"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.'
- Ronald Reagan
'The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'
'The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so.'
'Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.'- 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.'
'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.'-
'The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program.' -
'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'
- 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.'
- 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.'-
'If we ever forget that we're one nation under GOD, then we will be a nation gone under.'
if I didn't before, I do now after reading these words!
Interestingly the man and his words and wit were forgotten by as many that have forgotten 9-11.
Like these words were his. You guys do know he had speech writers, don't you? Reganomics is one reason we have such an economic problem now. He did read well though, unlike Dubya.
Every president has speech writers....including whomever you think is great the difference is Reagan actually believed what he said which is why he resounded so successfully with the american people, and blaming reaganenomics( which worked ) is like saying running water into your house ie indoor plumbing is why the toilet got clogged
Thank you, Thank you! Way to put out a most excellent Hub Forum posting, Poppa B! Truly his wisdom...in the quotes...he left behind...live on and on. Plus, It was good to see Ronnie's smiling face this morning!
Interestingly, Ronald Reagan was as consumate a speaker as Obama. He also was for that illusive idea of "change." Perhaps one of the biggest differences between he and Obama is that he grew up and saw what the Great Depression did to America. He also lived, saw and experience a world at a war. I think his insights are based on some pretty harsh experiences, which led him to his very pragmatic and humorous insights about life and government.
Thanks for the reminders, Poppa.
I wonder who wrote his quotes. Peggy Noonan wrote many of his most famous speeches.
A quote from her wiki entry
'In 1984, Noonan, as a speechwriter for President Reagan, authored his "Boys of Pointe du Hoc" speech on the 40th anniversary of D-day. She also wrote Reagan's address to the nation after the Challenger explosion, drawing upon the poet John Magee's famous words about aviators who "slipped the surly bonds of earth... and touched the face of God." The latter is ranked as one of the ten best American political speeches of the 20th century according to a list compiled by professors at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Texas A&M University and based on the opinions of "137 leading scholars of American public address." The "Pointe du Hoc" speech ranks as the 60th best speech of the century'
It's strange that even speech making is a social activity. Someone writes the speech. A dozen people review it and suggest amendments. Another guy reads delivers the address, A few million people applaud it. A thousand journalists dissect it. People remember their own personal and usually very selective version a year later,
So what scholar will tell us who actually wrote those quotes posted by Popa Blues, just to round out the social interaction?
I am most happy to say I loved the man and I for one miss his wit and grand style. He was great as far as I am concerned. The Soviets were so perplexed with him as well as his own advisers. LOL
Who care who wrote the quotes! He said them, so I'm going to suppose he believed them. He's not here to contradict you.
And they're wise words.
And that's all that matters.
Many times I quote other hubbers ,because I agree and like what they say. I didn't write it, but I agree. In a way I make their thoughts mine.
Sorry, Tantrum but the guy was one of many career politicians of his generation. He deserves respect for getting to the top of the pole and he was lucky enough to be in office when fifty years of struggle during the cold war came to fruition. As an individual he looked good on TV and he had an actors talent for communication. Getting sentimental about any political figure just makes your brains turn to mush.
If Reganomics worked so well, why did our ecomony do so badly under Ron, George and Dubya. The latter two used Ron's "trickle down" policies too. Only under Clinton did our economy recover from Reganomics.
I liked Ron, but he was an actor with cue cards even when president. We have had the worst deficits ever under these last three republican presidents. Look at the records.
You're ignorant of the facts. The economy was in the toilet because of Carter when Regan took over. We had double digit inflation and double digit interest rates, as well as high unemployment. Regan turned it around!
Though the economy improved under Clinton it wasn't exactly all his doing since he had to work with a Republican congress that prevented him from spending and taxing the way he wanted to.
And yes Under Bush our economy did just fine. He made some mistakes in the final years but the meltdown in the economy we experienced can be mostly traced to misguided government regulation and the poorly run Fanny and Freddie Mac. By the way the deficits under Obama have tripled what Bush left and our national debt will exceed 85% of our GDP in ten years thanks to Obama. In addition he's allowed the fed to increase the money supply by 120%, unprecedented in history, weakening the dollar and sowing the seed of punishing interest rates and exorbitant inflation!
We're not talking economics here, we're talking about thoughts.
You can't deny they sound wise.
anyway, look at your Country now. Looking backwards is not going to save you !
I have always believed one must look at the past to see how to have a better future. In other words, learn from mistakes.
Yes take Obama for example...Do you think he'd learn from past mistakes? Here after having seen that 2 terrorists released from Gitmo by Bush were involved in planning the recent attack on an American airliner, Obama still insists on closing gitmo and returning terrorists to Yemen.
Obama is a fool making us all less safe and the democrats never seem to learn from the past, if they did, they would see how JFK cut taxes to stimulate the economy! Democrats are stupid and they hate freedom, they have turned into socialists completely out of touch with American ideals!
"Democrats are stupid and they hate freedom." I'll bet you voted for Bush, perhaps twice, and you call democrats stupid? LOL
Only some of us.
Tantrum, it's hard for us to learn when our teacher's photo is so distracting.
HEHEHE, close your eyes so you can think, then feel it, then say ....ALLELUJAH
where's the teacher ???
I never finished school !
Yes, I miss him. But a fair assessment of his presidency would include such gems as (paraphrased): ketchup is a vegetable; the bombers are headed to Moscow as we speak giggle, giggle; ummm, I don't recall (repeated dozens of times during the Iran-Contra) hearings. It's funny that Obama's critics get after him for his supposed disregard for the constitution; yet many of these same critics idolize Reagan who so blatantly ignored it whenever it suited his purpose.
Life's a little too complicated to be reduced to favorite quotes.
Nope, just the quotes.
Well, I have some strong feelings about many past presidents, but I shall not disrespect their service to America. 'Cept for maybe RN, he was not a crook per say, but he was dastardly. Tricky Dick suited him I suppose, but he was very astute on foreign policy, one of the best. I'll bite my tongue on the peanut man from GA.
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