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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Remember this guy?

When Ronald Reagan was president, I was in my first year in college. I was also a good and dutiful liberal, so like all libs I dutifully hated Reagan without being able to specify why. In fact I spent both his terms in office hating him so much, I never heard what he said.

I'm fully aware of the errors Reagan made in office -- believe me, I ran with the crowd that crowed over every one -- but now that I'm older and wiser, I recognize him for the rare president that he was.  A friend just sent me some of his sayings. Can you possibly imagine any of these being uttered today by a politician? Naahhhhh.....
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"Socialism only works in two places: Heaven where they don't need it, and hell where they already have it."
-Ronald Reagan

'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

'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 as 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

15 comments:

  1. Here's one more that I'm pretty sure can be attributed to Reagan:

    "I have noticed all those in favor of abortion have already been born."

    Or something to that effect.

    I really miss that man.

    Jane

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  2. Three of my favorite Regan quotes:

    "Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them."
    Ronald Reagan

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

    "Man is not free unless government is limited."
    Ronald Reagan

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  3. Patrice, you describe a liberal so perfectly! You were a good and dutiful liberal, so, like all libs, you dutifully hated Reagan WITHOUT BEING ABLE TO SPECIFY WHY. Of course, now you know why, as does anyone who can still think for themselves: You were dutifully brainwashed and conditioned by our liberal public school system and especially our liberal college professors, as well as all our liberal politicians, over the years.

    A few more Reagan quotes:
    --Coersion, after all, merely captures man. Freedom captivates him.
    --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.
    --The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them away.
    --To sit back hoping that someday, someway, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last--but eat you he will.

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  4. I grew up in a Democrat household. Which means I grew up "hating" anything Republican, especially Ronald Reagan. I did not know what kind of man he really was until now that I am in my 30s. I'm scared there won't be another like him. I think we all need to pray like crazy that God sends someone and fast.

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  5. In my lifetime (thus far) there have been 12 presidents, Ronald Reagan was the best by far.

    He was a self-made man. He didn't pit one group of Americans against another. He didn't try to baffle anybody with baloney. He loved America and made no apologies for America. He knew that it is the private sector that makes America great, not the size of the government. He was, quite frankly, the opposite of our current president.

    Anonymous Patriot
    USA

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  6. I was clueless about politics when Reagan was president. Didn't care a whip. I was too busy trying to be pretty.

    Boy, times have really changed.

    I love all the quotes - I actually remember some of them.

    Just Me.

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  7. I remember being 17 yrs old and sitting on the floor next to my father's chair watching the debates as he explained things to me. I turned 18yrs old just in time to register and vote in the 1980 Presidential election. It was one of the proudest moments of my life casting my first Presidential vote for Ronald Reagan.
    To this day I believe that he was our greatest President. Did I agree with everything he did? Of course not, but he did believe in the exceptionalism of this country.

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  8. I love his quotes. Anonymous Patriot, you said well. And the point is he never made an apology for America. He truly believed in and loved this country. He was powerful enough to change the world for the good.

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  9. Oh course Reagan screwed up. He signed the first immigration amnesty program. He wasn't perfect but I do believe he was a great president.
    It was based on his compassion for folks. But the path to Hell is always based on good intentions. I'll give Ronnie a wash on this one as he meant well. Now Obama has issued a EO not to deport illeagals unless they are really bad illegals.

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  10. Her's my favorite: “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on 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.”
    —Ronald Reagan
    --K in OK <><

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  11. I remember thinking he was the anti- Christ ...and I was an athiest at the time....I wonder sometimes if being a liberal is a phase people go through on the way to growing up. It seems a lot of us WERE and after jobs kids and real life and a bit of wisdom we become conservatives, until some people become old and ornery they turn back into liberals again!!

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  12. About Reagan's freedom quote (..."where men were free...") from K in OK:

    I remember the speech that came from! I can't believe it, but I actually remember listening to that speech.

    Maybe I wasn't as clueless as I thought I was back then. That particular speech really resonated with me, particularly that passage.

    Just Me.

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  13. I was so disappointed that I never got the chance to vote for him!

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  14. I think my favorite Reagan quote was "facts are stubbonr things." He was not the first to say, some give crdit as far back as Aristotle. But it really does sum up the difference between liberal and conservative.

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