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    Frankly, neither president [Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter] was an inspiring figure; so, maybe their lack of inspiration by the founders shouldn't surprise us.
    — Paul Kengor
    tags: inspiring 
     
    [Gerald] Ford and [Jimmy] Carter, in fact, were huge disappointments to me. Think about this: They were the presidents around the time of America's historic bicentennial, and yet rarely quoted the founders.
    — Paul Kengor
    The presidents varied in the degree to which they cited the founders. Some, like JFK, LBJ, [Richard] Nixon, and [Bill] Clinton, cited them somewhat frequently, in the range of 100 to 200 times, though, regrettably, not in a thematic or notably profound or even interesting way. Others, like Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, cited them rarely.
    — Paul Kengor
    tags: time 
     
    Which founders have these presidents cited - and why? What did, say, President [Ronald] Reagan's view of George Washington, or President [Bill] Clinton's view of Thomas Jefferson, tell us about their view of America and where they intended to lead the country?In many cases, it told us a lot about the president.
    — Paul Kengor
    tags: america 
     
    [John] McCain references favorite presidents like Teddy Roosevelt. Hillary cited Eleanor Roosevelt.
    — Paul Kengor
    [Barack] Obama isn't pointing to anyone, and certainly doesn't like it when others note (correctly) that his influences were the likes of Saul Alinsky, the Chicagoan and modern founder of community organizing, or Frank Marshall Davis, the communist journalist and agitator from Chicago who mentored Obama in Hawaii in the latter 1970s, and who Obama warmly acknowledges in his memoirs.
    — Paul Kengor
    Reagan thought that school prayer was important because it was crucial to begin each day reminding students that their inalienable rights came to them from their Creator and not from government bureaucrats.
    — Paul Kengor
    When Reagan was outspoken about his faith it was usually for a purpose, but never for getting votes.
    — Paul Kengor
    tags: faith 
     
    Reagan saw the Soviet Union as evil, all right, and not only because it was responsible for the deaths of tens of millions of people but also because it was atheistic. [Vladimir] Lenin said that religious faith and communism were incompatible.
    — Paul Kengor
    Reagan loved and respected his father, Jack Reagan. But if there was a father figure to Reagan in the religious sense, it was Ben Cleaver. What Reagan's father didn't provide spiritually, from a fatherly point of view, Cleaver did.
    — Paul Kengor
    tags: religious  father 
     
    Colleges need learning, faith, and freedom. Each reinforces the others, each makes the others possible. For what are they without each other?
    — Paul Kengor
    Freedom cannot exist alone.
    — Paul Kengor
    tags: freedom  alone 
     
    Many of these failures can be laid at the feet of the awful state of American higher education, and especially the way in which our secular universities have divorced their instruction from timeless truths like faith and freedom. Many of the professors at these places plainly don't respect the founders and, in particular, the religious foundation of the founders.
    — Paul Kengor
    You would hope that the supposed best of American educational institutions would teach its students about America as an institution.
    — Paul Kengor
    In part, it's almost surely a failure of modern education, whether K through 12 or higher education, or really both. Barack Obama went to Ivy League institutions like Columbia, which are reputed to be among America's top colleges. And yet, this very recent product of those American institutions is not publicly articulating an appreciation of the American founding or the founders and their vision for America.
    — Paul Kengor
    If our presidents, or potential presidents, don't know this or don't articulate [an America ideal], that's a blown opportunity. The president can teach as well as lead.
    — Paul Kengor
    Issues are important, yes, but issues come and go. America as an ideal is timeless.
    — Paul Kengor
    tags: america 
     
    It is quite sad, to me, that that ideal, that vision and understanding [of American founding ], doesn't seem to be a part of the current political season.
    — Paul Kengor
    The American founding is not just about a group of people, a group of men. It is about an ideal: Both a vision and understanding of the very essence of democracy, constitutional government, a representative republic, and the remarkably powerful concept of being endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights.
    — Paul Kengor
    Throughout American history our presidents have invoked our nation's founding fathers. This is particularly true of recent presidents.
    — Paul Kengor
    tags: true  father  american 
     
    As has been reported, and is unmistakably evident to all but the most naïve, federal employees have been ordered to exploit this crisis, to make the government shutdown as uncomfortable as they can. The White House is actively soliciting complaints from the general public on 'how the government shutdown has affected you.' These testimonies are tools sought for the propaganda kit; the better to agitate with.
    — Paul Kengor
    President Bush, yes, spent money like a drunken sailor, and left the nation with a record $400-billion deficit. President Obama, however, is spending far more money than Bush, with a record $1.8 trillion deficit projected for his first year.
    — Paul Kengor
    tags: money  year 
     
    [ Alexis de] Tocqueville said it in 1835, and it's as true today as it was then: 'Despotism may govern without faith, but liberty cannot. Religion is more needed in democratic societies than in any other.'
    — Paul Kengor
    tags: society  true  faith  liberty 
     
    Learning is a good thing, but unless it's tempered by faith and a love of freedom, it can be very dangerous indeed.
    — Paul Kengor
    [Ronald Reagan] called the image of [George] Washington praying on his knees in Valley Forge "the most sublime image in American history."
    — Paul Kengor
    tags: american 
     
    Maybe the most interesting find in my research is that it is clear that Ronald Reagan, among all modern presidents, plainly rediscovered the founders.
    — Paul Kengor
    tags: research 
     
    I was a child or didn't live through those presidents prior to [Ronald] Reagan, and thus didn't realize how little attention they had paid to the founders.
    — Paul Kengor
    I was disappointed in how [Bill] Clinton, like [Jimmy] Carter, used the founders to argue for huge expansions in federal power, clearly beyond what the founders could have ever conceived.
    — Paul Kengor
    tags: power 
     
    In the middle of Hillary Clinton's push for national healthcare in 1993, Bill Clinton cited Thomas Jefferson's concern for health issues as, somehow, apparently indicative of a need for federal management of the nation's healthcare system.
    — Paul Kengor
    tags: health  management 
     
    In [Ronald] Reagan's view, the American Founders had anchored their experiment in Judeo-Christian beliefs; the Bolsheviks deliberately established an antithetical model. Those founders of communism divorced their "faith" from God.
    — Paul Kengor
    tags: god  communism  american 
     
    Ronald Reagan [ cite the founders] on behalf of emphasizing the faith of our founders, of limited government, of the uniqueness and exceptionalism of America, of a nation with a people facing another historic challenge beyond the American Revolution, and in contrasting the system of the United States with the system of the USSR.
    — Paul Kengor
    There's the unique case of Ronald Reagan, who cited [founders] some 850 times, and in a way that was absolutely fundamental to understanding Reagan's vision for America.
    — Paul Kengor
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