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The Reign of Freedom

What’s so terrible about saying “let freedom reign” rather than “let freedom ring”? It may very well be that Bush was half-remembering the latter phrase when he said the former. But what he said is perfectly defensible, and rather nicely captures the paradox at the heart of the liberal conception of power. And hey, R.E.M. said it too.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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