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Friday, June 5, 2009

In Memoriam: Ronald Wilson Reagan 1911-2004

I thank God that such a man lived among us, and that we had the distinct honor and privilege to be led by him.

The above video is a tribute to the life of Ronald Reagan, one of the greatest Presidents our nation has been blessed with...

Here are a few of my favorite Reagan quotes, beginning with perhaps the most apropos of the current attempts by lefties to institute socialized medicine:

But at the moment I'd like to talk about another way because this threat is with us and at the moment is more imminent. One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It's very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project. . . . Now, the American people, if you put it to them about socialized medicine and gave them a chance to choose, would unhesitatingly vote against it. We have an example of this. Under the Truman administration it was proposed that we have a compulsory health insurance program for all people in the United States, and, of course, the American people unhesitatingly rejected this.

The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help.
Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don't interfere as long as the policy you've decided upon is being carried out.
The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much.
There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves erect.
To paraphrase Winston Churchill, I did not take the oath I have just taken with the intention of presiding over the dissolution of the world's strongest economy.
We have the duty to protect the life of an unborn child.
We should declare war on North Vietnam. We could pave the whole country and put parking strips on it, and still be home by Christmas.
Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face.

This man shaped my life. Ronald Reagan won me over to conservatism, got me to reading about conservative ideas. I consider him my political father.

Here is one of President Ronald Reagan's greatest speeches, his address at Point Du Hoc, France on the 40th anniversary of D-Day:

Part One

Part Two