Gov Mitt Romney Praises President Reagan: A Legacy of Optimism, Strength (USA Today)

President Ronald Reagan would have been 100 years old on February 6, 2011. With news of a historic, year long, soon-to-begin Centennial Celebration being planned by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, son Ron Reagan’s new book, My Father at 100, revealing his controversial opinion that president Reagan had Alzheimer’s disease while in office, son Michael Reagan’s countering that the issue of his father’s health should not tarnish his legacy, and the announcement of the first GOP presidential debate to be held at the Ronald Reagan Library this spring, President Reagan has certainly been in the national spotlight as of late. Even President Obama, in his not-so-subtle slide to the center, wrote about Reagan’s ‘Morning in America’ attitude and his transformational presidency.

This morning, in USA Today, Governor Mitt Romney writes of President Reagan’s legacy of optimism and strength:

An “amiable dunce” is what Washington super-lawyer Clark Clifford once called President Reagan.

That was the conventional wisdom among liberals back then. But opinions, at least in some important quarters, have shifted. Campaigning for the presidency, Barack Obama paid tribute to our 40th president’s remarkable achievements. Ronald Reagan, he said, “changed the trajectory of America in a way that Richard Nixon did not, that Bill Clinton did not.” He put “us on a fundamentally different path.”

I agree with President Obama. Ronald Reagan was a transformative president.

America entered the Reagan era as one kind of country and exited it another. His mixture of extraordinary personal and political qualities made it possible. One must begin with his sunny disposition: cheerful conservatism in flesh and blood. The Gipper’s irrepressible high spirits tapped into something deeply rooted in the country: optimism, faith in America itself.

Reagan came to occupy the White House in a moment of national crisis, not altogether dissimilar from the one we face today. broad, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan had brought the Cold War to the boiling point. Islamic radicals in Iran humiliated our country in a 444-day hostage drama.
At home, the misery index — the sum total of unemployment and inflation — had reached a post-war high. Jimmy Carter, shivering in the under-heated White House, was complaining about American “malaise.”

Reagan would have none of this. His policies, foreign and domestic, reflected his optimistic spirit. He confronted the Kremlin frontally. He initiated a military buildup that outmatched the USSR, challenged it in Afghanistan, and launched the Strategic Defense Initiative that is now vital to our defense.
[...]

Governor Romney then proceeds to underscore President Reagan’s indomitable, positive approach to solving America’s formidable foreign and domestic challenges with strength and forthrightness.

Reagan would have none of this. His policies, foreign and domestic, reflected his optimistic spirit. He confronted the Kremlin frontally. He initiated a military buildup that outmatched the USSR, challenged it in Afghanistan, and launched the Strategic Defense Initiative that is now vital to our defense.
[...]

Here at home, Reagan saw a federal government that had become, like a diseased heart, enlarged and sclerotic. Paving a path trod today by the Tea Party, he sharply cut taxes to restore economic growth. He took painful measures to rein in double-digit inflation. He fought to cut federal spending. He sought to restore our Founding Fathers’ vision of American greatness and limited government.

Read entire article here.

Anyone familiar with Governor Romney knows he has frequently spoken and written about our nation’s current woes with similar optimism. In his book No Apology: The Case for American Greatness, Romney provides in-depth analysis on economic and security threats from foreign nations, why America’s national advantages have eroded, and outlines how fresh, creative, bold ideas will strengthen America and preserve our global leadership.

As some did with President Reagan, some underestimate Gov Romney. As the Centennial Celebration unfolds this year, along with an almost 99% certainty of a Romney candidacy for president, we’ll have plenty of opportunity to celebrate our 40th President and to promote and enjoy the man who impeccably exemplifies Reagan’s ideals and unwavering optimism, who has the knowledge and strength of experience to assure us that it can be ‘morning in America’ again… Mitt Romney.

1//11/01 - Tournament of Roses Parade (Pasadena, CA) awards 'Best Depiction of Life in U.S. Past, Present, or Future' to float depicting Ronald Reagan's life.


The commemorative Ronald Reagan float was 55 feet long and 26 feet high. It featured 11 larger-than-life photos of ‘iconic’ moments in his life that were made of rice and poppy seeds. Former First Lady Nancy Reagan helped select the photos. NOTE: CLICK ON IMAGE TO MAKE LARGER

► Jayde Wyatt

To read other op-eds by Governor Romney, click here.

