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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GIPPER! (18 FAVORITE QUOTES)

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 6, 2009

Government is not the solution to our problems. Government is the problem.
“Government is not the solution to our problems. Government is the problem.”

“You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children’s children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done.”
– October 27, 1964 (“The Speech”)

“Welfare’s purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence.”
– January 7, 1970

“A recession is when your neighbor loses his job. A depression is when you lose yours. And recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his.”
– 1980

“Let us resolve tonight that young Americans will always … find there a city of hope in a country that is free…. And let us resolve they will say of our day and our generation, we did keep the faith with our God, that we did act worthy of ourselves, that we did protect and pass on lovingly that shining city on a hill.”
— November 3, 1980

“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.”
– January 20, 1981 (first inaugural address)

“…peace is the highest aspiration of the American People. We will negotiate for it, sacrifice for it, we will never surrender for it, now or ever.”
– January 20, 1981 (first inaugural address)

“You and I, as individuals, can, by borrowing, live beyond our means, but for only a limited period of time. Why, then, should we think that collectively, as a nation, we are not bound by that same limitation?”
— January 20, 1981 (first inaugural address)

“We are a nation that has a government — not the other way around. And this makes us special among the nations of the Earth. Our government has no power except that granted it by the people. It is time to check and reverse the growth of government which shows signs of having grown beyond the consent of the governed.”
— January 20, 1981 (first inaugural address)

“I hope you’re all Republicans.”
– March 30, 1981 (to surgeons in the operating room following his assassination attempt)

“The size of the federal budget is not an appropriate barometer of social conscience or charitable concern.”
– October 5, 1981

“We in government should learn to look at our country with the eyes of the entrepreneur, seeing possibilities where others see only problems.”
January 26, 1985

“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.”
August 15, 1986

“General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”
– June 12, 1987

“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.”
– September 25, 1987

“When people tell me I became president on January 20, 1981, I feel I have to correct them. You don’t become president of the United States. You are given temporary custody of an institution called the presidency, which belongs to our people.”
— August 15, 1988

“I’ve spoken of the shining city all my political life…. And how stands the city on this winter night? … After 200 years, two centuries, she still stands strong and true to the granite ridge, and her glow has held no matter what storm. And she’s still a beacon, still a magnet for all who must have freedom, for all the pilgrims from all the lost places who are hurtling through the darkness, toward home.”
– January 11, 1989 (farewell address)

“Our friends in the other party will never forgive us for our success, and are doing everything in their power to rewrite history. Listening to the liberals, you’d think that the 1980s were the worst period since the Great Depression, filled with suffering and despair. I don’t know about you, but I’m getting awfully tired of the whining voices from the White House these days. They’re claiming there was a decade of greed and neglect, but you and I know better than that. We were there.”
– February 3, 1994

Below is a link to one of the most important speeches ever given by Ronald Reagan – “Rendezvous with Destiny.” It is the speech that put Ronald Reagan on the political map. It was delivered on October 27, 1964 in support of the Republican candidate for President of the United States, Barry Goldwater.

It is a remarkable speech.

This clip features “The Speech,” as it is often referred to, in its entirety, 27 minutes long. Bookmark it for future reference. If you have not heard it, nor seen it, find time to watch it. It is essential viewing/reading/listening.

It is as relevant today as it was then.

He was still sixteen years away from the White House, but this is what being “Presidential” is all about.

(It is mislabeled as being from the 1964 Republican National Convention, but it is not. The speech, however, is presented in full)

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2 Responses to “HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GIPPER! (18 FAVORITE QUOTES)”

  1. Arkady said

    Imagine if he we had someone like Reagan now. Well maybe, a little less spending and no social security hikes, but someone LIKE that. We would be out of this mess in about 1 year.

  2. Arkady said

    Imagine if he we had someone like Reagan now. Well maybe, a little less spending and no social security hikes, but someone LIKE that. We would be out of this mess in about 1 year.

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