You might find it hilarious that I didn’t know where that nickname for Ronald Reagan came from until a week or so ago. My dad and I were stuck in rush hour traffic, discussing old movies, and he mentioned Reagan’s roll in Knute Rockne.
That cleared up my confusion on the nickname by a lot.
So sue me, I haven’t watched a lot of Reagan’s films. I’ve always been more attracted to his political years for some reason.
This is his 102nd birthday and we are all left wondering how we have gone from a President like Reagan to a President like Obama.
It’s a bit depressing.
But let’s take this moment to remember a true American and a great President.
The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.
No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth!
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.
Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.
We should measure welfare’s success by how many people leave welfare, not by how many are added.
The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much.
It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.
Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the democrats believe every day is April 15.
Thomas Jefferson once said, ‘We should never judge a president by his age, only by his works.’ And ever since he told me that, I stopped worrying.
There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination, and wonder.
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.
Protecting the rights of even the least individual among us is basically the only excuse the government has for even existing.
When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.
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.
Democracy is worth dying for, because it’s the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man.
Some people wonder all their lives if they’ve made a difference. The Marines don’t have that problem.
Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music.
Happy 102nd. Don’t get dizzy from all that spinning you are doing in your grave.