In Obama’s Era, What Would Ronald Reagan Do?

Ronn Torossian is one of America’s most prolific and respected public relations experts. Torossian is the Founder, President and CEO of 5W Public Relations, one of the 25 largest independent American PR firms, which was named PR Agency of the Year by the American Business Awards. He is the best-selling author of “For Immediate Release: Shape Minds, Build Brands, and Deliver Results with Game-Changing Public Relations,” a book known as an industry “must read.” Torossian is a featured op-ed columnist for The Huffington Post, Newsmax, Wired Magazine and others. He is the recipient of multiple awards, including PR Executive of the Year and is a past semi-finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young. Torossian lives in Manhattan with his wife and children. Connect with him on Google+ and Twitter.


NA.0210.Reagan37Ronald Reagan was one of the greatest President the United States has ever had, an American hero.  From preserving American honor worldwide, to lowering tax rates, standing for limited government and free enterprise, he led this great nation with truth, justice, freedom and prosperity. As we live through the Obama Administration, we might as ourselves, “What Would Ronald Reagan Do?” and look to Reagan for answers.

As we witness the chaos in Ukraine, Reagan was so firmly on the side of the good guys, and as he said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

As a small business owner, how I wish this Administration would say, as Reagan did in 1983: “Small business is the gateway to opportunity for those who want a piece of the American dream. [...] Well, wouldn’t it be nice to hear a little more about the forgotten heroes of America-those who create most of our new jobs, like the owners of stores down the street; the faithfuls who support our churches, synagogues, schools, and communities; the brave men and women everywhere who produce our goods, feed a hungry world, and keep our families warm while they invest in the future to build a better America? That’s where miracles are made, not in Washington, D.C.”

I, Ronn Torossian, CEO of 5WPR echo these very words for me and my family – and it’s why so often I write here at Front Page Magazine and elsewhere – American government today is too involved in our lives. As Ronald Reagan said in a nationally televised address on July 6, 1976: “I’m convinced that today the majority of Americans want what those first Americans wanted: A better life for themselves and their children; a minimum of government authority. Very simply, they want to be left alone in peace and safety to take care of the family by earning an honest dollar and putting away some savings. This may not sound too exciting, but there is something magnificent about it. On the farm, on the street corner, in the factory and in the kitchen, millions of us ask nothing more, but certainly nothing less than to live our own lives according to our values — at peace with ourselves, our neighbors and the world.”

As Obama continues to expand American government, he missed the Reagan memo that indeed Americans wish for liberty for “The dreams of people may differ, but everybody wants their dreams to come true. And America, above all places, gives us the freedom to do that. I’m convinced that today the majority of Americans want what those first Americans wanted: A better life for themselves and their children; a minimum of government authority.”

There are so many great quotes from this charismatic orator on the need to limit government, including “Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other,” or “I hope we have once again reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There’s a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: as government expands, liberty contracts.”  Paying 55% taxes as a New York resident, how I wish someone today in government would stand up and say, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’”

As the government continues to intrude on American lives, with threats to monitor newsrooms, and continuing intruding in our affairs, Reagan’s writing in 1975 could be written ad naseum today: “There are those in America today who have come to depend absolutely on government for their security. And when government fails they seek to rectify that failure in the form of granting government more power. So, as government has failed to control crime and violence with the means given it by the Constitution, they seek to give it more power at the expense of the Constitution. But in doing so, in their willingness to give up their arms in the name of safety, they are really giving up their protection from what has always been the chief source of despotism — government. Lord Acton said power corrupts. Surely then, if this is true, the more power we give the government the more corrupt it will become.”

Let us all hope and pray as Reagan said in 1992 at the Republican National Convention that “America’s best days are yet to come. Our proudest moments are yet to be. Our most glorious achievements are just ahead.” What is right today is following Reagan’s legacy, for “They say the world has become too complex for simple answers. They are wrong. There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.”  Truly today, there can be no question that “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”

Americans must do all we can to adopt Reagan’s work ethic, leadership, and optimism and do what we can to remain sane in a time when American leadership is taking us down a bad path.

God Bless America.

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  • Koos Amek

    Indeed, Reagan had moral clarity. Obama has none of it – not just no principles but seemingly no brain.

  • uptownsteve

    Well let’s see. As a student of history I think Reagan would probably try to kill unions, offer tax cuts for the rich, funnel arms and money to our enemies, expand the size of government, and appeal to racist fears and resentments of many Americans.

    • Wolfthatknowsall

      “We who live in free market societies believe that growth, prosperity, and ultimately human fulfillment are created from the bottom up, not the government down. Only when the human spirit is allowed to invent and create, only when individuals are given a personal stake in deciding economic policies and benefiting from their success – only then can socieities remain economically alive, dynamic, progressive, and free. Trust the people. This is the one irrefutable lesson of the entire postwar period, contradicting the notion that rigid government controls are essential to economic development.”

