Friday, August 20, 2010

FMR President Reagan - "Those Voices Don't Speak for the Rest of Us"

Did you know Reagan was once politically affiliated with what in the 1950's were considered liberal democrats?  Amazing.  He would later change his position and become one of the most admired and controversial presidents in history.  In the 1984 election, he won every state in the US with the exception of Minnesota and D.C. (neither of which technically count anyway...he he he).

While I am not advocating that Reagan was by any means a perfect leader, he was a great leader who was a patriot.  He believed in limited government, straight talk, and common sense.  He was unapologetically pro-American.  Here are a few of my favorite quotes from Reagan in no particular order:

"Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty."

"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."

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

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

"Facts are stubborn things."

"Don't be afraid to see what you see."

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

"Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other."

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

"I never as a citizen want to see our country become urged, by either fear or resentment of this group, that we ever compromise with any of our democratic principles through that fear or resentment."

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