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Reagan Quotes (Oldies but goodies!)
Talk of the Villages ^ | 1 February 2998 | Ronald Reagan

Posted on 02/01/2008 11:09:04 AM PST by NCDragon

"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

"The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant: It's just that they know so much that isn't so." - Ronald Reagan

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

"I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress." - Ronald Reagan

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

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

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

"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

"It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first." - Ronald Reagan

"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." - Ronald Reagan

"Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book." - Ronald Reagan

"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. - Ronald Reagan

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

TOPICS: Political Humor/Cartoons

1 posted on 02/01/2008 11:09:06 AM PST by NCDragon
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To: NCDragon
"Man is not free unless government is limited.... as government expands, liberty contracts"

~~~ Ronald Reagan

2 posted on 02/01/2008 11:11:56 AM PST by Reagan Man (FUHGETTABOUTIT Willard, conservatives don't vote for liberals. GO NOBODY!)
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To: Reagan Man

This deserves a bookmark

3 posted on 02/01/2008 11:12:33 AM PST by mel
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To: NCDragon
Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.

Ronald Reagan

4 posted on 02/01/2008 11:13:57 AM PST by Long Island Pete
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To: NCDragon

This is about as good as it’s going to get this electoral season.

5 posted on 02/01/2008 11:16:13 AM PST by stevio ((NRA))
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To: NCDragon

I keep this list handy:


6 posted on 02/01/2008 11:17:50 AM PST by LearnsFromMistakes (Member VRWC - Volvo-owning right-wing conspiracy.)
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To: NCDragon

The bombing will start in FIVE MINUTES... :o)

7 posted on 02/01/2008 11:18:11 AM PST by traumer
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To: NCDragon

This idea that government was beholden to the people, that it had no other source of power except the sovereign people, is still the newest, most unique idea in all the long history of man’s relation to man. For almost two centuries we have proved man’s capacity for self-government, but today we are told we must choose between a left and right or, as others suggest, a third alternative, a kind of safe middle ground. I suggest to you there is no left or right, only an up or down. Up to the maximum of individual freedom consistent with law and order, or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism; and regardless of their humanitarian purpose those who would sacrifice freedom for security have, whether they know it or not, chosen this downward path”.

-Ronald Reagan

8 posted on 02/01/2008 11:20:20 AM PST by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; The majority are satisfied with a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: NCDragon
This election cycle, the media is constantly trying to drive a wedge between 'social conservatives' and 'economic conservatives'...this is absurd...Reagan understood that.

Reagan understood that religious freedom and economic freedom are not mutually exclusive. In fact, it's exactly the opposite, they are dependent on each other. It is no accident that our founding fathers knew that our rights where endowed from a Creator. Without that philosophical foundation depostism or control by an authoritarian elite will result. The main stream media constantly point to two groups ‘social conservatives’ and ‘economic conservatives’ as distinct and pit one group against the other. While conservative voters may put greater weight on different issues, religious freedom and economic freedom are inexplicably tied together . This is true throughout all of history. It is very difficult to ever find a government in history that ever had one with out the other.

While it can be shown historically that religious freedom and economic freedom are inexplicably tied together, it can also be demonstrated philosophically. Economic systems are fundamentally based on private property rights stemming from “you shouldn’t steal” (private property), and “you shouldn’t covet” which are fundamentally religious and moral principles. Voluntary exchange of goods and services is a moral and religious system as much as it is an economic system.

This premise can be supported with many examples.

Reagan understood this and articulated it in one of the greatest political speechs of all time(the 'evil empire' speech): The American experiment in democracy rests on this insight. Its discovery was the great triumph of our Founding Fathers, voiced by William Penn when he said: "If we will not be governed by God, we must be governed by tyrants." Explaining the inalienable rights of men, Jefferson said, "The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time." And it was George Washington who said that "of all the disposition and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supporters."

When the despotic democrats seek to erode our economic freedom with high taxes and socialism they also chip away at our religious freedom. When democrats subvert our religious freedom by indoctrination into the anti-God religion of liberalism, they subvert our economic freedom as the two are indispensibly tied together.

9 posted on 02/01/2008 11:26:31 AM PST by FreedomProtector
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To: NCDragon

“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.”

10 posted on 02/01/2008 11:27:54 AM PST by Yo-Yo (USAF, TAC, 12th AF, 366 TFW, 366 MG, 366 CRS, Mtn Home AFB, 1978-81)
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To: Yo-Yo


11 posted on 02/01/2008 11:38:25 AM PST by angcat (We Gave the Clintons A Chance We Got 9/11..........Stop Hillary Now!)
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To: LearnsFromMistakes

I’m looking for the quote ..agree with me ??? of the time ....

I think it is either 82% or 86% of the time...

12 posted on 02/01/2008 11:40:52 AM PST by malia ( Fred Thompson and Duncan Hunter are still first choice!!! but.........)
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he was amazing...why is it so hard to find folks like him? besides duncan hunter ( and to some extent, FT)..who else, and why so few????

