Monday, February 6, 2012

Happy Birthday, Ronald Reagan

SIGIS is remembering Ronald Reagan today.  He would be 101.

Here are Ten Reagan Quotes from CSM.

Marathon Pundit relives his Reagan centennial trip.

The Patriot Post has several links for the occasion.

 Americans for Prosperity has an ad out for the occasion:


MikeAT said...

There were some great quote in the CSM, but here are some other ones...

“I am paying for this microphone, Mr Green”, 1980 Presidential Debate

“ My fellow Americans, I'm pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.“

"If our planes were shot down, yes, they'd wake me up right away. If the other fellows were shot down, why wake me up?"

"This fellow they've nominated claims he's the new Thomas Jefferson. Well, let me tell you something. I knew Thomas Jefferson. He was a friend of mine. And governor, you're no Thomas Jefferson."

The former president was telling a group once about his tumultuous days as governor of California during the rebellious sixties and early 70s.  He said he had a meeting with some of the organizers of the protests.  They came into his office wearing t-shirts and jeans, and some were barefoot.

Their spokesman began, "Governor, it's impossible for your generation to understand us....You didn't grow up in a world of instant electronic communications, of cybernetics, of men computing in seconds what once took months, even years, or jet travel, nuclear power, and journeys into space...."

When the young man finished, Reagan said, "You're absolutely right.  Our generation didn't have those things when we were growing up.  We invented them."

“Let it show on the record that when the American people cried out for economic help, Jimmy Carter took refuge behind a dictionary. Well, if it's a definition he wants, I'll give him one. A recession is when your neighbor loses his job. A depression is when you lose yours. And recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his.”

“If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth. And this idea that government is beholden to the people, that it has no other source of power except to sovereign people, is still the newest and most unique idea in all the long history of man's relation to man. This is the issue of this election. Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.”

“They say we offer simple answers to complex problems. Well, perhaps there is a simple answer — not an easy answer — but simple.”

“It's true hard work never killed anyone, but I figure, why take the chance?”

“The great thing about Alzheimer's is that you meet new people every day."

But I will always remember this from his last letter.

...In closing, let me thank you, the American people, for giving me the great honor of allowing me to serve as your president. When the Lord calls me home, whenever that day may be, I will leave with the greatest love for this country of ours and eternal optimism for its future. I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life. I know that for America there will always be a bright dawn ahead. Thank you, my friends. May God always bless you.

Letter announcing Alzheimer's diagnosis (5 November 1994)

RIP RR...damned we miss you.

John Ruberry said...

Thanks for the link!

Andy said...

God, I miss him!

First vote I ever cast for President.

Never felt that good about a vote since.