11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative (Hardcover)
By Paul Kengor
Perhaps no other president's name is invoked by politicians as much as Ronald Reagan's. Every election, as presidential hopefuls jockey for the Republican nomination, each one claims to be a "Reagan conservative." But are these candidates truly carrying on the mantle of Ronald Reagan, or are they abusing the memory of our great president? What did Ronald Reagan really believe?
In "11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative," biographer Paul Kengor analyzes Ronald Reagan's speeches and actions to paint a full, accurate picture of his beliefs. Kengor identifies these principles that lie at the crux of Reagan's conservatism: freedom, faith, family, sanctity and dignity of human life, American exceptionalism, the Founders' wisdom and vision, lower taxes, limited government, peace through strength, anti-communism, and belief in the individual. And it is through these principles that Reagan's modern emulators may create a successful, conservative future.
Many a politician has asked: What would Reagan do if he were president now? Where would Reagan stand on today's issues? Who is the next Ronald Reagan? Paul Kengor dissects Reagan's presidency and provides decisive conclusions. The answers to some of these questions may surprise conservatives and liberals alike.
"No Reagan biographer or scholar knows Ronald Reagan and conservatism like Paul Kengor. If you want to know what's really meant by 'Reagan conservatism,' Paul Kengor is the guy and this is the book." – Michael Reagan
"Dr. Paul Kengor's work on Reagan continues the great president's legacy wish to teach, as well as lead. Kengor's keen analysis of Reagan's conservatism will inform and inspire the next generation of conservative leaders as they take up the mantle of the 'sacred realities' that so inspired the Gipper. Respect for individual, adherence to the virtues of the family, lower taxes and a less burdensome government are the values that Reagan fought for, and the standards that should direct the path of his acolytes that follow. Dr. Kengor has proven he is one of those acolytes who will ensure that the legacy of Reagan never dims." – Senator Rand Paul, (R-Ky.)
"A clear, concise outline of President Reagan's approach to politics – and a roadmap to victory for today's conservatives." – Herb Meyer, special assistant to the director of Central Intelligence and vice chairman of the CIA's National Intelligence Council during the Reagan administration
"Paul Kengor has done a great job and great service capturing the essence of Reagan's economic ideals. As someone involved with Reaganomics, and particularly tax cuts, I am especially pleased with Kengor's treatment of the subject. We need to properly understand what happened under Ronald Reagan in the 1980s – most notably, the enduring value of his tax cuts, which were a cornerstone of Reagan conservatism. This book gets it right. Nicely done." – Dr. Arthur B. Laffer, founder and chairman of Laffer Associates, an economic research firm
"Paul Kengor has written an elegant primer on what Ronald Reagan believed, how he implemented so much of what he believed, and how it benefited the Republic. Here is essential reading for all who would vote for a better America." – R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr, founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator
About the Author
Dr. Paul Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College and executive director of the college's Center for Vision & Values. Known for his work on the American presidency, Kengor is an internationally recognized authority on Ronald Reagan and part of a select group of presidential scholars to participate in C-SPAN's highly regarded ranking of American presidents. A native of Western Pennsylvania, Kengor lives in Grove City, Pa., with his wife and their seven children. His books include “11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative,” “The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism” and “The Communist: Frank Marshall Davis: the Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mentor.”
- Hardcover: 175 pages
- Publisher: Beaufort Books (March 3, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 082530699X
- ISBN-13: 978-0825306990
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
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