In his acceptance speech, Virginia’s governor-elect, Bob McDonnell, may have quoted the founding fathers more extensively than the last four U. S. presidents combined have in their entire political careers. But then, he also may have made more such references than many teachers do in their working lifetimes.
Articles By: Malcolm A. Kline
Americans driving, or walking, through blocks of shut-down businesses and foreclosed-upon homes while greeting their unemployed neighbors or perhaps looking for jobs themselves may wonder what happened to the so-called stimulus money that Congress voted to spend earlier this year.
Every chief executive in the past 20 years has vowed to be, as one of them put it, “the education president.” All have failed for the same reason: as with most aspects of life, top-down government solutions to education just don’t work.
Yet another charming characteristic of America’s 40th president was his attitude towards so-called elites
Occasionally, Washington outsiders have tried to tame the ultimate company town but few were as stunningly successful. A look back at his arrival shows that other than the favorite restaurants, little has changed in the capital.
In securing the Republican presidential nomination, Ronald Reagan bested some high ranking Senate Republicans, including the then-minority leader, a victory which would come back to haunt him.
Commentators of all political stripes who tell you how times have changed in the last 30 years ignore the startling similarities.
“The Berlin Wall speech is a perfect microcosm of Ronald Reagan’s entire political career,” writes Steven Hayward in The Age of Reagan.
When two college students pretending to be a prostitute and her pimp sought help from ACORN employees, staffers couldn’t do enough for them as the two claimed to be importing underage girls to work as ladies of the evening. The Asssociation for Community Organizers for Reform Now responded with a lawsuit.