If President Reagan were alive today, he would be celebrating his 100th birthday. I recently watched a video of him addressing the nation in 1981 about the state of the finances in the United States. When it was over, I turned to Peter and said, "If only there was a way to get him back." Everything he said in 1981 could be said again today in 2011 - only the financial state is even worse this time around. Reagan was a great man and, in my opinion, one of our best Presidents. Whether you agree or disagree is really not the issue today. Today it's about remembering a man who put country before self, who was bold with his beliefs, and who famously said, "General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"
Quoting our 40th President of the United States:
"The 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."
"The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'"
"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, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."
"I don't believe in a government that protects us from ourselves."
"If you're afraid of the future, then get out of the way, stand aside. The people of this country are ready to move again."
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