‘Did the Reagan Revolution succeed or fail?’ assesses the impact of Reagan's presidency. Reagan was a man on a mission, who never lost sight of his ideology but compromised when necessary. He achieved many goals, such as cutting taxes and building the military, but these were tempered by failures to cut big government and curb the excesses of 1980s society. In the short term Reagan increased American patriotism and restored national pride. In the long term, however, he planted ideas and inspired people to realign American politics and bring conservatism back into the mainstream.