Sunday, February 6, 2011

February 6, 1911

Ronald Reagan  Alton Tobey

Above all, we must realize 
that 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. 
It is a weapon our adversaries in today's world do not have. 

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, 
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.

The 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. 

The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, 
'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'

The ultimate determinant
in the struggle now going on for the world 
will not be bombs and rockets 
but a test of wills and ideas-
a trial of spiritual resolve: 
the values we hold, 
the beliefs we cherish 
and the ideals to which we are dedicated.

A people free to choose will always choose peace.

You and I have a rendezvous with destiny.
We will preserve for our children this,
the last best hope of man on earth, 
or we will sentence them to take the first step 
into a thousand years of darkness. 
If we fail, 
at least let our children and 
our children's children 
say of us 
we justified our brief moment here. 
We did all that could be done.

Inflation is as violent as a mugger,
 as frightening as an armed robber
 and as deadly as a hit man.

Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall! 

Man is not free unless government is limited.

Protecting the rights 
of even the least individual among us 
is basically the only excuse the government has 
for even existing.

We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone. 

We have the duty to protect the life of an unborn child.

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

We should measure welfare's success 
by how many people leave welfare, 
not by how many are added.

Freedom prospers 
when religion is vibrant 
and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.

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