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A Presidency of great promise ends in rancor and disappointment.

Opinion Journal Video: Global View Columnist Bret Stephens previews President Obama’s farewell speech. Photo: European Pressphoto Agency

President Obama once said that as President he aspired to be the progressive Ronald Reagan, and as he prepares to leave office he has succeeded in fundamental if ironic ways.

While Reagan left behind a calmer, more optimistic country, Mr. Obama leaves a more divided and rancorous one. While the Gipper helped elect a successor to extend his legacy, Mr. Obama will be succeeded by a man who campaigned to repudiate the President’s agenda. Barack Obama has been a historic President but perhaps not a consequential one.

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Mr. Obama was always going to be a historic President by dint of his election as the first African-American to hold the office. His victory affirmed the American ideal that anyone can aspire and win political power. This affirmation was all the better because Mr. Obama won in large part thanks to his cool temperament amid the financial crisis and his considerable personal talents.

Yet his Presidency has been a disappointment at home and abroad, a fact ironically underscored by Mr. Obama’s relentless insistence that he has been a success. In his many farewell interviews, he has laid out what he regards as his main achievements: reviving the economy after the Great Recession, a giant step toward national health care, new domestic regulations and a global pact to combat climate change, the Iran nuclear deal, and a world where America is merely one nation among many others in settling global disputes rather than promoting its democratic values.

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This is a segment from a film called “Overview of American.” It gives you a big-picture vision of why we used to enjoy so much personal freedom and prosperity in America. This video gives you a big-picture vision of why we it was possible and explains in a simple fashion the different systems of government throughout the world and the different economic principles underlying each type of government — illustrating the great virtues of our unique nation and how it has become yet another Oligarchy. (2006, 32 min., DVD)

In a new television commercial airing throughout the Presidents Day weekend, the Knights of Columbus pointed out the unique relationship between God and many of America’s past commanders in chief. Scroll down to see the entire commercial.

The 60-second spot has run in previous years; however, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson explained why his organization believes the message this ad contains is still relevant.

“The idea that our rights come from God and that religion has a role to play in our nation’s public life is not partisan or sectarian,” he said, “it is quintessentially American. Presidents Day is an excellent opportunity to remind Americans that God is — and has always been — foundational to this country and to our system of ordered liberty.”

Read more at http://www.westernjournalism.com/new-knights-columbus-ad-highlights-important-role-god-within-white-house/#1RWelJliyT6thLJv.99

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In case you didn’t attend, or wanted to re-hear his speech, here is former Cranston, Rhode Island mayor, Steve Laffey, talking about difficult choices you have to make to fix a city on the verge of bankruptcy and how that will soon need to be applied to America.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dBY4FbLwV8&feature=em-upload_owner#action=share

Since the shooting of Michael Brown by a white policeman and the ensuing riots and looting in Ferguson, MO, Americans have been told, yet again, that there is an epidemic of crime against black people in this country. But is there really a race war, and if so, which side is actually waging it?

P1040741Join The Reagan Club’s very first speaker, Shawn Mitchell, as he returns to opine about any and everything political. He’ll tell you what’s on his mind as no one and nothing is sacred from his wit and observation.

It’ll be fun. Tickets are $20 for members and you can bring a guest for $12. Non-Members are $25. You can buy your ticket(s) online at: http://www.reaganclubco.com/meeting-tickets/ or at the door.  Our meeting location is St Stephens Lutheran Church, 10828 Huron St, Northglenn, CO 80234

If you can a question or concern, email info@ReaganClubCo.com or call (970)-222-7502

Who is this person named Shawn Mitchell?

He was elected to Senate District 23 in the Colorado General Assembly in November of 2004. Shawn is an attorney at private practice in Denver and Adams County.

Previously, Shawn served as Special Counsel to the Attorney General, where he was a legal policy advisor and one of the top aids to former Colorado Attorney General Gale Norton. In that position, Shawn worked on significant constitutional litigation, including the Amendment 2 case and First Amendment litigation on issues of church and state.

Shawn also represented Colorado in fighting criminal appeals in the Colorado Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court. Shawn is a former Senior Fellow at the Independence Institute, a conservative and free-market think tank in Denver, CO. He continues to write and speak often on public policy issues.

Shawn is the president of the Colorado Chapter of the Federalist Society, a national organization of scholars, judges, and lawyers that promotes limited government and legal reform. He also served 3 years on the Denver Rocky Mountain News Board of Editorial Contributors.

You can also read his columns at: http://finance.townhall.com/columnists/shawnmitchell/

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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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