The Republican Party of Reagan is dead
President Ronald Reagan addresses supporters in November 1984. - DON RYPKA/AFP/Getty Images North America/TNS

On Jan. 11, 1989, President Ronald Reagan delivered his farewell address from the Oval Office. It was the close of his second term, and Reagan was reflecting on his two terms. He asserted that his presidency was about restoring America in its role as a “shining city on a hill.” Reagan recalled the words and beliefs of John Winthrop, an early pilgrim and “an early freedom man.” Winthrop “journeyed here on what today we’d call a little wooden boat; and like the other Pilgrims, he was looking for a home that would be free. I’ve spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don’t know if...