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Kimberly Strassel | Are We Ready for the Next Reagan Revolution? | EP 175

Can there ever be another Reagan Revolution? Kimberly Strassel from the Wall Street Journal shares her view on what it will take to unify Americans. She says that the key to overcoming the widespread discontent consuming the country is finding a Conservative candidate who embraces the idea of a “Reagan Revolution” that harkens back to the time after the Carter years. With Republicans in control of the House, Strassel and host Rebecca Weber discuss potential investigations the Oversight Committee should focus on in the coming months. Strassel, a veteran journalist of 30 years, also reflects on the downward spiral her profession has been caught in since 2016, noting that some journalists now justify outright political bias in the name of ‘Saving America.’

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Dawn
9 days ago

This discussion is ridiculous in light of the fact we are now past the tipping point we were all warned about that was fast approaching, how many years ago? The women having the discussion are so naive they are actually asking the question, “are we ready for the next Reagan revolution?”.
We are the proverbial boiling frogs in the pot wasting time making comments on these ridiculous discussions all the while ignoring the truth of our circumstances and having intelligent discussions to make actual practical change starting right where I live. Anything else is just blah blah blah as we contribute to turning up the heat to the very pot we’re all in.

Stephen Russell
9 days ago

Reagen Revolution 2.0

Patriate Henry
11 days ago

Jocko is right folks. We well beyond elections. So what shall we do next ????

Michael Lewis
11 days ago

We all know that, as things actually are, many of the most influential and most highly remunerated members of the Bar in every center of wealth, make it their special task to work out bold and ingenious schemes by which their wealthy clients, individual or corporate, can evade the laws which were made to regulate, in the interests of the public, the uses of great wealth. – T. Roosevelt, 1905
In the words of E.W. Scripps: A newspaper must at all times antagonize the selfish interests of that very class which furnishes the larger part of a newspaper’s income… The press in this country is dominated by the wealthy few…that it cannot be depended upon to give the great mass of the people that correct information concerning political, economical and social subjects which it is necessary that the mass of people Shall have in order that they vote…in the best way to protect themselves from the brutal force and chicanery of the ruling and employing classes – E.W. Scripps – American Newspaper Publisher 1854-1926
The American people don’t believe anything until they see it on television. – Richard M. Nixon
After Watergate, to protect the public from the appearance of corruption, The Federal Election Campaign Act abridged the freedoms of speech press and assembly of the regulated class: candidates for Federal Office, political parties, PACs and individual citizens.
But the corporate media were exempted because government could not infringe their 1st Amendment rights
52 U.S. Code § 30101 – Definitions (9)(B) The term “expenditure” does not include— (i) any news story, commentary, or editorial distributed through the facilities of any broadcasting station, newspaper, magazine, or other periodical publication, unless such facilities are owned or controlled by any political party, political committee, or candidate; – .law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/52/30101
This created a “Royal”, “State Approved” press! 
But if candidates and political parties have to pay for time/space in the media, then why are favorable editorials considered to have no value if they are published by corporate media, unless the media is controlled by a political party, political committee, or candidate?
“The 20th century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance: the growth of democracy; the growth of corporate power; and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy.” -Alex Carey, Australian social scientist who pioneered the investigation of corporate propaganda 
The people will believe what the media tells them they believe. – George Orwell
It is normal for all large businesses to make serious efforts to influence the news, to avoid embarrassing publicity, and to maximize sympathetic public opinion and government policies. Now they own most of the news media that they wish to influence. – Excerpt from Media Monopoly by Ben H. Bagdikian – 1920-2016
In 1983, 90% of American media was owned by 50 companies. In 2011, that same 90% is controlled by 6 companies.
Campaign laws are responsible for the corporate voice having more influence in our elections than the voice of natural persons!
Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreicate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. – Frederick Douglass
To restore equal rights to citizens, federal candidates, political parties and PACs “We the People” should ask our representatives in the Senate and House to revisit “S. 2416 — 113th Congress: Free All Speech Act of 2014.” . 2014. June 15, 2022 <
113th CONGRESS
2d Session
S. 2416
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
June 3, 2014
Mr. Cruz introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
A BILL
To apply laws that restrict the political speech of American citizens to media corporations.
1. Short title
This Act may be cited as the Free All Speech Act of 2014 .
2. Application of laws that restrict the political speech of American citizens to media corporations
(a) In general
Any law that restricts the political speech of American citizens shall apply with equal force to media corporations, such as the New York Times, the American Broadcasting Company (ABC), the National Broadcasting Company (NBC), and the CBS Television Network.
(b) No application to American citizens if application to media corporations found unconstitutional
To the extent that the application of a law to a media corporation under subsection (a) is found unconstitutional, such law shall have no force or effect with respect to American citizens.

