By Mark Weyermuller -
Michael Reagan was the keynote speaker at the fifth annual "Update" dinner Saturday night at Gibson's in Chicago. Reagan is the adopted son of the 40th president of the United States, Ronald Reagan. He is an author, former national syndicated radio host, and a sought-after speaker on the topic of freedom.
"The Update" is a national network of conservative-leaning individuals aspiring to make political impact. Previous "The Update" speakers have included presidential advisor Karl Rove and former Congressman Joe Walsh.
Saturady night, "The Update" attendees were captivated as Michael Reagan spoke about his dad and his years as president. Reagan spoke of the need for conservatives to "define themselves" rather then let others define them. Reagan spoke of his dad telling stories - almost parables - to get a message across. He said the the real battle today is for "freedom."
Several other speakers spoke on conservative issues, including John Tillman from the Illinois Policy Institute. The following were the topics of several ten minute presentations:
- "Low information Voters"
- "Winning the Argument in the Age of Pretend"
- "Right Thinking About Poverty"
- "A Tale of Two Presidencies."
- "Bold in Action, Freedom in the 21st Century"
The "Tale of Two Presidencies" was based on the opening of Charles Dickens' classic novel, "A Tale of Two Cities." The speech contrasted Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama's presidencies as "the best of times and worst of times."
"The Update’s" primary tools include in-person gatherings both nationally and within our local area, as well as technological media for sharing of information and commentary. "The Update Group" is headed by Tim Larsen (photo above). More information can be found on their website at www.theupdate.us.