Ronald Reagan Tribute: Our Country

Ronald Wilson Reagan

February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004

Some may try and tell us that this is the end of an era. But what they overlook is that in American, every day is a new beginning, and every sunset is merely the latest milestone on a voyage that never ends. For this is the land that has never become that is always in the act of becoming. Emerson was right: America is the Land of Tomorrow. ~ Ronald Reagan 1993

Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Nancy Reagan, Denis Thatcher

Let us be frank. Evil still stalks the planet. Its ideology may be nothing more than bloodlust; no program more complex than economic plunder or military aggrandizement. But it is evil all the same. And where there are forces that would destroy the human spirit and diminish human potential, they must be recognized, and they must be countered. ~ Ronald Reagan 1992

When we speak of peace, we should not mean just the absence of war. True peace rests on the pillars of individual freedom, human rights, national self-determination, and respect for the rule of law.~ November 1985

Over the past decades we’ve talked of curtailing government spending so that we can then lower the tax burden. Sometimes we’ve even taken a run at doing that. But there were always those who told us that taxes couldn’t be cut until spending was reduce. Well you know, we can lecture our children about extravagance until we run out of voice and breath. Or we can cure their extravagance by simply reducing their allowance. ~ Ronald Reagan, February 5, 1981

I’ve noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born. ~ Ronald Reagan September 1980

Ronald Reagan, daughter Maureen, son Michael

We cannot diminish the value of one category of human life — the unborn — without diminishing the value of all human life. We saw tragic proof of this truism last year when the Indiana courts allowed the starvation death of “Baby Doe” in Bloomington because the child had Down’s Syndrome.~ Ronald Reagan Spring 1983

Ronald Reagan and son Michael

The real question today is not when human life begins, but, What is the value of human life? The abortionist who reassembles the arms and legs of a tiny baby to make sure all its parts torn from its mother’s body can hardly doubt whether it is a human being. The real question for him and for all of us is whether that tiny human ife has a God-given right to be protected by the law — the same right we have. ~ Spring 1983

Ronald Reagan called Margaret Thatcher “the best man in England.”
She said he was “the second most important man in my life.”

Either you will control your government, or government will control you. ~ Ronald Reagan December 1973

Ronald Reagan in a letter to son Michael: If you truly love a girl, you shouldn’t ever want her to feel, when she sees you greet a secretary or a girl you both know, that humiliation of wondering if she was someone who caused you to be late coming home, nor should you want any other woman to be able to meet your wife and know she was smiling behind her eyes as she looked at her, the woman you love, remembering this was the woman you rejected even momentarily for her favors.

Government’s view of the economy could be summed up few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. and if it stops moving, subsidize it. ~ August 1986

Mr. President

The man who never took his jacket off in the Oval Office out of respect for the presidency

Ronald Reagan Essay: Our Country, January 9, 1978

Abraham Lincoln said “a man can disagree with those in government without being against his country or its government.”

I have disagreed with those in government on many of these broadcasts. I’m sure I will continue to do so. But just to keep the record straight let me make plain my criticism is not directed against this system of ours which is unique in all the world. I criticize those I believe are turning away from and repudiating the very principles which brought us greatness, eroding individual freedom, robbing us of independence and the right to control our own destiny.

I thought of this the other day when I read an account of a meeting to launch an Australian visitor here on a three month tour of campus appearances. The visitor is hardly a typical representative of the land down under. He has been identified as a collaborator with our enemies in two wars, Korea and Vietnam. A Russian defector claims he has been a soviet KGB agent. He is telling our college students what is wrong with America and his message is not just a complaint about bureaucratic ineptness. According to him our enemies are the white knights and we are the dragons who must be slain before we devour all that is good and noble in the world.

Will I offer in rebuttal the words spoken a few years ago (when we were still involved in the Vietnam war) by a widely known and respected Canadian commentator who became angry at the rest of the world for, as he put it, kicking us when we were down.

God bless him. Gordon Sinclair went on the radio and said, “It is time to speak up for the Americans as the most generous and possibly the least appreciated people in all the earth.”

Then he went on to say: “As long as sixty years ago,, when I first started to read newspapers, I read of floods on the Yellow River and the Yangtze. Who rushed in with men and money to help? The Americans did. Germany, Japan and even to a lesser extent Britain and Italy were literally lifted out of the debris of war by the Americans who poured in billions of dollars in aid and forgave other billions in debts. When the franc looked to be in danger of collapsing in 1956 it was the Americans again who propped it up.

“When distant cities are hit by earthquake it is the United States that hurries in to help — Managua, Nicaragua is one of the most recent examples.

The Marshall plan, the Truman policy, all pumped billions upon billions of dollars into discouraged countries. Now newspapers in those countries are writing about the decadent war mongering Americans.

