Guided by a faith in free markets and a distrust of government-only solutions, Reagan embarked on a plan to cut marginal tax rates across-the-board, restrain the growth in government spending, reduce the burden of government regulations and maintain a stable monetary policy.
Peace Through Strength
Confronting the challenges posed by the spread of communism and the superpower armaments of a belligerent Soviet Union, Reagan sought to restore America’s military strength as the best avenue to prevent war and promote peace and freedom.
Reagan’s core political and governmental philosophy was based on the founding principles of America embodied in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
An "Informed" Patriotism
Reagan’s mastery of the civic and ceremonial aspects of the presidency, coupled with his optimistic yet humble and often humorous self-deprecating personal demeanor, communicated at all times a special respect for America and for American history and heroes that had been greatly diminished since the social and political upheavals of the 1960s.