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Saturday, February 06, 2010

Happy Birthday Ronald Reagan!

On today, Ronald Reagan's birthday, it is instructive as well as more than a bit depressing to see how far societal standards declined in the selection of our nation's president.

Remember when we had a real President? Review some of the speeches and policies of the Gipper (there is a nice assortment available here) and contrast them to the teleprompter-driven drivel spewed from the current occupant of the White House. The substance and intellectual gap between then and now is more of a chasm.

Speeches are "just words" as noted by President Obama (or whoever programmed his teleprompter) but they are one indicator, along with policy decisions, of the competency and character of the person.

Here are a few examples of some wisdom from Ronald Reagan that would make things a lot better for all of us if put into practice by the current administration:
"We who live in free market societies believe that growth, prosperity and ultimately human fulfillment, are created from the bottom up, not the government down. Only when the human spirit is allowed to invent and create, only when individuals are given a personal stake in deciding economic policies and benefitting from their success -- only then can societies remain economically alive, dynamic, progressive, and free. 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."

"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."

"I hope we have once again reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There’s a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: as government expands, liberty contracts."
Happy Birthday, Ronnie! Hopefully your vision of America as a "shining city upon a hill" will win out over the current trend that appears to view it as just another "hood" in the world community.

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