Governor Mitt Romney to Appear on ‘The View’

Mark your calendar!

Governor Mitt Romney will be dropping by to chat with the ladies of The View on February 1, 2011 – which coincides with the paperback release of his book No Apology – that very same day. The View has also scheduled appearances with Tim Pawlenty and Scott Brown:

The View” is lining up big-name Republicans as guests.

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will stop by the ABC chatfest on Tuesday.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will drop in Feb. 1 — his second visit to the show.

Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts will be a guest Feb. 21.

Brown and Pawlenty will be making their first visits to the show[...]

Newt Gingrich, Rudy Giuliani, and Mike Huckabee all made post-2010 election stops on The View, as well.

Here’s a look at Gov Romney’s excellent guest appearance on The View back on March 2, 2010. It was the first day of the release of his engrossing and thought-provoking new book No Apology: The Case for American Greatness:

Looking forward to seeing and hearing Gov Romney in a few weeks!

► Jayde Wyatt

Dire Economic Outlook Dampens Labor Day Weekend – America Needs Mitt Romney

Whether you’re making plans to picnic, paddle on a lake, play at a park or beach, or are packing bags for a road trip, Labor Day weekend is a welcomed three-day breather for Americans needing a break from grim economic news. A few headlines:

National unemployment rate rises to 9.6 percent as more look for work – Sept 3, 2010:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. unemployment rate rose in August for the first time in four months as weak hiring by private employers wasn’t enough to keep pace with a large increase in the number of people looking for work.

The Labor Department says companies added a net total 67,000 new jobs last month, down from July’s upwardly revised total of 107,000. Wall Street analysts expected a smaller gain, according to Thomson Reuters.

Overall, the economy lost 54,000 jobs as 114,000 temporary census positions came to an end. State and local governments shed 10,000 positions. The jobless rate rose to 9.6 percent from 9.5 percent in July.

More than a half-million Americans resumed their job searches in August, which drove up the jobless rate. When the unemployed stop looking for work, they are no longer counted in the jobless rate.

(my emphasis)

Recovery Summer Ends with Economic Pothole - Sept 3, 2010:

Whatever happened to recovery summer?

This was supposed to be the season the economy heated up, thanks to a wave of public works projects, funded by the government’s stimulus program. But summer is coming to an end, and the recovery has not taken root.

[…]

And before long, stimulus dollars will be fading like autumn leaves.[...]

Jobless Rate Climbs to 9.6 Percent as More Americans Seek Work – Sept 3, 2010:

[...]The numbers added pressure to the Obama administration to marshal all its resources toward coaxing employers to hire again, something President Obama this week pledged to do.

“A year that began with Americans bracing for a jobless recovery has instead turned into a full-blown search for both jobs and a recovery,” House Republican Leader John Boehner said in a written statement. “President Obama’s agenda represented ‘change’ once, but now it is time for him to change course, abandon his job-killing policies and find himself a new economic team.” [...]

The economic news release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals that the U.S. economy LOST 283,000 jobs during the three months of the Summer of Recovery.

120 Days to Go Until the Largest Tax Hikes in History – Sept 3, 2010:

In 2001 and 2003, the GOP Congress enacted several tax cuts for investors, small business owners, and families. These will all expire on January 1, 2011:

Personal income tax rates will rise. The top income tax rate will rise from 35 to 39.6 percent (this is also the rate at which two-thirds of small business profits are taxed). The lowest rate will rise from 10 to 15 percent. All the rates in between will also rise. Itemized deductions and personal exemptions will again phase out, which has the same mathematical effect as higher marginal tax rates. The full list of marginal rate hikes is below:

- The 10% bracket rises to an expanded 15%

- The 25% bracket rises to 28%

- The 28% bracket rises to 31%

- The 33% bracket rises to 36%

- The 35% bracket rises to 39.6%

Higher taxes on marriage and family. The “marriage penalty” (narrower tax brackets for married couples) will return from the first dollar of income. The child tax credit will be cut in half from $1000 to $500 per child. The standard deduction will no longer be doubled for married couples relative to the single level. The dependent care tax credit will be cut.

