Opinion: Too Many People . . .

Boyish of face and gleaming of tooth. Ronald Reagan earned a reputation among cinemagoers as a pleasant young man in white ducks, whose deepest thought was reserved for the next dance. But in his private life, Reagan has always been regarded as a man concerned with issues beyond the tinsel of Hollywood. As president of the Screen Actors Guild, Reagan was a leader of the fight in the mid-'40s against a Communist attempt to take over Hollywood's trade unions.

Once an outspoken Democrat, Reagan is now a staunch Republican, has developed into a remarkably active spokesman for conservatism. Out...