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Posted on 03/05/2006 7:00:14 PM PST by freedom4me
Post your favorite "Reaganisms" here.
"The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help."
"The trouble with our liberal friends are 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."
"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."
"Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book."
"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."
"The bombing begins in 5 minutes."
"the government that is big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take everything you have."
We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be prepared, so we may always be free -- Ronald Reagan
If we ever forget that we're one nation under God,
then we will be a nation gone under."
--- Ronald Reagan
REAGAN: Not at all, Mr. Trewhitt and I want you to know that also I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit for political purposes my opponent's youth and inexperience.
alo this one
"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."
--- Ronald Reagan
George McGovern, Reagan said, "is testing the water, probably to see if Teddy can walk on it."
The Democrats, Reagan concluded, "want to turn the country around: they may not have cured poverty, but they sure cured wealth."
"I've noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born."
"The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives. We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and 'slipped the surly bonds of earth' to 'touch the face of God.'" -
-- Ronald Reagan
"I just wanted to speak to you about something from the Internal Revenue Code. It is the last sentence of section 509A of the code and it reads: 'For purposes of paragraph 3, an organization described in paragraph 2 shall be deemed to include an organization described in section 501C-4, 5, or 6, which would be described in paragraph 2 if it were an organization described in section 501C-3.' And that's just one sentence out of those fifty-seven feet of books."
"Whether we are talking about pain suffered by unborn children, or about late-term abortions, or about infanticide, we inevitably focus on the humanity of the unborn child. Each of these issues is a potential rallying point for the sanctity of life ethic. Once we as a nation rally around any one of these issues to affirm the sanctity of life, we will see the importance of affirming this principle across the board."
From: Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation
-- Ronald Reagan, Tenth Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, 1983
"Meaning no disrespect to the religious convictions of others, I still can't help wondering how we can explain away what to me is the greatest miracle of all and which is recorded in history. No one denies there was such a man, that he lived and that he was put to death by crucifixion. Where...is the miracle I spoke of? Well consider this and let your imagination translate the story into our own time -- possibly to your own hometown. A young man whose father is a carpenter grows up working in his father's shop. One day he puts down his tools and walks out of his father's shop. He starts preaching on street corners and in the nearby countryside, walking from place to place, preaching all the while, even though he is not an ordained minister. He never gets farther than an area perhaps 100 miles wide at the most. He does this for three years. Then he is arrested, tried and convicted. There is no court of appeal, so he is executed at age 33 along with two common thieves. Those in charge of his execution roll dice to see who gets his clothing -- the only possessions he has. His family cannot afford a burial place for him so he is interred in a borrowed tomb. End of story? No, this uneducated, propertyless young man who...left no written word has, for 2,000 years, had a greater effect on the world than all the rulers, kings, emperors; all the conquerors, generals and admirals; all the scholars, scientists and philosophers who have ever lived -- all of them put together. How do we explain that? ...Unless he really was what he said he was." --Ronald Reagan
He certainly made me and countless others feel a little better following the Challenger accident.
I'm not sure of the exact quote but it was always stirring when he said "the time is now, to recpature our own destiny!" I think that might have originated with his pro-Goldwater speech of 1964. He repeated that theme in his 1980 convention acceptance speech which was remarkably well received.
"America is too great for small dreams"- Reagan
"There is nothing wrong with America that Americans can't fix"- Reagan
"America's best days lie ahead. You ain't seen nothing yet"- Reagan
"All great change in America begins at the dinner table."
Farewell Address to the Nation, The White House, January 11, 1989
"Rock, sometime when the team is up against it and the breaks are beating the boys, tell them to go out there with all they've got and win just one for the Gipper. I don't know where I'll be then, Rock, but I'll know about it and I'll be happy."
--- George Gipp