I have a couple of interesting political links for today:
1. In honor of Reagan’s birthday, here is Newt Gingrich’s 1986 critique of Ronald Reagan’s Cold War policies.
2. The New York Times has an article on Ron Paul and how he arrived at his political opinions over the course of his life. There’s a lot of good stuff there, but perhaps the most jarring part concerned how Ron Paul became pro-life on the abortion issue:
“Abortion was still illegal, but, increasingly, legal exceptions were being made for psychiatric reasons. Mr. Paul traces his opposition to the procedure to the time when he wandered into an operating room there and saw a pregnancy terminated by Caesarean section, with a 2-pound fetus, delivered alive, left in a corner to try to breathe, try to cry, and die.”