The Regan Doctrine
POL 300 – International Problems
Dr. John R. Cronin
The Regan Doctrine
President Regan was born on February 6, 1911 in Tampico, Illinois. In a family of 3 boys he was the youngest. His father was a traveling shoe salesman. Reagan's mother taught Reagan how to read at an early age. Most of Reagan's childhood was spent in Dixon, Illinois. Reagan attended and graduated from Eureka College a small religious school around Peoria, Illinois. He majored in economics, was president of the student body, played on the football team and captain of the swimming team. He also looked toward acting, but when he graduated the only available thing related to show business was a local radio sportscaster. Regan initially chose a career in acting, appearing in over 50 films. Serving as president of the Screen Actors Guild in Hollywood he met his to be wife Nancy Davis. Reagan ran for the presidency as a conservative Republican and won two terms, beginning in 1980. His acting career began to level off so Regan landed a job as host of the weekly television drama series called The General Electric Theater. Part of his responsibility was to tour the US as a public relations representative. During this time Regan’s political views changed from liberal to conservative. Regan led pro-business discussions, speaking out against extreme government regulation and wasteful spending which was the central themes of his future political career. In 1980 Regan defeated President Jimmy Carter by winning the Electoral College vote. He captured almost 51 percent of the popular vote. Reagan was 69 at the time and was the oldest person elected to the U.S. presidency. In his inaugural speech in 1981, Reagan announced that "government is not the solution to our problems; government is the problem." He called for an era of national renewal and hoped that America would again be "a beacon of hope...