Leon
12 days ago

I agree with Kimberly. If we don’t start taking care of our country, I’m afraid my grandkids won’t enjoy our.

Matthew
12 days ago
Reply to  Leon

It’s a tuff pill to swallow Leon. But the wake up call here is our grandchildren have been brainwashed into wanting exactly what we are going through right now. Turning that back is going to take much more than a Reagan Revolution????‍????️

DBM
12 days ago

We won’t have another Reagan revolution until we get another Ronald Reagan. And Trump isn’t him.

Hal-
12 days ago
Reply to  DBM

Yep, Trump isn’t him, but Trump is a He(double hockey stick) of a lot better than anyone the DemocRats can or will offer.

johnh
9 days ago
Reply to  Hal-

That is all more the reason for Trump to bow out of 2024 race & let another Republican candidate run for POTUS.

twentythree
12 days ago

I think the populace has been so “dumbed down” there will not be another “Reagan Revolution” Donald Trump was the last revolution. You see where that went. 80 million votes for Biden? Are there really that many hate filled, gullible people? I’m afraid so.

Hal-
12 days ago
Reply to  twentythree

Rigged election … if you don’t believe that then you grossly underestimate the complicity of the DemocRat Party.

Bob
12 days ago
Reply to  twentythree

Right on!

Superflash
12 days ago
Reply to  twentythree

Do you really believe Biden got 80 million votes? That’s a good one!! LOL

Chris
11 days ago
Reply to  Superflash

I personally know many people who took great pride in voting for the first time in a long time in 2020 — and they voted for Biden. I tried arguing with them but they didn’t want to listen. They even openly admitted that they knew very little about politics just that “Trump was bad”. So yeah, I believe it, breaks my heart, but I do.

johnh
9 days ago
Reply to  Superflash

I believe a lot of votes went Biden as a vote against Trump, and not because they wanted Biden policies. And that explains some of the 80-million votes

Lee
7 days ago
Reply to  Superflash

I remember the trucker who delivered some 7 million ballots with only one vote on each ballot. Biden. (I don’t remember if it was 7 million, but that is what my old head remembers, right or wrong, it was a BIG #.) It was obvious all the ballots were printed at the same time with the vote already on the page.

Morbious
12 days ago

Strassels column is usually the best among the wsj offerings. However, looking back to Reagan is not going to show the way forward. The country was vastly different 42 years ago. Most people led conservative lives even if they voted for dems. Carters utter incompetence shocked them just as Reagan stepped forward. Any sort of renewal or revival in our country today will not be conservative but some version of populist. Two thirds of millennials prefer socialism. The reaction to dobbs in states like kansas and michigan is instructive. We had a way forward in Trumps america first theme but we allowed him to be savaged by the globalist swamp. Even the wsj, long a champion of so called free trade as well as cheap immigrant labor did their best to subvert him in their writings. Strassel was the most balanced. In short, no one is on deck who can combine kinder gentler trumpism along with conservatism palatable to younger people. Without them forget it.

RD in kansas
12 days ago
Reply to  Morbious

People in Kansas were duped into believing that all abortions would be illegal, but the prolife groups were cut off by misinformation from the left and millions of dollars in false advertising that confused voters. The majority wanted a heartbeat bill…. Instead were now an abortion Mecca.

Superflash
12 days ago
Reply to  Morbious

Hats off to you Morbious. You hit that nail right on the head! Besides everything you said todays conservatives are just to complacent to fight for what we believe. We will nearly let them trample right over us.

