Happy Birthday Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan

Today is the 100th Anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth.  It’s been interesting to see both Republicans and Democrats try to lay claim to Reagan’s legacy.  Willie L. Brown appeared on Meet the Press today giving his take on how much Barack Obama is like Ronald Reagan.  To paraphrase Mr. Brown, President Obama was held back from showing us this in the first two years of his presidency by the progressive left that controlled the Congress and Senate.  Really!?!  Wow!

Ronald Reagan accomplished many things in his two terms as President.  It seems both sides now look back on him positively with nostalgia.  Here are a few of Ronald Reagan’s best quotes from The Quotation Page as a reminder of what he stood for and why he was called “The Great Communicator”.

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.
 
Freedom is one of the deepest and noblest aspirations of the human spirit.

I don’t believe in a government that protects us from ourselves.

 
If you’re afraid of the future, then get out of the way, stand aside. The people of this country are ready to move again.

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

Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.

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.

The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’

 

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.

To learn more about Ronald Reagan visit the Ronald Reagan Library website here.

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