Lee Edwards (born 1932 in Chicago, Illinois) is a distinguished fellow in conservative thought at the B. Kenneth Simon Center for American Studies at The Heritage Foundation. He is considered one of the foremost historians of the conservative movement in America, and he has published more than 15 books, including biographies of President Ronald Reagan, Senator Barry Goldwater, Attorney General Edwin Meese III and William F. Buckley, Jr. He is currently the Chairman of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.

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September 6, 2018, 10:21 AM EDT
The director and the star of “First Man,” a forthcoming film about Neil Armstrong and Apollo 11, are congratulating themselves for leaving out one of the most dramatic moments in spaceflight and, indeed, 20th-century history, namely, astronaut Armstrong’s planting the American flag on the moon.
May 16, 2018, 9:02 AM EDT
Have you noticed? Liberals are counseling conservatives to be “realistic” and no longer look to Ronald Reagan for answers to the problems of 2018 and beyond.
February 27, 2018, 10:17 AM EST
Is it really a decade since the passing of William F. Buckley Jr., who wrote more and debated more and mentored more than any other conservative in the 20th century?
February 6, 2018, 9:57 AM EST
In his 1989 farewell address to the American people, President Ronald Reagan corrected the simplistic notion that he was simply a great communicator by saying: “I wasn’t a great communicator, but I communicated great things,” gathered from “our experience, our wisdom, and our belief in principles that have guided us for two centuries.”
November 9, 2017, 9:35 AM EST
Our veterans deserve more than an official holiday and special sales at Walmart and Kohl’s. They warrant our thanks for putting themselves in harm’s way to protect us from our enemies, particularly since 9/11.
September 27, 2017, 10:11 AM EDT
For those who think the conservative movement is in disarray and may be even close to cracking up, I call attention to three anniversaries being celebrated this week.
July 3, 2017, 1:45 PM EDT
That the brilliant wordsmith Thomas Jefferson was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence is indisputable, but a lesser-known fact is that the man who played the indispensable role in its adoption by the Continental Congress in July 1776 was John Adams of Massachusetts, our second president.
January 19, 2017, 8:51 AM EST
Many Clinton supporters remain in deep denial.
December 21, 2016, 3:49 PM EST
Washington set the standard in most things as our first president, but he was not the first chief executive to celebrate Christmas in the White House.
September 9, 2016, 4:18 PM EDT
15 years ago, there was a tidal wave of patriotism across America. 
September 7, 2016, 8:57 AM EDT
In her long and consequential career, Phyllis Schlafly accomplished many amazing things, but none of them had a more lasting effect on American politics than her 1964 publication of a paperback book titled “A Choice Not an Echo.”
August 19, 2016, 12:59 PM EDT
At stake was whether the world would be dominated by the forces of totalitarianism.
June 27, 2016, 10:43 AM EDT
Liberals leap to put down Ronald Reagan even when writing about someone else.
June 6, 2016, 5:21 PM EDT
June 4 marked the 27th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, a day that will live forever in Chinese history, no matter how hard the Chinese Communist government tries to deny it.
April 29, 2016, 5:21 PM EDT
Hollywood liberals are known for their contempt of conservatives, but their idea to produce a “comedy” about a demented President Ronald Reagan in his second term is far more offensive than usual. It’s also at total variance with the facts. Actor Will Ferrell appears to agree, and has announced he will not take part in such a film. This announcement came after it was widely publicized that he would play Reagan.
March 24, 2016, 5:22 PM EDT
President Barack Obama is to be commended for raising the issues of civil liberties and free elections with Raúl Castro on his Cuban trip, saying, for example, that Cubans should be free to speak their minds and protest against their government without fear of “arbitrary detentions.” It must have been difficult for someone raised and educated by Progressives who have argued for nearly six decades that Cuba is a socialist “paradise.”
September 14, 2015, 4:53 PM EDT
Most political rhetoric dies a quick and deserved death, but a statement adopted on this date 55 years ago remains the most widely accepted definition of the Conservative Idea. I refer to the magisterial Sharon Statement, drafted by 26-year-old M. Stanton Evans and approved by Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) at its founding meeting in Sharon, Connecticut.
May 22, 2015, 4:07 PM EDT
For more than three decades, they have sought out and killed Americans. In 1983, in one of the first major anti-American attacks, they bombed the Marine barracks in Beirut, killing 241 American servicemen. In 1992, they used bombs to kill two people in Aden, Yemen, in hopes of killing American troops that might be passing through. In February 1993, they used a truck-based explosive to try and topple the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan. They failed, but their attack killed six New Yorkers and injured a thousand others.
March 6, 2015, 10:06 AM EST
He had only to stand before a microphone to bring smiles to the faces of an expectant conservative audience. Would he report the latest grab for power from the Land of Leviathan—Washington, D.C.? Would it be an ironic remark about the current liberal hero—Kennedy, Johnson, Carter, Clinton, Obama? Or would it be a Wildian reflection on the dependability of conservatives when they come to power?
February 25, 2015, 2:19 PM EST
As I listened to the acceptance speeches at the Academy Awards, I was struck by the constant references to a long litany of human and other rights now denied. Each charge brought the black-tied, silk-gowned audience to their feet, wildly applauding and cheering.