar Gadhafi had claimed the gulf was part of Libya’s territorial waters and had “drawn a line” in the water that no one could cross.

The United States ignored the claim, which clearly violated international law, and during naval maneuvers in 1973 and again in the fall of 1980 our reconnaissance planes were fired on by Libyan fighter planes.

Jimmy Carter had cancelled American war games in the Gulf of Sidra because he didn’t want to upset Gadhafi. But when my father took office he ordered them to be resumed.

Ed Meese told my father over the phone that Gadhafi was sending out fighters that were locking onto our planes with their radar. There was worry that one of the Libyan jets would fire on one of our airplanes.

Meese asked my father what we should do if our planes were fired upon.

“Ed, fire back,” he said.

“What if they fire at our planes and run?”

“Chase them,” my father said.

“What happens if they fire on our boys and not only fire and run, they fly back into their own airspace?”

“Ed, if they fire on our boys, you chase them all the way back to their hangars if necessary, but you shoot them down.”

“Fine, Mr. President. Should I call you and wake you if necessary?”

“No,” my father said. “Only call me if our boys are shot down.”

The next morning we woke up to find two Libyan Su-22 fighter planes destroyed because a missile had been fired at one of our F-14 Tomcats. Meese never called my father to tell him because our boys were not shot down.

When his emergency phone call came in, Ronald Reagan answered it like a commander in chief.

When President Obama’s call came in telling him our consulate in Benghazi was under attack by terrorists, he put American lives on hold.

He didn’t send in the Marines or scramble jets. He was too busy trying to be eye-candy on “The View” or making his appointment for his fund-raiser in Vegas.

That’s the difference between two presidents — one strong, one weak. One who answered the call, one who did not.

And you can add a third president to this story. As weak as he was, Jimmy Carter at least tried to rescue the hostages in Tehran. Barack Obama did not even try to save our brave men in Benghazi.

I tell that story about how my father dealt with his Libyan crisis to show you the stark difference between him and our sorry excuse for a commander in chief who wants four more years in office.

We all understand that next week’s election will come down to “the economy, stupid” for many people. But we should never forget how a president should answer the call when American lives are on the line.

—–Copyright ©2012 Michael Reagan. Mike’s column is distributed exclusively by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate. For info on using columns contact Cari Dawson Bartley at or call 800-696-7561.

The Me-Me President

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During Monday night’s debate nearly 60 million of us got a good look at why Barack Obama has not been able to accomplish anything in four years.

It’s his patronizing, me-me personality.

Did you see how condescending he was toward Mitt Romney, not to mention downright rude at times?

Obama’s more-presidential-than-thou attitude, which he did little to hide or dial back at the debate, should have reminded us of what happened in the first two weeks of his administration.

Remember when he met with congressional leaders and said he wanted to come up with a bipartisan solution for the country’s economic mess?

It began with a spirit of compromise and mutual respect. But at one point, when Obama became displeased at the Republicans’ ideas for a recovery plan, he turned to House Minority Whip Eric Cantor and arrogantly said, “Elections have consequences and Eric, I won.”

The president spoke condescendingly to Cantor, and guess what? Nothing got accomplished in Washington. For nearly four years.

But Obama’s arrogant, condescending attitude to those mere mortals who are not rock-star politicians (or “eye-candy” for the women who watch “The View”) didn’t start with his presidency. It’s how he acted when he was a community organizer and it’s how he’s acted at every stage of his political life since then.

He doesn’t look at people and speak with people. He speaks down to people. And when you do that, you rarely succeed in getting anything done in politics or anywhere else.

Even Obama’s friends in Congress won’t cooperate with him. They’re tired of being talked down to, too. Democrats have not given him one positive vote for any budget he has put forward.

Compare Barack Obama to Mitt Romney’s way of working with people. Mitt’s been successful at everything he’s tried. It’s because he speaks with people. He embraces people. He works with people. He doesn’t patronize or speak down to them.

Ronald Reagan, in order to get all the things done in Washington that he did, also knew how to treat people. He embraced people — both his friends and his enemies. He never talked down to anyone in his life.

My father also knew something about sharing credit that our Me-Me President clearly doesn’t understand.

My father had a plaque on his desk that read, “There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn’t mind who gets the credit.”

Ronald Reagan knew that when you’re in Washington everyone wants to take credit for anything and everything that gets done. Not being willing to share the credit is another reason you won’t be able to accomplish anything.

But this president has a real problem with giving credit. If he had a plaque on his desk, it’d read, “The credit begins and stops here — with me.”

Did you hear how many times the president said “I” or “me” during the last debate? Did anyone hear a single “we”?

