Ronnie Reagan had a sense of humor that no other president could match, even in the worst of times.
"My fellow Americans. I'm pleased to announce that I've signed legislation outlawing the Soviet Union. We begin bombing in five minutes."
–joking during a mike check before his Saturday radio broadcast
"I hope you're all Republicans." -speaking to surgeons as he entered the operating room following a 1981 assassination attempt
"Honey, I forgot to duck." -to his wife, Nancy, after surviving the assassination attempt
"I have left orders to be awakened at any time in case of national emergency — even if I'm in a Cabinet meeting."
Ronnies was also a wise man....
If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism. I think conservatism is really a misnomer just as liberalism is
a misnomer for the liberals -- if we were back in the days of the Revolution, so-called conservatives today would be the Liberals and the liberals
would be the Tories. The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom
and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is. Now, I can’t say that I will agree with all the things that the present
group who call themselves Libertarians in the sense of a party say, because I think that like in any political movement there are shades, and there
are libertarians who are almost over at the point of wanting no government at all or anarchy.
* Interview published in Reason (1975-07-01)
What if free people could live secure in the knowledge that their security did not rest upon the threat of instant U.S. retaliation to deter a Soviet
attack, that we could intercept and destroy strategic ballistic missiles before they reached our own soil or that of our allies? I know this is a
formidable, technical task, one that may not be accomplished before the end of this century. Yet, current technology has attained a level of
sophistication where it's reasonable for us to begin this effort. It will take years, probably decades of effort on many fronts. There will be
failures and setbacks, just as there will be successes and breakthroughs. And as we proceed, we must remain constant in preserving the nuclear
deterrent and maintaining a solid capability for flexible response. But isn't it worth every investment necessary to free the world from the threat
of nuclear war? We know it is.
* Address to the Nation on Defense and National Security ("Star Wars Speech") (1983-03-23)
He was also a very grateful to the people who put him in office and knew his place in the political realm....
Although I held public office for a total of sixteen years, I also thought of myself as a citizen-politician, not a career one. Every now and then
when I was in government, I would remind my associates that "When we start thinking of government as 'us' instead of 'them,' we've been here too
long." By that I mean that elected officeholders need to retain a certain skepticism about the perfectibility of government.
* Address to the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce, (1991-07-10).
In closing, let me thank you, the American people, for giving me the great honor of allowing me to serve as your president. When the Lord calls me
home, whenever that day may be, I will leave with the greatest love for this country of ours and eternal optimism for its future. I now begin the
journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life. I know that for America there will always be a bright dawn ahead.
* Letter announcing Alzheimer's diagnosis (1994-11-05)
A great man indeed!!!
I wasnt born until 1985, but I grew up with a picture of Reagan on our mantle. We have a room in the house now my dad made dedicated to Ronald
Reagan. He wasnt just respected in our house, he was loved because he opened himself up to the American people while in office. We knew him and he
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