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Season 2010 Episode 0426

Uncommon Knowledge: Mark Steyn and Rob Long

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Uncommon Knowledge: Mark Steyn and Rob Long
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The bestselling author of America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It, Mark Steyn publishes regularly in National Review, the Washington Times, and Investors' Business Daily and in venues in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.Hollywood writer and producer Rob Long began his career as a screenwriter for the hit television show "Cheers." He writes a regular column for National Review magazine and records a weekly radio spot, "Martini Shot," for KCRW in Los Angeles. Mr. Long is also editor-in-chief of Ricochet.com, a center-right website.Reviewing clips of Ronald Reagan's speeches, Long and Steyn reflect on Reagan's relevance to issues confronting America today. Speaking of Reagan's "The Last Stand on Earth" address, Steyn remarks on "how easily you can pick up the argument [made in 1964 about the threat of Soviet communism] and drop it right down into the current circumstances [the threat of Islamic extremism]." They further review Reagan's positions on socialized medicine, the Constitution (and what Steyn terms "the persistence of the monarchical urge"), and government spending. Finally Long and Steyn challenge Newt Gingrich's assertion that "it is time to let Ronald Reagan go. Not from our reverent memory of course, but as our touchstone, as our icon, as our hallmark, and our reference point."moreless
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