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Ronald Reagan Lecture Series

By Greg L | 4 March 2010 | Loudoun County | 23 Comments

One of the projects that kept me so busy this week (and posting less than usual) was this promotional video for the Ronald Reagan Lecture Series that the Loudoun County Republican Committee puts on each month. These seem like fascinating events, and I’ll do my best to keep readers informed about when and where they’re happening in the future.


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  1. Patty said on 4 Mar 2010 at 9:12 pm:
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    Ronald Reagan was a great president. He understood the dangers of socialism/communism. He truly believed in individual freedoms and individual responsibility. Government was to be limited and to serve the people and not an out of control monster that people serve, i.e. socialism.

    Wake up people. Our country is headed toward socialism/communism by leaps and bounds. GO TEA PARTY!

    I wish we had the Reagan lecture series in Prince William County.

    Great video Greg!

  2. J. Tyler Ballance said on 4 Mar 2010 at 11:53 pm:
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    The Navy does have a tradition of naming Cruisers after the states, but as with the Carriers there is much flexibility with regard to names.

    With our shrinking fleet (we now have more Admirals than we have warships!) there are plenty of hallowed names from the Fleet’s past that could be recycled (including those venerable names you already have suggested).

    One politician who deserves a ship named for him is Senator John Warner. His career spans our Navy and Marine Corps, SECNAV and as a very long term and successful Senator. I hope that our Navy can find a future ship that will honor John Warner’s exemplary service to our nation.

    Otherwise, there are plenty of heroic old names that are due for recycling. As a Virginian, I would like to see ships that bear the name of J.E.B. Stuart, Robert E. Lee, Mathew Fontaine Maury and Stonewall Jackson, along with a return of USS Virginia to the cruiser class of ships.

    Just an aside, the USS Constitution is still on the roles of our Navy ships, even though it is a Boston tourist attraction.

  3. Greg L said on 5 Mar 2010 at 12:07 am:
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    What a way to drag the discussion of a lecture series off topic.

    Mentioning John Warner in a thread about Ronald Reagan should be against the law.

  4. legal2 said on 5 Mar 2010 at 8:17 am:
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    Ronald Reagan would be proud of his fellow thesbian, SNL’s Victoria Jackson - maybe she can reach some of the heads full-of-mush, indoctrinated, crowd — http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=126910

  5. Dan said on 5 Mar 2010 at 9:08 am:
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    Well, as long as the comments have veered off topic, I would throw Chesty Puller’s name out there as worthy of having a ship named after him. He is certainly a Virginian who deserves such an honor. His combat record on Guadalcanal, Peleliu, Korea among other places and his five Navy Crosses ought to earn him consideration.

    There was a guided missile frigate named for Puller, but it was decommissioned in 1998.

  6. NoVA Scout said on 5 Mar 2010 at 9:32 am:
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    I really dislike the policy of naming carriers after politicians, even if some of them are Presidents. The old protocol was to name carriers after battles or distinguished warships - hence MIDWAY, CORAL SEA, WASP, LEXINGTON, ENTERPRISE. That sure is a lot better than JOHN STENNIS of CARL VINSON. Cruisers were named after states, submarines after fish or sea animals, destroyers after naval heroes, etc. Presidents Reagan and Bush (I) certainly deserve being honored, but I hate to see the old naming conventions lost.

  7. Dan said on 5 Mar 2010 at 9:50 am:
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    NoVA Scout, I think George H. W. Bush qualifies because, in addition to being president, he flew combat missions off of a carrier deck. A unique combination of qualifications, I think, for such an honor.

  8. Dan said on 5 Mar 2010 at 9:52 am:
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    legal2, I assume you meant his fellow “thespian” not “thesbian”. Unless you meant “lesbian”. But I’m pretty sure that neither Victoria Jackson nor Ronald Reagan were ever lesbians. But please feel free to correct me If I’m wrong.

    More importantly, do you really think that claiming the president is a communist is an effective electoral strategy? The last time Republicans were spouting this type of nonsense in such a full throated fashion was probably the election of 1936. Let’s review the results.

    The Senate in January 1937 had 96 members at that time. 76 Democrats, 17 Republicans, 2 from the Farmer-Labor Party and 1 Progressive.

    The House had 334 Democrats, 88 Republicans, 8 Progressives and 5 from the Farmer-Labor Party.

    In the presidential election Roosevelt won 523 electoral votes. The Republican candidate only garnered 36.5% of the popular vote.

