Donald R. McClarey

Thansgiving Day Proclamation 1983

Since the Pilgrims observed the initial Thanksgiving holiday in 1621, this occasion has served as a singular expression of the transcending spiritual values that played an instrumental part in the founding of our country.  One hundred and twenty years ago,

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Donald R. McClarey

The President on the Duke

The things you find on the internet! President Reagan being interviewed in 1988 about John Wayne:   Wayne was ever a friend and supporter of Reagan:  

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Donald R. McClarey

Fortnight For Freedom: Martin Treptow’s Pledge

Martin August Treptow was a barber from Cherokee, Iowa.  Enlisting in the National Guard, during World War I his unit was called up and Treptow found himself in the 168th Infantry, part of the 42nd Division, called the Rainbow Division

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Donald R. McClarey

Twenty-Eight Years Since the Fall of the Berlin Wall

  Twenty-eight years ago today my bride and I arrived home from buying software for our Commodore 64  (Yeah, it is that long ago.) and watched stunned after we turned on the tv as we saw East Germans dancing on top

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Reagan on D-Day

Reagan gave the above speech on the 40th anniversary of D-Day, a third of a century ago.  Tomorrow is the 73rd anniversary of the longest day, and there are only a precious few of those men who stormed the beaches

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Thirty Five Years Ago: Reagan Christmas Address

On December 23, 1981, President Ronald Reagan addressed the nation.  The video above is an excerpt from that speech.  The portion of the address dealing with the attempt by the then Polish Communist regime to crush Solidarity, the Polish labor

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July 17, 1980: Ronald Reagan Acceptance Speech

      Hands down the most effective acceptance speech I have witnessed in my life.  Reagan had been aiming for this since 1968.  For his conservative followers this was the culmination of a struggle dating back to the Eisenhower-Taft

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Victims of Communism Day: Year of Miracles

  Today is the Victims of Communism Day  on which we remember the one hundred million and counting butchered by Communist regimes and movements.  Twenty-seven years ago in 1989 I lived through the Year of Miracles in which nation after nation in

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Fortnight For Freedom: John Paul II on the Constitution

      Interesting reflections on the Constitution courtesy of remarks made by Pope John Paul II to President Reagan on September 10, 1987 during the Pope’s visit to the US:   Mr President, 1. I am grateful for the great courtesy

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Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II

  Today is my 58th birthday.  I have always been pleased to share my birthday with one of the greatest of our presidents:   Ronald Wilson Reagan.  One of the fascinating aspects of his Presidency was the alliance established between him,

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Reagan on FDR

  Today is my bride’s birthday, a birthday she shares with Franklin Delano Roosevelt.  On this day, I think the remarks of President Reagan on the centennial of FDR’s birth need to be recalled.  Reagan of course supported FDR when

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Quotes Suitable For Framing: Ronald Reagan

    At the same time, we invite the Soviet Union to consider with us how the competition of ideas and values — which it is committed to support — can be conducted on a peaceful and reciprocal basis. For

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Compare and Contrast

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We did not pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we

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Reagan on D-Day

Reagan gave the above speech on the 40th anniversary of D-Day.  Today is the 70th anniversary of the longest day, and there are only a precious few of those men who stormed the beaches who still remain with us.  Time

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Pope Benedict on D-Day

On the 6th of June, 1944, when the landing of the allied troops in German-occupied France commenced, a signal of hope was given to people throughout the world, and also to many in Germany itself, of imminent peace and freedom

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Victims of Communism Day

    Today is the Feast Day of Saint Joseph the Worker and Victims of Communism Day. Today we recall the two champions who led the charge that led to the downfall of Communism in Eastern Europe and the Soviet

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April 2, 1983: Reagan on Passover and Easter

My fellow Americans: This week as American families draw together in worship, we join with millions upon millions of others around the world also celebrating the traditions of their faiths. During these days, at least, regardless of nationality, religion, or

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Ronald Reagan: The Price of Freedom

I have the honor to share my birthday with Ronald Reagan, the greatest president of my lifetime.  The above video is a sample of why I also regard Reagan as the greatest American orator since Lincoln.  Politicians come and go, but

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January 11, 1989: Reagan’s Farewell Address

If we forget what we did, we won’t know who we are. I’m warning of an eradication of the American memory that could result, ultimately, in an erosion of the American spirit. Ronald Reagan, Farewell Speech, January 11, 1989  

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One Solitary Life

All the armies that have ever marched All the navies that have ever sailed All the parliaments that have ever sat All the kings that ever reigned put together   Have not affected the life of mankind on earth As

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Roosevelt, Reagan and Us

  The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter—’tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning. Mark Twain       Lou Cannon at Real Clear Politics has a fascinating piece

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November 9, 1989

Twenty-four years ago today my wife and I arrived home from buying software for our Commodore 64  (Yeah, it is that long ago.) and watched stunned after we turned on the tv as we saw East Germans dancing on top

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Pope John Paull II on the US Constitution and Freedom

      Interesting reflections for a Constitution Day courtesy of remarks made by Pope John Paul II to President Reagan on September 10, 1987 during the Pope’s visit to the US:   Mr President, 1. I am grateful for

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