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Top 10 Greatest Quips from Ronald Reagan
Human Events ^ | 1/20/05

Posted on 01/21/2006 4:01:06 PM PST by rhema

10. "Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first." —Remarks at a business conference, Los Angeles, March 2, 1977

9. "You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jellybeans." —The Observer, March 29, 1981

8. “Thomas Jefferson once said, "We should never judge a president by his age, only by his works.' And ever since he told me that, I stopped worrying." —Circa 1988

7. "I have left orders to be awakened at any time in case of national emergency, even if I'm in a cabinet meeting." —Said often during his presidency, 1981-1989

6. "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." —Remarks in Arlington, Virginia, September 25, 1987

5. "The 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." —Remarks to the White House Conference on Small Business, August 15, 1986

4. “I am not worried about the deficit. It is big enough to take care of itself.” —Said often during his presidency, 1981-1989

3. "All great change in America begins at the dinner table." —Farewell Address to the Nation, The White House, January 11, 1989

2. "I've noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born." —The New York Times, September 22, 1980

1. "There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn't mind who gets the credit." — First Inaugural Address, January 21, 1981


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1 posted on 01/21/2006 4:01:09 PM PST by rhema
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To: BibChr; Caleb1411
Ping and typo alert; the Human Events posting date is actually 1/20/06.
2 posted on 01/21/2006 4:03:10 PM PST by rhema ("Break the conventions, keep the commandments." -- G. K. Chesterton)
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To: rhema

Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.

http://www.reaganlibrary.com/reagan/speeches/first.asp
Ronald W Reagan, January 20, 1981


3 posted on 01/21/2006 4:04:58 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: rhema

Great post....I sure do miss this great man....


4 posted on 01/21/2006 4:04:58 PM PST by Kimmers
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To: rhema

I've always liked his #2 quip.


5 posted on 01/21/2006 4:06:15 PM PST by AZRepublican ("The degree in which a measure is necessary can never be a test of the legal right to adopt it.")
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To: rhema
"My fellow Americans, I'm pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes."
__President Reagan on live radio, August 1984

6 posted on 01/21/2006 4:06:16 PM PST by Mr. Brightside
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To: rhema

Click the Picture

7 posted on 01/21/2006 4:06:31 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: rhema
My favorite: Those for abortion have already been born
8 posted on 01/21/2006 4:06:33 PM PST by OnRightOnLeftCoast (DemoRats are like a Slinky - It brings a smile to your face when you push 'em down the stairs)
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To: rhema

"I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent's youth and inexperience."


9 posted on 01/21/2006 4:07:07 PM PST by scott7278 (Before I give you the benefit of my reply, I would like to know what we're talking about.)
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To: rhema
This deserves a BIG BUMP
10 posted on 01/21/2006 4:07:26 PM PST by DeSoto (Veni, vidi, velcro ... I came, I saw, I stuck around !)
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To: rhema

"Honey, I forgot to duck!"


11 posted on 01/21/2006 4:07:27 PM PST by REDWOOD99
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To: scott7278

"My fellow Americans. I'm pleased to announce that I've signed legislation outlawing the Soviet Union. We begin bombing in five minutes."


12 posted on 01/21/2006 4:08:42 PM PST by scott7278 (Before I give you the benefit of my reply, I would like to know what we're talking about.)
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To: scott7278

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


13 posted on 01/21/2006 4:09:13 PM PST by scott7278 (Before I give you the benefit of my reply, I would like to know what we're talking about.)
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To: rhema

"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."


14 posted on 01/21/2006 4:09:50 PM PST by TSchmereL ("Rust but terrify.")
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To: Kimmers
Great post....I sure do miss this great man....

Amen. I've asked the U.S. Postal Service to reissue his stamp in a 39-cent version.

15 posted on 01/21/2006 4:09:56 PM PST by rhema ("Break the conventions, keep the commandments." -- G. K. Chesterton)
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To: rhema

Too bad that South Korean scientist was found to be a fraud.


16 posted on 01/21/2006 4:10:09 PM PST by Plutarch
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To: rhema

God Bless President Reagan. I remember my Dad once saying that President Reagan needs to be added to Mt. Rushmore.
I now concur.


17 posted on 01/21/2006 4:10:17 PM PST by texianyankee
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To: scott7278

"Recession is when your neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours. And recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his."


