Ronald Reagan

You've got to be careful quoting Ronald Reagan, because when you quote him accurately it's called mudslinging.-- Walter Mondale RR the head stooge Abortion “In our Judeo-Christian religion we recognize the right to take life in defense of our own. Therefore an abortion is justified when done in self-defense. My belief is that a woman has the right to protect her own life and health against even her own unborn child. I believe also that, just as she has the right to defend herself against a rape, she should not be made to bear a child resulting from that violation of her person, and therefore abortion is an act of self-defense [in that circumstance].” President Reagan’s analysis (as explained in a 1975 radio address): Source: ronald-reagan-on-abortion-and-rape.html Alzheimer's in 1981? 'President Reagan fails to reconize his only black Cabinet member, Housing Secretary Samuel Pierce, at a White House reception for big city mayors. "How are you, Mr. Mayor?" he greets him. "I'm glad to meet you. How are things in your city?" 6/12/1981 'I was in such a hurry, I wrote my last name first.' Reagan, after signing his tax reform bill 'Reagan Ronald' Believe

"It's difficult to believe that people are still starving in this country because food isn't available. Beirut "He may be willing to surrender, but I am not." Reagan attacking Tip O'Neill's advocacy of a pullout of Beirut 2/2/1984 President Reagan announces plans to get the Marines out of Beirut and onto offshore ships, describing the retreat as "decisive new steps." His spokesman says "We don't consider this as a withdrawal but more of a redeployment." 2/7/1984 Bloodbath If it takes a bloodbath, let's get it over with. Ronald Reagan, April 7th, 1970 Governor of California & soon-to-be US President, on his attitude towards student civil rights activists, dissenters, & Vietnam War protestors Braille President Reagan tells a $2,500-per-ticket GOP fundraiser in Cinncinnati about a letter from a blind supporter. "He wrote in Braille," the President claims, "to tell me that if cutting his pension would help get this country back on its feet, he'd like to have me cut his pension." Reagan 11/30/1981 Bullshit "We have never interfered in the internal government of a country and have no intention of doing so, never have had any thought of that kind." Ronald Reagan, 1982 Cabinet meeting "I have left orders to be awakened at any time in case of national emergency -- even if I'm in a Cabinet meeting." Ronald Reagan Source: Communist "How do you tell a Communist? Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin." Ronald Reagan Source: Curiosity Why should we subsidize intellectual curiosity? Ronald Wilson Reagan Source:Omni, Mar 1988 Deficit "I am not worried about the deficit. It is big enough to take care of itself." Ronald Reagan Education "We think there is a parallel between federal involvement in education and the decline in profit over recent years." '83 Facts "Facts are stupid things." '88 (slight misquote of John Adams, 'Facts are stubborn things.') Free Enterprise Free enterprise is a rough and competitive game. It is a hell of a lot better than a government monoploy. Ronald Wilson Reagan Source:Speech Dec 8, 1972 Friend Or Traitor “The person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally — not a 20 percent traitor.” Ronald Wilson Reagan Source: Future I believe that the future is far nearer than most of us would dare hope. Reagan 9/24/84 Government "Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves." Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) 40th US President History "History teaches that wars begin when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap." Ronald Reagan SOURCE: Homeless Americas One problem that we've had, even in the best of times, is the people sleeping on the grates, the homeless who are homeless, you might say, by choice. Reagan 1/31/84 Iran Contra "For 18 months now, we have had under way a secret diplomatic initiative to Iran. That initative was undertaken for the simplest and best reasons: to renew a relationship with the nation of Iran; to bring a honorable end to the bloddy six-year war between Iran and Iraq; to eliminate state-spondored terrorism and subversion, and to effect the safe return of all hostages... Durning the course of our secret discussions, I authorized the transfer of small amounts of defensive weapons and spare parts for defensive systems to Iran....These modest deliveries, taken together could easily fit into a single cargo plane.... We did not--repeat--did not trade weapons or anything else for hostages, nor will we. Reagan Nov 14, 1986 Speech to Nation Labor "Are you entitled to the fruits of your labor or does government have some presumptive right to spend and spend and spend?" -- Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) 40th US President Latin America "Well, I learned a lot. You'd be suprised. They're all individual countries." Reagan talking to reporters upon his return from Latin American. 12/4/1982 Lights They turned out the lights. That tells me I can't talk anymore. Reagan explaining why he can't answer anymore questions. 