The return of the Death Tax. This year, there is no death tax. For those dying on or after January 1 2011, there is a 55 percent top death tax rate on estates over $1 million. A person leaving behind two homes and a retirement account could easily pass along a death tax bill to their loved ones.

Higher tax rates on savers and investors. The top capital gains tax will rise from 15 percent this year to 20 percent in 2011. The top dividends tax rate will rise from 15 percent this year to 39.6 percent in 2011. These rates will rise another 3.8 percent in 2013.

Read about the second and third waves of looming tax increases here.

New home sales plummeted to record lows in July and auto sales for August were a real clunker – lowest since 1983 (GM sales have plunged 25%). Only three states in the union are not upside down budget-wise.  One out of every six Americans are now on government assistance. The number of  underemployed Americans is now at 16.7% (a 5.2% increase in August).

This is what $814 BILLION of spent STIMULUS bought. How many generations will be enslaved to pay the bills for this recovery?

Yes, Labor Day weekend is a welcome respite from the daily grind for those fortunate enough to have a job. For those who are anxiously looking for work, it’s one more day with no money coming in. Whatever you do this weekend, do a couple of things:

  1. Re-read Mitt Romney’s economic op-ed Grow Jobs Shrink Government (8/18/10).
  2. Tuck a copy of No Apology: The Case for American Greatness under your arm. Read Chapter Five. It’s 49 pages about  A Free and Productive Economy.

A FOX News panel today discussed Obama’s mantra that “better days are ahead” and the question was asked “When do they get here?” The answer: November 3rd.

As crucial as November 3rd is (and it is), Obama will still hold the veto pen. It’s also about 2012. So, between the hiking and biking this weekend, it would be a good idea to delve further into No Apology. Continue supporting Romney’s Free and Strong America PACWith every passing day, it becomes more evident that the one to ensure ‘better days’ for America is Mitt Romney.

► Jayde Wyatt

Mitt Romney & Sylvester Stallone Agree: America Shouldn’t Apologize – Read ‘No Apology’

What was Mitt Romney referring to when he clicked his Twitter send button this morning?

Stallone is right. US does apologize too much. Hope he doesn’t get in trouble with Hollywood friends: http://bit.ly/bco0ND

An explanation from The Hill - Tweets you need to read:

Former Massachusetts Gov. and potential 2012 White House contender Mitt Romney (R) took a cue Wednesday from Sylvester Stallone when he tweeted: “Stallone is right. US does apologize too much.”

The quote referred to a comment the veteran film star made Aug. 19 to Bill O’Reilly while promoting his new film “The Expendables” in an appearance on Fox News.

O’Reilly opened the segment by referring to a Los Angeles Times review arguing the film taps a vein of “apple-pie patriotism … [that is already] behind the success of a cable news network,” taken to mean Fox.

Stallone denied the film, which he directed, has any intended subtext at all.
“Some people read [into it] that I was maybe putting the focal point on the American intrusion into other countries. You know, ‘We tend to overstep our boundaries.’ I don’t believe that at all.”

I think America apologizes too much,” he added quickly, as O’Reilly began to reply.
[…]

(my emphasis)

A stroll down Obama memory lane… Shortly after President Obama was coronated, he embarked on his ‘sackcloth and ashes’ tour to apologize for America to the world. To the French, he stated that America “has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive” toward Europe. He went to Prague to proclaim that America has “a moral responsibility to act” on arms control because only the U.S. had “used a nuclear weapon.” He told Londoners that decisions regarding the world financial system were no longer being made by “just Roosevelt and Churchill sitting in a room with a brandy.” Latin Americans heard our president’s apology when he said that the United States had not “pursued and sustained engagement with our neighbors” because we “failed to see that our own progress is tied directly to progress throughout the Americas.” Do you remember when Obama gave a full-waist bow when greeting the King of Saudi Arabia? How about his deep head dip to the Japanese Emperor?

