Thursday, October 29, 2009
I've already pointed out the Claremont connection to launching the career of Ronald Reagan, but what I haven't really talked that much about is how important Ronald Reagan's historic "Time for Choosing" Speech.
Here's the full Ronald Reagan speech. Thank you, Henry Salvatori for giving us, Ronald Reagan. He wasn't necessarily a huge Ronald Reagan fan, but he did say that he could run his business and he did work on Reagan's Kitchen cabinet team. Have a look at that speech in its entirety in 1964.
Residents of Stark:Now where's Tony Stark to fix it when we need him?
I’m sorry to inform you that the Stark Hall elevator was not able to be fully repaired today and will be out of service over night. Amtech technicians worked all day on it and will continue Friday morning. As of now, they are hoping / expecting to have it running again by mid-day Friday.
Thanks for your patience and sorry for inconvenience
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On another note, shouldn't we be concerned that our Dean showed at least mild interest in aiding a woman gain admission to CMC due to her connections to Levitt?
At Claremont McKenna College's Athenaeum, Fareed Zakaria gave his take on the future of the G.O.P and why he thinks it'll continue to lose elections until it moves to the center.
"There will either be a kind of reinvention of conservatism, or they will continue to lose elections. I still continue to believe that.
"Look at what has happened in Europe. In the height of what is economic depression since the great depression, who has been elected? The enter right in Germany, the center right in France, the center right rules in Italy and the left wing governments in Britain and Spain are unpopular and will probably lose office. Why? Because in each of these cases, the enter right has adopted the policies of the center. If you listen to Sarkozy, Sarkozy wants to regulate the bankers and their pay, Sarkozy wants to regulate more than any leader in the Western world -- whether left wing or right wing. If you listen to David Cameron, the leader of the Conservative Party, he is more green and more left wing on the issues that I am talking about then Gordon Brown, the Labour Prime Minister.I believe that the political geniuses of the post Cold War world were Bill Clinton and Tony Blair who both understood that for the survival of their political movements, they had to move them and fast to the center. In a way, what the right wing parties that are doing well in Europe have done is adopt Blairism as their solution to find some areas where they can possibly continue to be conservative, but for the main part they have moved very dramatically to the center. If you look at Sarkozy or Merkel -- the Germany chancellor's platforms -- can you find for me any sense in which they would be conservative by traditional American views? It's very hard to find. So the vital space is clearly in this centrist, market friendly place.
Now could you find that the Republican Party goes there? Absolutely. Mitt Romney in his first and second incarnation was much more that person. There are still others like that. BUt the heart and soul of the Republican party, at this point, has become a Southern and Western party with roots in a kind of nationalism, nativism, and xenophobia. It will have to find some way to deal with that problem. I don't mean to say that that's true of all Republicans, when you need foot soldiers in elections, when you need to knock on doors, the people that come out for the Republican party tend to ome from that world and it is no accident that the Republican primary debate -- seven people were there, but I think it was only two that raised their hands and said that they believed in evolution. That's what I mean. You're going to have a problem in modern America, in modern young America if you believe that the world was created 45,000 years ago. That's a problem they'll have to solve. Can they solve it? Of course they can. Every large political movement has wings within it and Sarah Palin is a Republican, but so is Newt Gingrich, who is very forward looking and very modern in all those senses.”
Zakaria became a conservative, he says, from observing the Indian state. “People often say, ‘How could you, living in India, end up a Reaganite?’ Well, the answer is, live in India. There are two things that people don’t understand. One is the degree to which a highly regulated economy produces masses of corruption because it empowers bureaucrats. It just has to be seen to be believed.“The second,” he continues, “is that you are very quickly inured to the charms of pre-industrial village life. Whenever someone says the word community, I want to reach for an oxygen mask.”