6/19/85 New Deal "Fascism was really the basis for the New Deal." Nuclear War Nuclear war would be the greatest tragedy, I think, ever experienced by mankind in the history of mankind. Reagan 3/6/85 I'm a Jackass Reagan Mateing Motion To Common Worker Polish Government During a sound check for his weekly radio address, President Reagan refers to the Polish government as a "Bunch of no-good lousy bums" Reagan 10/9/1982 (Note: Jobless Rate in the US is up to 10.1% at the time. Worst in 42 years) Political Law "Nations crumble from within when the citizenry asks of government those things which the citizenry might better provide for itself. ... [I] hope we have once again reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There's a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As government expands, liberty contracts." Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) 40th US President Politics Politics is just like show business. You have a hell of a opening, coast for a while, and then have a hell of a close. Reagan to aide Stuart Spencer, 1966 "Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book." Ronald Reagan Pollution and Trees "Trees cause more pollution than automobiles do." Reagan '81 "A tree is a tree. How many more do you have to look at?" Reagan '66 "I have flown twice over Mt St Helens out on our west coast. I'm not a scientist and I don't know the figures, but I have a suspicion that one little mountain has probably released more sulphur dioxide into the atmosphere of the world than has been released in the last ten years of automobile driving or things of that kind that people are so concerned about." Reagan '80. (Actually, Mount St. Helens, at its peak activity, emitted about 2,000 tons of sulphur dioxide per day, compared with 81,000 tons per day by cars.) There is today in the United States as much forest as there was when Washington was at Valley Forge. Reagan 3/5/1983 Progressive Tax "Have we the courage and the will to face up to the immorality and discrimination of the progressive tax, and demand a return to traditional proportionate taxation? ... Today in our country the tax collector's share is 37 cents of every dollar earned. Freedom has never been so fragile, so close to slipping from our grasp." Ronald Reagan Ransom I don't think you pay ransom for people that have been kidnapped by barbarians. Reagan 12/28/80 (note: I guess he didn't lie, He didn't pay money but he did trade arms.) Real Destroyer "You and I are told we must choose between a left or right, but I suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down. Up to man's age-old dream -- the maximum of individual freedom consistent with order -- or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism. Regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would sacrifice freedom for security have embarked on this downward path. Plutarch warned, 'The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and benefits.'" Ronald Reagan Tax Or User Fee? "It would be a user fee." Reagan explaining that his proposed five-cent-a-gallon gasoline tax would not be a Tax at all." 11/11/1982 Tax Reform "We need true tax reform that will at least make a start toward restoring for our children the American Dream that wealth is denied to no one, that each individual has the right to fly as high as his strength and ability will take him.... But we cannot have such reform while our tax policy is engineered by people who view the tax as a means of achieving changes in our social structure." -- Ronald Reagan Source: Taxpayer The taxpayer; that´s someone who works for the federal government, but doesn´t have to take a civil service examination Ronald Reagan Too Much "The federal government has taken too much tax money from the people, too much authority from the states, and too much liberty with the Constitution." Ronald Reagan Unemployment "Now we are trying to get unemployment to go up and I think we're going to succeed" Ronald Reagan "Unemployment insurance is a prepaid vacation plan for freeloaders." Reagan Source: U.S. Tax System "Our federal tax system is, in short, utterly impossible, utterly unjust and completely counterproductive, [it] reeks with injustice and is fundamentally un-American... it has earned a rebellion and it's time we rebelled." Ronald Reagan Source: May 1983, Williamsburg, VA Voting Rights Acts "I regard voting as the most sacred right of free men and women" Reagan, refuses to support an extension of the Voting Rights Act 6/29/81 Welfare "Welfare's purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence." Ronald Reagan Welfare Reform Even though there may be some misguided critics of what we're trying to do, I think we're on the wrong path. Reagan, Launching his welfare refore program 2/9/1987 Women If it wasn't for women, us men would still be walking around in skin suits carring clubs. Reagan 8/3/1983 Work It's true hard work never killed anybody, but I figure, why take the chance? Speech, 22 April 1987 Midnightflyer Home page

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