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2003 | Ronald Reagan

Posted on 02/21/2014 6:02:26 PM PST by Innovative

Ronald Reagan on the importance of political compromise (in his own words)

An American Life (his autobiography) | 8/7/03 | Ronald Reagan

Posted on ‎8‎/‎7‎/‎2003‎ ‎2‎:‎05‎:‎04‎ ‎PM by Diddle E. Squat

"When I began entering into the give and take of legislative bargaining in Sacramento, a lot of the most radical conservatives who had supported me during the election didn't like it.

"Compromise" was a dirty word to them and they wouldn't face the fact that we couldn't get all of what we wanted today. They wanted all or nothing and they wanted it all at once. If you don't get it all, some said, don't take anything.

"I'd learned while negotiating union contracts that you seldom got everything you asked for. And I agreed with FDR, who said in 1933: 'I have no expectations of making a hit every time I come to bat. What I seek is the highest possible batting average.'

"If you got seventy-five or eighty percent of what you were asking for, I say, you take it and fight for the rest later, and that's what I told these radical conservatives who never got used to it.


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Wise words.
1 posted on 02/21/2014 6:02:26 PM PST by Innovative
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To: Diddle E. Squat

Using your post for reference.

thank you for posting it over 10 years ago.


2 posted on 02/21/2014 6:03:33 PM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative

The current crop of Republicans isn’t the same. Reagan would get stabbed in the back by this bunch. Why negotiate with them?


3 posted on 02/21/2014 6:04:38 PM PST by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: Innovative

There is a difference between a compromise and a cave in.


4 posted on 02/21/2014 6:05:11 PM PST by right way right (America has embraced the suck of Freedumb.)
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To: Innovative

I wish the RINOs would take it to heart and compromise with us.
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Sigh.


5 posted on 02/21/2014 6:05:51 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: COBOL2Java

Actually, he DID get stabbed in the back by this bunch, almost 40 years ago. Fortunately for him, he prevailed against them. They’re back. Levin gave us a valuable history lesson in his radio broadcast this evening.


6 posted on 02/21/2014 6:06:33 PM PST by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Hey Johnny, they’re at it again...


7 posted on 02/21/2014 6:09:43 PM PST by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: Innovative

Very selective and completely out of context. When it came to “compromise” that destroyed principles Reagan stood hard and fast against it. As he put it, “to draw distinct lines” in the party.

You are peddaling the RINO version of compromise which is giving the opponent, liberal pieces of human scum, 35-40% of what they want (which is usually started out so far to the left any compromise seems prudent when it’s twice what they thought they could get) and that is nothing but a slower rate to destruction.

When it came to defining the difference between conservative, constitutional freedom with statist tyranny, Reagan would take a defeat any day regardless of his party. Sort of like Ted Cruz.


8 posted on 02/21/2014 6:11:36 PM PST by Fledermaus (If we here in TN can't get rid of the worthless Lamar, it's over.)
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To: Innovative
There you go again, trying to convince conservatives to vote for your liberal republicans.

Just a reminder that your liberal republicans lifted the borrowing cap this last week. There is NO borrowing limit for the US government. That came out of the republican majority House of Representatives.

That's what compromise with liberals gets you.

But keep on posting. You harden conservatives to your evil compromising ways, and provide a place to exchange information debunking your claims.

And nothing can change that I didn't vote for Cornyn in the primary. Or Bush. Or Dewhurst.

And won't in the general, should they make it that far.

/johnny

9 posted on 02/21/2014 6:15:23 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Innovative

“Compromise” was a dirty word to them and they wouldn’t face the fact that we couldn’t get all of what we wanted today. They wanted all or nothing and they wanted it all at once. If you don’t get it all, some said, don’t take anything.


Unfortunately, the traitorous bastards in the GOP are giving the enemy everything and getting nothing at all.


10 posted on 02/21/2014 6:15:47 PM PST by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: Innovative

What do I do if the politician in question compromises against me over 3/4 of the time? Support him anyway because he has (R) after his name?


11 posted on 02/21/2014 6:16:33 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: mrsmith
I wish the RINOs would take it to heart and compromise with us.

They'd have to stop performing fellatio on the democrats first. I don't see them doing that.

12 posted on 02/21/2014 6:17:34 PM PST by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: Fledermaus

I posted Reagan’s own words.

Are you calling Ronald Reagan a RINO?


13 posted on 02/21/2014 6:18:28 PM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative

No compromise! No surrender! You don’t have the stomach to fight the RINOs, get the hell out!!