I don’t know if anyone counted on Monday, but during a 25-minute stump speech in Ohio in July Obama said the “I” word 98 times and the “me” word 19 times. (A few weeks later first lady Michelle’s total was 83 times in 25 minutes, so maybe it runs in the family.)

As long as the president is going to use the words “I” and “me,” “we” are never going to accomplish anything in Washington if he’s in charge.

All I can say, America, is that “I” can’t vote Obama out of office on Nov. 6. But “we” sure can.

Copyright ©2012 Michael Reagan. Mike’s column is distributed exclusively by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate. For info on using columns contact Cari Dawson Bartley at or call 800-696-7561.

Choose Success

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Everybody talks about the middle class being hurt in the Obama economy, but it’s really the working poor who are getting crushed.

The president boasts that he and four more years of his trickle-down government policies are going to save the middle class’ bacon, eggs and jobs.

And at the Tuesday night cockfight on Long Island, our presumptive ex-commander in chief accused Mitt Romney of being hypocrite and a liar who wants to help the rich at the expense of the middle class.

The middle class has become an important political football this fall, but no one knows what the middle class actually is.

There’s no official definition based on household income. It ranges between $42,000 and $60,000 a year and it’s different by state.

Earn $45k in Utah or Mississippi and you’re solidly middle class. Earn that much in Manhattan or the Great Train Wreck State of California, where Obama Gas can cost $5 a gallon, and you’re really hurting.

It’s certainly true the middle class has been hurt by the Great Recession. But the biggest losers are the working poor.

When the economy goes south, they are the first to lose their jobs or see their paychecks shrink.

The president doesn’t talk about helping them. But the working poor are people like my daughter, a schoolteacher in Southern California. And Victor, my barber. And Jenny, who does my nails. And the waiter at the local restaurant.

When the middle class feels the pinch, what’s the first thing they do to make ends meet? They drop their hair colorists and gardeners, who often end up becoming part of the 23 million Americans looking for jobs.

President Obama wants to encourage high-skilled immigrants to stay in America. That’s fine. But it’s the low-skilled immigrants and the working poor who I’m worried about.

They’re the ones who do America’s hardest, dirtiest jobs, and it’s their kids who are hoping to join the middle class of tomorrow.

When I was growing up in Los Angeles the low-paid workers of the day were the Japanese, many of whom were gardeners.

But the Japanese worked hard, educated their kids and became one of our most successful ethnic groups, even after the prejudice of World War II. That’s the way it’s always worked in this country — until Barack Obama came along.

The American people have two clear choices three Tuesdays from now. They can choose between a successful bussinessman and a failed president.

Obama wants to take wealth from the rich and give it to the poor so everyone in America can live on an equal scale.

But Americans have never been economically equal and don’t want to be. The president wants to create something that’s never existed in the history of the world; the economies that tried are on “the ash heap of history.”

Obama’s been a total disaster. The economy is tanking, 23 million are out of work, 47 million are getting food stamps, and he has no clue what to do for the next four years.

And since he can’t defend his own record, all Obama’s been doing is attacking Mitt Romney for his wealth and success.

Mitt has nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, he needs to stop being so shy about his record of success. He needs to do a little bragging to the American people — especially to the poor and working classes.

He needs to say, “When I ran Bain Capital I was asked to come in, save a lot of jobs, and make other people rich. I did a great job at that.

“I was brought in to save the Winter Olympics when it was being destroyed by corruption and financial problems. I succeeded at that.

“Now my job is to bring the American economy back to health and create jobs. I’ll be successful at that, too. And I’ll make it possible for the working poor, the middle class — all of us — to live better.”

Come on, all you undecideds, step up. It’s time to vote for Mitt and put America’s workers back to work.

—–Copyright ©2012 Michael Reagan. Mike’s column is distributed exclusively by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate. For info on using columns contact Cari Dawson Bartley at or call 800-696-7561.

The Wake Up America 2012 Rally

The Wake Up America 2012 Rally was co-produced by Jeffers Dodge and PopModal Videos, home of Mr. Reagan’s video collection of television appearances. Mr. Dodge commented in his email to Mr. Reagan, “The ‘Wake Up America 2012 Rally’ went very well. We estimated about 2,500 people overall. Producing this event was was exhilarating but exhausting… I loved it..”

Here are some photos by Peter Duke:

Deborah Flora’s Anti-War-On-Woman

Dennis Prager: Keynote speaker

Madison Rising


Lecture Series on International Affairs and National Security: Son of late president to discuss Reagan-Gorbachev relationship

From 1985 to 1989, the leadership and unlikely friendship of two men – U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Union General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev – catalyzed an astonishing event: the end of the Cold War.

