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The British prime minister prodded President Ronald Reagan to recognize the potential of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev

Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at a reception held at the Kremlin on March 30, 1987.  Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at a reception held at the Kremlin on March 30, 1987. Photo: Boris Yurchenko/Associated Press

In February 1984, Margaret Thatcher flew home from the Moscow funeral of the Soviet leader Yuri Andropov. Frustrated by his equally aged successor, Konstantin Chernenko, the British prime minister told her aides, “For heaven’s sake, try and find me a young Russian.”

She was searching for change. In London in April 1975, as leader of Britain’s opposition, Thatcher had her first one-on-one meeting with a former governor of California named Ronald Reagan. He, too, was out of office, seeking the 1976 Republican presidential nomination. The pair agreed that the West was giving away too much to the Soviets, while Moscow was winning the arms race. This was an unpopular view, so the Reagan-Thatcher friendship was forged in adversity. It would prove the stronger for it.

Thatcher gained power in 1979, Reagan in January, 1981. Together, against big protest movements, they installed a new class of nuclear weapons in Europe to counter the burgeoning Soviet arsenal. Having achieved this position of strength, Thatcher thought it should be bargained from. In September 1983, she said publicly in Washington, “We stand ready…if and when the circumstances are right—to talk to the Soviet leadership.” Reagan told her, privately, that he agreed.

In 1984, Thatcher found the man she was looking for: Mikhail Gorbachev, age 53. She wagered that he would be the next Soviet leader and had him and his wife, Raisa, to Chequers, her country residence, just before Christmas.

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RWR standing up for the God who has so blessed our land

The GOP has a diverse field of Presidential candidates, Republican debates are finding huge audiences and Obama’s policies are still very unpopular. So why is it that almost every poll predicts that Hillary Clinton will win the Presidency if elections were held today? The answer: inside fighting. The solution: building anew Reagan coalition.

No Republican candidate can win the Presidency if he/she isn’t able to form a coalition of moderates (the so-called establishment voters), conservatives, tea party members, evangelicals and libertarians. Every candidate is of course allowed to focus on one or more ‘lanes’, but in the end whoever wins the nomination must form a big coalition.

Republicans’ landslide victories in the U.S. Senate and House were a first sign of this new Reagan coalition.

So which candidate can rebuild the Reagan coalition? Republicans should do their own analysis of the pros and cons of the different candidates. If the media says Rubio is a moderate, this does not mean he actually is a moderate. Rubio is a conservative on fiscal issues, social issues and foreign policy. The mere fact that he was part of the so-called Gang of Eight, doesn’t directly imply he is a moderate. The same goes for the media calling Cruz extreme or Carson incompetent. The fact that Clinton is less a socialist than Bernie Sanders does not mean she’s a conservative right? Continue reading

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The Reagan Club meets on the first Thursday of every month at The Amazing Grace Community Church ( 541 E 99th Pl, Thornton, CO, 80229) from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. with doors open at 6:00 p.m.. We feature different programs and speakers as we honor the 40th President. The Reagan Club of Colorado seeks to promote the Constitution, smaller government, lower taxes, personal freedom, helping candidates, and educating the public about one of our greatest presidents, Ronald Wilson Reagan.

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