I can name you 5,000 times when the Americans raced to the help of other people in trouble. Can you name me even one time when someone else raced to help when the Americans were in trouble.” Mr Sinclair said he wouldn’t blame us if we thumbed our nose at the rest of the world. I’m grateful to him but I hope there’ll be no nose thumbing. I hope we’ll keep right on being the first to arrive when help is needed. End.

We cannot escape our destiny, nor should we try to do so. The leadership of the free world was thrust upon us two centuries ago in that little hall of Philadelphia. In the days following World War II, when the economic strength and power of America was all that stood between the world and the return to the dark ages, Pope Pius XII said, “The American people have a great genius for splendid and unselfish actions. Into the hands of America God has placed the destinies of an afflicted mankind.”  We are indeed, and we are today, the last best hope of man on earth. ~ Ronald Reagan 1974

Let us resolve tonight that young Americans will always … find there a city of hope in a country that is free…. And let us resolve they will say of our day and our generation, we did keep the faith with our God, that we did act worthy of ourselves, that we did protect and pass on lovingly that shining city on a hill.” ~ Ronald Reagan November 1980

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Here are tributes from some of my friends. I will be updating throughout Sunday, February 6th:

Reaganite Republican Resistance: 100 Top 25 Quotes, Sarah Palin @ Reagan Ranch and the best Ronald Reagan tribute to be found – Ronald Reagan Portrait in Courage

The Camp of the Saints: Happy Birthday, Governor

POWIP – On the 100th anniversary of ronald Reagan’s birthday

Pundit and Pundette – Reagan’s defense of life: “Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation

No Sheeples Here – The President Who Stood by our Side

ShawsBlog – Video “A Time for Choosing”/Palin Rips Washington Article

Monkey in the Middle #40 Ronald Wilson Reagan

Proof Positive – Ronald Reagan’s 100th – quote from Proof: The great thing about Reagan is how he still inspires men of good will and infuriates men of weak minds

The Other McCain – Video Ronald Reagan’s 100th

NewsRealBlog – Ronald Reagan at 100: Remembrances of a Giant among Men

Conservative Hideout – On the 100th Birthday of Ronald Wilson Reagan

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  • I am deeply touched by the fact that you would include a link to my tribute alongside such other wonderful rememberances. Thank you Maggie.

    • No Sheeples Here, I am awed by your videos. I would like to feature it as the week goes on. You touched on exactly who Reagan was and what he did for our country. Think what our world would be like without his words.

  • I miss Ronald Reagan.

    I miss the elegance of the Reagan administration and of Nancy Reagan.

    I miss Ronald Reagan’s vision for America.

    I wonder what Margaret Thatcher is thinking today, the 100th anniversary of the birth of the greatest President of my lifetime.

  • Outstanding tribute Maggie. Renaldus would would be proud.

  • They don’t make them like Reagan anymore. This bunch of Republicans we elected in Congress are already depressing me. More power for DHS, permanent Patriot Act extension, not following through with spending cuts…

    Ronnie must be rolling over in his grave today as many of these morons sing his praise.

  • Reagan’s own words and essays destroy the notion that he was a dunce. He was not. He was a student of history and political though, and that informed his thinking and his decisions. This was a man with a deep understanding of human nature and an unquenchable love of America and her people.

    • Silver, the ploy was that Reagan was nothing but a “pretty boy” and a monogamous one at that. They’re trying to do the same thing to Palin.

  • You really outdid yourself this time, Maggie- and he deserves it!

    What strikes me is how we really weren’t aware how good we had in the the 80s… just to have that entrepreneurial atmosphere, opportunity, and such a well defended country. God what I wouldn’t do to get it all back…

    • RR, for me, the other RR is the greatest president since Abraham Lincoln. That’s not being all starry-eyed, and I’m not forgetting WWII. There is no doubt how he would have handled it. The most important thing he did is leave the legacy of his words.

      • Amen Maggie.. Obama’s no RR.
        BHO will be what we think of when we think of an example of how government shouldn’t be run. BHO and JC.. both.. (Jimmey Carter)

  • This one brought a tear to my eyes.. Thanks Maggie. Looking at that incredible picture of Reagan with his two children.. Well I’ve been told that Obama is a great father, but on the face on Reagan, there’s no desire to saddle his kids with a debt and create a society where their children would have less to do with their parents and more to do with Government.. Hard to imagine any good father or mother who’d want that for their kids or grand kids.. or great great great great grand kids…

    • David, the same happened to me as I was posting. “Let us resolve tonight that young Americans will always find a city of hope in a country that is free…

      The photos of the children are tucked into the abortion quotes. It was by design that “little Nancy” and “little Ronnie” were left out.

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  • That was a truly fitting tribute. Thank you for including my link.