Mitt Romney agrees with Stallone. In fact, you may have heard, Romney wrote a 305 page best-selling book entitled No Apology: The Case for American Greatness (released last March):

“This is a book about what I believe should be our primary national objective: to keep America strong and to preserve its place as the world’s leading nation. And it describes the course I believe we must take to strengthen the nation in order to remain prosperous, secure, and free.” ~Mitt Romney

Excerpts from Jedediah Bila’s (Human Events) No Apology review 3/2/10:

In No Apology: The Case for American Greatness, Mitt Romney discusses many foreign policy and domestic issues facing America and suggests solutions he believes will lead to a more safe and robust nation. Special attention is paid to national security, economic productivity, education, energy, and cultural fortitude.
[...]
Romney warns against American complacency by outlining the manner in which other nations have, throughout history, declined from greatness. The Ottomans, Spanish, Chinese, and British — among others — serve as potent examples of just how easily a great nation can fall from grace by virtue of such destructive policies as economic and cultural isolation, a withdrawal from the international marketplace, and spending far and above one’s means.

Romney’s declaration that, “We tend to repress the possibility of catastrophic events” is dead on. People tend to see what they feel they can handle, and the rest — despite potentially disastrous effects if not addressed — is often ignored. See our 2008 financial crisis for details.

Romney adeptly expresses America’s need for both “soft power” and “hard power” involvement in the international community. He doesn’t sugarcoat alarming realities with respect to China, Russia, radical jihadists, and Iran. Despite economic challenges, he rightfully prioritizes national defense and criticizes the UN’s “inclinations toward authoritarian regimes.” Romney unapologetically defends updating our nuclear arsenal, developing a powerful missile-defense system, adding a minimum of 100,000 soldiers to the Marines and Army, and pursuing new technologies to combat the likes of cyber-warfare.

Romney also proclaims American exceptionalism, defends the notion that, “The world is a safer place when America is strong,” and praises our hard-working roots. He duly cites welfare without work and entitlement program abuses as threats to the industrious character that birthed our unrivaled success.

Romney gives detailed emphasis on economic productivity, innovation, research and development, reducing taxes on investment, and curbing government’s growing deficits: “We need to stimulate the economy, not the government.”
[...]

All in all, Romney’s book provides a well-organized display of his stand on key issues. His Obama critique is well executed, including commentary on Obama’s abandonment of our missile defense program in Poland and the Czech Republic, his repeated apologies for America, his expansion of our debt, and his September 2009 UN address. Romney’s intermittent anecdotes with regard to business experiences, hands on encounters as governor, and the trials and tribulations of his own family, add a nice personal touch to his policy and statistical explorations.

My two favorite lines from the text include “But for most Americans, the pulse of freedom beats in our very DNA” and “The greatness of America lies not simply in what we have done with our power; it is also informed by what we have not done with our power”

Romney’s No Apology: The Case for American Greatness is a sound expression of his approach to some of our nation’s greatest present challenges.

While in Europe last year, Obama was asked if he believes in American exceptionalism. After thinking about it, he answered that he… did — in the same way that “the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks in Greek exceptionalism.”  In other words, ”No.”

As for Obama’s comments to the French that America “has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive” toward Europe,  this is how arrogant, dismissive, and derisive we’ve been:

It is time for America to pursue the difficult course ahead, to confront the looming problems, to strengthen the foundations of our prosperity, and to secure the sources of our liberty and safety. The sacrifice and hard work will not sap our national energy; they will restore it. I’m one of those who believe America is destined to remain as it has been since the birth of the Republic – the brightest hope of the world. And for that belief, I do not apologize. ~Mitt Romney No Apology p. 34

(my emphasis)

If you haven’t read No Apology, DO. If you have read it, keep it handy. It is THE reference book for getting America back to running circles around the world.

► Jayde Wyatt

Update by Luke: Video of Bill O’Reilly’s interview with Stallone can be found at GOP12

Obama’s Flatline Economy: Will He Heed Mitt Romney’s Advice? New GOP Ad

Barack Obama and Joe Biden’s Summer of Recovery Tour has morphed into a Summer of Flummery Side Show. As Obama jets across the country (vacationing between stops) reiterating rock-solid confidence that his economic policies are piloting our nation in the right direction, jobless claims have sprung to the highest levels since the middle of last November (500,000 Americans filed for unemployment the first time last week). Economists are increasingly fearful about the durability of this fragile jobLESS recovery. $862 BILLION stimulus dollars later, Obama’s failure to grow the economy in any significant way or create private-sector jobs is a reality Americans grapple with every day. Glossy talk isn’t hiding the tragedy… 

August 3, 2010 – Peter Marshall (BBC) looks at America’s new poor in Nevada:


(A somber reminder of the necessity to defeat Harry Reid. Support  Sharron Angle!)

