36 Burst results for "Ronald Reagan"
Fresh update on "ronald reagan" discussed on Frankie Russo
"Ronald Reagan became president he became the U.S. attorney for the southern district He was appointed by alphonse alley boy d'amato U.S. senator in New York We'll get into that momentarily but political R and T orientation was interesting because he was a registered Democrat He supported RFK the U.S. senator in New York who was running for the president and she against Eugene McCarthy The peace candidate halfway through the democratic primary RFK decided hey I gotta pimp that ride and become the peace candidate I can't be a hawk any longer Like LBJ was like his replacement vice president You've been age Humphrey is From Minnesota And so you know the rest of the story unfortunately RFK won the California primary against McCarthy And then ended up getting executed They claimed by Sherman show of hand In the hotel in Los Angeles and the kitchen area to this day people doubt that that Palestinian surehand surehand did it independently and autonomously but that's what it says on the books And his very first vote for president was George McGovern My very first vote for president was for George McGovern How interesting we move beyond The dove the peace snake George McGovern He did not vote For Richard Nixon Rudy voted for George McGovern My first vote period was for George McGovern Wow it's interesting how he shared that Anyway we're going to test out our phones one 808 four 8 9 two two two That's one 808 four 8 WABC Let's work from the top down and see if in fact they are computerized Crack computer engineers have put this all back together again Actually in the course of the three shows that we did Vinnie meduna Jean from 5 to 6 he is the protege of a cousin who was on from 6 to ten As he always is every Saturday followed by Tony Orlando without dawn from ten to 12 And that's when the system began to start crashing Unbeknownst to Vinny maduni on be known Bruce morrow AKA cousin Bruce and unbeknownst to Tony Orlando Maybe to undo it but Tony Orlando then but I was aware of it And I'm like all hands on deck all hands on deck You're not going to deprive me I'm not one second of broadcast time Hell no They were saying well maybe we'll put in a tape show Over my dead body Oh maybe we'll put in the best of the other side of India Are you kidding There is no best side of the other best side of midnight or whatever you want to call it Whenever they replay a show it probably wasn't good the first time What did we want to do Taught you our audience second time What do we think our audience is masculine So I stood here and I defied my crew and I said we are not playing a taped program or an old program And we're definitely not playing What Frank Moran would call the best or the other side of midnight Because there's no such thing That does not exist It was never the best side to begin with So why should we torture you and play it twice We're not doing that So I insisted I'm not going anywhere I'm staying right here You call up every engineer every huckleberry out there whoever we're at popular mechanics I'll start you in the bazooka Joe bubble gum and we'll put this together one way or another So now look at he split we're gonna try it out Avery You better not interfere with this You better not sabotage it Broadway Bill Lee If this doesn't work out you're gonna head back to that senior citizen compound and join your friend won a wolf playing shuffleboard against the Canadians in Fort Myers Let's go to Howard in Babylon your turn to be heard here at WABC Howie Hi Curtis Oh wow it works It works The bazooka Joe bubble gum worked It does I call because I think you would write the best autobiography going right now because your life's been one big adventure I think people would be interested in New York reading you a book Well now let me ask you I think we have to sort of move in a different set of circles and my colleagues Shit Rosenberg in the morning who stretching around like a peacock talks about his book as if he is going to win a Pulitzer Prize My quantum I went into his book coming out The book is coming out the book is coming out I would prefer to do this shall we I would prefer to start simply with a matchbook you know simple stuff then a comic book and then maybe and then maybe what is traditionally thought of as a soft copy and then a hard copy How about that That we sort of take it one step at a time Whatever that makes you comfortable like yes and it can't be any fight out of words You can't be any multi syllabic words 'cause you know I'm gonna have very difficult a very difficult time not only writing it out But also pronouncing it can you imagine If this book is loaded with those $5 words with a multi syllabic words how am I going to do the audio portion of the book I think you got to shatter The New York Times Best Seller list Maybe not one but certainly 8 volume ten in that range But that's my opinion Wait a second You mean you tell me I can challenge our own Bill O'Reilly who every few months has another edition of his series of books killing this killing that killing a fly killing a mosquito it's not a matter of challenging him He's got his shtick and you'd have yours You wrote a book in 1982 I looked it up and I forgot what it was called I was called weird fight No excuse me Street march It was called street smarts It was the urban guide to self defense Really nothing ought to buy a graphical in that I understand what you're saying you're saying that maybe there'll be an opportunity To call all of our all of our listeners to a nearby brun tunnels It's run tun still open or did they go bankrupt I think they're gone but there's still walls and books on this are the stores where you.
The Left's Hold on the Black Community Is Coming to an End
"I want to get right to our guest. Someone who I have an amazing amount of respect for, I read basically everything he puts out. If there's an op-ed by this man, I read it. He's kind of the senior Professor of the conservative movement, and we are honored to have this great patriot with us today. Newt Gingrich, mister speaker, welcome back to the program. Thank you for that warm introduction. As long as you say those nice things, I'll always show up. Well, then we have a deal. So I want to talk about your piece. Democrats hold on the black community is ending, this is something that people have been talking about for a couple years. It was a wonderful piece, walk our audience through it. Well, we've been working on a project that Bernie Marcus launched back in 19 18, looking at the question of could you find an American majority that would be large enough and stable enough that you could really get the big things done we need to get this country back on the right road. And because of my background, both working with Ronald Reagan and then with the contract with America in creating the first Republican House majority in 40 years, we had sort of an instinct for how to do this. What's happened, of course, is that Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer mean, let's be fair. They all work together. They've created such a bad performance record at levels people feel. There was a brilliant article the other day by Selena zito, who's one of the great students of American politics. And she said, she was interviewing people in small towns in western Pennsylvania who said to her, look, I can't find baby formula without going to four or 5 stores. And I can't afford the gasoline to go to four or 5 stores. So Joe Biden is hitting me and every possible way. And I think what all that's doing is we have to remember, African Americans are as pocket sensitive as Latinos or Asian Americans or for that matter, caucasians. And they're looking out there that say, it ain't working.
"Okay, so let's hear, let's hear Julie and Harvard. If we lose freedom in America, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on earth. President Ronald Reagan. Last spring break, I went on a trip with a hundred other Harvard undergraduates to Israel. It was one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life, and I will always be grateful to Harvard for that. I recalled the trip with awe and joy, but a certain moment rattled me. Our group attended a Shabbat dinner at a Tel Aviv synagogue. The rabbi proclaimed, welcome to Israel. You are all here from America, the best country in the world. He paused. But not a single person clapped.
Liz Cheney Dares to Quote Ronald Reagan Following Award
"Cheney You know dizzy Lizzy Cheney only gets the attention she gets now because she is trying to destroy Trump and all the Trump supporters If dizzy Lizzy had actually lived up to her positions when she ran for the House in the first place as she'd be getting no attention or only very negative attention Do you know that dizzy Lizzy Cheney Got the profiles and courage award from the John F. Kennedy library mister producer Is that interesting No more Halliburton Thank God No more Chinese war criminals No The JFK profile encourage award yesterday And she dares to quote president Reagan And George Washington when this award has become an award for radical leftists and radical leftists only And she's very proud And her new friend Nancy Eva Pelosi stretch is very proud of her And wait until they have their public hearings and waiting to all I'm telling you
Compilation of Ronald Reagan's Successful Speeches on Foreign Policy
"I just want you to hear a relatively short compilation Of some of the things Reagan said during his presidency an enormously successful presidency Where he got enormous popular votes won the Electoral College numbers never seen before since probably George Washington And had a fantastically successful foreign policy Take a listen This is from again a group of his speeches just clips from the speeches Some of his best speeches against tyranny Cut 24 go And to every person trapped in tyranny whether in the Ukraine Hungary Czechoslovakia Cuba Vietnam We send our love and support and tell them they are not alone Their message must be your struggle is our struggle your dream is our dream and someday you too will be free Hey miss poop John Paul told his beloved polls We are blessed by divine heritage We are children of God and we can not be slaves History shows that it is precisely when totalitarian regimes begin to decay from within It is precisely when they feel the first real stirrings of domestic unrest That they seek to reassure their own people of their vast and unchallengeable power through imperialistic expansion or foreign adventure So the era ahead of us is one that will see grave challenges and be fought with danger Yet it's one that I firmly believe will end in the triumph of the civilized world and the supremacy of its beliefs in individual liberty of representative government and the rule of law under
Charlie Welcomes Arizona's Karrin Taylor-Robson to the Show
"Hello everybody. Welcome back. We are here in my home now, Arizona. I grew up in Illinois, but I chose to live in Arizona. And I could tell you right now, Arizona is like the battleground state of the battleground state of the battleground state. And I really wanted to get kind of a picture of what's happening on the ground in Arizona and kind of the political trends and also someone who's running to be the next governor of Arizona. We've known each other for a long time. We have some awesome mutual friends, Karen Robson, Karen, welcome to the program. Thank you. And your barnstorming the state, whenever I work out, I see your ads on TV and it's compelling and you're getting the message out. Tell us why you're running for governor and then let's get right into what's happening here in Arizona. Well, I'm running for governor because we're being invaded from the south and we're under attack from Washington, D.C.. As you said, I'm a lifelong native, I was born and raised here. I was born and raised in rare. At is rare. 70% of our adult population came from somewhere else. So welcome. Welcome to Arizona. The land of the free and the home of the brave. That's Ronald Reagan used to talk about The Shining city on the hill, and he was referencing America. Well, it's now Arizona. We are The Shining city on the hill, and that is why Arizona is one of the top states for people moving to because people crave freedom. But I've been so lucky my whole life. I've worked since I was a kid. And there was a time I would tell my parents, I was going to write a book about them for making me work, you know, at such a young age because it was some form of child abuse. I'm sure they would be thrown in jail now for putting their 5 year old work, but the book I'm going to read is going to be one about gratitude. And the opportunities I have had my entire life to build a career, I put myself through school, I put myself through law school, built my career, been very successful, and I thank God every day for it. And I see those opportunities slipping away.
