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Thirty Years Ago Today – Reagan Inaugural Address

Thirty Years Ago Today – Reagan Inaugural Address

An amazing address (emphasis mine):

In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. From time to time we’ve been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. But if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else? ….

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 — 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. It 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. If we look to the answer as to why for so many years we achieved so much, prospered as no other people on earth, it was because here in this land we unleashed the energy and individual genius of man to a greater extent than has ever been done before.

Freedom and the dignity of the individual have been more available and assured here than in any other place on earth. The price for this freedom at times has been high, but we have never been unwilling to pay that price.

It is no coincidence that our present troubles parallel and are proportionate to the intervention and intrusion in our lives that result from unnecessary and excessive growth of Government.

It is time for us to realize that we are too great a nation to limit ourselves to small dreams. We’re not, as some would have us believe, doomed to an inevitable decline ….

It is time to reawaken this industrial giant, to get government back within its means, and to lighten our punitive tax burden. And these will be our first priorities, and on these principles there will be no compromise.

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Ronald Reagan 30 years ago: "It is time to reawaken this industrial giant, to get government back within its means, and to lighten our punitive tax burden. And these will be our first priorities, and on these principles there will be no compromise."

That was then. Today, the current administration toasts the rise of China with $400/bottle wine purchased with money borrowed from the Chinese.

How far we have fallen.

My take away was that Reagan warned us that the veer to the left was coming, and the dangers associated with that would be the demise of this country, but the people got complacent. Were he alive today, I think he would applaud the Tea Party and Sarah Palin and the reawakening of this country's people. My real hope is that much like Carter begat Reagan, Obama will begat the next Reagan.

This speach reminds me of a book ghost written by Brent Bozells father for Barry Goldwater called: The Conscience of a Conservative.As this speach could be given today, so could this book be written today.Great read.

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