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Ronald Reagan is an American politician who served as the 40th president of the United States from 1981 to 1989. He became a highly influential voice of modern conservatism. Born on February 6, 1911, Ronald Reagan is the younger son of Nelle Clyde and Jack Reagan. He attended Dixon High School.

Reagan also opposed measures soon to manifest in the Mundt-Nixon Bill in May 1948 by opining:

  1. Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.
  2. I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born.
  3. The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.
  4. 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.
  5. If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be one nation gone under.
  6. Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face.
  7. There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.
  8. As government expands, liberty contracts.
  9. Christmas can be celebrated in the school room with pine trees, tinsel and reindeers, but there must be no mention of the man whose birthday is being celebrated. One wonders how a teacher would answer if a student asked why it was called Christmas.
  10. I have left orders to be awakened at any time during national emergency, even if I’m in a cabinet meeting.
  11. Trust, But Verify…Ronald Reagan.
  12. You and I know and do not believe that life is so dear and peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery.
  13. There are advantages to being elected President. The day after I was elected, I had my high school grades classified Top Secret.
  14. Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of our world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today’s world do not have.
  15. You and I are told increasingly that we have to choose between a left or a right. There is only an up or down: up to man’s age-old dream — the ultimate in individual freedom consistent with law and order — or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism. And regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would trade our freedom for security have embarked on this downward course.
  16. The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much.
  17. The best minds are not in government.
  18. I am impatient with those Republicans who after the last election rushed into print saying, ‘We must broaden the base of our party’- when what they meant was to fuzz up and blur even more the differences between ourselves and our opponents.
  19. I love you so very much I don’t even mind that life made me wait so long to find you. The waiting only made the finding sweeter.
  20. What the mainstream politicos did not understand about Ronald Reagan was that he was running for a reason—not for money and not for fame (he already had both). He was running to change the country. Even more galling to the professional class that worked hard to polish the rough edges off their candidates for office, Reagan intended to be who he was.
  21. We cannot diminish the value of one category of human life–the unborn–without diminishing the value of all human life.
  22. There is no humanity or charity in destroying self-reliance, dignity, and self-respect.
  23. Why should we subsidize intellectual curiosity?
  24. If we’re free to dare – and we are – if we’re free to give – and we are – then we’re free to shape the future and have within our grasp all that we dream the future will be.
  25. One legislator accused me of having a 19th-century attitude on law and order. That is a totally false charge. I have an 18th-century attitude. That is when the Founding Fathers made it clear that the safety of law-abiding citizens should be one of the government’s primary concerns.
  1. 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.
  2. Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, leave the rest to God.
  3. Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the democrats believe every day is April 15.
  4. Sometimes when I’m faced with an atheist, I am tempted to invite him to the greatest gourmet dinner that one could ever serve, and when we have finished eating that magnificent dinner, to ask him if he believes there’s a cook.
  5. You can tell a lot about a fellow’s character by his way of eating jellybeans.
  6. We don’t have a trillion-dollar debt because we haven’t taxed enough; we have a trillion-dollar debt because we spend too much.
  7. 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.
  8. I know in my heart that man is good, that what is right will always eventually triumph, and there is purpose and worth to each and every life.
  9. I’ve heard that hard work never killed anyone, but I say why take the chance?
  10. Heroes may not be braver than anyone else. They’re just braver 5 minutes longer.
  11. I have no recollection of that ever happening.
  12. Some people wonder all their lives if they’ve made a difference. The Marines don’t have that problem.
  13. The government is like a baby’s alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.
  14. No matter what your background, no matter how low your station in life, there must be no limit on your ability to reach for the stars, to go as far as your God-given talents will take you. Trust the people; believe every human being is capable of greatness, capable of self-government . . . only when people are free to worship, create, and build, only when they are given a personal stake in deciding their destiny and benefiting from their own risks, only then do societies become dynamic, prosperous, progressive, and free.
  15. If freedom, democracy, and the rights of man are to be preserved through the ages, free men and women must accept the responsibilities that go with their freedoms.
  16. Tax increases don’t eliminate deficits they increase govt. spending.
  17. When the Lord calls me home, whenever that may be, I will leave with the greatest love for this country of ours and eternal optimism for its future.
  18. We think there is a parallel between federal involvement in education and the decline in profit over recent years.
  19. Great things can be accomplished, when it doesnt matter who gets the credit.
  20. Radio was theater of the mind.
  21. … Ending a conflict is not so simple, not just calling it off and coming home. Because the price for that kind of peace could be a thousand years of darkness for generation’s Viet Nam borned.
  22. freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. we did’nt pass it to our children in the bloodstream. it must be fought for, protected, and handed on to them to do the same; or, one day, we will spending our sunset years telling our children and our childrens children, what it was once like in the united states where men were free.
  23. People were tired of wasteful government programs and welfare chiselers; and they were angry about the constant spiral of taxes and government regulations, arrogant bureaucrats, and public officials who thought all of mankind’s problems could be solved by throwing the taxpayers’ dollars at them.
  24. Morality in the long run aligned with strategy.
  25. I’m a gooey, gushy gumdrop bullshitty drop bombs on Russia! ride a horse …

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  1. Status quo, you know, is Latin for ‘the mess we’re in’.
  2. Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don’t have that problem.
  3. We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be prepared, so we will always be free.
  4. Government is not a solution to our problem government is the problem.
  5. It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.
  6. The future doesn’t belong to the light-hearted. It belongs to the brave.
  7. Socialists ignore the side of man that is the spirit. They can provide you shelter, fill your belly with bacon and beans, treat you when you’re ill, all the things guaranteed to a prisoner or a slave. They don’t understand that we also dream.
  8. 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.
  9. America is too great for small dreams.
  10. When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.
  11. We establish no religion in this country, we command no worship, we mandate no belief. Nor will we ever. Church and state are, and must remain, separate.
  12. I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism.
  13. For the average American, the message is clear. Liberalism is no longer the answer. It is the problem.
  14. Trees, how many of ’em do we need to look at?
  15. Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.
  16. re, and how important it is to remind people of what a treasure letters–handwritten letters–can be. In our throwaway era of quick phone calls, faxes, and email, it’s all to easy never to find the time to write letters. That’s a great pity–for historians and the rest of us.
  17. What would this country be without this great land of ours.
  18. Perhaps you and I have lived with this miracle too long to be properly appreciative. 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.
  19. I couldn t help but say to Mr. Gorbachev just think how easy his task and mine might be in these meetings that we held if suddenly there was a threat to this world from another planet. We d find out once and for all that we really are all human beings here on this earth together.
  20. I know this issue is very controversial. But 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.
  21. We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.
  22. The Polish people be allowed to have a voice in the kind of govt. they want. Under the Yalta Pact the Soviets agreed they & others would be allowed to do this. The Soviets have never honored that promise.
  23. The press is dying to paint me as now trying to undo the New Deal. I remind them I voted for F.D.R. 4 times. I’m trying to undo the “Great Society.” It was L.B.J.’s war on poverty that led to our present mess.
  24. I more than love you, I’m not whole without you. You are life itself to me. When you are gone I’m waiting for you to return so I can start living again.
  25. On the fundamental dignity of the human person, there can be no relenting!

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