Like Country, Like City: Failing Under the Left's Control
"Can you give me an example of a city that is implemented The full boat liberal agenda That has just prospered and flowered I mean where you have full monopolistic control and you haven't been stopped San Francisco New York you were stopped They got two terms of Giuliani It's since been on even Bloomberg outside of the gun control stuff was relatively reasonable on the economic stuff Before he went crazy with all the gun confiscation nonsense so New York it was the cycle was broken and we got de Blasio and it all went back again but they haven't managed to destroy the whole thing yet But what they've had monopolistic control everywhere You look at these countries they fall apart these country states and cities like San Francisco and I brought up countries because Chile just elected a communist This is a relatively prosperous South American country that in a matter of weeks and months has managed to almost completely fall apart You've got this guy in Mexico Amlo as well The destruction wrought by these people is just incredible Like you don't have a single example you can produce of success yet we have a ton of them Texas Florida Ronald Reagan's years in office I mean Margaret Thatcher's revitalization of the United Kingdom's economy our examples are all over I can see here all day
How Alabama's Mike Rogers Made His Way to Congress
"Folks, I want you to welcome to the Doug Collins podcast, Mike Rogers, from Alabama Mike's good to see you, buddy. Thank you, Doug. We miss you, man. Well, I miss being there. A lot of late night Sessions and discussions and everything as we go. One of the things that I always like to talk about when we get started on the podcast is and from a perspective, everybody seems to know us, even if it's back in our districts and states, they know us from things like this. They see us on TV, they see us on, or hear us on radio, they do that. They don't really know like sort of how we got to where we are. So I want to use this moment before we get into the deeper stuff in Washington. Talk a little bit about how you got to Congress, sort of your background, why you wanted to do this in the first place. Well, I started young. I knew from as an adolescent and I wanted to be in Congress and I started to prepare myself for a career in public service. I. Prepared for law. I tell people that law is my vocation, politics is my career. But I prepared for a career in politics by getting an undergraduate degree in political science and master's degree in public administration in all degree. And then at 28, ran for the state for the county commission in my home county was the youngest person ever elected in the first Republican. Like a lot in the south, you know it is. There was the south is very conservative, but it was always historically Democrat until the last three decades. Ronald Reagan had a lot to do with change in that and in Barack Obama kind of kept it off. But many events, then I went from the county commission to the state legislature, was there a two terms served as minority leader in 2008, I ran for the 2002 I ran for the House. I've been here ever since.
David Gergen Shares His Experiences in the Nixon Administration
"David, I want to start because there's some people in the audience. I get new affiliates every month, and we get 400 and right now. I want them to know that you work for RN, you work for Gerald Ford, you work for Ronald Reagan, you work for Clinton. But you have different sort of styles and roles for each of them. Let's start with president Nixon. What'd you do in the Nixon White House? Nixon White House, I came in, I've been in the navy. I went to law school and I went in the navy for three and a half years. My last year, you know, I was assigned to come back to come to Washington to work on draft reform. That was the time when Nixon had launched a random lottery to determine what draft number you got and whether you're going to go to Vietnam or not. And we tried to clean that up, they ran a bogus in some ways, I ran the moderator first year out. I'll tell you, you have time for a little story. We got lots of time. We can go a long time today. Okay, super. Well, so the next one out of The White House orders a random lottery to determine who goes to Vietnam. The Lewis Hershey was then head of the draft. He was sort of the J. Edgar Hoover of the drafts. And so Hershey did something they did back in the Second World War, which was a very popular war. They got a bowl, they got capsules, and they put January 1 in the first capsule, put it in a bowl, and then January 2, all the days of January, then February, all the way up through the days of December the last ones into the boat. Got a spoon started up a little bit. Put it in the closet. And then on the day on the random monitor, they brought it to bowl, reached in for number one, you ought to Vietnam. And it was like November 15th. And then all of the early all of the early numbers and all of the early draws were from late in the year. So the whole thing was tilted.
Will Chamberlain on Ronald Reagan's Favorite Magazine 'Human Events'
"Before we talk about big tech, you were the publisher, human events, fabulous, and newspaper. For those who are not familiar with it, because it's like this silent conservative success story, what say a little bit about human events before we move on to big tech. Oh, sure, yeah. It was Ronald Reagan favorite magazine, but it was basically defunct for about 5 years from about 2014 to 2019. At the time I bought it with Raheem kassam and had him as EIC. We split pretty quickly, but I think we brought back a very higher a little bit of a higher aesthetic. A lot of the early human events articles, especially when I was publishing, were really beautiful art from Ian miles Chong, who's actually on Twitter, one of his most people know I'm just from his tweets, but you wouldn't know that he's actually a very talented graphic artist. And so much of the beautiful art that was on the articles was there. And we just had a lot of very good interesting contributions. I was really trying to push at the time, push the right towards this kind of more almost like pragmatic ruthlessness and achieving things. It kind of connects to big tech because when I was on the aggressive action on big tech, bandwagon back in 2018, 2019 when most conservatives, I think we're still a little hesitant about trying to regulate it because they come from this predisposition. Small government, small government type thing. And we were just really trying to push, no, no, no, that's, in this case, that's a self defeating principle.
