Ronald Reagan (Politician)

#14952 Ronald Reagan

One legislator accused me of having a nineteenth-century attitude on law and order. That is a totally false charge. I have an eighteenth-century attitude... .

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#14953 Ronald Reagan

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on 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. .

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#14954 Ronald Reagan

Back in 1927, an American socialist, Norman Thomas, six times candidate for President on the Socialist Party ticket, said that the American people would never vote for socialism but he said under the name of liberalism the American people would adopt every fragment of the socialist program. .

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#14955 Ronald Reagan

"Shouldn't someone tag Mr. Kennedy's 'bold new imaginative program' with its proper age?" Reagan wondered. "Under the tousled boyish haircut it is still old Karl Marx—first launched a century ago. There is nothing new in the idea of a government being Big Brother to us all. Hitler called his state 'State Socialism', and way before him it was relevant 'benevolant monarchy'." .

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#14956 Ronald Reagan

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. .

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#14958 Ronald Reagan

Every morning Nancy and I turn to see what he has to say about people of our respective birth signs. .

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#14959 Ronald Reagan

It's silly talking about how many years we will have to spend in the jungles of Vietnam when we could pave the whole country and put parking stripes on it and still be home by Christmas. .

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#14960 Ronald Reagan

We were told four years ago that 17 million people went to bed hungry every night. Well, that was probably true. They were all on a diet. .

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#14961 Ronald Reagan

I favor the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and it must be enforced at the point of a bayonet, if necessary. .

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#14962 Ronald Reagan

I would have voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964. .

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#14963 Ronald Reagan

A tree's a tree. How many more do you need to look at? .

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#14964 Ronald Reagan

Unemployment insurance is a pre-paid vacation for freeloaders. .

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#14965 Ronald Reagan

Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other. .

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#14966 Ronald Reagan

I have a feeling that we are doing better in the war [in Vietnam] than the people have been told. .

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#14967 Ronald Reagan

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. .

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#14968 Ronald Reagan

The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom. .

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#14969 Ronald Reagan

Welfare's purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence. .

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#14970 Ronald Reagan

If it's to be a bloodbath, let it be now. Appeasement is not the answer. .

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#14971 Ronald Reagan

One legislator accused me of having a nineteenth-century attitude on law and order. That is a totally false charge. I have an eighteenth-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. .

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#14973 Ronald Reagan

Right now our main effort is directed toward oxides of nitrogen which comes out of automobile tail pipe and cause the photochemical reactions which color the air a muddy brown. There is no question they are a problem in areas like L.A. where we have a more or less constant temperature inversion trapping the air. But Dr. [John] McKetta lists the findings in his field as his no. 3 shock & surprise. Nature it seems also produces oxides of nitrogen. As a matter of fact nature produces 97% of them. .

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#14974 Ronald Reagan

I'm convinced that today the majority of Americans want what those first Americans wanted: A better life for themselves and their children; a minimum of government authority. .

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#14976 Ronald Reagan

was really the basis for the . It was 's success in Italy, with his government-directed economy, that led the early New Dealers to say "But Mussolini keeps the trains running on time." .

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#14977 Ronald Reagan

Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first. .

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#14978 Ronald Reagan

I'm convinced that today the majority of Americans want what those first Americans wanted: A better life for themselves and their children; a minimum of government authority. Very simply, they want to be left alone in peace and safety to take care of the family by earning an honest dollar and putting away some savings. This may not sound too exciting, but there is something magnificent about it. On the farm, on the street corner, in the factory and in the kitchen, millions of us ask nothing more, but certainly nothing less than to live our own lives according to our values — at peace with ourselves, our neighbors and the world. .

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#14979 Ronald Reagan

Let it show on the record that when the American people cried out for economic help,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. .

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#14981 Ronald Reagan

The smoke from burning marijuana contains many more cancer-causing substances than tobacco. And if that isn’t enough it leads to bronchitis and emphysema. If adults want to take such chances that is their business. But surely the communications media ... should let four million youngsters know what they are risking. .

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#14982 Ronald Reagan

A troubled and afflicted mankind looks to us, pleading for us to keep our rendezvous with destiny; that we will uphold the principles of self-reliance, self-discipline, morality, and, above all, responsible liberty for every individual that we will become that shining city on a hill. .

