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  • 10 Russian Historical Events The Sochi Games Totally Ignored

    Russian history in the 20th century is bookended by the disastrous rise and eventual collapse of Soviet communism. And no one did a better chronicling communism’s failures than master story-teller Alexander Solzhenitsyn. >>> Check Out: Cronyism Corrupted Sochi Olympics So let’s suppose the Nobel Laureate had lived long enough into … More

    Morning Bell: The Difference One Man Makes

    Who has been the most consequential conservative of the past four decades? We could say Ronald Reagan, the indomitable optimist who won two landslide presidential victories, ended the Cold War without firing a shot, and restored Americans’ faith in themselves and the future. Or William F. Buckley, Jr., the renaissance … More

    Do Political Conventions Matter?

    Delegates have known for months (or longer) whom their parties will nominate for President. With such predictability, the national conventions have been taken for granted, and a few myths have arisen. Chief among these myths is that conventions no longer matter. As AP managing editor Michael Oreskes puts it, they’re … More

    The Reagans at Christmas

    Let us turn one more time to Ronald Reagan, in his centennial year, for some Christmas cheer. President Reagan loved America, his shining city on a hill, but he loved one thing—or rather one person—more: Nancy, his wife of more than 50 years. Theirs was a marriage of affection and … More

    Barry Goldwater: The Most Consequential Loser in American Politics

      This week, we celebrate two of the most important dates in modern conservative politics—presidential candidate Barry Goldwater’s crushing defeat on November 3, 1964, and President Ronald Reagan’s election on November 4, 1980. Let us pause to acknowledge that there would have been no Reagan without Goldwater. In the last … More

    52 Years of Captive Nations

    The presidential proclamations commemorating National Captive Nations Week—the third week of every July–are a revealing reflection of U.S. foreign policy over the past 50 years and America’s sometimes hard, sometimes soft attitude toward those who suppress the basic human rights of peoples and nations. The first proclamation, issued by President … More

    A Champion of Freedom Passes

    Of all those whom we at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation have honored with the Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom—and they include such famed defenders of freedom as Vaclav Havel, Lech Walesa, Vladimir Bukovsky, and Harry Wu—none surpasses the courage and commitment of  Elena Bonner, who passed away last Saturday. … More

    William A. Rusher, R.I.P.

    Although a man of many high talents—author, syndicated columnist, television host, college lecturer, political strategist, think tank fellow—William A. Rusher was invariably described as the “Other Bill” because of his decades-long association with William F. Buckley Jr. Bill Rusher was National Review’s and Bill Buckley’s publisher for 30 years. He … More

    Estonia's Love Affair with Ronald Reagan

    While members of Congress, former cabinet members, long-time aides and assorted VIPs were celebrating Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday at the Reagan Presidential Library in sun-baked Simi Valley, California, I was nearly 6,000 miles away in snow-bound Tallinn, Estonia, a small Baltic country bordering on the former Soviet Union. As a … More

    Beware of Liberals Waxing Reaganesque

    The buzz word to praise Barack Obama’s second State of the Union address is “Reaganesque.” Time magazine gushed that Obama’s emphasis on innovation, nod to American Exceptionalism, and deft use of storytelling places him “squarely — with Reagan — on the side of sunshine and enterprise.” As one conservative commentator … More