From Keith Hennessey (New York Daily News contributor) Aug 16, 1020:

At 9.5% the unemployment rate is 1.8 percentage points higher today than when the President took office. There are 3.3 million fewer U.S. jobs than there were in January 2009. The U.S. economy has lost jobs in 12 of the 18 months since he has been office, including the last two months.

In early August of last year, the President declared that, thanks in part to his policies, the U.S. economy was “pointed in the right direction.” We have lost jobs in six of the 12 months since then, for a net decline of 52,000 jobs. The 9.4% unemployment rate when he made this statement climbed to 10.1% and has since declined to 9.5%, still higher than it was last August.

The President signed into law a $682 billion stimulus law and two health laws that will create $788 billion of new entitlements over the next decade. Combine these with countless other smaller spending bills, several of which were labeled as emergencies and therefore not paid for, and the U.S. government is $2.5 trillion more in debt than on the day this President took office. That’s $8,000 more debt for every American man, woman, and child.

Wedged into Obama’s red-ink Stimulus Bill are expenditures that make Americans livid. At an oversight report press conference on August 3, 2010, Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) revealed Obama’s head-shaking one billion $ earmark of waste, abuse, and fraud in 100 frivolous stimulus projects. They called it Obama’s Summertime Blues. Here are a few examples of liberal congressional claptrap:

• $554,763 – Forest Service to replace windows in closed Mount St. Helens visitor center
• $762,372 – create “Dance Draw” interactive dance software
• $62 million – tunnel to nowhere Pittsburg, PA – even Governor, Ed Rendell called “a tragic mistake”
• $1.9 million – international ant research
• $1.8 million – road project that is threatening a pastor’s home
• $308 million – joint clean energy venture with…BP
• $89,298 – replace new sidewalk that leads to a ditch in Boynton, OK
• $3.8 million – “streetscaping” project that has reduced traffic, caused a business to fire two employees
• $16 million – help Boeing clean up environmental mess it created in 2007
• $200,000 – help Siberian communities lobby Russian policy makers
• $39.7 million – upgrade statehouse, political offices in Topeka, KS
• $760,000 – Georgia Tech to study improvised music
• $700,000 – study why monkeys respond negatively to inequity
• $193,956 – study voter perceptions of economic stimulus
• $363,760 – help NIH promote positive impacts of stimulus projects
• $456,663 – study circulation of Neptune’s atmosphere
• $529,648 – study effects of local populations on the environment…in Himalayas

To read the full McCain/Coburn report, continue here.

With the United States $2.5 TRILLION deeper in debt than on the day Obama was sworn into office (that’s $8,000 more debt for every American man, woman, and child) the Republican National Committee recently got creative and made an ad spoofing Steve Slater, Obama’s low poll numbers, Democrats, and mid-term elections:

Mitt Romney cares deeply about unemployed Americans and is laboring unceasingly to help elect candidates this fall who share his concerns. He published a plan yesterday which outlines how to remove uncertainty from the market, jump-start jobs, and grow the economy. (See Nate’s article here.)

From Romney’s book No Apology p. 167:

Our big government debt problem is not a Democrat problem – it is a Democrat and Republican problem. […] Neither party has been willing to say no to the people who want more and more from government. Saying yes wins votes. Saying no means concession speeches. But what America faces today calls for truth, and having just experienced a brush with economic collapse, the American people are ready for truth. They know that if we go on borrowing, we will do to the country what was done to Lehman and AIG and General Motors and to millions of homeowners. Except in the country’s case, there is no one that could bail us out.

If we wisely begin to reform entitlements and commit to live within our means, we will accomplish for our children what our parents did for us: Bestow upon them an America that is stronger and more prosperous even than what we have known. We do not have to become the “worst American generation.” There is still time to correct our course – barely.

Will Obama heed Governor Romney’s advice?

 

UPDATE 8/20/10: Obama now blames poor job numbers on congressional inaction. Wait! His party runs Congress. Is this the start of buddy-bickering within the Democratic huddle? Read more here.

Mitt Romney Delivers New Hampshire GOP PAC Keynote Address

Delivering the keynote address yesterday at Fratello’s Restaurant in Manchester, New Hampshire, Mitt Romney rocked  the House Republican Victory PAC dinner. Prior to the main event, the three hour fundraiser featured a VIP reception and No Apology book signing. The Granite State GOP PAC is dedicated to electing a Republican majority to the New Hampshire House.