Will Chamberlain on the Identity of the SCOTUS Leaker
"He is senior counsel for the article three project formerly publisher of Ronald Reagan's favorite newspaper human events will Chamberlain. Welcome in studio. Obviously great to be here with you, sad. Well, now we have the luxury of a little bit longer to discuss. You were in recently because of a very powerful, long thread you published on Twitter on the possible identity of the Supreme Court leaker, an individual who in her past associations and writings is shown quite a radical bent towards a pro abortion. Since we last, let's just do a little update since we last spoke. Anything changed in that analysis is anything countered that I haven't seen anything? No, there hasn't been anything. There's been, I think, Nina totenberg tried to suggest that it was a conservative clerk, but her analysis didn't have any connections to the reporters. It was just speculation about, well, a conservative clerk would have seen the strategic value of doing it this way because it fixes the justices in their positions. Right, because conservatives are the ones who break the rules. That's what conservatives do. Right. And also what conservative clerk is going to subject their own justice to the kind of protests that we've been seeing at their houses. And they know that's coming. Clerks know what the left does, especially in this town. So I just don't see it. I think as my analysis was from the beginning, this is probably the work of a desperate liberal law clerk trying to preserve roe V wade, and then in that threat I showed how this one particular clerk for justice Breyer, Elizabeth deutsch, not only has an extensive record through her career in her academic work of trying to work on pro abortion and reproductive rights causes, and that Josh gerstein, the journalist who published the leak of Politico at Politico, went to her wedding, co wrote, was a shared bylines with her husband. I mean, these people know
Sen. Rick Scott Wants to Flatten Tax Rates, Like Ronald Reagan
"But here's where it gets really weird Rick Scott the junior Republican senator from Florida Has a plan not to raise taxes but a plan to flatten the tax rates There is a big difference There is a I don't want to bore you guys to death But there is a difference between tax rates and tax revenues okay Ronald Reagan cut the tax rate The top tax rate when Ronald Reagan got into office with 71% Ronald Reagan cut it over a series of years in conjunction with Republicans In Congress and some Democrats he cut it down to 28% So now if you're a simpleton like a lot of Democrats sorry like oh he cut the tax rates so tax revenue must have went down It did not Tax revenue doubled It went from about 505 hundred million a billion excuse me To about 900 billion I must have lost in powers $1 million went to about 900 billion Folks again you can look that up It's out there just go to tax revenue by year It's a fact it's not open to your opinion Tax revenue went up even after ingesting for inflation by about I think it was about 26% or something like
Inflation Under Joe Biden vs. Ronald Reagan
"So I thought to myself and I like to do this on my Fox show this weekend too that wouldn't it be really great Wouldn't it be terrific to just go back and take a look at history The last time we had an inflationary economic crisis what did Ronald Reagan do Because I have the numbers showing that Reagan turned it around quickly So I pulled up this article because Biden's blaming everyone Again he wants to hike taxes here This is an article from Chris Talbot It's from the hill It's from last year May of 2021 I say it's from last year because Jen Psaki just said Jim then we play it in the last hour Jen Psaki said nobody warned them about this inflation thing Nobody would have A bunch of dopes and people believe it Nobody warned you Here's may 13th What's today's date May 10th So this was almost exactly a year ago minus three days That a guy by the name of Chris talgo who I don't know but it's a very good piece wrote a piece in the hill anyone could have seen He said Biden should take a page out of Reagan's inflation killing playbook So when Ronald Reagan got into the Oval Office in 1980 he notes he inherited an economy struggling with runaway inflation In January of 1980 inflation was 13.9% So in other words under the Reagan years when he first got into office folks the inflation problem was even worse When Biden got into office inflation was running two to 3% Brandon there managed to make it make an explode to 8 and a half percent So when Reagan got into office inflation was 13.9% By April it increased the 14.8% This is what he inherited from Jimmy Carter Ronald Reagan Far worse almost double what Biden's got now
How Did Ronald Reagan Wrestle Inflation?
"So Chris talgo goes on Well how did Reagan fix this inflation era He says fortunately by the late 1980s Ronald Reagan's free market policies coupled with a hike in interest rates had wrestled inflation down to a more sustainable 4.6% Wow so they did fix it Those are called numbers lefties you may want to check that out Since the late 1980s inflation has remained off of Americans radar of things to worry about Until now So what happened Brandon happened Joe Biden happened That's what happened Single most destructive force the man has done more damage in close to two years than any president in modern American history Let's go Brandon and I agree Yeah I know you agree I'm serious I think this guy makes Barack Obama look like teddy Teddy Roosevelt
Reagan Library Board Is Destroying the Reagan Library
"So this board in the officers of this board are destroying the Reagan library as far as I'm concerned That's my view As you know when my books come out I go to the Reagan library We have a wonderful relationship or did The biggest audience has come when I speak That's not Bragg That's fact And when my books are released we oversell the Reagan library We have to turn people back And we sell out the Reagan library in 7 8 9 minutes Because we're reaganites And we don't make any bones about it We're conservatives and we don't make any bones about it And most of the people who sit on that board hate Donald Trump I think Ronald Reagan would have liked Donald Trump May not agreed with all the tactics and so forth but I think he would have liked him very much I don't think it would have cared for Larry Hogan
President Nixon's Big Golden Mistake
"Okay, so my $64,000 question is why did the Richard Nixon do it? They did it by mistake. They didn't mean to go off of it, but there was a mild recession. Nixon was coming up for reelection. They had this mistaken belief that they devalued the dollar. That would improve our trade balance. That would goose up the economy. And so they went off in August of 1971. They what they called close the gold window. Because of bogus economic thinking. Which dominated sadly, much of the economic profession. They like to think they can do things better than an impersonal force like gold. So they went off of it. They made a half baked attempt to go back on it, but no one was really willing to make the effort to do it. So it just sort of fell apart in the early 1970s. Ronald Reagan wanted to go back on the gold standard, but no one around him, except for the handful of exceptions, most of the economists said no. You can't do it. And he knew that if he didn't have the support of an intellectual support, it wouldn't happen. And it didn't happen.
Josh Mandel: Any Candidate Who Doesn't Care About Ukraine Is Pro-Putin
"I'm asking you about Ukraine We're not even asking for feet on the ground We're not going to have asbestos I can tell Infantry there just supporting the Ukrainian people to stop the Russians They are being slaughtered It looks like those black and white pictures not precisely but close enough From you know half from 80 90 years ago what do you make of that I mean can we really afford Republicans who go to Washington D.C. and sound like isolationists Anyone who's running for the U.S. Senate who says quote they don't care what happens in Ukraine one way or another In my mind is unqualified to serve in the United States Senate and also their pro Putin I mean that is the pro Putin position and you're listeners know this because your listeners believe in the Reagan doctrine and believe in peace through strength But going back to when the wall fell Putin was the KGB chief in Dresden and when the KGB station emptied out he was there burning documents and he was the last guy there He gets surrounded by troops He thought it was end of his life Somehow he wiggled his way out And he talks about that moment as the most embarrassing moment for himself personally and the most embarrassing moment for his mother Russia and his entire life and he blames it squarely on Ronald Reagan and the United States of America And ever since that moment Mark Vladimir Putin has hated America and hated everything we stand for So to have any candidate for office in America any politician in America to say who cares what happens in Ukraine they are pro Putin And in my mind it's an anti American position And it's just unqualified someone for office let alone the United States Senate
Robert O'Brien Says Peace Through Strength Works Best Against Russia
"And I look how you handled as the last national security adviser for president Trump. A variety of challenges. And, you know, you guys got a Middle East peace deal. You got the Serbs and Kosovo to something like peace. You guys got NATO to at least start contributing. I mean, you had successes around the globe, I don't think this Ukraine thing would have happened. If Putin had been facing a Donald Trump administration with a Robert O'Brien as a national security adviser, am I wrong? Well, I don't think so. I think what you can do is just look at the record of accomplishments the present Trump achieved earlier. It was pretty simple. It goes back to Ronald Reagan and you're a student of Roman history and goes back to the Roman times piece of strength works. And I used to tell this to my staff at
TMZ: Would Be Reagan Assassin Hinckley Sells out NYC Music Show
"From TMZ a little footnote here would be Reagan assassin John hinckley sells out his New York City music show John hinckley the man who tried to kill Ronald Reagan once upon a time has turned a new leaf in the world of music and it sounds like he can get asses in the seats they write The one time would be presidential session who shot Reagan in 1981 but was subsequently acquitted by reason of insanity As an upcoming performance in Brooklyn this summer that is apparently sold out in tickets this according to the venue itself And hinckley has posted it on I guess it's Twitter The place is called the market hotel and per their website There are no more seats available for hinckley show and July 8 where he's booked to play the guitar and sing some songs Their tickets regard for $20 a poppy before they all got snapped up and by the way this place has somewhat of a decent sized capacity 450 people can fill it So you have to imagine at least a few hundred heads are going to be watching come showtime Hinckley's been all in on his sing songy occupation since he cashed in on his unconditional release earlier this year It's amazing It's amazingly sickening Isn't it mister producer
"ronald reagan" Discussed on The Doug Collins Podcast
"Hey everybody, you know, we have had a lot of fun going back through and looking at the farewell address as a president. We also looked at Ronald Reagan's address that really was his coming of political age speech, I guess, where the time for choosing. Back at the end of the year, I've had a lot of response to these series on the speeches by presidents and their final speeches and what it really is is what it says to us today. Just recently we did Washington and Eisenhower, we saw a sort of the, you know, it's really the voices from 200 plus years and really and the voices from 70 years ago that speak to really issues that we have today. But there's another one I think that in light of everything that's been going on recently and especially in our country, the turmoil in our country, the back and forth of political discourse, the upheaval, if you would. I went back and as I was looking through these and we're going to do more of these. And so, you know, your comments and your suggestions on the website, the Doug Collins podcast dot com, go there, you can email me there. You can catch up on blogs, do other things that we got going on. Legacy precious metals, our sponsor, they give us, you know, there's a lot of things you can learn about also on our website. So I want you to go to that website. And let me know because there's others. Maybe you have some that you want to that you would like to hear. There's more that we're going to be doing. In this series, but today we're going to do Reagan's speech from January 11th, 1989. It was think about, I want to frame this speech at first. This was Reagan's after 8 years. It had been a long 8 years. It had been a eventful 8 years in many ways, good and bad, and I think he acknowledges that in this speech. But he goes back and remember, early in his presidency, he had almost never happened. Remember he was almost assassinated and we didn't really know until years several years later how close he was to actually being killed with the bullet of the assassin. Hinkley at that time. And I think if you look at a time in his presidency where he started the campaign coming out of 80 with Carter and how it began and then how that transitioned after not only the putting in of his perspective after the assassination attempt, the tax break issue, the tax cuts, the recession, and then into an economy that by the time this speech was given, the economy was really on a very sharp trajectory up. There was the excess of the 80s for those of us who grew up in the 80s, this was my decade. As far as being a teenager in college, getting married, the pastel colors, the big hair, the music. I mean, it's just, it was just a decade of a lot of, you know, if you look back on it, some would say today, you know, it was a lot. If you look at this going forward. So to say Reagan summed this up and nobody was probably more prevalent than Reagan during this decade, not only on the American studies, but the world stage. And when you understand his presence on the world stage, that came from an American stage, you'll understand better what he says here in just a little bit about how, you know, there's a quote in here that I'll talk about where he says in the speech. He said, we started off to change a country and ended up changing a world. And I think that's an interesting perspective. But let's get.
