I love historical quotes. I have at least six full books full of them…and so did Ronald Reagan evidently. He kept hundreds of notes throughout his life, and he would pull them out at speeches…mostly quotes that he liked from history. He put them on 4×5 cards and used them whenever he needed them. Douglas Brinkley gathered them up in a book called, The Notes, Ronald Reagan. And being a big Reagan fan, it’s right near my desk.
So, go through history with Ronald Reagan and enjoy, as I did, some of his favorite quotes.
(ALL of them remind me of Obama. )
WINSTON CHURCHILL —- Some people regard private enterprise as a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look on it as a cow they can milk. Not enough people see it as a healthy horse pulling a sturdy wagon.
FDR,1935: —The Fed. Govt. must & shall quit this business of relief. Continued dependence upon relief induces a spiritual & moral disintegration fundamentally destructive to Nat. Fibre. To dole out relief in this way is to administer a narcotic, a subtle destroyer of the humans spirit.
JFK:— Our true choice is not between tax reduction on the one hand & the avoidance of large Fed. deficits on the other. Our economy stifled by restrictive tax rates will never produce enough revenue to balance the budget. Just as it will never produce enough jobs or enough profits.
CICERO:—- The budget should be balanced, the treasury should be refilled, the public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered & controlled. Assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed least Rome become bankrupt. The mob should be force to work and not depend on govt. for sustenance.
VLADIMIR LENIN: —-The way to take over a country is to debauch the currency. Through a continuous policy of inflation a govt. can quietly & unobservedly confiscate the wealth of its citizens.
THOMAS JEFFERSON —The last hope of human liberty in the world rests on us. Our liberty cannot be guarded but by the freedom of the press.
NIKITA KHRUSHCHEV:— Despite the difference between the stages of communism and socialism no wall of any kind exists between them….communism grows from socialism & its direct continuation.
ALEXANDER HAMILTON:—- It will be of little avail to the people that laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood: if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man who knows what the law is today can guess what it will be tomorrow.
LEONARD READ:—- Regardless of theoretical pretentions, socialism is nothing but the application of dictatorial power.
WILLIAM PENN: —–If men will not be governed by God (that is to be honest, truthful, diligent, fair & just to all) then they must be governed by tyrants.
CICERO: —-A nation can survive its fools & even the ambitious but it cannot survive treason from within. For the traitor appears no traitor: he speaks in an accent familiar to his victims & wears their face & their garments…he rots the soul of the nation. He works secretly & unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city: he infect the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared.
RONALD REAGAN:—- I’ll bet you—time ain’t far off when a woman won’t know anymore than a man.
RONALD REAGAN:—-I have left orders to be awakened at any time in case of national emergency, even if I’m in a cabinet meeting.
RONALD REAGAN:—-I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph. And there’s a purpose and worth to each and every life.
Okay…I’m swimming against the tide on this one.
This from Newsmax:
Ronald Reagan’s elder son Michael Reagan declares that some tea party candidates were “absolutely fools” for getting involved in moral controversies instead of concentrating on economic issues. Observers in the media have been saying that the GOP lost the presidency and the Senate because the party put up too many tea party candidates. “Social issues are important. I get involved in social issues, but those are not the issues that unite a country. What unites the country are, in fact, the economic issues.”
Oh..now it’s the Tea Party’s fault that Mitt lost the election.
Shame on you Michael.
“From what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare,” said Akin said of pregnancy caused by rape. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume maybe that didn’t work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist.”
People took that sentence and twisted it to make the man sound like he approved of rape. That’s not what he said.
This is astounding. I did NOT take it that way. I took it that he meant that so many sexual encounters are called rape, and years later the girl says…”Oh, he really didn’t rape me.” And the guy, most of the time black, does hard time. Sometimes it’s a black stripper claiming boys raped her at a university party…remember that one? That wasn’t a legitimate rape.
In the case of ‘legitimate rape” which means a rape did occur, as terrible as that is, and BECAUSE it is terrible, the woman’s nerves are such that the baby aborts naturally. Even if a woman is having a hard time with loss of a job or a parent or another child, that does happen. I know a lot of women who have lost babies due to nerves.
