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1970-1987: We wrestle with our democratic freedoms, arguing issues old and new

August 23, 1984
A triumphant President promotes conservative constitutionalism

President Ronald Reagan

“While a constitution may set forth rights and liberties, only the citizens can maintain and guarantee those freedoms.”
–Ronald Reagan

Four years ago, Ronald Reagan promised to get the government “off the backs” of the American people.

To wild cheers of “Four more years,” the President tonight accepted the Republican nomination for a second term. He renewed his pledge to reverse 50 years of federal government growth.

The men who wrote the Constitution, he said, favored less government and more liberty.

Reagan has nominated conservatives to the bench, and is calling for constitutional amendments to ban abortion and restore prayer in schools.

His critics say he’s reversing decades of constitutional principles and progress. His supporters say it’s activist judges who are out of step, imposing their own values on the Constitution instead of enforcing its original meaning.

The President’s campaign slogan says that it’s “morning again in America.” His supporters hope it’s the dawn of a new constitutional era.

Read about it in the New York times

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