      -Ronald Reagan
      Sept 29, 1982

      Steve, the best way to refute any argument you make in this thread is to quote the man, himself. Are you up to arguing with Reagan?

      • uptownsteve

        Wolfy the best way to refute your weak arguments are with FACTS.

        • Wolfthatknowsall

          “History’s no easy subject. Even in my day it wasn’t, and we had so much less of it to learn, then.”
          Ronald Reagan
          Sept 10, 1987

          Your weak arguments have only history … written by the victors over time … to argue for them. You know nothing of Reagan’s days, except for what mom and dad told you, and what you caught from ABC, CBS, NBC.

          By the way, “Wolfy” doesn’t bother me. It’s been a nickname since I was in my teens. Thanks!

          • CaoMoo

            Wolves are awesome! It wouldnt bother me either. It’s way better than my nickname which is not the name I post with by the way. That is a 3 kingdoms joke.

          • Wolfthatknowsall

            My nick derives from my Comanche name (given to me by my maternal great-grandmother). Since there is no word equating to “wise” in the Comanche language, I am “Wolf that knows All”.

          • CaoMoo

            That’s cool. Im God Of Plague nicknamed by my family for being sick all the time. Sadly I respond to it.

          • Wolfthatknowsall

            God of Plague? That must be hard to live up to!

        • Western Canadian

          So when are you going to stop using lies and hate filled smears, and start using facts?? Oh, right, never.

    • Western Canadian

      You are not a student of history, you are an ignorant fool. Reagan was himself a union negotiator, and a remarkably good one… He was supported by unions, and only acted against the ATC when they refused to honour a pledge they made… Taxes for ALL fell under him. He backed rebels against a russian invasion and oppression, and supplied arms only until the russians gave up. He did not expand the govt, that was the democrats. He did not appeal to racist fears, and only a hate mongering fool like you would offer up such a pathetic and obvious lie to smear him.

    • kikorikid

      upyourssteve, Every thing in your brief statement is something
      Obama represents or does. Unions-Orgs SEIU-ACORN
      Tax increases, Arms to Syria, Money to the Muslim Brotherhood,
      Growth of agencies, A Justice Dept. that openly states it
      will not enforce the Law, Ideological Racism from Diversity
      against all Whites.
      steveroony, the only thing you are a student of is
      aged progressivism. stale-rusted-antiquated progressivism.
      But Hey, Its a waste of your life, not mine.

    • Steve Bryant

      Reagan didn’t “kill” unions. He simply refused to be blackmailed by them.

  • The Facts

    This article would have been funnier if Mr. Torossian had stuck to formula and made it about Richard Nixon.

    • Western Canadian

      And another hard left loon with nothing to say opens his mouth (keyboard) and proves it….

  • patrioticCanadian

    Troll alert. Bug off trolls no one wants your opinion your lack of view here.

  • uptownsteve

    Even Reagan’s own Treasury Secretary, David Stockman, admitted that it was Reagan who created America’s downward slide into a trillion dollar debt, the first time in history this nation had such a debt which has grown substantially since then.

    • Wolfthatknowsall

      “We don’t have a trillion-dollar debt because we haven’t taxed enough; we have a trillion-dollar debt because we spend too much.”
      Ronald Reagan
      March 28, 1982

      “We’ve put in place an economic program that is based on sound economic theory, not just political expediency. We will not play hopscotch economics, jumping here and there as the daily situation changes.”
      Ronald Reagan
      March 28, 1982

      • uptownsteve

        But Reagan increased spending, expanded the size of government and raised taxes. That info is for you Wolfy.

        • Wolfthatknowsall

          Reagan certainly increased the size of the US military, since his goal was the destruction of the USSR.

          However, through most of his tenure, President Reagan dealt with a Congress in which both Houses, or at least one, was in the hands of the Democrats. Since you were a teenager, at the time (you were born in the same year that I went to Vietnam), you probably don’t remember the battles that raged in Congress.

          However, unlike the current president, Reagan was able to work with Speaker O’Neill to, at least, slow the rate of spending growth. By way of contrast, Obama has no desire to work with Congress. Indeed, he rules by decree.

          Without DEMs, spending would ACTUALLY decrease, the size of government would shrink, and I rather think that we could do away with the income tax and the IRS.

          • uptownsteve

            Wolfy, Reagan tripled the national debt, funded terrorists, cut taxes for the rich and increased taxes on the middle class. Oh he also granted amnesty to 3 million undocumented immigrant workers.

          • Western Canadian

            The democrat congress increased the debt, and the rest of your lies are just as pathetic.