14 posted on 02/21/2014 6:19:16 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: JRandomFreeper
Just a reminder that your liberal republicans lifted the borrowing cap this last week. There is NO borrowing limit for the US government. That came out of the republican majority House of Representatives.

Oh c'mon, don't you know, once Repubs win the Senate, all their true conservatism will shine through! You just need to vote RINO this one last time... Because THEY can WIN!

15 posted on 02/21/2014 6:19:16 PM PST by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: Innovative

Satan quotes scripture.


16 posted on 02/21/2014 6:20:50 PM PST by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: Innovative

Satan can post Jesus’ own words too. Except like you, he takes them out of context. Doesn’t make the end result right.


17 posted on 02/21/2014 6:21:42 PM PST by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: Jim Robinson

Jim,

I have a great deal of respect for you.

But all I did was post Ronald Reagan’s own words.


18 posted on 02/21/2014 6:22:06 PM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative
"If you got seventy-five or eighty percent of what you were asking for, I say, you take it and fight for the rest later

I'd be thrilled. When was the last time the current GOPe got anywhere close to 75-80% of CONSERVATISM??? Fought for it? Or (LOL) even ASKED for it?

19 posted on 02/21/2014 6:22:33 PM PST by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: Innovative

My first sentence in the previous post answers that question.


20 posted on 02/21/2014 6:22:43 PM PST by Fledermaus (If we here in TN can't get rid of the worthless Lamar, it's over.)
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To: Innovative

Ronald Reagan was a great man. Not a surrender monkey like you. KMA!!


21 posted on 02/21/2014 6:23:34 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Innovative
But all I did was post Ronald Reagan’s own words.

OUT...OF...CONTEXT!

22 posted on 02/21/2014 6:23:40 PM PST by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: Innovative

Ronald Reagan also had a quote about not having fought for so hard and so long, only to surrender to the liberals in our own party. I couldn’t find it just now, but I’ll bet someone will in due time.


23 posted on 02/21/2014 6:28:18 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Cyber Liberty

I’m looking for it also.


24 posted on 02/21/2014 6:30:40 PM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee -- JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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To: Fledermaus; Jim Robinson
Innovative working hard tonight.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3125613/posts?page=69#69

25 posted on 02/21/2014 6:38:29 PM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: Fightin Whitey; Innovative

Neglected to ping you on Post #25.


26 posted on 02/21/2014 6:39:39 PM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: Innovative

To save time, why not just tell us your point?

What “compromise” are you wanting to win us to?


27 posted on 02/21/2014 6:40:15 PM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee -- JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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To: Innovative
Good point. Do you know what it means? You can honestly say that Republicans haven't been right about anything in 26 years? Elected Republicans haven't given Republican voters one little scrap.

Why in your opinion do conservatives always have to compromise, but Democrats never have to?

I think you confused some definitions. Compromise does not man surrender.

28 posted on 02/21/2014 6:42:19 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: Innovative

Gotta hand it to you. You really have a charming way of convincing people. Exactly like your ilk in the GOPe! Keep it up.

IBTZ


29 posted on 02/21/2014 6:42:59 PM PST by Vindication
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To: Innovative

Can you come out from behind the curtain and answer a question honestly? Why would you be a Republican if you think Republicans are bad guys and always wrong?


30 posted on 02/21/2014 6:43:41 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: Innovative
When you're looking to negotiate a compromise with the opposition, you should have a strong negotiator who is actually working for your side.
Then, a half way compromise may actually be workable.
If you send someone who for all practical purposes is a fan of the opposition (John McCain for example) what kind of "compromise" can you expect?

31 posted on 02/21/2014 6:44:57 PM PST by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: Innovative
When you're looking to negotiate a compromise with the opposition, you should have a strong negotiator who is actually working for your side.
Then, a half way compromise may actually be workable.
If you send someone who for all practical purposes is a fan of the opposition (John McCain for example) what kind of "compromise" can you expect?

32 posted on 02/21/2014 6:44:57 PM PST by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: Innovative
If you get nuked, I won't weep. You are a liberal thorn in the side of conservatives.

