Wise Words From Reagan
I assisted my wife with some data-gathering for a presentation she was to give at a local school. I searched for a statement then-President Reagan had made in his 1988 State of the Union address.
While doing that I took time to read his speech and found that 24 years later, there are lessons to be learned from that great man. I want to quote a couple of paragraphs from his speech; I urge everyone to go online and read the whole speech.
“The belief that the most exciting revolution ever known to humankind began with three simple words: ‘We the People,’ the revolutionary notion that the people grant government its rights, and not the other way around.”
“And there is one lesson that has come home powerfully to me, which I would offer to you now, just as those who created this Republic pledged to each other their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor, so, too, America’s leaders today must pledge to each other that we will keep foremost in our hearts and minds not what is best for ourselves or for our party, but what is best for America.
“In the spirit of Jefferson, let us affirm that, in this chamber tonight, there are no Republicans, no Democrats, just Americans.”
“Yes, we will have our differences. But let us always remember — what unites us far outweighs whatever divides us; those who sent us here to serve them — the millions of Americans watching and listening tonight — expect this of us. Let's prove to them and to ourselves that democracy works even in an election year.”
And to also quote Thomas Jefferson, “When the people fear their government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.”
God bless and save America!
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