          • uptownsteve

            LMAO!!!!! And Obama caused the cold winter, right?

          • Western Canadian

            About the level of stupidity I would expect from you, after observing your ignorant and pathetic posts.

          • uptownsteve

            Such hatred.

          • Wolfthatknowsall

            And it’s “racially-motivated”, right? When do you play the card?

          • uptownsteve

            Racism is not a game. It’s a disease.

          • Western Canadian

            Yes, a very vicious disease. And you have it so bad, it will probably kill you.

          • UCSPanther

            You sure treat it like a game.

            Ever read the parable of “The Boy who cried “Wolf!”?

            It applies very nicely to you and your cries of “racist”…

          • Wolfthatknowsall

            I’m so very sorry that you suffer from it. Might I suggest that you find a good, Bible-believing church and turn your life over to Christ? You, too, can be cured of this disease …

          • Western Canadian

            Yes, we have noticed that about you. The most hate filled loser on FPM.

          • Wolfthatknowsall

            Low solar output and the fact that we’re at the end of another “warm period” in a half million year Ice Age would account for that.

          • Omar

            You are repeating Sandinista propaganda. You don’t mention the crimes the Sandinistas committed against the people of Nicaragua, including the indigenous Miskito people. But, of course, you didn’t care (and still don’t) about the plight of the Miskitos because they undermine the left’s propaganda against the United States for historical misdeeds regarding its relationship with its Native American population. You also ignore the fact that the Soviet Union (besides backing the Sandinista dictatorship in Nicaragua) invaded Afghanistan to support its puppet government in suppressing the opposition in that country. Contrary to what you claim, the main leadership of the Mujahdeen were not afviolated with Al Qaeda. That was Communist propaganda used to try and discredit Western efforts to stop the Soviet empire from ruling yet another client state. You are an apologist for Marxist terrorism. Fact-check.

          • PurpleTantrum

            Perhaps you forget the crimes the Contras committed against the Sandinistas. Human Rights crimes. The Contras were drawn together from many small, ineffectual groups and then armed, trained and completely controlled by the US. You know why Regan stopped getting the $24 million from congress to fund the Contras, why he began stealing from the American people and became war criminal? All of the propaganda that he instilled to make it look as if the Sandinistas were communist and were supported by the Soviets was nothing but lies. He couldn’t prove any of it to congress. That is why they cut off his $24 million per year. So he stole the money. And Regan hid his crimes and the human rights atrocities. That does not come from the Left propaganda or anti-Reganism. It comes from historical documents, including those from the court hearings that Regan was summoned to appear for.

  • carpe diem 36

    just like the Bourbons Obama learned noting and forgot nothing. He is still the “organizer” he was, but now he is organizing a big organization, the Federal Government, and he thinks of us as peons who should do as told without a mind of their own. Those who elected him and those who allow him to this to us are real villains, unamerican and the destroyers of this once beautiful country. we cannot do what we wish to pursue happiness, Obama is pursuing happiness for us. most people really do not get what he is doing and are happy to receive stuff that is extracted from those who have worked for it and created his ability to give stuff. Reagan was very much aware of what a bad gov’t can do and warned us, but the useful eediots did not understand it.

  • uptownsteve

    Actually Reagan was the last gasp of white supremacy in national elective government. It’s all over now. Notice that the Democrats have won 5 of the last 7 popular votes in national elections.

    • UCSPanther

      It’s easy to stay in power when you hand out entitlements like complimentary pens…
      Better pray the money doesn’t run out, because entitlement hounds get very ornery when their benefits get cut off…

      • uptownsteve

        I keep hearing about how Obama is handing out all these goodies for people”s vote. I didn’t seem to get mine though.

        • Western Canadian

          How sad for you.

        • UCSPanther

          Maybe you should reconsider your support of Obama then…

          • uptownsteve

            Okay, so what goodie did Romney promise you?

          • UCSPanther

            I always take a politician’s promise (Any stripe) with a grain of salt.
            I vote based on track record and what seems reasonable and grounded in reality. I don’t bother with charisma because it is superficial.

          • uptownsteve

            What did Reagan have besides charisma? The man was the biggest political Trojan Horse in history. Know as a “military tough guy” and “strong on terror”. What did he do when 300 US Marines and American Civilians were killed at the Embassy in Lebanon in 1983? NOTHING.

          • Western Canadian

            He had a love of his country, and all of its people…. even an ignorant, hate mongering loser like you.

          • UCSPanther

            At least Reagan wasn’t a dope smoking marxist.

            I have very little hope for you at this rate. You are a clearly a rabid ideologue whose only attack is to play the race card…

        • reader

          You may have fainted when they passed Obamaphones around, steevo. Did Mother Mary come to you? I’m truly impressed with how uninhibited you are – especially for someone claiming to be Catholic.

