The following is taken from the “American Minute with Bill Federer.”
On this day in 1911, Ronald Reagan was born.
At age sixty-nine, he was the oldest person elected U.S. President, and sixty-nine days after his inauguration, he survived an assassination attempt.
Ronald Reagan stated at St. John’s University in New York, March 28, 1985: “Government that is big enough to give you everything you want is more likely to simply take everything you’ve got.”
Ronald Reagan remarked to the Heritage Council, Warren, Michigan, October 10, 1984: “Henry David Thoreau was right: that government is best which governs least.”
In his 1964 speech, “A Time for Choosing,” Ronald Reagan stated:
“I suggest to you there is no left or right, only an up or down. Up to the maximum of individual freedom consistent with law and order, or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism; and regardless of their humanitarian purpose, those who would sacrifice freedom for security have, whether they know it or not, chosen this downward path.”
In 1961, Ronald Reagan stated:
One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It’s very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project… James Madison in 1788… said: ‘… There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachment of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpations.’… What can we do about this?… We can write to our congressmen and our senators. We can say right now that we want no further encroachment on these individual liberties and freedoms… We do not want socialized medicine … If you don’t, this program I promise you will pass … and behind it will come other federal programs that will invade every area of freedom as we have known … until, one day … we will awake to find that we have socialism. And … you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children, what it once was like in America when men were free.”
Ronald Reagan stated in Beijing, China, April 27, 1984:
I have seen the rise of fascism and communism. Both philosophies glorify the arbitrary power of the state…But both theories fail. Both deny those God-given liberties that are the inalienable right of each person on this planet, indeed, they deny the existence of God.”….
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