WHO’S MIND­ING THE AU­THEN­TIC ‘REA­GAN’?

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics - BY JENNIFER HARPER

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.

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