Ronald Reagan — conservative icon, emblematic commander in chief, cowboy — popularized what he called “the Eleventh Commandment” through his political career: “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.”
Fortunately, Reagan died before Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa got into politics.
What would happen if Reagan, the mythical Republican lodestone, and King, the current Republican headline-getter, got together to chat about immigration and American greatness? No need to wonder. Here’s a stab at that conversation, with quotes from the men themselves (plus some of King’s biggest contemporary fans):
"I've spoken of the shining city all my political life. ... And how stands the city on this winter night? … After 200 years, two centuries, she still stands strong and true to the granite ridge, and her glow has held no matter what storm. And she's still a beacon, still a magnet for all who must have freedom, for all the pilgrims from all the lost places who are hurtling through the darkness, toward home."
"The poet called Miss Liberty's torch 'the lamp beside the golden door.' Well, that was the entrance to America, and it still is. And now you really know why we're here tonight. The glistening hope of that lamp is still ours. Every promise, every opportunity, is still golden in this land. And through that golden door our children can walk into tomorrow with the knowledge that no one can be denied the promise that is America. Her heart is full; her torch is still golden, her future bright. She has arms big enough to comfort and strong enough to support, for the strength in her arms is the strength of her people.”
Steve King’s buddies:
How could Reagan not be beaming about the future of America right now?
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