Rebecca Hagelin

Sarah Palin’s speech at the Republican National Convention and the subsequent barrage of attacks on her, her family, and her faith have caused the crowds to go nuclear. It seems the public just won't stand for their new heroine to be slammed in the same fashion that the Reagan Legacy has been attacked.

The Heritage Foundation doesn’t oppose or endorse candidates for political office, but we are the keeper of the conservative flame in Washington, D.C. In that spirit, we launched a “What Would Reagan Do?” public education campaign in January of this year, along with conservative icons Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham, to remind Americans that when you govern according to conservative values, America flourishes. We know, as Americans have known all along, that constitutional conservative principles will always work for America.

Ronald Reagan definitely knew all about breaking the status quo. He deregulated oil to lower the cost of gasoline and unshackle the free market. He cut taxes, enabling Americans to apply their hard work in their jobs and at home and then see the results of their efforts. He called attention to the failures of a public education system that had very little to show for all the dollars spent on it. Perhaps most importantly, Reagan showed the world that communism, terrorism and totalitarianism were intolerable and that America must not be held hostage to enemies at home or abroad.

Our daily “What Would Reagan Do?” campaign continues throughout this year, both on the radio and on our website,, and we will keep providing valuable research products and the most important conservative document -- a pocket-sized Constitution and Declaration of Independence. Those are the documents Reagan governed by, and they’re the documents by which every government proposal and every politician should be measured -- including Sarah Palin.

So now the libs and pundits know that true conservatism is alive and well. It didn’t need to be redefined, it just needed a new face -- a face that represents the typical freedom-loving American. Conservatism is still the answer for a revolution of freedom, just as it was in the early days of our nation and when Ronald Reagan rode into Washington to save the nation -- and change the world.

Rebecca Hagelin

Rebecca Hagelin is a public speaker on the family and culture and the author of the new best seller, 30 Ways in 30 Days to Save Your Family.
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