First Read adds:

The former Massachusetts governor, no surprise, leads the pack of 2012 hopefuls who have donated to the state party [NH] and state GOP candidates. Romney has donated already $30,000 to the state party, Williams said. Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is the next biggest contributor of the group with $5,000.[...]

Romney has also given $7,500 to other local and state special election candidates in New Hampshire, and $1,000 to Chris Sununu, who is running for the state party’s executive council. Chris Sununu is the son of state party chairman John Sununu, a former governor.

(emphasis mine)

What seems to have caught the attention of a few observers was how Gov Romney arrived at and departed the event:

MyFOXBoston.com:

We all know how important a politician’s choice of car has become.

Deval Patrick’s Cadillac – not good. Scott Brown’s pickup truck – very good. And maybe it’s a coincidence, but when Mitt Romney arrived to a private fundraiser in Manchester on Thursday night, he wasn’t being driven around in his usual SUV, he was all alone in his very own pickup.
[…]

To be fair, the truck is not just a political prop. Judging by all the scratches, he uses it a lot, but it certainly fits the image he’s trying to shape for the next campaign.

I guess silly season starts early.

Gov Romney is simply a down-to-earth great guy; he’s known for a fervor for hard work, his generous nature, and a willingness to roll up his sleeves to lend a hand to those in need. His wife, Ann, has also told us about his penchant for helping around the house and for nitty-gritty outdoor work. He hasn’t got a lazy bone in his body. It looks like he’s got a truck that’s been put to good use and it can keep up with him!

Governor Romney, keep the wheels rollin’ for the conservative cause!


(Hat tip to Rebel Ross for video)

UPDATE: NRO (The Corner)

Romney brushes aside the Scott Brown comparison. “I’m going out to my place in Lake Winnipesaukee,” he says. “I have got to pull a trailer for my wife over the weekend, so the truck pulls the trailer.” Eric Fehrnstrom, Romney’s spokesman, tells the AP that if Romney runs again, he’ll take an RV — the “Mitt Mobile” leftover from his 2008 presidential run — over the truck.



Gas ‘er up! Let’s go!

Public Education: Mitt Romney Speaks at Alliance for Choice in Education (ACE) Fundraiser

Public education: Is it meeting America’s needs for a stronger tomorrow?

Close to a 1,000 people paid big bucks to hear Mitt Romney address that question when he spoke at the Alliance for Choice in Education (ACE) 10th Anniversary Luncheon on May 27, 2010 in Denver, CO. Comparing the differences between working in the private sector and public sector, Romney shared his views on school choice, charter schools, teachers’ unions, scholarship programs, hiring highest qualified teachers, technology and education, the power and impact of competition and innovation, and more.

ACE event sponsorship costs give an idea of attendees’ commitment to reform public education:
Table = $2500
Bronze = $5000
Silver = $10,000
Gold = $15,000
Lunch = $25,000
Title = $50,000

The fundraiser SOLD OUT. Profits benefitted the Alliance for Choice in Education.

The following videos are excerpts from Romney’s speech:

ACE speech #1

ACE speech #2

ACE speech #3

ACE speech #4

Thank you, Governor Romney!

Recommended reading:
No Apology: The Case for American
Greatness
by Mitt Romney, Chapter 8 An American Education Pages 194-223

(Hat tip to Bosman, Romney supporter)

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Packed As Mitt Romney Delivers Annual Reagan Lecture (Video)

Festooned in red, white, and blue bunting, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library was the setting for an enthusiastic crowd of 700 or more as they welcomed former MA Governor Mitt Romney on Tuesday, May 25, 2010. Besides addressing the large crowd, Romney’s rousing Annual Reagan Lecture was also a live webcast.

It was quite a sight to see former First Lady Nancy Reagan enter the hall on the arm of Gov Romney. Another treat was when Mitt asked his wife, Ann Romney, to step to the podium to offer a few words. Questions and answers after Romney’s speech underscored, among other things, the concerns Americans have for the direction America is currently going. Excitement for another possible presidential run by Romney was evident!

The event also included an earlier book signing for Romney’s new best-selling book No Apology: The Case For American Greatness. Dinner was served after his speech.