And the REASON we are in such an economical mess is because morality has been thrown OUT the window. Just look at Wall Street. Look at our Generals, and politicians, and President. We are a morally bankrupt nation.
We now have more single moms being supported by the state, and kids growing up without dads, and so the taxpayer has to pay for all these kids, and that’s why Mitt lost. All those moms, many of them Latino and black, need money–and so, I just don’t get it. Morality is a big part of our economic problem.
Mitt Romney ran on nothing BUT the economy. It was the GOP, that ran all Tea Party candidates out of their jobs. Even the great Allen West–lost. (And yes, I capitalize Tea Party)
The Tea Party candidates, all of them….Were more trustworthy than any of the GOPs now in power. And that’s why they..the GOP AND the Democrats MUST get rid of them. They stand for the Constitution.
Remember Michelle Bachmann? She was the best candidate in the primaries, but they trashed her day in and day out…on purpose. She was a great Tea Party candidate. They gave her very few questions to answer during the debates.
The Tea Party is the new Jew.
The GOP wanted this guy removed. He did not fit into their global plans. obviously Michael Reagan has bought on to the GOP globalization plans….or he really thinks religion and morality should never be discussed when running for office.
Somehow, I remember his dad talking about God….a LOT. Maybe Michael wasn’t listening…or worst…he wants to remain in power makers of money…Funny, I remember a Peggy Noonan doing exactly the same thing.
I almost thought…this was April’s Fool day…or Friday the 13th…but no, it’s just another sad day in Obamaland.
Gee…can the Democrats get any nastier in their fight to stay in power? Obama will repeat, over, and over, and over, and over, how all republicans are out to kill you, beat you up, deprive you of birth control, give money to their rich friends, and kill your dog. Yes, and they HATE women.
It’s all garbage. Remember, Paul Ryan pushed grandma off the cliff, according to Obama. Both Allen West and : PAUL RYAN have more integrity in their pinkie fingernail than Obama has ever had in his life, and yet, nobody in the Republican party seems to know how to counteract Obama’s kicks in the genitals.
They mistakenly think that to turn the other cheek is the noble thing. It’s one of the reason’s the Bush’s put our country in such danger: They were more concerned about thier “gentlmanly” image in history, than the fate of the nation and the damage they did by NOT putting up a fight. . Mitt seems to be on the same road.
They…are wrong. Reagan wouldn’t have taken it…and he didn’t. Laugh at it if you must, but say something. Just who ARE running Romney’s campaign? Nimwits? Maybe Rupert Murdoch had it right…Mitt will get beat up and kicked to the curb by the time Obama’s Chicago thugs are through with him.
We need a spitfire. Someone that is going to FIGHT for us. That’s why Sarah Palin was so loved. She had passion…and didn’t put up with it.
Here’s another ad, almost the same as the Allen West one…from Soros’s Moveon (destorying America) .org. …..with the same old message: Mitt Romney wants to steal your money.
What money? Obama has taken it all.
Jack Abramoff…not exactly a household name. I heard Jack on Michael Savage not too long ago. If you watch Jay Leno, you know that not many people even know who our Vice President is, let alone who Jack Abramoff was.
Jack Abramoff…was one of the best lobbyist in history…and he hasn’t been out of jail for long. (2010)
Jack told Michael that the time he spent in jail made him realize, that even though in his job as a high paid lobbyist, he committed “crimes,” he never saw it that way at the time. Giving Congressmen money and gifts was just part of every good lobbyist’s job.
“What I did not consider then, and never considered until I was sitting in prison, was tha contributions from parties with an interest in legislation are really nothing but bribes. Sure, it’s legal for the most part. Sure, everyone in Washington does it. Sure, it’s the way the system works. It’s one of Washington’s dirty little secrets but it’s bribery just the same. “
After reading Jacks’ new book, Capitol Punishment, you realize that our whole political system is run on corruption and bribes, and you start wondering how much money is being given to Presidential candidates for their campaigns, not only from US companies, but from foreign countries?
And what do those foreign countries expect in return? Bill Clinton’s Presidential Library was practically built by donations from the Saudi Kings. What did he do for them? The same Saudi donations went to George W. Bush ‘s Presidential Library…what? Are we not drilling for oil so that President’s can have billons dollar monuments— so that they can be immortalized forever… by Saudi Kings?