/johnny

33 posted on 02/21/2014 6:47:42 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Innovative

You are a useful idiot. IBTZ. Nothing but troll


34 posted on 02/21/2014 6:51:33 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: ansel12

Still looking. Here’s one, but it’s not the one I’m looking for:

“I am impatient with those Republicans who after the last election rushed into print saying, ‘We must broaden the base of our party’- when what they meant was to fuzz up and blur even more the differences between ourselves and our opponents”


35 posted on 02/21/2014 6:54:00 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Innovative
“I don’t know about you, but I am impatient with those Republicans who after the last election rushed into print saying, ‘We must broaden the base of our party’ – when what they meant was to fuzz up and blur even more the differences between ourselves and our opponents.” – Ronald Reagan, CPAC 1975
36 posted on 02/21/2014 6:54:15 PM PST by M. Thatcher
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To: Innovative

The difference between Reagan and your boot licking pice of Texas dirt Cornyn is that Mr. Reagan had principles from which he never walked back. Cornyn is a sleazy jerk who loves the power that being in DC gives him. Reagan never cared who got the credit. Cornyn only cares about getting the credit.

You best bet at this point buck is to give it up


37 posted on 02/21/2014 7:00:11 PM PST by Nifster
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To: Innovative

No we are ALL calling you a RINO and lying slime bucket to go with it.

You are no conservative. Why you are even on this site is beyond me. The fact that you think Cornyn is something other than the simpering pig at the tough is laughable


38 posted on 02/21/2014 7:02:33 PM PST by Nifster
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To: Innovative

you have respect for no one


39 posted on 02/21/2014 7:03:44 PM PST by Nifster
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To: M. Thatcher; Innovative
Here is another quote, a bit more of the CPAC 1975 speech M. Thatcher is referencing

"A political party cannot be all things to all people. It must represent certain fundamental beliefs which must not be compromised to political expediency, or simply to swell its numbers.

I do not believe I have proposed anything that is contrary to what has been considered Republican principle. It is at the same time the very basis of conservatism. It is time to reassert that principle and raise it to full view. And if there are those who cannot subscribe to these principles, then let them go their way.” -- Ronald Reagan

Innovative, you must be one of those who really hated Reagan to so gleefully twist his words out of context the way you have.

41 posted on 02/21/2014 7:32:26 PM PST by Waryone
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To: Innovative

Are you going to participate in your troll thread, or did you just post it and go to bed?


42 posted on 02/21/2014 7:47:17 PM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee -- JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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To: Innovative
Even wiser words, by the same man no less:

"We don't intend to turn the Republican Party over to the traitors in the battle just ended. We will have no more of those candidates who are pledged to the same goals as our opposition and who seek our support. Turning the Party over to the so-called moderates wouldn’t make any sense at all." -- President Ronald Reagan
43 posted on 02/21/2014 8:59:23 PM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: Innovative

Your problem, Innovative, is that you don’t believe in fighting for the right thing, and you hide behind the premise that winning is more important and the strategy used is more important than fidelity to principle.

Anyone reading your posts here on FreeRepublic would correctly deduce that you have no fiercely held princples, that it is more important that your side win, than anything else (Tribal Politics vs. Principled Politics). Which probably means that your approach to politics is because there is some sort of financial gain for you personally to make or some form of power you seek personally.

As other posters have posted to you, you really don’t belong here.


44 posted on 02/21/2014 9:16:50 PM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: Darkshear
A cup of coffee is starting to look pretty good right about now.

/johnnyz

45 posted on 02/21/2014 9:34:35 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: SoConPubbie; Innovative; Cyber Liberty
Thanks, that helped me find it and put it into some incredible context.

This Reagan is a brother of Cruz and Palin, and the Grandfather of the tea party.
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46 posted on 02/21/2014 10:21:27 PM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee -- JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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To: Innovative
I posted Reagan’s own words.

Are you calling Ronald Reagan a RINO?

Exactly - you posted some words, that didn't have to do with voting for RINOs, but the collective that probably wouldn't even vote for a Reagan today decides that your post is unacceptable and they all jump on. We are truly lost if the spittle of the knee-jerk retort gets so heavy that actual thinking becomes an impossible impediment. Dims took over half a century to bring us to this point and there are those who live in La-La Land and think we will have a magic moment event that will turn everything around.

To quote Pogo, "We have met the enemy and he is us".

47 posted on 02/22/2014 3:59:15 AM PST by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: trebb

trebb, trebb, trebb. You’re a little late to the game on this tread. I suggest you go back and read some of it; you’ve been passed by, my friend.


48 posted on 02/22/2014 4:23:30 AM PST by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: COBOL2Java

tread = thread


49 posted on 02/22/2014 4:24:33 AM PST by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: All
Download Mark Levin's 2/21/14 Audio Rewind, or go to his Audio Rewind Webpage and find the show. In the first hour, he exposes these RINO Concern Troll threads who keep posting on Free Republic. Mark says that we've been here before as conservatives where we've had to challenge and take on the Establishment - Ronald Reagan had to do it.
50 posted on 02/22/2014 4:40:45 AM PST by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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