Happy Birthday Ronald Reagan

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The person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally
— not a 20 percent traitor.

The extreme far right is now so busy throwing Ronald Reagan under the bus, perhaps it is time we stop and think about who he was.  The minions of the far right and the far left are so far removed from the man Reagan was, it is truly tragic.  Perhaps Reagan lost and those on the right, people like Richard Viguerie and Howard Phillips, men who detested him are rewriting their role in how the denigrated him.

The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.

It is sad.

The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted, it belongs to the brave.”

If we love our country, we should also love our countrymen.

Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.”

“The poet called Miss Liberty’s torch ‘the lamp beside the golden door.’ Well, that was the entrance to America, and it still is. And now you really know why we’re here tonight.

The glistening hope of that lamp is still ours. Every promise, every opportunity, is still golden in this land. And through that golden door our children can walk into tomorrow with the knowledge that no one can be denied the promise that is America. Her heart is full; her torch is still golden, her future bright. She has arms big enough to comfort and strong enough to support, for the strength in her arms is the strength of her people. She will carry on in the ’80s unafraid, unashamed, and unsurpassed. In this springtime of hope, some lights seem eternal; America’s is.”

“It is not my intention to do away with government. It is rather to make it work — work with us, not over us; stand by our side, not ride on our back. Government can and must provide opportunity, not smother it; foster productivity, not stifle it. This Administration’s objective will be a healthy, vigorous, growing economy. ”

The taxpayer – that’s someone who works for the federal government but doesn’t have to take the civil service examination.

“I, in my own mind, have always thought of America as a place in the divine scheme of things that was set aside as a promised land. It was set here and the price of admission was very simple: the means of selection was very simple as to how this land should be populated. Any place in the world and any person from those places; any person with the courage, with the desire to tear up their roots, to strive for freedom, to attempt and dare to live in a strange and foreign place, to travel halfway across the world was welcome here.”

We might come closer to balancing the Budget if all of us lived closer to the Commandments and the Golden Rule.

“You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children’s children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done.

When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.

Without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure.

“I’ve spoken of the shining city all my political life…. And how stands the city on this winter night? … After 200 years, two centuries, she still stands strong and true to the granite ridge, and her glow has held no matter what storm. And she’s still a beacon, still a magnet for all who must have freedom, for all the pilgrims from all the lost places who are hurtling through the darkness, toward home.”

We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.

There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination, and wonder.

Unemployment insurance is a pre-paid vacation for freeloaders.

We can not play innocents abroad in a world that is not innocent.

The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much.

Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere as long as the policy you’ve decided upon is being carried out.

The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away.

Protecting the rights of even the least individual among us is basically the only excuse the government has for even existing.

No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth!

Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today’s world do not have.

It doesn’t do good to open doors for someone who doesn’t have the price to get in. If he has the price, he may not need the laws. There is no law saying the Negro has to live in Harlem or Watts.

Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hit man.

If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.

It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.

Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.

Man is not free unless government is limited.

Governments tend not to solve problems, only to rearrange them.

If the federal government had been around when the Creator was putting His hand to this state, Indiana wouldn’t be here. It’d still be waiting for an environmental impact statement.

I am not worried about the deficit. It is big enough to take care of itself.

I’ve never been able to understand why a Republican contributor is a ‘fat cat’ and a Democratic contributor of the same amount of money is a ‘public-spirited philanthropist’.

I favor the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and it must be enforced at gunpoint if necessary.

I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress.

How do you tell a communist? Well, it’s someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It’s someone who understands Marx and Lenin.

Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a loud voice at one end and no responsibility at the other.

Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.

Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty.

Democracy is worth dying for, because it’s the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man.

Entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States.

If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism. I think conservatism is really a misnomer just as liberalism is a misnomer for the liberals — if we were back in the days of the Revolution, so-called conservatives today would be the Liberals and the liberals would be the Tories. The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is. Now, I can’t say that I will agree with all the things that the present group who call themselves Libertarians in the sense of a party say, because I think that like in any political movement there are shades, and there are libertarians who are almost over at the point of wanting no government at all or anarchy. I believe there are legitimate government functions. There is a legitimate need in an orderly society for some government to maintain freedom or we will have tyranny by individuals. The strongest man on the block will run the neighborhood. We have government to insure that we don’t each one of us have to carry a club to defend ourselves. But again, I stand on my statement that I think that libertarianism and conservatism are traveling the same path.

Facts are stubborn things.

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.

Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.

Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.

Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.

“In closing, let me thank you, the American people, for giving me the great honor of allowing me to serve as your president. When the Lord calls me home, whenever that day may be, I will leave with the greatest love for this country of ours and eternal optimism for its future. I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life. I know that for America there will always be a bright dawn ahead.”

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