Today is President Ronald Reagan's 101st birthday. Our nation is a far different place than it was during the Renaissance years of the Reagan Administration. In this critical election year it would be wise for our elected leaders, candidates for office and our fellow citizens to revisit the simple wisdom and uncommon vision of Ronald Reagan.
To sit back hoping that someday, someway, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last--but eat you he will.
There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.
The problem is not that the people are taxed too little. The problem is that the government spends too much.
If the big spenders get their way they'll charge everything on your taxpayers express card, and believe me they never leave home without it.
Government always finds a need for whatever money it gets.
Government does not solve problems it subsidizes them.
The government's view of the economy can be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving subsidize it.
No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth.
Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.
Many of us find ourselves telling the younger generation about what America used to be like. Our president believed in American Exceptionalism and bowed to no foreign leader, our president understood that our nation was "the last best hope of man on earth," our president did not pander to our enemies and betray our allies and our president made us proud to be American citizens. We were governed by the rule of law, we were protected by our constitution and the free market created jobs and opportunities for advancement. Ronald Reagan warned us.
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on from them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.
You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children's children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done.
America has reached a turning point, what sort of country will we leave behind? Have we done all that could be done?
February 6, 2012