"ronald reagan" Discussed on This American President
"In the run up to the Reykjavík conference, Gorbachev gave Reagan a key concession. He could accept SDI if research for it was restricted to laboratories for 15 years. But Reagan was still in no mood to budge in any way on SDI. The summit was held on October 11th and 12th, 1986. Reagan discussed his thoughts with Gorbachev on human rights issues, expressing his concerns for religious persecution in the Soviet Union, and for families separated because of the Cold War. Reagan never abandoned his belief that the Cold War was a conflict with moral implications. That western democracy and capitalism were on the side of right, and the communists in the wrong. But the issue of nuclear arms dominated the discussions. Both sides went back and forth on multiple proposals. Gorbachev went first, proposing for the U.S. and the Soviet Union to eliminate half of their strategic nuclear weapons and to take out all intermediate range nuclear forces, or INF weapons out of Europe. It would be a historic agreement. Back in 1972, Nixon and brezhnev had negotiated limitations in nuclear weapons. But this would be the first time that they would actually be reduced. It would be a dramatic reduction. Reagan seemed to signal that he favored this approach. It seemed like agreement would be reached, and both men could come home peacemakers and heroes. According to White House chief of staff Don Reagan, the president hit the table and said quote, well, why didn't you say so in the first place? That's exactly what I want to do. And if you want to do away with all the weapons, all agree to do away with all the weapons, all the weapons, of course, will do away with all the weapons. Good, that's great. Now we have an agreement. Gorbachev responded and said quote, but you must confine SDI to the laboratory. Reagan then said quote, no, I won't. No way. SDI continues. I've told you that. I'm never going to give up SDI. Again, Reagan would not back down. He continued to assure Gorbachev that sdi would not be an offensive weapon and that he would share the technology with the Soviets. He added that he would be willing to wait until all ballistic missiles were destroyed before deploying SDI. Reagan and Gorbachev stood at a stalemate. Still, working groups from both sides continued to work on reducing strategic arms, and INF weapons. On the second day of the conference, Gorbachev tried to sweeten the deal, offering cuts in INF weapons, not just in Europe, but this time in Asia. Reagan was fine with this as well. But again, things came back to SDI. The American side tried to break out of the stalemate by coming up with another proposal. To eliminate all strategic weapons within 5 years by 1991 to eliminate all ballistic missiles within ten years and to introduce missile defenses after that. Reagan was willing to delay deployment of SDI for ten years, but not to keep all testing in a laboratory throughout that time. He felt that confining testing to a laboratory basically rendered SDI inoperable. He and Gorbachev went back and forth. They came to an understanding that they wanted to eliminate all nuclear weapons, period. All of them, a global zero. This would be an astounding agreement. Who would have thought that Ronald Reagan, the right wing anti communist would be willing to get rid of nuclear weapons forever? The freeze movement didn't believe him when he said earlier in his presidency that he wanted to abolish nuclear weapons, and now he had his chance. He could secure his presidential legacy and be hailed as a peacemaker. It seemed within his grasp. But again, SDI remained a stumbling block. Reagan insisted on keeping it. Gorbachev kept saying that he would only accept an agreement. If all testing was kept in a lab. Reagan felt that this made any development of SDI impractical. It would have been the most spectacular arms agreement in American history. Instead, both men left the table with nothing disappointed and even angry. Gorbachev reportedly said of Reagan that he was quote undertaking fraudulent maneuvers in order to distort facts and confuse the public. He added that we are dealing with political scum. When Reagan returned to the United States, those on the left attacked him for allowing his Star Wars fantasy to prevent the greatest arms treaty ever. Those on the right were terrified that Reagan, their champion was willing to eliminate America's entire nuclear arsenal, and seemed willing to trust that the evil empire would do the same. It seemed that Gorbachev had gone to the summit, willing to tease Reagan with an incredible deal as a way to get him to give up SDI. Again, underscoring just how important and threatening SDI was to the Soviets. It also seemed clear that Reagan really was willing to talk nuclear reductions, but it was also clear that he viewed SDI as critical to his vision for the world. When Reagan got back to The White House, he delivered a speech to the American people, explaining why he held onto SDI at the expense of a treaty. I offered a proposal that we continue our present research. And if and when we reached the stage of testing, we would sign now a treaty that would permit Soviet observation of such tests, and if the program was practical, we would both eliminate our offensive missiles and then we would share the benefits of advanced defenses. I explained that even though we would have done away with our offensive ballistic missiles, having the defense would protect against cheating over the possibility of a mad man sometime deciding to create nuclear missiles. After all, the world now knows how to make them. I likened it to our keeping our gas masks, even though the nations of the world had outlawed poison gas after World War I. The general secretary wanted wording that an effect would have kept us from developing the SDI for the entire ten years. In effect, he was killing SDI. And unless I agreed, all that worked toward eliminating nuclear weapons would go down the drain. Canceled. I told him I had pledged to the American people that I would not trade away sdi. There was no way. I could tell our people there government would not protect them against nuclear destruction. I went to Reykjavík, determined that everything was negotiable, but I could have two things. Our freedom and our future. I realized some Americans may be asking tonight, why not accept mister Gorbachev's demand? Why not give up SDI for this agreement? Well, the answer my Friends is simple. SDI is America's insurance policy that the Soviet Union would keep the commitments made at Reykjavík, SDI as America's security guarantee. If the Soviets should, as they have done too often in the past, failed to comply with their solemn commitments. SDI is what brought the Soviets back to arms control talks at Geneva and Iceland. SDI is the key to a world without nuclear weapons. The Soviets understand this. They have devoted far more resources for a lot longer time than we to their own SDI. The world's only operational missile defense today surrounds Moscow. The capital of the Soviet Union, but mister Gorbachev was demanding at Reykjavík, was that the United States agreed to a new version of a 14 year old ABM treaty that the Soviet Union has already violated. I told him we.
"ronald reagan" Discussed on This American President
"On the afternoon of March 30th, 1981, president Ronald Reagan gave a speech at the Washington Hilton Hotel. After finishing the speech, he exited the hotel. At two 27 p.m., Reagan was about to get into his limo. When a 25 year old man named John hinckley junior aimed his revolver at the president, and unleashed a barrage of bullets. One of those bullets ricocheted off the limo and struck Reagan. Grazing his rib and lodging in his heart. In an instant, Secret Service agent Jerry parr reacted, grabbed Reagan by the shoulders. And through him and himself into the limo. When parr saar Reagan coughing blood, he realized the president, who, at 69 years old, was the oldest president up to that point, had been injured in order the driver to go to George Washington University hospital. Thankfully, president Reagan ended up surviving this harrowing incident. Agent parr likely saved Reagan's life. First by getting him out of the line of fire. And second, getting him to the hospital so quickly, he was hailed as a hero, and was given a commendation from the U.S. Congress, and a presidential rank award for meritorious executive among many other awards. One of my favorite stories to tell is how agent parr saved president Reagan's life, changing the course of history. But also about his own life story. It turns out that part became interested in being a Secret Service agent when, as a child, he watched the 1939 movie code of the Secret Service. The star of the movie, you guessed it, Ronald Reagan. It's one of those great ironies in American history. The man who saved president Reagan's life was inspired by a movie president Reagan made. It's a story I wanted to learn more about and share. Today we're honored to have agent parr's widow Carolyn parr on.