    A reasonable person might have concluded that if Roosevelt was in reality a communist that the hammer and sickle would have been flying over the White House for the past three quarters of a century. But the bulk of reasonable voters concluded instead that all the blathering on about communism was the ranting of crackpots. The bulk of reasonable American voters were right.

    There are intelligent men with integrity like Congressman Paul Ryan who attempt to make an honest case for a conservative political philosophy. Ryan also seems to have the good nature and sense of humor that were among Ronald Reagan’s fine qualities. And I don’t hear Ryan saying any of this idiotic nonsense about Obama being a communist.

    One can hope we hear more from people like Paul Ryan as we progress toward the November elections. And less from the lunatics.

    The lunatics seem to think that adding volume somehow adds validity to their views, so I fear we will hear more from them. And that will not help Republicans at the polls.

  9. J. Tyler Ballance said on 5 Mar 2010 at 11:55 am:
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    Chesty Puller! What a great suggestion for a ship name. I used to go to sea with the former USS Puller (FFG 23) and she had a fine rep. The Puller was always well turned-out and had a fine record of sea service. It was unfortunate that the ship was decommissioned from our Navy, but the Puller was transferred to the Egyptian Navy where she now lives under another name.

    It was unfortunate that many sailors who sailed along with the Puller knew the ship as the Lewis B. Puller, so many never realized that the ship was named in honor of the toughest Marine that ever lived, Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller.

    We definitely need to bring Chesty’s name back into the fleet. Hopefully the next ship named for him will be an amphibious ship, so as to be more in line with Chesty’s career as a Marine.

  10. John Millhiser said on 5 Mar 2010 at 12:12 pm:
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    Back to the thread. Greg, GREAT Production. As a long time member of the LCRC I am very proud that our group provides this series to the public for all to see what being a Republican is all about. Through the contemporary speakers, the ideas of RR are laid out not only to reflect on his superb visions, but to provoke thought about today’s issues and what RR may have done. I would urge as many people as possible who want to take part in the discussions or just be inspired, as this video does, to come to these events. Go to www.loudoungop.com to get information about upcoming events. Once again thanks Greg and also Patricia for her outstanding effort with the series.

  11. Patty said on 5 Mar 2010 at 2:09 pm:
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    Hey Dan,

    Listen to Ronald Reagan in his own words:


    He said that socialized medicine would lead to socialism/communism. He was a two term president.

    Ronald Reagan was right. All you conservatives better get on the phone and contact your senators and congressman in reference to the socialistic Obama health care plan.

    Seems the democrats are trying to hijack this thread. They don’t like to hear the truth.

  12. Dan said on 5 Mar 2010 at 9:33 pm:
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    If you think all the screaming about socialism and calling the president a communist is the way to go, be my guest. I don’t think that will resonate well beyond the lunatic fringe. Most voters are not ideological. They want a government that is run efficiently and they want problems solved. Most folks outside of the hard right don’t think the president is a communist. The American people aren’t stupid.

    The memory of how abysmally Republicans ran the government is still very fresh in the minds of voters. It is imperative for Republicans to give voters an affirmative reason why they should vote for them. Absent that, it is hard to see this being a banner year for Republicans. Pick up seats? Yes. Pick up many more than a typical midterm during a president’s first term? Probably not.

    I have listened to that Reagan talk about socialized medicine before. I believe he was a paid spokesman for the AMA which opposed Medicare at the time. The AMA supports the current efforts at health care reform. Go figure.

    You mention that Reagan was a two term president. He was also a very skillful politician. Even at the height of his powers he never tried to eliminate Medicare. He was smart enough to know that Medicare had wide public support in the 1980s. Just as it does today. And he would have gotten nowhere if he had tried to kill Medicare.

    In addition to opposing the enactment of Medicare, Reagan had advocated making Social Security voluntary which would have effectively killed it. Interestingly, when confronted with his previous positions on these programs during the 1980 campaign he denied them. And he got away with it. He was no dummy. And as president he signed legislation to strengthen Social Security to ensure its continued viability.

    Again, if you think advocating the repeal of Medicare and Social Security and calling the president a communist constitutes an effective electoral strategy you are welcome to your opinion. I think it is just plain nuts. It might get you elected president of the John Birch Society or some other nut group. But it won’t get you the votes of a majority of the American people.

    One thing Reagan showed during his presidency was that he believed hope trumped fear. And he tried to appeal to people’s better instincts rather than exploit their fears and anxieties. It’s a pity more modern day Republicans who profess to admire Reagan don’t follow his example in that regard.