18 posted on 01/21/2006 4:10:29 PM PST by scott7278 (Before I give you the benefit of my reply, I would like to know what we're talking about.)
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To: rhema

"It's not that liberals don't know much. It's just that what they know just ain't so." (or something close!?)


19 posted on 01/21/2006 4:10:36 PM PST by geopyg (Ever Vigilant, Never Fearful)
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To: rhema
"My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you I just signed legislation which outlaws Russia forever.

The bombing will begin in five minutes."

Okay, it was a sound check, but certain people got there panties in a wad over it.

20 posted on 01/21/2006 4:11:32 PM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: DeSoto

bttt


21 posted on 01/21/2006 4:12:49 PM PST by petercooper (Win the war. Confirm the judges. Cut the taxes. Control the spending. Seal the borders.)
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To: rhema
Beautiful post. GREAT man!

Thanks!

22 posted on 01/21/2006 4:12:57 PM PST by ohioWfan (PROUD Mom of an Iraq War VET! THANKS, son!!!!)
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To: rhema
"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, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."
23 posted on 01/21/2006 4:13:08 PM PST by cake_crumb (Leftist Credo: One Wing to Rule them All and to the Darkside Bind them)
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To: Darth Reagan

ping


24 posted on 01/21/2006 4:13:29 PM PST by marblehead17 (I love it when a plan comes together.)
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To: rhema
"My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you I just signed legislation which outlaws Russia forever.

The bombing will begin in five minutes."

Okay, it was a sound check, but certain people got their panties in a wad over it.

25 posted on 01/21/2006 4:13:39 PM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: rhema

Thanks for this post!


26 posted on 01/21/2006 4:14:05 PM PST by penelopesire
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To: rhema

During the Debates . . .

"I was not going to say it. I Really was NOT going to say it! But . . . Here We Go Again!"


27 posted on 01/21/2006 4:14:08 PM PST by Petruchio ( ... .--. .- -.-- / .- -. -.. / -. . ..- - . .-. / .. .-.. .-.. . --. .- .-.. / .- .-.. .. . -. ...)
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To: texianyankee
"I now concur."

Your dad is a smart man. Many of us want him added to Mt Rushmore

28 posted on 01/21/2006 4:14:26 PM PST by cake_crumb (Leftist Credo: One Wing to Rule them All and to the Darkside Bind them)
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To: rhema

That speech he gave at Normady France to mark D-Day in 1984 still brings tears to my eyes. I get teary eyed just reading it.


29 posted on 01/21/2006 4:15:04 PM PST by Perdogg ("Facts are stupid things." - President Ronald Wilson Reagan)
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To: rhema

"They say hard work never hurt anyone, but I say why take the chance."
R. Reagan


30 posted on 01/21/2006 4:15:10 PM PST by Valin (Purple Fingers Rule!)
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To: rhema; MJY1288; All
Anybody got the exact quote about hoping the doctors were Republicans when he went into surgery?

Mike.........have you seen this? Good stuff!

31 posted on 01/21/2006 4:15:18 PM PST by ohioWfan (PROUD Mom of an Iraq War VET! THANKS, son!!!!)
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To: scott7278
"Recession is when your neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours. And recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his."

Greatest. President. Ever.

God, I miss him so much it hurts.

32 posted on 01/21/2006 4:15:19 PM PST by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (Yes. The man really does have a dog named "Splash".)
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To: rhema
Here's my strategy on the Cold War: We win, they lose."

- Ronald Reagan

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

- Ronald Reagan

33 posted on 01/21/2006 4:15:20 PM PST by apackof2 (You can stand me up at the gates of hell, I'll stand my ground and I won’t back down)
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To: Mr. Brightside

That will always be one of my favorites.


34 posted on 01/21/2006 4:15:26 PM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: rhema
"The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'"
35 posted on 01/21/2006 4:15:58 PM PST by cake_crumb (Leftist Credo: One Wing to Rule them All and to the Darkside Bind them)
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To: scott7278
To Richard Allen, who became his first national security advisor, "you probably think that I don't have a strategy for dealing with the Soviet Union. But I do. We win, you loose."

Sounded simplistic and silly to all those Harvard professors, but guess who was right in the end.

36 posted on 01/21/2006 4:16:02 PM PST by AndyJackson
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To: Kimmers

I am going to miss Ronald Reagan for the rest of my life. He was one of a kind.


37 posted on 01/21/2006 4:16:04 PM PST by SaveTheChief
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To: W.

Here ya go!