Mitt Romney 2012!

For additional information and Romney’s pre-lecture interview click here.

UPDATE from Ross:

Here’s an excerpt from a review of the speech by one of the attendees:

One of the first things that impressed me about Romney was his grasp of facts. He didn’t use a Teleprompter, nor notes – just what was in his head. He spoke from the heart with a passion and love for America and the people who work so hard everyday just to make ends meet.

Mitt Romney Speaks At Annual Reagan Lecture, Live Webcast

 

Mitt Romney

will speak today, May 25, 2010, at the

Annual Reagan Lecture

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

Simi Valley, California

Pre-lecture interview:

Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library:

May 25, 2010
Annual Reagan Lecture with Mitt Romney*
3:30 p.m. Book Signing
6:00 p.m. Lecture
7:00 p.m. Dinner

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney will deliver the annual Reagan Lecture at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Tuesday, May 25, 2010.

Governor Romney will also be signing copies of his latest book, No Apology: The Case for American Greatness (Release date: March 2, 2010) from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. In his latest book, Governor Romney proposes simple solutions to rebuild industry, create good jobs, reduce out of control spending on entitlements and healthcare, dramatically improve education, and restore a military battered by eight years of war.


Larger-than-life statue of 40th president greets visitors at entrance of Ronald Reagan Library.

UPDATE: Romney sounding more like candidate

Toward the end of Mitt Romney’s bid for the Republican nomination in the 2008 presidential election, his wife, Ann, turned to a documentary camera and said: “We’re never doing this again.”

But today, she is worried about the direction of the country.

“And she’s changed her mind,” Romney said Tuesday night to an energized room of his supporters at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley.

Romney delivered the eighth Reagan Lecture at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, joining influential leaders who have spoken at the annual event in the past, including Former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Chief Justice John Roberts.

Romney escorted former first lady Nancy Reagan into the Presidential Learning Center, where an audience of about 700 rose to greet them.

Although there was no announcement of his candidacy, Romney went through a litany of criticisms of current social, diplomatic and financial policies coming out of Washington and the Obama White House.
[…]
“America doesn’t need to hear about a president who makes apologies for his country,” he said.

He said the American principles of education, taxes and growing the economy remain the most important.

He said there is optimism. Americans are “awakening that this administration is on the wrong track,” he said.
[...]
Davia Navarrette of Oak Park attended the lecture with her mother and said Romney “lit the room on fire.”

“He has got a strong love for the country. He will have our support if he runs for president,” she said.

(emphasis mine)

UPDATE 5/27/10: For video of Romney’s Annual Reagan Lecture speech click here.

What Makes America Great? Mitt Romney’s ‘No Apology’ Book Tour Nears End


We couldn’t wait for it to begin.

We’re loving it while it lasts.

The end is near…

Solution seekers for America’s sorry state of affairs are elatedly standing in long lines. Why? For the chance to be inspired by in-depth author, former Governor Mitt Romney. Busily touring our nation, Romney is sharing the contents of his cogent new book No Apology: The Case for American Greatness.

Romney rousingly delivers.

With just three book signing dates left – two in Nevada and one in Colorado, fans will be disappointed when his book tour officially ends May 27th. Not reflected on the tour map, Romney will also deliver the Annual Reagan Lecture at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, CA and will sign books (May 25th). See Nate’s article here or click here for additional details.

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Enthusiastic No Apology tour attendees were asked to share their thoughts on what makes America great. What do you think makes America great?

Here is what a few fellow Americans had to say (accompanying quotes from No Apology):

Phoenix, AZ

(P. 34) It is time for America to pursue the difficult course ahead, to confront the looming problems, to strengthen the foundations of our prosperity, and to secure the sources of our liberty and safety. The sacrifice and hard work will not sap our national energy; they will restore it. I’m one of those who believe America is destined to remain as it has been since the birth of the Republic – the brightest hope of the world. And for that belief, I do not apologize.

Framingham, MA

(P. 126) Fortunately for all of us, innovation and entrepreneurism are deeply embedded in the American DNA. But more often than not, it also takes capital for an idea to be implemented. Where capital is scarce, hard to find, or not available to entrepreneurs and innovators, good ideas simply die in the mind.

