Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Happy Birthday, Mr. President!

As a young person in the 1980s, I fell in love with Ronald Reagan. Now I'm in my 40s, and I still love Ronnie! Today would have been his 96th birthday. For those of my generation, below is a sample of why we loved him. For you youngsters to whom Reagan sounds as historic as Churchill, read below what a REAL CONSERVATIVE sounds like:

Excerpt from Ronald Reagan's 1981 Inaugural Address:

"...So, as we begin, let us take inventory. We are a nation that has a government - not the other way around. And this makes us special among the nations of the earth. Our government has no power except that granted it by the people. It is time to check and reverse the growth of government, which shows signs of having grown beyond the consent of the governed.

It is my intention to curb the size and influence of the federal establishment and to demand recognition of the distinction between the powers granted to the federal government and those reserved to the states or to the people. All of us need to be reminded that the federal government did not create the states; the states created the federal government.

Now, so there will be no misunderstanding, it's not my intention to do away with government. I t is rather to make it work - work with us, not over us; to stand by our side, not ride on our back. Government can and must provide opportunity, not smother it; foster productivity, not stifle it."

Sigh. Where have all the conservatives gone?

1 comment:

RosieBoo said...

I love the Gipper too!! He was my first love..my first presidential love (He was the first president I ever voted for).

I watched every moment of his funeral and drank it all in. Oh how I miss Ronald Reagan.

PS - If you haven't read Nancy's books of love letters from Ronnie, I HIGHLY recommend it to you...you'd love it!!