It’s something most conservatives would not have imagined a year ago: The opening act of Donald Trump’s agenda in the White House contains a real whiff of President Ronald Reagan. To be sure, there’s plenty the Reaganites won’t like — talk of trillion-dollar federal building campaigns, taxing business at the border, etc. — but there’s plenty to applaud as well.
He’s proposing dramatic across-the-board tax cuts. That’s Reaganesque. He’s reasserting American strength and resolve in response to the dictators who rattle sabers at America. That’s Reaganesque. He appointed a Supreme Court justice who follows the Constitution instead of acting like a superlegislator. That’s Reaganesque. He’s working diligently to reduce the power of Washington, D.C. That’s mega Gipper.
What’s missing? Craig Shirley has emerged as perhaps the most knowledgeable historian of Reagan alive today. His fourth biography is out, and it’s every bit as fascinating as the first three. “Reagan Rising” connects the dots between the 1976 and 1980 campaigns. President Trump and/or his closest advisors need to read this book.