Ronald Reagan was right
Ronald Reagan was right about so many things during his two terms as the 40th president of the United States of America. Liberty Journal has provided the receipts through a collection of Reagan’s quotes.
Reagan on Abortion & Religion
With regard to the freedom of the individual for choice with regard to abortion, there's one individual who's not being considered at all. That's the one who is being aborted. And I've noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born.
Make no mistake, abortion-on-demand is not a right granted by the Constitution. No serious scholar, including one disposed to agree with the Court's result, has argued that the framers of the Constitution intended to create such a right.
The frustrating thing is that those who are attacking religion claim they are doing it in the name of tolerance, freedom and open-mindedness. Question: Isn't the real truth that they are intolerant of religion? They refuse to tolerate its importance in our lives.
I believe that the most essential element of our defense of freedom is our insistence on speaking out for the cause of religious liberty.
And there is the matter of abortion. We must with calmness and resolve help the vast majority of our fellow Americans understand that the more than 112 million abortions performed in America in 1980 amount to a great moral evil, an assault on the sacredness of human life.
Unless and until it can be proven that an unborn child is not a human being, can we justify assuming without proof that it isn't? No one has yet offered such proof; indeed, all the evidence is to the contrary. We should rise above bitterness and reproach, and if Americans could come together in a spirit of understanding and helping, then we could find positive solutions to the tragedy of abortion.
We must all educate ourselves to the reality of the horrors taking place. Doctors today know that unborn children can feel a touch within the womb and that they respond to pain.
We cannot diminish the value of one category of human life — the unborn — without diminishing the value of all human life.
The Bible and its teachings helped form the basis for the Founding Fathers' abiding belief in the inalienable rights of the individual...
Reagan on Freedom
Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom, and then lost it, have never known it again.
Throughout our history Americans have put their faith in God and no one can doubt that we have been blessed for it. The earliest settlers of this land came came in search of religious freedom. Landing on a desolate shoreline, they established a spiritual foundation that has served us ever since.
We believe faith and freedom must be our guiding stars, for they show us truth, they make us brave, give us hope, and leave us wiser than we were.
Our natural, inalienable rights are now considered to be a dispensation from government, and freedom has never been so fragile, so close to slipping from our grasp as it is at this moment.
We're Americans, and we have a rendezvous with destiny... No people who have ever lived on this earth have fought harder, paid a higher price for freedom, or done more to advance the dignity of man than Americans.
Freedom is the recognition that no single person, no single authority or government has a monopoly on the truth, but that every individual life is infinitely precious, that every one of us put in this world has been put there for a reason and has something to offer.
Law and freedom must be indivisible partners. For without law, there can be no freedom, only chaos and disorder; and without freedom, law is but a cynical veneer for injustice and oppression.
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Reagan on Government
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.”
Young Americans must never again be sent to fight and die unless we are prepared to let them win.
When you start talking about government as 'we' instead of 'they,' you have been in office too long.
I hope we once again have reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There's a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As government expands, liberty contracts.
I have always thought of government as a kind of organism with an insatiable appetite for money, whose natural state is to grow forever unless you do something to starve it.
Reagan on Law and Military
We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.
We maintain the peace through our strength; weakness only invites aggression.
Reagan on Education
Our leaders must remember that education doesn't begin with some isolated bureaucrat in Washington. It doesn't even begin with state or local officials. Education begins in the home, where it is a parental right and responsibility.
We developed at the local school district level probably the best public school system in the world. Or it was until the Federal government added Federal interference to Federal financial aid and eroded educational quality in the process.
There is no better way to establish hope for the future than to enlighten young minds.
Reagan on Campaign Trail
Let it show on the record that when the American people cried out for economic help, Jimmy Carter took refuge behind a dictionary. Well, if it's a definition he wants, I'll give him one. A recession is when your neighbor loses his job. A depression is when you lose yours. And recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his.
Next Tuesday all of you will go to the polls, will stand there in the polling place and make a decision. I think when you make that decision, it might be well if you would ask yourself, are you better off than you were four years ago?
Reagan on Rancho del Cielo (a.k.a. Reagan Ranch)
No place before or since has ever given Nancy and me the joy and serenity it does.
Rancho del Cielo — or “Ranch in the Sky" — was Reagan’s 688-acre ranch home for nearly 25 years. As Alzheimer’s disease took its toll, he could no longer tend to the Ranch, and it broke his heart when he had to leave.
Despite the historic significance of the Reagan Ranch, neither the Clinton administration or California state legislature chose to save the property.
Fortunately, in 1998, Young America’s Foundation (YAF) saved the property, and today the Reagan Ranch and the Reagan Ranch Center, also known as the “Schoolhouse for Reaganism,” are the most popular Conservative Movement sites for young people in the nation. YAF also protects Reagan’s boyhood home in Dixon, Illinois.
In closing, let me thank you, the American people, for giving me the great honor of allowing me to serve as your president. When the Lord calls me home, whenever that day may be, I will leave with the greatest love for this country of ours and eternal optimism for its future. I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life. I know that for America there will always be a bright dawn ahead. Thank you, my friends. May God always bless you.