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#14985 Ronald Reagan

All the waste in a year from a nuclear power plant can be stored under a desk. .

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#14986 Ronald Reagan

I am paying for this microphone! .

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#14987 Ronald Reagan

And I have to point out that government doesn't tax to get the money it needs, government always needs the money it gets. .

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#14988 Ronald Reagan

Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves. .

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#14989 Ronald Reagan

[Evolution] has in recent years been challenged in the world of science and is not yet believed in the scientific community to be as infallible as it once was believed. But if it was going to be taught in the schools, then I think that also the biblical theory of creation, which is not a theory but the biblical story of creation, should also be taught. .

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#14990 Ronald Reagan

Approximately 80 percent of our air pollution stems from hydrocarbons released by vegetation. So let's not go overboard in setting and enforcing tough emission standards for man-made sources. .

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#14991 Ronald Reagan

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. .

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#14992 Ronald Reagan

I believe with all my heart that our first priority must be world peace, and that use of force is always and only a last resort, when everything else has failed, and then only with regard to our national security. .

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#14993 Ronald Reagan

I have flown twice over . I'm not a scientist and I don't know the figures, but I have a suspicion that one little mountain out there, in these last several months, has probably released more sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere than has been released in the last ten years of automobile driving or things of that kind. .

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#14994 Ronald Reagan

There you go again. When I opposed Medicare, there was another piece of legislation meeting the same problem before the Congress. I happened to favor the other piece of legislation and thought that it would be better for the senior citizens to provide better care than the one that was finally passed. .

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#14995 Ronald Reagan

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? .

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#14997 Ronald Reagan

(27 October 1964) This was a televised speech in support of the presidential campaign of Senator ; often referred to as "The Speech" which launched Reagan's career as a politician. Reagan gave other versions of this speech throughout the country, at various points during the Goldwater campaign. .

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#14998 Ronald Reagan

You and I are told increasingly that we have to choose between a left or right, but I would like to suggest that there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down... .

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#14999 Ronald Reagan

You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. .

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#15000 Ronald Reagan

I have spent most of my life as a Democrat. I recently have seen fit to follow another course. I believe that the issues confronting us cross party lines. .

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#15001 Ronald Reagan

As for the peace that we would preserve, I wonder who among us would like to approach the wife or mother whose husband or son has died in South Vietnam and ask them if they think this is a peace that should be maintained indefinitely. Do they mean peace, or do they mean we just want to be left in peace? There can be no real peace while one American is dying some place in the world for the rest of us. We're at war with the most dangerous enemy that has ever faced mankind in his long climb from the swamp to the stars, and it's been said if we lose that war, and in so doing lose this way of freedom of ours, history will record with the greatest astonishment that those who had the most to lose did the least to prevent its happening. Well I think it's time we ask ourselves if we still know the freedoms that were intended for us by the Founding Fathers. .

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#15002 Ronald Reagan

If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth. And this idea that government is beholden to the people, that it has no other source of power except to sovereign people, is still the newest and most unique idea in all the long history of man's relation to man. This is the issue of this election. Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves. .

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#15003 Ronald Reagan

The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn't so. .

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#15004 Ronald Reagan

You and I are told increasingly that we have to choose between a left or right, but I would like to suggest that there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down — up to a 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. .

Ronald Reagan Quotes about war
#15005 Ronald Reagan

Those who would trade our freedom for the soup kitchen of the welfare state have told us that they have a utopian solution of peace without victory. They call their policy "accommodation." And they say if we only avoid any direct confrontation with the enemy, he will forget his evil ways and learn to love us. All who oppose them are indicted as warmongers. .

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#15006 Ronald Reagan

They say we offer simple answers to complex problems. Well, perhaps there is a simple answer — not an easy answer — but simple. .

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#15007 Ronald Reagan

They say the world has become too complex for simple answers. They are wrong. There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right. .

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#15008 Ronald Reagan

said, "A nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master, and deserves one." Let's set the record straight. There is no argument over the choice between peace and war, but there is only one guaranteed way you can have peace — and you can have it in the next second — surrender. .

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