Tribute to Ronald Reagan.

There is a very good reason hardcore Democrats, like myself back in the 60s and 70s, switched allegiance to the Republican party after Ronald Reagan came onto the seen. Following the failed presidency of the Peanut Farmer (although as a peanut farmer he was the only non-lawyer Democrat to get on the presidential ticket since I’ve been keeping track) it was a good time to look at what Ronald Reagan was doing. Mind you, the Democrat Party was making a case that Reagan literally was demented and unfit to be President (sound familiar – the Dems are good with words but only have a very old and limited playbook). However, sadly for the Dems, anyone watching realized that our abysmal economy not only revived, but flourished. The Cold War, which had terrified people of my generation for decades, ended because of Reagan policies. It is true, he was never able to get his “Star Wars anti-ICBM Program” fully funded, but today everyone is asking “Why weren’t our politicians smart enough to follow through with his plan” – as Kim Jung-Un is loading a nuclear weapon onto one of his ICBMs and threatening to blow up an American city or two.

With all that said, possibly the main reason so many Democrats switched to Republican is that he was “The Great Communicator.” These quotes allow one to see why that appellation was rightly applied to him.

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.’ (Mr. Trump is far from this eloquent, but his message to ISIS is the same.)

Ronald Reagan

The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help. (Big Government is Bad Government. It’s axiomatic.)

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. (Reagan rebuilt our military and now Mr. Trump wants to do the same. Too bad “tweets” aren’t as effective as President Reagan before a microphone.)

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. (Think about the Obamacare “repeal and replace” going through Congress at this time – and the Republicans hold majorities in both houses – a luxury Mr. Reagan never had.)

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. (The War on Poverty, which started in the late 1960s, is still spending trillions – $21 trillion to date – and we have more “poor” than when we started. There are at least 92 federal programs designed to help lower-income Americans. For instance, there are dozens of education and job-training programs, 17 different food-aid programs, and over 20 housing programs.)

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. (OMG! Truer words were never spoken!)

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. (Hillary has two books coming!)

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

During his life though, Reagan downplayed the designation of “The Great Communicator.” In his farewell address, in typical humble fashion, he redirected the praise:

In all of that time I won a nickname, ‘The Great Communicator.’ But I never thought it was my style or the words I used that made a difference: It was the content. I wasn’t a great communicator, but I communicated great things, and they didn’t spring full bloom from my brow, they came from the heart of a great nation — from our experience, our wisdom, and our belief in principles that have guided us for two centuries.

They called it the Reagan revolution. Well, I’ll accept that, but for me it always seemed more like the great rediscovery, a rediscovery of our values and our common sense.

And thanks to JP for sending this to me.

Roy Filly


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One Response to Tribute to Ronald Reagan.

  1. Mike Burton says:

    Let us not criticize a Republican President that comes after Ronal Reagan because he is not his equal, instead let’s praise and encourage him or her when they follow the example and path that he laid out. This will be far more effective and wise.

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