[…]Most fundamental, government manages the currency and the financial system. If people don’t have confidence in the future value of the currency they may not be inclined to invest because they can’t be sure what value their money will have when they get it back – their return from their investment.

(P. 148,149) To strengthen America’s economy, we must minimize those things that retard economic growth and promote those things that accelerate it. A growth agenda favors low taxes, dynamic regulation, educational achievement, investment in research, robust competition, free trade, energy security, and purposeful immigration. And it seeks to eliminate government waste, excessive litigation, unsustainable entitlement liabilities, runaway health-care costs, and dependence on foreign oil. This, in a nutshell, ought to be the economic agenda for America.

LaJolla, CA

(P. 19, 20) There are four strategies for world leadership that are in competition today. Only one is founded on freedom. Only one. Think of what that means. Only if America and the West succeed – if our economic and military strength endure – can we be confident that our children and grandchildren will be free. A strong America is good for peace, and it is essential for the spread of freedom. Our superpower status and our leadership in the world, however, are not inevitable. Three other global strategies, each pursued by at least one state or major actor, are aggressively being pursued to surpass us and, in some cases, to suppress us. The proponents of each are convinced they will succeed. And world history offers us no encouragement: Every superpower in history has eventually weakened and fallen behind – many have ultimately collapsed. Given what is at risk, I have come to believe that our primary objective as a nation must be to keep America strong. I am convinced that every policy, every political initiative, every new law or regulation should be evaluated in large measure by whether it makes us stronger or weaker. Our freedom, security, and prosperity are at stake.

Framingham, MA

(P. 100) …We face enormous challenges at home, and I anticipate a growing outcry to reduce or cap our security spending. Some will support their argument by comparing defense budgets with those of other nations, but when they are properly calculated, the figures simply do not support cutting back. Others will insist that dialogue and diplomacy can free the world of grave threats, but history proves otherwise, and an honest threat assessment augurs for the opposite outcome: Iran and its jihadist colleagues present a real and serious danger; Russia is retooling and rearming its military and paying the bill with its massive energy resources; China’s military expansion is the largest peacetime ramp-up since prewar Germany’s; and the proliferation of nuclear weapons and disruptive technologies is expanding, not shrinking.

While our diplomacy and leadership can influence the world, we cannot control the world. What we can control is the size and sophistication of our military power and its deterrent effect, which in turn determines whether we remain free, safe, and prosperous.

Salt Lake City, UT

(P. 271) At the core of our system of government is an informed, involved, and responsible citizenry. The real peril to the nation if its citizenry fails to meet its duties was recognized by the Founders. John Adams was fearful of pure democracy, in which citizens could direct the affairs of the nation without the participation of office-holders who were elected to promote the public’s best interests. In his 1814 letter to John Taylor of Virginia, thirteen years after he left the presidency, Adams wrote:

“Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide….When clear prospects are opened before vanity, pride, avarice, or ambition, for their easy gratification, it is hard for the most considerate philosophers and the most conscientious moralists to resist the temptation. Individuals have conquered themselves. Nations and large bodies of men, never.”

Phoenix, AZ

P. 273: Soon after I became governor, I realized that a politician who seeks popularity and high approval ratings can achieve them by slavishly agreeing with public opinion and by actually doing very little. In my case, politics was a departure from my career, not a continuation of it. My reading of history had given me a profound appreciation for the sacrifices made by the Founders. I felt then as I do now that it is an enormous challenge to live up to their example. That challenge is also a useful guide for conduct in office, particularly as a defense against the temptation to take the easy, popular path when short-term political advantage may be gained by doing so. I have tried always to be more interested in making a difference than in making a hit in the polls.

P. 273: It’s important that Americans retain their interest and involvement with the electoral process. For the Republic to function as it must, I believe voters must continually renew their understandings of the critical role they play, take the time to learn about pressing issues, and judge candidates based on their character, intelligence, relevant experience, and positions on issues.

As hungry-for-truth Americans readily connect with Romney’s focus for revitalizing the foundation of American strength, we reluctantly acknowledge Romney’s book tour will soon be a memory. However, we also know it will free him to continue championing conservative candidates for the critical mid-term elections this fall.

Governor Romney, bravo! Thank you for writing a bold book; a book worth buying – a book worth reading. Thank you for your backbone, brains, and bravery.

America, we need this man in the White House.