Nearly 21 years ago, on Dec. 25, 1991, the Soviet Union dissolved itself, marking the definitive end of the Cold War. Few had foreseen that it would end, and almost no one expected it to do so with so little violence.

Michael E. Reagan, son of the late President Reagan, will discuss how this extraordinary event happened when he speaks at Wofford College on Thursday, Nov. 1, for the college’s Hipp Lecture Series on International Affairs and National Security.

He will speak at 7 p.m. in Leonard Auditorium in Main Building on “Reagan and Gorbachev: The Unlikely Friendship that Ended the Cold War.” The program is free and open to the public.

“I’m looking forward to speaking at Wofford College and the Hipp Lecture Series on International Affairs and National Security,” Reagan says. “My father understood that principles matter when you are on the world stage. He believed in American exceptionalism and that America remains the best hope for mankind.”

Van Hipp, the Wofford alumnus who endowed the lecture series, says, “President Reagan’s effort to help end the Cold War was one of the great achievements of the 20th century. Michael Reagan had a front row seat to his father’s historical accomplishments, and we are pleased to have him at Wofford as part of our lecture series.”

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Note from Dick Morris and An Urgent Message From Michael Reagan: My Dad’s Secret Can Stop Obama



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Urgent Message from the Desk of Michael Reagan

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Time is running short.

I have been involved in every presidential race since my dad first ran in 1976.

This election may be the most important in my lifetime — and in the great history of our nation.

We are coming to a clear divide in the road.

If the American people take the left side and choose Barack Obama, the path is clear: more government, more socialistic schemes, more regulation, less freedom, and economic stagnation.

America will decline as a great power.

And you can help them win on Election Day.

Mitt Romney, on the other hand, has made clear that he believes in the principles that have made America great: a free people, engaged in their own businesses and private lives, and creating a better, freer, more equal society.

He wants America to remain number one with no apologies!

The choice could not be more clear, yet the polls show the race is close.


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Reagan on Biden: ‘Smooth But Pure Demagogue’ The American Spectator; posted by Jeffrey Lord

Ronald Reagan was not impressed with Joe Biden.

In fact, writing in his diary in his usual abbreviated style on June 15, 1987, Reagan described Biden this way:

He’s smooth but pure demagog [sic]– out to save Am. [America] from Reagan Doctrine…

As America settles in tonight to watch now-Vice President Biden face off in debate with Congressman Paul Ryan, whom no one has ever accused of being either a “smooth but pure demagogue” much less part of “a lynch mob,” it’s worth a look at exactly why the nation’s 40th president saw Biden this way — and how Reagan’s assessment is reflected in the conduct of today’s Obama-Biden administration…

To be a demagogue, of course, is to exhibit a personality trait not a policy. To appeal to prejudice… And he has three policy favorites in which his addiction to demagoguery most frequently surface: foreign policy, race, and economics….

Yesterday, Reagan biographer Paul Kengor shared a story about then-Senator Biden’s treatment of William Clark, Reagan’s appointee in 1981 as Deputy Secretary of State. The story is a classic of Biden demagoguery for which Reagan had such disdain. And there’s more to the story….

In other words, … Joe Biden has never changed…

Joe Biden, Ronald Reagan concluded, was nothing more — or less — than a “smooth but pure demagogue.”

The Gipper called it as he saw it.

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As Obama goes around the country making light of cutting or eliminating PBS, perhaps its worth posing the question whether that money would be better spent protecting our embassies, consulates, and personnel.

Tyler Paper: President Reagan’s son visits Brook Hill by Kelly Gooch

BULLARD — Michael Reagan stressed the importance of a Christian education Monday night, telling a crowd at The Brook Hill School that it was that very thing that helped bring him back to God and strengthen his relationship with his father.

“It’s really about changing lives,” he said, adding that lives will change for the better because of Christian education.

He went on to talk about his own education, his faith, and how he became part of the Reagan family. He said he was able to eulogize his father in 2004 because of God, and that neither he nor his father would have gotten to where they did without that relationship.

As for himself, he said he was sexually abused as a child and went through a period where he hated God.

“I didn’t understand then what was going on in my life,” he said.

While he struggled with his relationship with God, his father was “always with God,” he said.

“He saw America as a Godly nation, and he wanted” to serve it, Reagan said.

For instance, he said when Ronald Reagan was shot, he forgave the shooter, John Hinckley.

Toward the end of his speech, Reagan talked about hugging his father and telling him he loved him. He encouraged audience members to embrace students in the same way.

“How you raise them up is going to change the world …” Reagan said. “The future is in that classroom.”

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