"ronald reagan" Discussed on This American President
"October 13th, 1986, the Oval Office at The White House president Ronald Reagan's address to the nation. On the summit and Reykjavík Iceland. Good evening, as most of you know, I've just returned from meetings in Iceland with the leader, the Soviet Union, general secretary Gorbachev..
"ronald reagan" Discussed on This American President
"Our only purpose, one all people share is to search for ways to reduce the danger of nuclear war. This was one of the most remarkable speeches ever given by an American president. It was almost utopian in its vision. Reagan's description of SDI wasn't of an offensive weapon that could give the U.S. an advantage over the Soviets. Its purpose was to somehow render all nuclear weapons obsolete, and lead to getting rid of the entire nuclear stockpile. It wasn't clear how this would be achieved, but Reagan was advocating for nuclear abolition. The idea of eliminating all nuclear weapons struck many as unrealistic. Besides, this was the kind of thing that you might expect from some left wing activist, but Ronald Reagan, how could an anti communist be proposing this? Critics inside and outside the United States thought Reagan was nuts. Some thought that it was a fantasy dreamt up by an elderly man who was losing his marbles. Others thought that it was some ploy to guarantee billions of dollars more for defense..
"ronald reagan" Discussed on This American President
"Hey this person i've ever. I don't know this person's politics is like well if you don't know their politics republican right because because they they don't dare speak up which is a sad testimony to how nasty people on the on. The left have become where people who are conservatives in hollywood are afraid of being canceled. D platform savaged. If they simply come out and say they're republican and of course the people do in the left doing in the name of tolerance and diversity. It's it's it's just the opposite. Thanks for all these Insights into reagan's career pre-presidential career. There's obviously we can talk about. But what does ronald reagan story and principals half to offer for people in the twenty first century for people that were too young for them. Ronald reagan is somebody they see in a history book but they might don't have the memories with with this history have to offer. Well i think the most moving thing about him he wants said seventy seven is the most important number in my life and that referred to his time as a lifeguard at the rock river in dixon illinois. The nineteen twenties when for seven summers seven days a week working for a few dollars a day and food the for from a concession stand. He was a lifeguard at the rock river in lowell park in dixon illinois and it was there. The reagan saved the lives of seventy seven people. Which is really amazing. I mean i have a lot of students who were lifeguards and they say. Hey dr ken gore. I gotta tell you i never saved anybody ever had to dive in one. Die but but seventy seven people in this. I've been to their river. It's murky dark. The the the the water swirling logs going up and down the river when my guide took me there the first time she'd been a childhood friend. Ronald reagan shot People swam in this and she said yet you believe it. She's a look over here on the side of the beach said no swimming. I said did it look this way. Then she said yeah. It was bibs pretty bad and the the dixon evening telegraph the dixon newspaper. One day reporting the latest save by ronald dutch. Reagan i think it was saved number twenty five or something like that. Nineteen twenty eight one summer in nineteen twenty eight noted that reagan would watch up to a thousand bathers right swimmers at a time in a day. This guy who had to wear glasses and who would dive into this dark water at i. I mentioned this. Richard because his son ron has said this his son mike michael. Reagan has pointed to this others of pointed this out this kind of ingrained in reagan. This sort of lifesaving mentality and bill clark pointed this out as well. It kind of instilled in him this respect for the sanctity and dignity of every human life. You know the idea that every human life was precious in worth fighting for worth saving and from a spiritual point of view. reagan said. This is a difference between us and the soviets. We believe that every individual's made in the image of god and has a soul and thus is eternal in thus every individual is more incomparably important than the state. So so for reagan. He takes that into the nineteen eighties and he believes that it's a righteous cause To to try to win the cold war and liberate all those people behind the iron curtain as putting the evil empire speech in that totalitarian darkness and at a time late seventies when. Nobody believed that you could win the cold war especially peacefully reagan dedicated himself to doing just that and amazingly and i lived through this nineteen eighty nine for all of that to happen. The berlin wall collapsed the final year. Reagan's presidency. It was astonishing astonishing and for it to happen without a missile fired completely peacefully..
"ronald reagan" Discussed on This American President
"Right somewhere that It might have been in g theater that he played a soviet major. Drying one of the episodes is that true. Yeah yeah that was the episode. Where i think it's the episode at the very end of it. He gives a kind of public message to people watching the show about the revolution. In hungary with hungarian freedom fighters october november nineteen fifty. Six in urges people sent donations to the red cross to different churches. You know to do anything. They can to help the hungarian freedom fighters or actually probably the hungarian refugees at that point because a massive number of hungarian citizens took advantage of the chaos to escape through the iron curtain. When when they could so yeah he he played that at an. Mg theater this was a weekly show and typically it would start where ronald reagan would come out and say hi again everybody. Welcome i'm ronald reagan. Today's episode which will be starring so-and-so-and-so's and so we have and then he would introduce the episode in many of the episodes. Reagan was not just the host introducing the episode. But the actor as well and so in in that show he actually acted and he did many of them as as well. I'm just thinking about this right now. Who else who was the famous actress from the time Loretta young another one. Loretta young was in the christmas movie. The bishop's wife beautiful actress thirties and forties and same kind of path as reagan made major films and then got her loretta young show in the nineteen fifties of i kid. I just took a minute. I can name a dozen off the top of my head. Examples of famous. Hollywood actors and actresses who got their own tv show and that was no demotion. Man that was that was that was a that was a score right. That was a that was a big thumbs up in the case of reagan. It put him on. tv guide. It put him on the cover of tv. That that made reagan a household name..
"ronald reagan" Discussed on This American President
"I learned this through interviews. You know other sources documentation people actually thought. Richard people actually thought in that in that church in that congregation. That reagan was gonna be not an actor but a minister. A minister Devout he was. He was very very very devout. Everybody knew it. Everybody sought so this view in the nineteen eighties. Well he didn't go to church in the nineteen eighties on regular basis. His wife consulted astrologers his must not be a real christian and this is a bid for the moral majority and the in the fall. Vote right. no it's not true. Re reagan had a very strong faith from the time he was a boy until his death one of the things. I've always been curious about so. It's no secret that president reagan originally was a democrat and so first of all was his family democrat or was it kind of the product of growing up during the fdr era. When it was kind of it was popular to be a democrat later on. He said that famously said that he didn't leave the party. The party left him but at the same time that you know there are. There's a clip of him talking about his support for president truman's policies and and whatnot. So what what happened there. What was the transformation so the family. The family were democrats. It was also. It was the fdr era and reagan was a big fdr democrat. He called himself a haemophiliac. Liberal of bleed a bleeding heart liberal and the fact. This very much reflects Ronald reagan did he so intimately remembered. Fdr's fireside chats and fdr communicating by radio. Which is what. Reagan himself really rebelled and doing his first public job was was working in radio. It in in iowa specifically who Davenport des moines and he started he was a broadcaster for chicago cubs games in the nineteen seventies when he left the governorship of california the first thing he jumped out that he did he got he got a syndicated radio call he wrote all these different syndicated radio columns..
"ronald reagan" Discussed on This American President
"No one had no live past ninety at that point and it did really really well made the new york times extended bestseller less. I think like number nineteen or sixteen or something like that. That visit the garden ronald reagan. Ronald reagan and i did all sorts of radio. Tv shows in then. Reagan died on june fifth. Two thousand four a few months later and all those people that had me on all their shows from you know the the associated press called and asked me if i could do join them on. Radio to coverage of reagan's funeral that week bill o. Reilly of the o'reilly factor. I must have done a show in february. I think i did called me back to have me on june. Two thousand four to talk about reagan faith. And so so. That's when the book made on the bestseller list again. And that's when the again providential at that point june two thousand. Four reagan died. Everyone wanted to know afterlife questions right. Where was reagan to reagan. Believe what reagan. Think about god so the so the timing on it turned out to be perfect. That's kind of a that was a whirlwind year. Those worlwide year for you to our that week. The week that he died i did. I did fifty sixty radio tv interviews. It was unbelievable. I in fact. I should check the box and they have saved it. The monday may be of that week. I must have did twelve. Fifteen twenty interviews. It was just..