PaulE
11 days ago
Reply to  Morbious

Here is something you may not be aware of. The WSJ, a part of the FOX corporation, was never actually in favor Trump or any of his policies. Senior management back in 2015 and 2016, meaning Rupert Murdock, wanted Jeb Bush as POTUS and their news coverage on both the news network and the WSJ reflected as much. Both mediums weren’t even subtle about their preference. Both entities were for the globalist agenda, that Bush and the other so-called establishment GOP candidates at that time were campaigning on. The only part of FOX that got on board the Trump train were the opinion shows that were part of the FOX entertainment division. Shows like Hannity etc., that were more reflective of what the actual average people in the GOP wanted.

Today with FOX corp now being run by Rupert’s 2 sons, both uber progressives, who want to remake both FOX and the WSJ into much more mainstream, progressive outlets that reflect their political views, the gloves are off so to speak. Slamming Trump and indirectly his MAGA agenda left and right, all while pushing a return to much more standard GOP globalist agenda of establishment Republicans. The old country club values of the GOP, that ignored the average person and focused solely on what is good for the 1%. The same folks that orchestrated the mass migration of millions of American manufacturing and high tech jobs over to China and elsewhere over the last 30 plus years.

The idea of a “kinder, gentler form of Trumpism”, with all the benefits, but none of the necessary hard choices and strong, decisive actions needed to make it all actually work as well as it did in Trump’s first term, is kind of a fantasy like the garbage G.W. Bush was pushing with “compassionate conservatisim”. Which turned out to be nothing more that Democrat-lite policies masquerading as something else. In short, a complete dumping of the MAGA in favor of a return to GOP establish,ent policies called something else.

As for the younger people, you are correct. They won’t find anything short of pure socialism palatable to them. That is what they were educated for the last 40 years, via our public education institutions, to believe will lead to the Utopia of endless free stuff that someone other than themselves will happily pay for with no downside consequences. As I’ve said literally thousands of times on this site over the years, we live in a completely bifurcated country. Two population groups that have diametrically opposing views of the direction and values that this country should pursue. One to success, freedom and prosperity. The other to a de-evolution of society and standards of living, all while freedoms and rights slowly get stripped away and we look more and more like other failed socialist democracies around the world. This could have all been prevented by strong, decisive actions 40 or 50 years ago, to clean out the leftist subversives from our educational institutions, the the public was as now too apathetic and lazy to get off their a$$es and demand change. So we are where we are at this point. Attempting to attractive young progressives with a Democrat-lite candidate and platform will fail, just like it has done so in the past. Why would they opt for Democrat-lite, when they can vote for hard-core Socialists? They wouldn’t.

Honey
10 days ago
Reply to  PaulE

John O’Sullivan of National Review said compassionate conservatism is a redundancy.

Bill on the Hill
10 days ago
Reply to  PaulE

Well said Paul… It will be a long, slow recovery to return to sanity if it ever happens at all…Today’s young people have been thoroughly indoctrinated into this utter liberal to the extreme madness, not all, thank God, but most, yes…
This includes the clueless parents of the young people I speak of, very sad indeed…
Bill… :~)

Ty
11 days ago
Reply to  Morbious

Population heads up one-o-one. There are more Americans over 44 than there are 18 to 43 year olds in this country. We have to reach out through the adults, parents, to get to this 18 to 43 group who, think socialism can work; to search out the truth. Socialsim won’t and can’t work! To many countries have tried it and totally failed ending up in broken governments suspended under total authoritarian control where any objections end in death.This year I sat down with my kids and spelled out some common sense for them. Freedom isn’t free and free is never free. If it were there would still be someone controlling it and measuring out who gets free. Big government always wants control and to use other people’s money to stay a big government. The truth is, governments print money they don’t make it. If everything is free you don’t need to earn money so how will the big government stay in power. Reduce free, then dictate who gets free. It’s a fact of life that a majority of people want to do as little as possible and will when they have no incentive. In most cases over the past 40 years, since Hillary Clinton got involved with K-12 and the unions to indoctrinate our childern instead of teaching then to think for themselves. That is what we are facing as parents.I listened carefully to what they had to sad and asked for honesty and I got an ear full. But I didn’t hear anything that couldn’t be reverted to a common sense resolve. However, that didn’t win the day, it did open their eyes but to close the deal I told them that if they did not vote in this mid-term that I would start spending their inheritance.. even that didn’t finish the discussion, because we live in a credit card world and people, somehow think that is for them to spend and they can pay it back sometime. That’s a new math mentality. However, with some general math representation I opened some eyes who were using their Democrate thinking on spend now pay maybe regarding getting by on credit cards.The end result is all my kids voted and they were required to send me a picture of the poling place and their I voted decal. I am not sure I convinced them to vote totally conservative, but they seemed to be convinced that free still cost and anyone in the existing government were not working for the people any more, it was for themselves and how much money they could earn, not how much they could benefit Americans in their states and the United States as a whole. Look listen, ask questions and look for a common sense resolve.Maybe more conservatives should consider teaching their childern, of all ages that common sense is the real power and big government in socialism is not free! It also can’t hurt to let them know that their inheritances isn’t a given. Our generation spilt blood here and build our families. Our childern need to remember that everyday! The future belongs to them but history, the guidelines of the future we lived.

