WHO’S MINDING THE AUTHENTIC ‘REAGAN’?
There are those who zealously guard the legacy of Ronald Reagan, in an era when just the Reagan name is bandied about by press and politicians as a multipurpose, brandlike entity. There’s Reaganesque, Reagan-like, the anti-Reagan. The list goes on. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, however, is there to ensure the Reagan legacy remain authentic, and true to the values of the man who inspired it. The organization actually holds registered trademarks on many Reagan references. So there. Come June 5, the foundation will commemorate the 25th year since Reagan left the White House, and the tenth year since the nation mourned his passing.
On hand for the daylong event: Columnist and former speechwriter Peggy Noonan, who will moderate a panel discussion parsing the continued impact of Reagan’s life and times; former Reagan White House Chief of Staff and Treasury Secretary James Baker; Time Magazine Executive Editor Mike Duffy; and Steven Hayward, Lou Cannon, and Craig Shirley, a trio of esteemed Reagan biographers.
“As 2016 approaches, it will be the 40th anniversary of the real launch of Reagan’s 1980 presidential run, which began in the ashes of his challenge to Gerald Ford in 1976. Between 1976 and 1980, Reagan’s philosophy developed into a distinctive form of American conservatism based on the spiritual individual and not the state,” Mr. Shirley tells Inside the Beltway.
“It is no accident that his greatest support always came from young Americans, because he articulated intellectual optimism. He was constantly challenging the status quo of the establishment, of Washington and of the Republican Party. Many in the GOP invokes Reagan’s name but too few understand what we now call Reaganism,” he observes. Find information about the big doings here: reaganfoundation.org. benefit from the status quo and voter apathy,” organizers say. gathered in respect and remembrance.
“We share your pride in them and what they achieved. We too know the measure of their strong character and generous spirit,” Mr. Brennan said.
Each of the four families of the fallen were presented a marble replica of their “loved one’s star,” the agency says.