"ronald reagan" Discussed on This American President
"Professor kingere. Thank you for being guests on our podcast. Thank you richard. And thanks for taking me. Back to memory lane i was. I was eighteen years old when back to the future came out. And you can't make this up. I actually wrote about it this morning. And which Resigned i've ever written about it. I'm doing. I'm doing the history of the american spectator where have been columnist for a long time. And i'm doing my chapter right now in the nineteen eighties and and i'm talking about how it was It was cool to be conservative in the nineteen eighties. And i quote on that people from a most unlikely people malcolm glad well mark lilla who both works at american spectator in the nineteen eighties. Andrew ferguson Are immaterial juniors the founder of that publication that i was trying to think how do you really conveyed at the. Somebody didn't live through it. And i said people enough to remember will will remember family ties with michael j. fox who was this Hawaii's cracking suit wearing. You know young conservative at aim. Alex p keaton with with acute sister. Mallory right Who were who were ex hippies. And he was an an an. And i know that he did back to the future. Which even my kids. My kids don't know about family ties if they know about back to the future and and yeah that was. That's the kind of iconic moment in that film and it's doc played by christopher Lloyd yet christopher lloyd who was in taxi a nineteen eighty. Just just a wonderful actor and ronald reagan would have said to that. Reagan was wants dallas. How could how could a president be- have been an actor and he said i don't see how you could be president with Without having been an actor fair point right right so he was so good. they're really staging the presidency. Which a lot of people attacked this kind of superficial. But it wasn't that at all. I mean this is somebody who really understood audience really understood..
"ronald reagan" Discussed on This American President
"When i was growing up. I remember whenever people mentioned president ronald reagan. They always mentioned that he was an actor and there was always a slight sense of disbelief about it like it was such an unusual thing for a former actor who have risen to the presidency in fact in one of the most iconic moments in the hit nineteen eighty-five movie back to the future doc. Brown reacts incredulously. When hearing that ronald reagan was president in one thousand nine hundred five since he only knew reagan as an actor. Somehow this supposedly b. movie actor ended up becoming president of the united states and changed american politics forever. How did this happen. Our guest today has some insight on that question. He is professor. Paul kanger of grove city college and among other things. He's visiting fellow at the hoover institution on war revolution and peace at stanford university. He's one of the foremost experts on. President reagan's life and has written multiple books on on president. Reagan including the crusader. Ronald reagan in the fall of communism. This episode is brought to you by conflict nations a free online player versus.
"ronald reagan" Discussed on This American President
"We wanted to think. Call you. Van chef and molina's with ours for all of their help in the last few months. We started an internship this past summer and they were our inaugural class coal. You assisted with the audio production and is beginning a master's in audio engineering at middle tennessee. State university molina helped with research and writing and she's currently attending temple university. Thanks again collio and molina. This american president is produced by myself. Richard lim and michael neale a special thanks to jennifer mozelle kovatchev and molina speth ours for their help in producing this episode. If you like what you've been hearing you can help us by leaving. A five star review on apple podcasts. Or wherever you listen to our show. We're proud partner of evergreen podcasts. Checkout evergreen podcasts dot com for more shows you might enjoy for more information about president. Reagan checkout strategies of containment by john. Lewis gaddis the rebellion of ronald reagan by james man reagan's secret war by martin and analysts anderson the triumph of improvisation by james graham wilson and crusader by paul king. I'm richard lim. We're back next time with more. This american president. This is alex host of ohio versus the world in american history. Podcast on a hybrid world will travel back in time with the offers. Historians either witnesses to the most exciting consequential too often overlooked topics for the shaved. America's history receives the in ohio connection to so many important moments when you said ohio versus the world we get some damage so join us. And we'll take a deep dive. Would lighten educate and entertain you as a high over. The world makes refund again..
"ronald reagan" Discussed on This American President
"Ronald reagan. Ironically reagan would later say that it was quote. The worst picture i ever made and that quote never has an egg of such dimensions been laid the next opportunity. Reagan hats project strength came when the professional air traffic controllers organization known as pat co went on strike on august third nineteen eighty one. Thirteen thousand controllers walked out after talks with the faa fell apart. They had sought a wage increase and a reduction of their work week. Seven thousand flights were cancelled due to the strike. A nightmare coming during the peak of summer travel season in hundred fifty five congress passed a law. Making these kinds of strikes illegal at the supreme court upheld the law in nineteen seventy-one despite the fact that pat co-head endorsed reagan in nineteen eighty. He ordered the controllers to get back to work in the interests of national safety when most of them refused he fired them. He then ban the strikers from being rehired ever again in october of that year the federal labor relations authority decertified. Petco reagan the former union leader had broken the air traffic controllers union in addition to his shows of strength. Reagan employed psychological measures against soviets state department historian james. Graham wilson wrote that. Reagan had the us air force and navy sent fighters and bombers to probe the soviet defense perimeter according to strategic air command. General jack chain quote we would send bombers over the north poles and radars. Speaking of soviet radars would click on other times. Fighter-bombers would probe. they're asian or european periphery. Wilson quotes one under secretary of state. Who said of the flights quote it really got to them. They didn't know what it all meant. A squadron would straight at soviet airspace and their radars with light up and units would go on alert then at last minute the squadron would peel off and return home. The reagan administration did face setbacks. Sometimes grievous ones in august of nineteen eighty two. Reagan sent about fourteen hundred marines to join a multinational force in lebanon as you might recall from a previous episode. President eisenhower had sent forces to lebanon back. In one thousand nine hundred eighty eight upon invitation from the government in beirut to restore order. The mission was a success. So there is precedent for the deployment. This time israel and the palestinian liberation organization had been fighting and when a ceasefire was forged. The multinational force was sent to enforce. Things seem to be going well. But in april of nineteen eighty three a car bomb exploded at the us embassy in west. Beirut killing sixty three people including seventeen americans and then on october twenty third. Nineteen eighty-three a truck. Packed with twelve thousand. Pounds of explosives crashed into the front gates of the us marine barracks in beirut. The explosion destroyed the foundation of the building causing it to collapse. Two hundred forty-one marines and sailors were killed the greatest number of us marines lost since the battle of iwo jima in world war two hezbollah a lebanese terrorist group was later implicated in the attack. There were indications that iran and syria were involved the. Us was stunned by what had happened. Reagan called it a quote despicable act and his administration promised to stay the course. keep the force in lebanon. There was talk within the administration to respond to the attack. But congressional support for the mission began to wane. Within four months february nineteen eighty-four the marines had fully withdrawn from lebanon. It was likely the wise thing to do preventing the united states from getting bogged down in a conflict in the middle east. Especially in light of reagan's plans to take on the soviet union. America was reeling from the beirut bombings but another crisis in a different part of the world gave reagan a chance to reassert. american power. Grenada is a small island country in the caribbean. For centuries it was part of the british empire and obtained independence in nineteen seventy four. The remained part of the british commonwealth. And still is today. In march of nineteen seventy-nine a marxist leninist movement in the country called the new jewel movement overthrew the government and established a new regime under man named maurice bishop after taking office bishop established relations. With castro's cuba also built an airport with help from international consultants including some who came from cuba president. Reagan believed that this was a cover for building an airstrip that could be used by the soviets. Remember at this time. The soviets in cuba were supporting marxist movements around the world including in central american countries like el salvador nicaragua cubans were said to have been involved in the building of the airport. Reagan's critics to this day however argue that there's no evidence to support that claim now while bishop had relations with the soviet union. He also wanted to keep grenada. Non-aligned some say he was also moving toward more moderate economic policies hoping to attract foreign investment and bishops supporters. Point to his efforts to grant greater equality to women the policies that help the poor and improve literacy but at the same time bishop banned all other political parties elections and free expression bishops government also established the people's revolutionary army which some said committed human rights violations against the populace at any rate bishops government broke into factions and one of them was led by a man named bernard cord a politician part of the new jewel movement. He had actually studied in the united states. At one point as well as england and had been involved in communist parties in both countries cords faction wanted bishop to step down or allow them to have a greater say over government when bishop refused cords group launched a coup of their own and had bishop placed under house arrest when that happened. Chaos erupted and demonstrations broke out across the country. Bishop actually managed to escape for a time but court had the army recapture and then execute him in the midst of the chaos. A military official named hudson austin sees power and installed military rule. The new government was seen as more pro-communist than the more moderate government under bishop it imposed a total curfew for four days with orders to shoot anyone on site. Who violated it. The governor general of grenada. Paul schoon secretly requested that. The united states interven- schoon also found himself placed under house arrest organization of east caribbean states. As well as barbados and jamaica also asked the united states to help restore order. Reagan complied and also cited the presence of american citizens on the island and the fear that if american hostages were taken it would turn into a similar situation that president carter faced in iran on october. Twenty fifth nineteen eighty three two days after the deadly marine barracks bombings in lebanon. United states commenced operation. Urgent fury and invaded grenada. A little over seven thousand americans would serve in the operation consisting of men and women. From the army's first and second ranger battalions the delta force in the eighty second airborne division as well as the marines and the navy seals. The rangers led an airborne assault on the southern tip of the island while the marines landed at the northern tip in a televised speech to.