  13. NoVA Scout said on 5 Mar 2010 at 9:45 pm:
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    Dan - I think a “thesbian” is a lesbian thespian. It’s one of those compound words, like Labradoodle.

  14. NoVA Scout said on 5 Mar 2010 at 9:49 pm:
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    PS: You’re right about George H.W. Bush. His war record was probably the most impressive of the 20th century presidents. And he does have unique ties to Naval Aviation. But, you know, getting command of a carrier is the pinnacle of a select few Naval Officers’ careers. I’d really feel a bit let down if I had to tell folks I was the CO of the JOHN STENNIS or the CARL VINSON, as opposed to the ENTERPRISE or the YORKTOWN.

  15. Tom Seeman said on 5 Mar 2010 at 10:12 pm:
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    J. Tyler Ballance - actually, battleships were named after states, cruisers cities, destroyers famous sailors, submarines types of fish, and ammo ships volcanos. You are right that there was more flexibility for carrier names.

    However, recently it’s become a big political thing with each party taking turns in naming a carrier after one of it’s presidents. They should stop, and get back to traditional names like Wasp, Hornet, Constellation, Yorktown, etc.

  16. NoVA Scout said on 6 Mar 2010 at 7:45 am:
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    Tom - I think the cruisers/battleships error was my slip, not JTB’s. Thanks for correcting that. Not sure why I said that. Probably a senior moment (or, as Kevin surmises, a very very junior moment). The naming conventions really fell apart when we stopped producing battleships. Ballistic Missile submarines (SSBNs) then started being named after states, and I guess that makes a kind of sense, given their offensive power. Then they named a cruiser class VIRGINIA, to confuse things further. But the carrier thing really went off the deep end, especially when they got down to committee chairmen in Congress. I guess if they just said they are going to be named after Presidents, I could live with that. But can you imagine a nuclear carrier called the BARBARA BOXER?

  17. Anonymous said on 6 Mar 2010 at 8:57 am:
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    About the only thing I can imagine being named the BARBARA BOXER: A line of port-a-potties.

    Although, come to think of it, portable toilets are infinitely more desirable. They actually serve a useful purpose.

  18. Patty said on 6 Mar 2010 at 10:46 am:
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    You’ve got to be kidding me. You obviously were not old enough to remember Reagan’s administration and the fact he had to deal with a Democrat controlled congress. He was all about limited government. That is a fact. Obama won because people were angry with Bush. I was angry with Bush because his policies on some issues were too liberal.

    Here is Reagan in his own words:


    This is why Reagan gained popular support.

    American citizens are fed up with Obama’s expansion of government and his desire for goverment to control everything from health care to industry i.e. cap and trade.

    If that is not a socialistic agenda in your eyes then you must be a liberal and I will have to agree with the moderator of this blog that liberalism is a mental disorder.

    Go tell AP and EB that their strategy is not working. The American people are starting to see through the smoke and mirrors of the Obama campaign.


    Dan, go over to the Anti-Christian blog. They’ll love you over there. Have a nice day.

  19. Groveton said on 6 Mar 2010 at 10:54 am:
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    George H W Bush was a patriot of the highest order. His incredible story is one of the narratives in Flyboys: A True Story of Courage.

    Born into wealth and privlege, George H W Bush left Yale at age 18 to volunteer in WWII. Eschewing less dangerous postings Bush became a US Navy carrier pilot. He was sent on a suicide mission against the heavily defended island of Chichi Jima during the American invasion of nearby Iwo Jima. All planes on the mission were shot down. Nine airmen survived. Lt Bush was rescued by a US Navy submarine. The other 8 were taken prisoner by the Japanese, tortured, killed and ultimately eaten by their captors.

    It’s a great book…


  20. NoVA Scout said on 6 Mar 2010 at 11:28 pm:
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    thanks for that reminder, Groveton. You are, of course, spot on about Bush the Elder.

  21. Anonymous said on 7 Mar 2010 at 7:18 am:
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    Bush the Elder, good choice. Reagan, Clinton, Obama - not so much. They were politicians and what made/will make them great is whether you voted for them or not.

  22. Bulletproof Monk said on 8 Mar 2010 at 10:37 pm:
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    Ballance, let me take this opportunity to agree whole-heartedly with you.
    Chesty Puller was indeed the most hard-cored, nail-bitin’ SOB who ever drew breath.

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