The Real Reagan Legacy


We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be prepared, so we will always be free.”

“There is only one force of history that can break the reign of hatred and resentment, and expose the pretensions of tyrants, and reward the hopes of the decent and tolerant, and that is the force of human freedom.”

Let us be sure that those who come after will say of us in our time, that in our time we did everything that could be done. We finished the race; we kept them free; we kept the faith.”

“Americans are a free people, who know that freedom is the right of every person and the future of every nation. The liberty we prize is not America’s gift to the world; it is God’s gift to humanity.”

Without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure.”

“I will never relent in defending America – whatever it takes. ”

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

“America stands for liberty, for the pursuit of happiness and for the unalienable right for life. This right to life cannot be granted or denied by government because it does not come from government, it comes from the creator of life.”

A people free to choose will always choose peace.”

“America is a Nation with a mission – and that mission comes from our most basic beliefs. We have no desire to dominate, no ambitions of empire. Our aim is a democratic peace – a peace founded upon the dignity and rights of every man and woman.”

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.

“Do I think faith will be an important part of being a good president? Yes, I do.”

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

“I believe that God has planted in every heart the desire to live in freedom.”

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.

“Leadership to me means duty, honor, country. It means character, and it means listening from time to time.”

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

“Our nation is chosen by God and commissioned by history to be a model to the world.”

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

“You can’t put democracy and freedom back into a box.”

There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves erect.”

“America is the land of the second chance – and when the gates of the prison open, the path ahead should lead to a better life.”

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

“America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our people.”

People do not make wars; governments do.”

“Everywhere that freedom stirs, let tyrants fear.”

Some people wonder all their lives if they’ve made a difference. The Marines don’t have that problem.”

“Government does not create wealth. The major role for the government is to create an environment where people take risks to expand the job rate in the United States.”

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

“I believe a marriage is between a man and a woman.”

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

“I know it’s going to be the private sector that leads this country out of the current economic times we’re in. You can spend your money better than the government can spend your money.”

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.”

“I want to thank you for taking time out of your day to come and witness my hanging. ”

Before I refuse to take your questions, I have an opening statement.”

“The momentum of freedom in our world is unmistakable – and it is not carried forward by our power alone. We can trust in that greater power Who guides the unfolding of the years. And in all that is to come, we can know that His purposes are just and true.”

Latinos are Republican. They just don’t know it yet.”

“The wisest use of American strength is to advance freedom.”

No mother would ever willingly sacrifice her sons for territorial gain, for economic advantage, for ideology.”

“We will build new ships to carry man forward into the universe, to gain a new foothold on the moon and to prepare for new journeys to the worlds beyond our own.”

We have the duty to protect the life of an unborn child.”

“When you turn your heart and your life over to Christ, when you accept Christ as the savior, it changes your heart.”

I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph. And there’s purpose and worth to each and every life. ”

“We’re in a fight for our principles and our first responsibility is to live by them.”

There are no easy answers’ but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.”

“As my life has become more complicated, I treasure the basics; faith, family, and my friends.”

We are never defeated unless we give up on God.”

“In America’s ideal of freedom, citizens find the dignity and security of economic independence, instead of laboring on the edge of subsistence.”

While I take inspiration from the past, like most Americans, I live for the future.”

“History has an ebb and flow of justice, but history also has a visible direction, set by liberty and the Author of Liberty.”

Each generation goes further than the generation preceding it because it stands on the shoulders of that generation. You will have opportunities beyond anything we’ve ever known.”

“There is no limit to the greatness of America!”

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

“We also have essential responsibilities here at home, the unfinished work of American freedom. In a world moving toward liberty, we are determined to show the meaning and the promise of liberty. The greatest strength of America is the heart and soul of the American people. Every time a volunteer reaches out to a neighbor in need, our nation grows stronger and more hopeful.”

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

“There is only one force of history that can break the reign of hatred and resentment, and expose the pretensions of tyrants, and reward the hopes of the decent and tolerant, and that is the force of human freedom.”

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

“Our goal instead is to help others find their own voice, attain their own freedom, and make their own way.”

Freedom is one of the deepest and noblest aspirations of the human spirit.”

“Liberty will come to those who love it.”

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

“There is no finer honor than being the commander in chief of a fine group of men and women, and I’m proud to be in your midst.”

““These young Americans sent a message to terrorists everywhere. . . . You can run but you can’t hide.”

The quotes in red are from Reagan, the ones in black are those of George W. Bush.   There’s not much difference, is there?


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