13 posted on 02/01/2008 12:03:31 PM PST by raygunfan
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To: NCDragon

Reagan, For Those Under 40

This may sound shocking to anyone under 40, but 25 years ago, a lot of serious people were seriously wondering whether America’s best days were already past us.
Time magazine ran a cover story asking “Where have all the Heroes Gone?”
Inflation was 12%, Unemployment over 7% and both were rising simultaneously, giving birth to a new term, “stagflation”. Gasoline was just as expensive as it is today (accounting for inflation), except there wasn’t much to buy and long lines snaked around the block. Articles in respected magazines and newspapers asked whether the American Presidency was “too big a job for just one person”.
American soldiers weren’t the good guys. Just watch any war movie made in the mid-to late 70’s. If our guys weren’t bad, they were distraught, discouraged, crazy or suicidal.
Just 10 short years before becoming the world’s only Superpower, America seemed paralyzed after Vietnam while the Soviet empire expanded throughout the Third World. And it wasn’t just the Communists pushing us around. Millions of Americans watched Islamic militants sack the American embassy in Iran and march 52 blindfolded American hostages in front of television cameras. They wouldn’t release them for over 400 days.
In the Spring of 1979, President Jimmy Carter delivered one of the most unusual presidential speeches ever delivered from the White House. Known today as the “Malaise” speech, its theme was that America was suffering a “crisis of the spirit”. Even Democrats were not impressed. Carter was challenged for renomination by Senator Ted Kennedy. Carter won (or Kennedy lost, more accurately), but his party was divided and his nation was despondent.
Enter Ronald Reagan. Against this somber background, Reagan insisted that America’s brightest days were still in front of us, not behind us. He rejected the Vietnam syndrome, instead declaring that America was not the cause of corruption and evil abroad, but the cure for it, particularly in facing down Soviet communism. As for solving problems at home, we didn’t need the government to do more, we needed it to do less. The size, girth and expense of government was the problem, not the solution. In an era preoccupied with the “complexity” of insoluble problems, Reagan said “There are simple solutions - just not easy ones.”
Sophisticated people found Reagan, well....... unsophisticated. Also naive, not all that bright, and much too hard line.
But Reagan was telling Americans what they wanted to hear and what they wanted to believe about their country. And when they elected him by a 41 State landslide, he went to work doing what he said he would do.
He said his program to cut income taxes, government regulation and domestic government spending would unleash a rising tide of jobs, prosperity and opportunity. It did. He said that deregulating oil prices would lower the price of gasoline and end the “energy crisis”. It did. He said he would fire the air traffic controllers who were illegally striking if they didn’t return to work. He did.
As for dealing with the Soviets, Reagan said that his program of vastly increasing military spending, planting Pershing missiles in NATO countries and aiding anti-Soviet rebels throughout the Third World would one day relegate Marxist Leninism to “the ash heap of history”. This was too much for his critics, made up of a big chunk of Congress, most university professors, and much of the national news media. They regarded Reagan as either dumb, a warmonger or both, and they insisted that his policies would trigger a never-ending arms race and perhaps lead to the unthinkable – a nuclear war.
When Reagan announced his support for a space-based system to defend the country from a nuclear strike, tensions rose even higher. ABC aired a movie, “The Day After”, about America under nuclear attack. The “nuclear freeze” movement in 1984 was every bit as intense and its demonstrations every bit as large as the anti-Iraq-War movement is in 2004. History has yet to render a verdict on Iraq, but we already know who was right about the Soviets. The dumb warmonger won the Cold War without firing a shot. And soldiers were the good guys in the movies again. Martin Sheen and Marlon Brando in “Apocalypse Now” gave way to Tom Cruise and Tom Skerrit in “Top Gun”.
But Reagan did more than unlock the American economy and liberate millions of people from Communist captivity. He gave America back its smile. His sense of humor helped, but so did his belief that political differences weren’t personal differences, a sentiment that seems to have gone missing on both sides in recent years.
Where should history rank Reagan? Probably as the greatest President in the last 50 years because, like Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Reagan defined and ignited an entire political movement. For FDR it was New Deal liberalism. For Reagan, American conservatism.
Before Reagan, conservatism was instinctively reactive and mostly negative: stop spending on this, don’t do that, etc. Reagan made it both positive and pro-active - a movement based on core beliefs and clear ideas. As Ted Kennedy, of all people, put it, Reagan “wrote most of these ideas not only into law, but into the national consciousness.”
Dozens of conservative think tanks and more than 40 state-based policy centers around the country are daily churning out ideas for policymakers based on free markets, limited government and personal responsibility. Reaganism lives on.
Today we take it for granted in America that great days are still in front of us. We take for granted that lower taxes will stimulate growth. We take for granted that the best way to deal with deadly adversaries is to stand up to them, not make excuses for them.
25 short years ago, Americans didn’t take any of those things for granted. That’s what Reagan changed.

14 posted on 02/01/2008 12:05:38 PM PST by NavyCanDo
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To: NCDragon


From one of the original “Reagan Democrats”. (read my FR profile)

15 posted on 02/01/2008 12:08:04 PM PST by NavyCanDo
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To: NCDragon

Thanks for posting.

“There’s got to be a pony in there somewhere!”

16 posted on 02/01/2008 12:22:03 PM PST by MindBender26 (Ugliness can be cured by a light switch.)
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To: NCDragon
The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them away.

Ronald Reagan

My favorite Reagan quote.
17 posted on 02/01/2008 12:49:44 PM PST by Renderofveils (My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music. - Nabokov)
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