"ronald reagan" Discussed on This American President
"A radio address. Reagan said quote. One thing is certain. The threat of hunger to the russian people is due to the soviet obsession with military power. Nothing proves the failure of marxism more than the soviet union's inability to produce weapons for its military ambitions and at the same time provide for their people's everyday needs in nineteen seventy six. Reagan said quote the russians know. They can't match us industrially or technologically during another radio address in the seventies. Reagan talked about reaching out to soviet citizens saying we quote could have an unexpected ally if citizen ivan is becoming discontented enough to start talking back. Maybe we should drop a few million. Typical mail order cadillacs on minks and pinks in moscow to wet their appetites. Reagan seem to be saying that those millions of people behind the iron curtain might be coaxed into rising up against their oppressors. If they knew just how bad they had it and how much better democracy and capitalism could be in nineteen eighty. Reagan gave an interview where he said quote they know that if we turned our full industrial might into an arms race they cannot keep pace with us. Why haven't we played that card. According to ronald reagan's close aide and his first national security advisor. Richard alan reagan told him in one thousand nine hundred ninety seven quote. My idea of american policy toward the soviet union is simple and some would say simplistic it is this we win and they lose their those who believe that. Richard alan was telling the truth. And those who believe that. He was. Exaggerating reagan's role as a mastermind who orchestrated the end of the cold war regardless of what one believes. It's clear that reagan believed in something that few experts did that. The soviet union was weak and was at risk of collapsing in his first year. In office reagan repeatedly spoke of some sort of end to soviet communism at a commencement address in notre dame in may nineteen eighty one. Reagan said the following the years. The years ahead are great ones for this country. The cause of freedom and the spread of civilization the west won't contain communism.
"ronald reagan" Discussed on This American President
"A moral imperative to confront. We're at war with the most dangerous enemy that has ever faced mankind and his longtime from the swamp to the stars. And it's been said if we lose that war and in so doing lose this way of freedom of ours history will record with the greatest astonishment that those who had the most to lose did the least to prevent it's happening. Reagan continued equating accommodation with the soviet union with appeasement. If you and i have the courage to tell our elected officials that we went on national policy based on what we know in. Our hearts is morally right. We cannot be by our security our freedom from the threat of the bum by committing an immortality so great as saying to a billion human beings now enslaved behind the iron curtain give up your dreams of freedom because to save our own skins. We're willing to make a deal with your slave masters alexander. Hamilton set a nation which can prefer disgrace. Danger is prepared for master and deserves one. Now let's set the record straight. There's no argument over the choice between peace and war. But there's only one guaranteed way you can have peace and you can have it in the next second surrender. Admittedly there's a risk in any course we follow other than this but every lesson of history tells us that the greater risk lies in appeasement and this is the specter well meaning liberal friends refuse to face that their policy of accommodation is appeasement and it gives no choice between peace and war. Only between fight or surrender. Regan's delivery was impressive. He looked confident or ticket and bold and conviction the speech featured several memorable lines and phrases that people would identify with him like peace through strength. Reagan also borrowed from his old hero. Fdr when he declared that america had a quote rendezvous with destiny goldwater lost the election that year in a landslide but another conservative star was born ronald reagan soon. Reagan was being urged to run for office. He did in nineteen sixty six and became the governor of california. He served two terms although he made his share of compromises and regretted some of his decisions lake. Signing a bill that allowed for abortions. He won two terms and remained the face of the conservative movement. It didn't take long until reagan was being discussed as a possible presidential candidate. He flirted with a run in nineteen sixty eight in just his second years governor. But that would be richard nixon's year. Nixon won the presidency that year and then won reelection in a landslide in one thousand. Nine hundred seventy two. Reagan completed his two terms as governor. Nineteen seventy five and looked to nineteen seventy-six as his trend for the presidency. Nixon would be leaving office and reagan could run as his successor but it was not to be. Nixon resigned in in nineteen seventy four because of the watergate scandal that put gerald ford nixon's vice president in the white house. Instead of an open seat in the white house there was now an incumbent. Republican president ford decided that as the sitting president he would run for his own term in nineteen seventy six. Reagan would be frozen out or would he. Reagan decided to run against ford for the republican nomination. That year to do hadn't been done in a long time to unseat the president of his own party as the nominee. There is some indication that this might be a good idea after all ford was in a relatively weak position since he was in a sense an accidental president. Reagan came very close to snatching the nomination from ford. But in the end for prevailed in a close race reagan's supporters. Were disappointed but fate had much more in store for ronald reagan. That fall gerald ford was defeated by democrat. Jimmy carter the former governor of georgia carter took office in nineteen seventy seven but his presidency was weighed down by the ongoing problem of high inflation. The iran hostage crisis an energy crisis. Carter's popularity plummeted. The united states having gone through vietnam and watergate seem to be stuck in a rut or to use a phrase that would be identified with the time a national malays during that time. Ronald reagan stayed active politically which included appearing regularly on the radio to share his views on current events as the nineteen eighty election approached. Jimmy carter's presidency was falling apart. The winner of the republican nomination stood a decent chance of winning the presidency that year. Ronald reagan defeated his rival. George h w bush for the nomination. He ended up choosing bush as his running mate. Since bush was more moderate. It was seen as a choice to unify the party. that fall. Reagan won a landslide. Victory over jimmy carter. Winning forty four out of fifty states at age sixty nine. He was the oldest man ever elected to the white house at that time on january. Twentieth nineteen eighty-one. Ronald reagan took the oath of office to become the fortieth president of the united states. Reagan used his formidable communication skills to connect with americans across the country both white and blue collar. We hear much of special interest. Groups are concern. Must be for special interest group that has been too long neglected it knows no sexual boundaries or ethnic and racial divisions and it crosses political party lines it is made up of men and women who raise our food patrol our streets man. Our minds and factories teach our children. Keep our homes and hilo when we're sick professionals industrialists shopkeepers. Clerks cabbies and truck drivers. They are in short. We the people. This breed called americans..
