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Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Young Reagan Warns Against Communism In Hollywood
In the letter, Reagan foreshadowed a political transformation that would lead him to the White House. Lindsey Johnson
A newly surfaced letter penned by Ronald Reagan may have foreshadowed the 40th president's transition from Hollywood Democrat to conservative icon.
In the 1946 letter, written in reply to a Russian refugee who had heard Reagan speak, the actor distanced himself from the communist hunters at work in Hollywood and Washington, but warned that Americans had to be vigilant.
“Please believe me I don’t want to be a ‘Red Baiter’ or go on a ‘witch hunt,’ but if the liberal cause is to win in the fight against native Fascism it must first stand up and be counted as opposed to communism,” the 35-year-old Reagan wrote in the two-page letter to Lola Kinel Shipman, a Polish-American author who was born in Russia and escaped the Bolshevik Revolution.
"Please believe me I don’t want to be a ‘Red Baiter’ or go on a ‘witch hunt’ but if the liberal cause is to win in the fight against native Fascism it must first stand up and be counted as opposed to communism."
- Ronald Reagan
Shipman had earlier heard Reagan speak of the moral and policy failings of communism in the post-World War II world. She was moved enough to write Reagan, who replied on the stationery of his first wife, Jane Wyman.
“What I wanted to say is that if you agree with me that it is important to keep American liberalism true to its real tenets of freedoms, please do speak up for it again whenever you might be called upon to speak,” Shipman wrote. “Please make this clear and firm; you have a wonderful talent, you can rouse people and you know how to present ideas forcefully and logically.”