Sunday, February 3, 2008

"Without a compass...."

In the current National Review [Feb. 11], Jay Nordlinger quotes former Secretary of State George Shultz on Ronald Reagan:
As Shultz talks about Reagan, he makes a familiar point, but makes it particularly well: Reagan had underlying beliefs, and these beliefs went deep; and his policies derived from them. “That’s one reason he was so consistent, I think.” .... “The ideas serve as your compass. And maybe you have to tack and whatnot, but your compass tells you where you’re going.” Eventually, you arrive at your destination, no matter what the zig-zagging. But without a compass, “you’re just moving around.”

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