Why the principles, lessons from Ronald Reagan are what the future needs (+podcast)

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  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Feb. 19, 2019 5:56 a.m.

    69 days in office. Boom, that's over.

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    Feb. 18, 2019 8:07 p.m.

    What delusional world did Boyd Matheson live in? Was he tucked securely under mom and dad's wing going to college?

    I do not remember the Ronald Regan era so beautifully.

    Shortly after the inauguration of Regan he broke unions, let our manufacturing industries go overseas, gave amnesty to illegal aliens and flooded our country with cheap minerals. He single hanedly destroyed the value of tradesmen.

    But he did all this and made you feel good about it.

    Ronald Reagan was patriotic! He would never believe a person like Putin.

  • hbeckett Colfax, CA
    Feb. 16, 2019 11:23 a.m.

    I real;y loved president Regan he was my kind of man politics are really not my kind of thing the man acted very presidential yes and I voted for him and would again thank you Boyd for the column

  • ECR Burke, VA
    Feb. 16, 2019 9:26 a.m.

    Prometheus Platypus says almost everything I wanted to say. But my comments would start at the beginning of Reagan's first campiagn for president. On the day after he was nominated as the Republican candidate, Reagan made his very first speech, a "state's rights" speech, at the Neshoba County Fair just 7 miles from Philadelphia, Mississippi, a town associated with the murders of Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner in 1964. Those murders were the only thing Philadelphia, Mississippi was known for and so I have to ask - what message was Reagan sending with that speech, in the location on the day he started a national campaign to become the President of the United States?

  • countryvoice3 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 16, 2019 8:56 a.m.

    Conservatives consistently miss the forest for the trees when it comes to the intent of government. They claim "limited" government was the intent of the constitution because of the checks and balances and the federal system. What they miss is the whole reason we have a constitution, and that was to expand the role of the federal government.

    The Articles of Confederation were the ultimate limit on federal power, and they didn't work for the reality of the time. The time required coordination and cooperation. The same is true today.

    The constitution does limit federal power but it's intent is not a "limited" government. It's intent regards the federal govt. is to have an active, legal, and necessary govt.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Feb. 15, 2019 6:46 p.m.

    Reagan wasn't the leader of his time. That was Gorbachev. But, he stayed away from being rude, or malicious of intent. He would try, often successfully, at humour. We're not there anymore.

  • dulce et decorum est , 00
    Feb. 15, 2019 12:53 p.m.

    Ironically, the neoliberal policies, the supply side and trickle down economics, of the Reagan administration are at the heart of the enormous economic pressures against establishing and raising families, the inequality, and the hollowing out of the middle class that we face today. More neoliberal policy prescriptions would only exacerbate our problems. It is time to give the policies associated Modern Monetary Theory a try.

  • Prometheus Platypus Orem, UT
    Feb. 14, 2019 7:21 a.m.

    To many scandals for me, too many convicted criminals in his administration.

    Iran–Contra affair
    Department of Housing and Urban Development grant rigging
    Lobbying scandal
    EPA scandals
    Savings & loan crisis
    Operation Ill Wind

    I challenge folks to look up any of the above, and tell me how great St. Reagan was.

    Trump is giving him a run for the most criminal convictions, the GOP prefers to ignore all this.

  • one old man MSC, UT
    Feb. 13, 2019 6:29 p.m.

    Heavens NO !

    Things are bad enough as they are now.

  • Boyd in Provo , 00
    Feb. 13, 2019 5:56 p.m.

    German Chancellor Helmut Kohl once said of Ronald Reagan, "President Reagan was a stroke of good luck for the world... not only great for America he was a gift to the world, a great leader."

    I never tire of learning about the life of one of our greatest presidents, Ronald Reagan. He was "a gift to the world" and we should all be proud of the many accomplishments he did for our country and many countries around the world.