I've been trying to get through a 837 page book called "Reagan - A Life in Letters". I've had to take several breaks and have now only reached page 566. I am determined though...because I have a major thing for "the great communicator". He's my guy. The more I read, the more I like the man and the less alienated I feel by the liberal society around me. It's hard work swimming against the current and I have often just wanted to give up my values and convictions and vote myself into poverty with everyone else. (Maybe that's a little extreme). It amazes me how much the issues of 30 years ago so closely parallel those we're still combating today. Anyway, here are some encouraging, challenging, inspiring quotes from my pal R.R., both personal and political:
Address to National Association of Realtors, March 28, 1982:
"We don't have a trillion-dollar debt because we haven't taxed enough; we have a trillion-dollar debt because we spend too much."
October 27, 1964:
"Are you willing to spend time studying the issues, making yourself aware, and then conveying that information to family and friends? Will you resist the temptation to get a government handout for your community? Realize that the doctor's fight against socialized medicine is your fight. We can't socialize the doctors without socializing the patients. Recognize that government invasion of public power is eventually an assault upon your own business. If some among you fear taking a stand because you are afraid of reprisals from customers, clients, or even government, recognize that you are just feeding the crocodile hoping he'll eat you last."
January 20, 1981:
"Government is not the solution to our problems; government is the problem."
October 27, 1964:
"The Founding Fathers knew a government can't control the economy without controlling people. And they knew when a government sets out to do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose. So we have come to a time for choosing."
"When our citizens are attacked or abused anywhere in the world on the direct orders of hostile regimes, we will respond so long as I'm in this office."
LA Times, January, 1970:
"Welfare's purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence."
First Inaugural Address, January 20, 1981:
"It is not my intention to do away with government. It is rather to make it work -- work with us, not over us; stand by our side, not ride on our back. Government can and must provide opportunity, not smother it; foster productivity, not stifle it."
October 27, 1964:
"Yet any time you and I question the schemes of the do-gooders, we're denounced as being opposed to their humanitarian goals. It seems impossible to legitimately debate their solutions with the assumption that all of us share the desire to help the less fortunate. They tell us we're always "against," never "for" anything."
Letter Dated - May 28, 1971 to Cosmopolitan Magazine:
"The nicest thing a girl ever did for me was when a girl named Nancy married me and brought a warmth and joy to my life that has grown with each passing Year. I know she won't mind if I say the second nicest thing was a letter from a little fifth grade girl last week. She added a P.S. "You devil you." I've walked with a swagger ever since."
Letter to Reagan's 21 month old daughter Patti - July 12, 1954:
"I'm counting on you to take care of Mommie and keep her safe for me because there wouldn't be any moon or stars in the sky without her. The breeze would whisper no secrets and the warmth would go out of the sun. So you guard her very carefully and then you'll always have a pair of footsteps to follow, and if you follow her footsteps you'll grow up to be a sweet, lovely person just made for love."
In an unsent letter written between 1967 & 1975:
"Professors whether liberal, radical or conservative should not impose their personal philosophy on students. They should return to the one time ethic of their honorable calling and by exposing students to all viewpoints teach them how to think not what to think."
In a letter written in 1976:
"Yes, I do have a close and deeply felt relationship with Christ and believe I have experienced what you refer to as being born again. I have come to realize that whatever I do has meaning only if I ask that it serve his purpose........For I believe that, in my present undertaking, whatever the outcome is, it will be his doing. I'll pray for understanding of what it is he would have me do. I have long believed there was a divine plan that placed this land here to be found by people of a special kind and that we have a rendezvous with destiny. Yes, there is a spirit moving in this land and a hunger in the people for a spiritual revival. If the task I seek should be given me I would pray only that I could perform it in a way that would serve God."