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Ronald Reagan Saw The Big Picture and He Was Critical

February 5, 2011

In honor of Ronald Reagan’s 100th Birthday, Fred Thompson narrates this historic look at President Reagan. He says, “We knew Ronald Reagan as President, Governor, Dutch, The Gipper, and The Great Communicator”

In Ronald Reagan’s words, “I never thought it was my style, or the words I used that made a difference. It was the content. I wasn’t a great communicator, but I communicated great things. And they didn’t spring full bloom from my brow. They came from the heart of a great nation. From our experience, our wisdom. And our belief in the principles that have guided us for two centuries.”

There he goes again, saying so much with so few words. In this brief statement he laid out his framework of his only plan. And he was being critical too. Critical of those who believe government solves problems. And as you know, Reagan was famous for saying, “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”

Critical Political Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan was critical. He wasn’t afraid to call out and label our cold war enemy as ‘EVIL’. No other president has the guts to say what we were ALL thinking like Ronald Reagan did.  When Ronald Reagan wanted to make a statement about tearing down the Berlin wall, his aides and advisors all advised against it. He insisted and was right to leave those word in.

The words, “Tear down this wall” brought freedom to more people and fast.

AFTER THE SPEECH people were suddenly free and excited! It was a huge party.

My favorite Ronald Reagan Critical Political Speech is this one,

Reagan: “We can have peace this second, if we surrender.”

Reagan draws the line between the two major political philosophies with real life examples that he delivers with passion. Reagan explains, “its not that our liberal friends are ignorant, it is that they know so much that isn’t so,” Reagan cuts through false accusations. Accusations such as conservatives being uncaring, which is patently false. Reagan explains that liberals have good intentions but with those good intentions long term results in un-thought-of consequences. Full Post: Reagan’s “A Time for Choosing”

Ronald Reagan and Nancy in LimoRonald Reagan ideas and wisdom are back in the air, back in style today. Happy Birthday Ronald Reagan, 100 Year Old.

Reagan lives in the minds and hearts of many in the United States. Perhaps there are more minds that believe in Reagan than those who believe in ideas from Marx, Lennon and Keynes. Keynes was always in a hurry to find a quick solution to economic problems. He was famous for saying, “In the Long Run we are all dead.”  We may be dead in the long run, but we still have to think of our children, and their children and so on. To ignore the big picture because it takes too long to get there isn’t really seeing the big picture at all. Ronald Wilson Reagan saw the big picture.

As Ronald Reagan’s 100th Birthday celebration dawns and then ends with a magnificent sunset, I leave you with these critical Reagan Quotes:

A people free to choose will always choose peace.

Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today’s world do not have.

Entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States.

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 for them to do the same.

Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.

Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.

Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.

Government’s view of the economy could 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.

History teaches that war begins when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.

I favor the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and it must be enforced at gunpoint if necessary.

I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress.

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