Boz
12 days ago

Dominion and ballot boxes will put a damper on any revolution unless they are dealt with. 2020 and 2022 are excellent examples of that.

Eric
12 days ago

I don’t think anything will ever come out of investigations but pomp and circumstance. Politicians talk the big talk but don’t ever walk the walk. No one ever goes to jail for their crimes, certainly not any congressmen, let alone a president. Congress and the judicial systems are all corrupt and the FBI is a joke. I’ve lost faith in this government. I would reverse ever bill passed by this illegitimate administration based on their unconstitutional bias. I don’t think nothing will be done with these self serving politicians from both sides of the isle. It used to be an honor serving the people in their position but all I see is power grabs, control, greed from these self serving congress which will get worse. Just follow the money and you’ll know where their hearts lie!!!!

SAW
11 days ago
Reply to  Eric

The FBI has become the American version of the German NAZI’s.

CAE
12 days ago

Interesting!Especially since Weber represents the Wall Street Journal.

jocko
12 days ago

THERE IS ONLY ONE SURE AND PERMANENT WAY TO SAVE OUR CRASHING NATION FROM FURTHER DESTRUCTION BY THE CANCEROUS, ANTI-AMERICAN, LYING, CHEATING, libs AND IT’S NOT ELECTIONS……………..

Nick
12 days ago

“I believe in the idea of amnesty for those who have put down roots and lived here, even though sometime back they may have entered illegally.”

– President Ronald Wilson Reagan, 1986

SusanC
12 days ago
Reply to  Nick

Yes, but there were strict stipulations:President Ronald Reagan signed a sweeping immigration reform bill into law in 1986, which provided a pathway to citizenship for immigrants who had entered the country before 1982. The bill also tightened up border security and penalized employers who hired illegal immigrants. 

Sherry Olson
12 days ago
Reply to  SusanC

And none of it was EVER enforced. Democ-rats lie cheat and steal to get their way. They haven’t changed since before the Civil War.

PaulE
12 days ago
Reply to  Nick

And the Democrats reneighed on their commitment to President Reagan to fund security for the border and tighten immigration policy to prevent further illegal immigration after he agreed to give amnesty to 3 million illegals for that deal. Even Reagan later admitted that the he should have demanded the Democrats pass that necessary legislation and spending that they had agreed to BEFORE he granted that one-time amnesty.

Nick
12 days ago
Reply to  PaulE

Yeah, the Dems were smarter back then!

Irv C
12 days ago
Reply to  PaulE

Dems just can’t help but lie. They are like drug addicts in that they do anything to get what they want, even have family beat or swindled. Evil is just that, Evil.

Melton
12 days ago
Reply to  Nick

But he did that thinking it would stop people entering illegal

Nick
12 days ago
Reply to  Melton

The quote is about him believing in the ideal, not what he was willing to do on a transactional basis. I agree with him and that’s why I posted it.

Shaun Wu
13 days ago

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Bill on the Hill
13 days ago

Always a pleasure spending some time with Rebecca Weber on these presentations…Kimberly Strassel clearly gets what is going on, very much enjoyed listening to her views on current political events. It is fortunate that the WSJ has her on board… I enjoyed both these women’s stories about their fathers & their patriotism. A very down to earth conversation by two accomplished women…
Bill… :~)

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