Mark Steyn and Rob Long–The Gipper Then and Now

Reviewing clips of Ronald Reagan’s speeches, Long and Steyn reflect on Reagan’s relevance to issues confronting America today. Speaking of Reagan’s “The Last Stand on Earth” address, Steyn remarks on “how easily you can pick up the argument [made in 1964 about the threat of Soviet communism] and drop it right down into the current circumstances [the threat of Islamic extremism].”

They further review Reagan’s positions on socialized medicine, the Constitution (and what Steyn terms “the persistence of the monarchical urge”), and government spending. Finally Long and Steyn challenge Newt Gingrich’s assertion that “it is time to let Ronald Reagan go. Not from our reverent memory of course, but as our touchstone, as our icon, as our hallmark, and our reference point.”

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