Mending Fences on Social Issues

Some bones for the New Right, but also a shift on voting laws

During Ronald Reagan's first year in office, he urged patience on his New Right supporters, who wanted fast action on politically charged social issues like permitting prayer in public schools. The Administration needed time, said the President and his men, to concentrate on more urgent economic problems. With the economy's downward spiral beginning to erode Reagan's political base, the President moved last week to regain some good will with a constituency that is vital for him. At the same time he moved to diminish the anger of another group,...

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