    • Western Canadian

      Again, you serve as an example of an ignorant and foolish product of a corrupt ‘educational’ system, a bought and paid for ‘news’ media, and your personal dishonesty and stupidity. Reagan didn’t have a racist bone in his body, despised racism, and deliberaly sent a black man as his rep in South Africa…. You literally can’t make a comment about him that is anything other than a smear and a lie, both fueled by your own staggering level of ignorance.

    • Omar

      Actually, that would be your beloved Jimmy Carter, who before making a fool out of himself appeasing to dictators around the world, described himself as a “redneck”, who while governor of Georgia during the 1970s, praised his racist lieutenant governor, Lester Maddox, as “the essence of the Democratic Party”. Reagan united Americans in different ways, improved the domestic standards of living for everyone (including creating a larger middle class), signed legislation creating the holiday honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., supported admitting Puerto Rico as a state of the Union and defeated the Communist empire known as the Soviet Union and it’s client states in different parts of the world. Carter, on the other hand, was a political loser who failed in almost every foreign policy issue beginning with toppling the Shah in Iran. Today, your beloved President Obama can’t seem to do almost anything right regarding both domestic and foreign policies.

    • Steve Bryant

      Yes, Uptown, how do you like the cesspool being formed by black supremacy? First our education system was destroyed in an attempt to be “fair” and now,apparently our entire social and financial system will be undone so that “people of color” will be “equal”.
      Too bad that no one who sees themselves as inferior will ever be “equal”, or happy. Black Americans protest that white Americans see them as inferior, while proving they are with their demands for special treatment to offset that acknowledged inferiority. It’s kind of like Obama apologizing for something that he initially said he didn’t do.
      You simply cannot make this stuff up any better than it actually is. But, if you’re lucky, you might be able to find out what the meaning of “is”, is. Eh?

  • Andy_Lewis

    What would Ronnie do? Dunno…but I do know Jonathan Pollard’s still in prison.

    Put that in yer pipe and smoke it.

    • georgejochnowitz

      It’s true. Reagan could have pardoned Pollard or shortened his sentence, but he didn’t.

  • IssacAdamBurke

    What Would Reagan Do?? – - – Take Action!
    Its time to stop the whining and bickering people. Read all these comments – nothing but whining and bickering. Here’s what we need to do.
    It’s time to split the USA in 2 – to give the Socialist Totalitarians their own land to ruin and to give us Conservative / Libertarians a land of freedom and opportunity without government oppression. And, Canada should join in this.
    The Socialists can have their heartland, the region around the Great Lakes and the Northeast: Ontario and eastward in Canada plus ME NH VT RI CT MA NY NJ PA MD DE DC MI WI MN IA and northern IL IN OH. 135 million people with enormous resources – the UNASS The Union of North American Socialist States.
    Conservatives / Libertarians can have western Canada with western and southern USA. 215 million people with enormous resources including all those nasty oil & gas reserves – the USPNA The United States & Provinces of North America.
    Believe me, it works and will deliver better results than the present situation. Most happily, it removes the rabid dog Socialist Totalitarians from among us and gives us a clear-cut numerical advantage. The key is to start preparing by talking with friends, persuading politicians in the USPNA to work toward the new North American alignment, and to start moving production resources to the USPNA areas from the UNASS areas, especially by relocating small and mid-sized businesses. Once the realignment is moving forward, we can begin working on Mark Levin’s Constitutional Convention idea.

  • Dyer’s Eve

    Can someone please clone Ronald Reagan? We need someone of his fortitude to stand up to Islam, like he did with the Soviets. It’s worth noting that the Commies didn’t gain one inch of foreign soil during Reagan’s presidency. That’s the kind of man we need now!

    • PurpleTantrum

      If you go back to President Eisenhower, you’ll see why there is issue with Islamic countries to begin with. That is when the US government through Eisenhower and the CIA raided Iran and removed their elected prime minister from office and installed a puppet replacement that infuriated Iranians for 25 years? We did this because we wanted easier access to oil. Nice, huh? It created hostility and resentment toward the west, which continued when we continued to mettle in Middle East affairs. We need Regan to deal with Islam, you say? Oh we know what he would do. Arm the Iraqis illegally so they could fight those Iranians that we made our enemies. That’s what Regan would do. Regan was a war criminal, or haven’t you heard?

  • georgejochnowitz

    Reagan almost never went to church during his presidency.

    • Ohbama Binlyin

      Neither does your lord and master, your god 0bama! SO WHAT??

  • Lanna

    Patriot Ronald Reagan would scoff at this totalitarian regime and send them packing…he despised Communist regimes and dictatorships…Freedom was Ronald Reagan’s middle Name.