Monday, March 05, 2007

Ronald Reagan and Conservatism

I have been wandering the web tonight and I tripped over a reference to a speech by Ronald Reagan on Michelle Malkin's site. This speech was given soon after he took office, in March of 1981. In it, he describes what he thinks 'conservatism' means.

Mr. Reagan has become something of a saint for U.S. conservatives but do they actually pay any attention to him?

Now, during our political efforts, we were the subject of much indifference and often times intolerance, and that’s why I hope our political victory will be remembered as a generous one and our time in power will be recalled for the tolerance we showed for those with whom we disagree.

Whatever his faults were — and like the rest of us he had them — to my awareness, Mr. Reagan was a generous and decent man.

I find these missing from political debate in the U.S. Perhaps I'm blind and simply don't see it. Will this be remembered as a time of tolerance for those with whom we disagree?

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