Saturday, January 2, 2010

In Light of Our Current Situation

We are faced with the most evil enemy mankind has known in his long climb from the swamp to the stars. There can be no security anywhere in the free world if there is no fiscal and economic stability within the United States. Those who ask us to trade our freedom for the soup kitchen of the welfare state are architects of a policy of accommodation. (October 27, 1964)

Public servants say, always with the best of intentions, "What greater service we could render if only we had a little more money and a little more power." But the truth is that outside of its legitimate function, government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector. (October 27, 1964)

No arsenal or no weapon in the arsenals of the world is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. (January 20, 1981)

Trust the people. This is the one irrefutable lesson of the entire postwar period contradicting the notion that rigid government controls are essential to economic development. (September 29, 1981)

The size of the federal budget is not an appropriate barometer of social conscience or charitable concern. (October 5, 1981)

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. (March 28, 1982)

History teaches that wars begin when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap. (January 16, 1984)

We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be prepared, so we may always be free. (June 6, 1984)

There is a profound moral difference between the use of force for liberation and the use of force for conquest. (June 6, 1984)

Government growing beyond our consent had become a lumbering giant, slamming shut the gates of opportunity, threatening to crush the very roots of our freedom. What brought America back? The American people brought us back -- with quiet courage and common sense; with undying faith that in this nation under God the future will be ours, for the future belongs to the free. (February 4, 1986)

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. (August 15, 1986)

Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don't interfere." (September 15, 1986)

Freedom is the right to question and change the established way of doing things. It is the continuous revolution of the marketplace. It is the understanding that allows to recognize shortcomings and seek solutions. (May 31, 1988)

We've done our part … My friends: We did it. We weren't just marking time. We made a difference. We made the city stronger, we made the city freer, and we left her in good hands. All in all, not bad, not bad at all. (January 20th, 1989)

Great nations have responsibilities to lead, and we should always be cautious of those who would lower our profile, because they might just wind up lowering our flag. (February 3, 1994)

What I take from the past is inspiration for the future, and what we accomplished during our years at the White House must never be lost amid the rhetoric of political revisionists. (February 3, 1994)

I have witnessed five major wars in my lifetime, and I know how swiftly storm clouds can gather on a peaceful horizon. The next time a Saddam Hussein takes over Kuwait, or North Korea brandishes a nuclear weapon, will we be ready to respond? In the end, it all comes down to leadership, and that is what this country is looking for now. (February 3, 1994)

I have serious issues with trying terrorists on American soil within the U.S. Judicial System. They aren't deserving of it, and furthermore, we have no business providing them a soapbox. They should be lined up and executed. Period. Especially would-be suicide bombers. They want to die? Fine. More than willing to oblige ... just not willing to let them take anyone else with them.

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