38 posted on 01/21/2006 4:16:21 PM PST by MozartLover ( My son, my soldier, my hero. Protect him, Lord, wherever he goes, and keep him strong.)
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To: rhema
Vintage Reagan. Makes me want to cry. There will never be another like him.
Now I am crying. :(
39 posted on 01/21/2006 4:16:27 PM PST by Graymatter
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard

Ditto.


40 posted on 01/21/2006 4:16:36 PM PST by scott7278 (Before I give you the benefit of my reply, I would like to know what we're talking about.)
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To: rhema
You know, in a few months I'm going to be out of work, and I thought I might as well audition.

---To Harry Caray, in the Wrigley Field broadcast booth, in the final months of his presidency . . . an occasion on which Mr. Reagan threw out the day's ceremonial first pitch and did a charming inning and a half of play-by-play, returning to his real roots as a Chicago Cubs broadcaster in the 1930s, for Iowa WHO. (In fact, a 1936 poll by The Sporting News named Mr. Reagan the fourth most popular baseball announcer)

41 posted on 01/21/2006 4:16:52 PM PST by BluesDuke (I see Mussolini is dead. The devil finally has a straight man.---Fred Allen.)
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To: Petruchio

Also during the debates........the quote about age not being an issue, and then the quip about Mondale's being too young?? Do you have it?


42 posted on 01/21/2006 4:16:54 PM PST by ohioWfan (PROUD Mom of an Iraq War VET! THANKS, son!!!!)
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To: rhema
IMO, GWB had the chance to equal or exceed Reagan's accomplishments. I just don't understand why he doesn't fight for some of the ideas he believes in, such as SS reform, ownership society, and tax reform.

I'm definetly not a Bush hater but I just think he's underachieved in certain areas.

43 posted on 01/21/2006 4:17:12 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (None genuine without my signature)
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To: rhema
"The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant: It's just that they know so much that isn't so."

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

"I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandment's would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress."

"The taxpayer: That's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination."

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

"If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under."

"The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program."

"I've laid down the law, though, to everyone from now on about anything that happens: no matter what time it is, wake me, even if it's in the middle of a Cabinet meeting."

- Ronald Reagan

44 posted on 01/21/2006 4:17:54 PM PST by apackof2 (You can stand me up at the gates of hell, I'll stand my ground and I won’t back down)
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To: AndyJackson

He was smarter than the elite gave him credit for. He realized that the Soviet Union could not stand, was in fact crumbling, and would soon be relegated to the "ashbin of history."


45 posted on 01/21/2006 4:18:46 PM PST by scott7278 (Before I give you the benefit of my reply, I would like to know what we're talking about.)
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To: rhema

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

Normandy, France, June 6, 1984

The men of Normandy had faith that what they were doing was right, faith that they fought for all humanity, faith that a just God would grant them mercy on this beachhead or the next. It was the deep knowledge -- and pray God we have not lost it -- that there is a profound moral difference between the use of force for liberation and the use of force for conquest.

Normandy, France, June 6, 1984.

We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them -- this morning, as they prepared for their journey, and waved good-bye, and "slipped the surly bonds of earth" to "touch the face of God."

Speech about the Challenger disaster, January 28, 1986


46 posted on 01/21/2006 4:19:45 PM PST by RWR8189 (George Allen for President)
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To: Kimmers
....I sure do miss this great man....

Ditto; this spring wifey and I are going to choose a nice, quiet weekday and head in to the Library (haven't been since a year or so before he died) to revisit and see the Air Force Once pavilion.

47 posted on 01/21/2006 4:20:30 PM PST by ErnBatavia (Meep Meep)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Quote from a "Bible-thumper"

"If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under."

Ronald Reagan

48 posted on 01/21/2006 4:21:41 PM PST by apackof2 (You can stand me up at the gates of hell, I'll stand my ground and I won’t back down)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

I learned something from past readings of historical presidents. A great president only focuses on 3-4 major issues throughtout his presidency, whether one or two terms. Any more than that, he's ineffective acheicing any success in any area. Reagan's focus was communism. Bush's focus is terrorism. Clinton was all over the map, GHWB had no focus, etc.


49 posted on 01/21/2006 4:22:03 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: cake_crumb
"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, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."

A heavy bronze plaque with that inscription should be delivered personally to each and every 'Rat senator and congressrat.

50 posted on 01/21/2006 4:23:42 PM PST by ErnBatavia (Meep Meep)
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