"ronald reagan" Discussed on This American President
"As i said earlier. Ronald reagan took one of the unlikeliest pass to the presidency. He was different than anything people had ever seen. Before in their president's first at sixty nine he was the oldest elected president up to that time most of his predecessors had been in their early to mid fifties in the prime of their lives and were very ambitious john f. kennedy had been forty three when he was elected president. In fact reagan was actually born before kennedy despite being elected twenty years. After him reagan's age entering office may be easy to dismiss as unimportant. But when you think about it it had to have had some impact on his approach to the presidency he had more life experience than his predecessors. He seemed to approach his job without a desire to impress everyone with his intellect his abilities or accomplishments things you might see from a younger man. He was to put it another way. Secure in who. He was and what he believed second. He wasn't a professional politician. Most of his predecessors started off very young and politics. Fdr was twenty eight when he was first elected to office. Kennedy was twenty nine. Nixon was thirty. Three four thirty six in carter was thirty eight. The it spent most of their adult lives in politics. Voting on bills campaigning and chasing for higher office by contrast ronald reagan was fifty five years old when he was first elected to public office so he had spent much of his life engaged in other lines of work he'd been an actor a profession not usually seen as a route to politics but this experience might not have been as irrelevant as one might think as an actor and as the head of the actors union he was a prominent man engaged in a competitive and public industry. Politics came later in middle age a time when many people are thinking of retirement but reagan was compelled to enter politics because of what he saw was happening in the country he seemed to have entered politics for a specific cause not because he had spent his life craving for political power. For many elected officials. politics became an end in itself. They want it to be recognized as a leader and to move up the political ladder for reagan. Politics was not the end but was a means. Reagan had humble beginnings. He was born in nineteen eleven in tampico illinois. His father jack was a store owner and salesman his mother nell was a devout christian. Who raised young ronald and his brother. Neil and inculcated in them the values of her faith. When you read about reagan's upbringing and even when reagan himself said about it you can almost picture the perfect idyllic american childhood. He was active in school played sports and when he was in high school he took a job as a lifeguard at the rock river in lowell park where he was said to have saved seventy seven people from drowning. Of course not always. Perfect reagan's father was said to have been an alcoholic. Money was often tight and the family moved several times. But reagan's prospects brightened when he went to eureka college and majored in economics and sociology. He was an average student but was very involved in many activities. He was on the football team. Captain the swim team and was student body president. He graduated in nineteen thirty two in the midst of the great depression. He was among the generation that began his career during some of the worst economic years in our country's history he took work as a radio announcer for various stations. Finally working for the chicago cubs baseball team during a trip with the cubs in nineteen thirty seven. Reagan visited california and ended up taking a screen test. His good looks in es in front of the camera led to him signing a seven year. Contract with warner brothers. Ronald reagan was now a hollywood star for the entirety of his career from nineteen thirty seven to nineteen sixty four. He appeared in about sixty movies and over a dozen. tv shows. He married another actress. Jane wyman in nineteen forty. There's always been a bit of a misperception. That reagan was somehow a bad actor. He's often been described as a b. movie actor but he was actually quite popular at one point. He got the second highest amount of fanmail of any warner brothers. Actor after errol flynn. And he was cast in movies with some of hollywood's biggest names like humphrey. Bogart and bette davis. I imagine reagan wasn't considered a bad actor. Just not a great one. He may have been like one of those actors that you recognize because you've seen them in a bunch of movies but you don't remember their name again. It doesn't mean that he was a bad actor or a laughing stock. Not everyone can be clark gable. Ronald reagan would later be known as the face of modern conservatism as the republican president that future republican presidential candidates would be measured against but during this time. Reagan was a liberal democrat. He voted for democrat president. Franklin d roosevelt in all four of his campaigns like millions of americans. He admired fdr and was inspired by his optimism in charisma during the dark days of the depression and world war two. He felt reassured when listening to. Fdr's famous fireside chats years later. When reagan was president he recalled the first time that he saw fdr in person. Franklin roosevelt was the first president i ever saw. I remember the moment vividly. It was in one thousand nine thirty six campaign parade into moines iowa. What a wave of affection and pride swept through that crowd as he passed by an open car which we haven't seen a president able to do for a long time a familiar smile on his lips. Jaunty and confident drawing from us reservoirs of confidence and enthusiasm. Some of us had forgotten. We had during those hard years. Maybe that was. Fdr's greatest gift to us. He really did convince us that the only thing we had to fear was fear. Itself reagan's later emphasis on. The dangers of big government led many to say that he was attempting to undo. Fdr's legacy his new deal policies. Despite this reagan never ceased admiring fdr when i interviewed reagan's confidential assistant. Peggy grundy she recalled. That reagan's still spoke fondly of roosevelt. Even if many breaking supporters don't when roosevelt died during his fourth term in nineteen forty five and was succeeded by harry truman. Reagan strongly supported him even campaigning for chairman and appearing with him on stage during a rally. This is a recording reagan made for president truman. At later more of rene to a presidential candidate by jack lawrenson. Arnold stang but now to ronald reagan in hollywood is ronald reagan. Speaking from hollywood. You know me as a motion picture actor but tonight i'm just a citizen pretty concerned about.
"ronald reagan" Discussed on This American President
"From nineteen forty-five on the united states was engaged in a global struggle against the soviet union. Millions of americans believe that the soviets had built an aggressive expansionist empire that was plotting to undermine. us interests and values. They believe that the soviets were actively remaking the world under communist ideology an ideology that the americans considered antithetical to their own values for those who experienced world war two and the fight against totalitarian regimes. Under hitler and mussolini the soviet regime was just the latest enemy that had be stopped as we covered in our previous episodes. American presidents struggled with how to contain the soviet menace. We saw how. Harry truman instituted. The policy of containment to limit the soviet union's expansion and ultimately to force it to change its ways to align with american values and interests. We saw how his successor's generally maintain that policy but modified it based on their own views and in response to changing circumstances. We saw how american foreign policy changed over multiple administrations and even within a single administration presidents would often oscillate between taking a hardline stance while other times reaching out in hopes of reducing tensions. We saw how these presidents struggled with the burden that the cold war presented since both sides had thousands of weapons pointed at each other and the ability to inflict nuclear destruction on the other side. The cold war was a costly endeavor as both sides race to outdo each other by building better ships tanks planes and missiles by forging more allies and by racking up successes in different areas like in space billions of dollars in taxes were raised and spent to create stronger militaries and on projects promoting national prestige like sending men to the moon when the cold war entered its fourth decade. Some wonder if this was all worth it whether both sides could stay in the competition and whether they were hurtling towards nuclear war and civilizational extinction by the nineteen seventies the soviets had in many ways caught up with the united states in terms of nuclear capability and sometimes exceeded the us in certain areas. Many americans accepted that the soviets no matter how threatening or cruel. We're here to stay whenever uprisings broke out in the soviet world whether it was in the past in nineteen fifty-six prague in nineteen sixty eight moscow brutally suppressed it. There was no reason to think that they would change or could be defeated. The original goal of containment to pressure the soviets into changing their ways seemed to some observers to be foolish and naive many observers who were called realists believe that the soviet union might last forever. They felt that the us might as well accept that reality and make the best of it. in previous episodes. We saw president. Richard nixon reorient american policy towards one of realism. One that accepted that the soviet union was a fact of life and that relations could be improved if both sides recognize each other so called quote unquote legitimate interests. Nixon implemented the policy of detente one that featured numerous treaties with the soviets including one that limited the number of certain nuclear weapons both sides can have but many americans remain dissatisfied with this change in policy. They felt that detente papered over the fact that the soviets remained dangerous and aggressive and that they couldn't be trusted to keep their word. Some americans also felt that detente ignored their belief. The soviets were an 'illegitimate' force that imprisoned their own people and that working with such a regime was at best naive and at worse immoral. One of those americans was ronald reagan. Reagan had taken an unusual route to political prominence. He started out as an actor in the nineteen thirties and eventually became the host of a tv show but he also found himself becoming more and more involved in politics over time he was the head of the actors union in the nineteen forties and fifties and then became the republican governor of california in the sixties. He became the face of a rising conservative movement. A movement that wanted to halt the expansion of government at home and communism abroad although conservatism was gaining momentum it had yet to go mainstream. Reagan had critics who called him a dunce an intellectual lightweight and who could give a great speech but had little command of nuance or policy. They also said that he was a right wing. Radical who would destroy years of democrat policies and start world war three. They scoffed at his lack of an ivy league education. The fact that he had strong moral convictions and his many years. As an actor. In hollywood but ronald reagan brushed off his critics. He had observed america's cold war policies for years and he felt that they were totally wrong. He saw what all the experts were saying. That detente was a good thing and that the soviet union was here to stay. These experts were in the universities and think tanks in government bureaucracies. They often went to america's best colleges included in their ranks. Were heavyweights like henry. Kissinger reagan size. The mola and again. He said they were wrong. This former actor believed in something else in something that virtually none of the experts believed and what many of them would laugh at the idea that the soviet union could change radically that it might even collapse and that america could make it happen and he believed that to accept the soviet union. As fact of life was immoral after being elected president in nineteen eighty he sought to do something that most people thought impossible. He sought to win the cold war to this day. Reagan's role during the end of the cold war event. So critical in shaping. The world we live in today is hotly debated. Perhaps it's beyond anyone's ability to fully explain. How and why something as complex as the fall of the soviet union happened it is certainly beyond the scope of this episode but we can try to trace the journey. Reagan took as he strode upon the world. Stage what reagan did and intended to do in the fight against. Communism is the focus of this episode of this american president. 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