Susan Allen is the former first lady of Virginia and author of a recent children’s book, The Remarkable Ronald Reagan: Cowboy and Commander-in-Chief. Mrs. Allen was gracious enough to answer a few questions for NeW about her new book, discuss the conservative movement, and offer up advice for conservative women. Read her interview below!
What kind of reception have you received since publishing The Remarkable Ronald Reagan?
People have been so happy to have a book about a president who instilled confidence and who was so optimistic. Adults who read it with children are able to share their own stories about living the American Dream.
Have you gotten push-back from liberal groups and/or liberal educators? How have conservatives responded?
Conservatives truly embrace the opportunity to talk about Reagan. It refreshes their memory and allows them the chance to see we are that “shining city on the hill” As long as we are careful to preserve a nation based on individual responsibility and limited federal government. Only a few individuals have commented on their dislike of this president, which then allowed me to go through all the reasons why Reagan was remarkable!
Are there any changes you wish you could make to your book now? Any other topics you would have liked to address?
I really like how we were able to add quotes and facts and copies of letters written by Reagan to the back of the book, making it not just the story of his life, but a wonderful resource book as well. If anything, I would love additional room to add more quotes and facts.
What value do you think groups like NeW add to public discourse?
NeW has served a tremendous purpose in highlighting the need for free speech on all college campuses – to include conservative speech! NeW has sometimes had to battle less than open-minded administrations to bring to the public square the conversation about traditional values and conservative ideals. Congratulations on raising awareness for others about this very important need and cause!
What message would you like children to take from your book?
Children – and adults – should see that the American ideal and dream is innate in all of us. Any idea, a dream, coupled with hard work can lead to great things. And as Reagan said “you can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” No matter the size of your sphere of influence, you can make great things happen in the world.
What advice do you have for young conservative women today?
Young conservative women should be an encouragement to one another and should not fear sharing their beliefs and desire to raise a new generation of conservatives – through their work or within their own families. Conservative women will help change the world by being true to their beliefs and by being good students of the conservative movement while being engaged in their community. Best wishes to all!
Thank you for taking time to speak with us, Mrs. Allen! You can purchase her book The Remarkable Ronald Reagan on Amazon today, where it ranked #2 in children’s books!