Nobody Wonders about that…a lot.
Jack tells you in the book just how easy it was for a Russian leader to give a million dollars to Tom Delay by losing in a round of golf.
For those of you, who like me, had no clue what Jack Abramoff did to go to jail: He was accused of stealing money from the various Indian Casinos. Jack was hired by many of them to lobby Congress on their behalf –to help them… 1. KEEP the profits they made…and 2. make more.
For his hard work, Jack got paid around $300,000 a year….(the average for lobbyists) but in his estimation, he saved them billions.
Jack was a superman when it came to getting things done: to bribe Congressmen, he would get them the best tickets in town to any sports game going on: take them on trips around the world to play golf, and then make all his contacts (which were in the thousands) give Congressmen big fat checks..in other words…the whole culture of Washington is set up in bribes. Big businesses pay big bribes to big Congressmen, who vote this way or that on some big project.
It also runs major league sports teams too it seems, but that’s another blog.
That’s how Washington is run: You give to me, I’ll see that the government stays off your back, or as in GE’s case…you don’t have to pay any taxes. Or you can get out of Obamacare… Or in the case of Solyndra…you give Obama campaign money, and Obama will give you billions of taxpayer dollars.
So,…the very men that Jack gave big money to put in their campaign coffers, turned around and helped put him in jail. The question is why?
When it comes to selling Obama’s senate seat. They ALL do it. Just about everything in Washington has a price, and the Congressmen do not think taking money for their vote is illegal. For instance, Jack gives an example:
Congressman Bustamante once said to Jack:
“The Defense Department is planning to place a new naval base in the Gulf of Mexico, and I want it for my district. I hear they are looking at Florida instead. If I get that base, you get the votes. (for his casino) If I don’t, you don’t. The votes are from the Hispanic Caucus and they are solidly in my control. What do you say?”
I must admit: the book is not what I expected. It’s mostly a testimony for a life that wasn’t all that bad, a man justifying to the world that what he did, was mostly good stuff. He built Jewish schools. He helped organized the Republican Party in all states of the nation. He helped Ronald Reagan get in the White House. He was great friends with Grover Rehnquist, Mark Levin, and Tom Delay.
He’s not so enamored of Newt Gingrich, John McCain, or George Clooney, who once said on the Golden Globes awards, “What kind of parents would name their kid “Jack” when his name ends in ‘off?’ No wonder that guy is screwed up!”
It drove his daughter to tears.
Yes, Jack lets you know all that goes into being a lobbyist, and what the book does do, is make you think about the whole concept of “lobbying.” You come away with the impression that— “Okay, we now know they all took bribes..but what does Jack leave out?”
Prostitutes? Drugs? What? I’m convinced that Jack Abramoff knows more than he will ever tell because he loves his family. He’s not about to risk his life, or theirs. He swam with the sharks, he was the shark, and somewhere along the line, they went after him…because he knew too much.
And he was a devote Jew. I don’t know why, but I wouldn’t rule out his devotion to his religion as being a target. Somewhere along the line, and once in a while…our most corrupt politicians throw someone to the sharks..just to keep themselves out of jail. And the ones they throw into jail: know too much, or don’t follow orders.
If you don’t have time to read the book: go to the last chapter. Jack makes excellent suggestions:
“The reason there are tens of thousands of lobbyists is because the ever expanding federal government creates ever increasing opportunities of abuse. The more the federal does, the more lobbyists there will be to protect special interest at the expense of the common interest. ““We need to eliminate any contribution by those lobbying the government participant in a federal contract or otherwise financially benefitting from public funds. If you get money or perks from elected officials be you a company, a union, an association, a firm, or an individual, you shouldn’t be permitted to give them so as one dollar.” “Lobbyists should be banned from contribution to official organization and campaign funds. They should be banned from gift given as well.” “Post public service lobbying employment needs to be eliminated. If you choose to serve in Congress or on a congressional staff, you should be barred for life from working for any company, organization or association which lobbies the federal government. “
Nobody Says—They should throw in that Presidential Advisors can’t get cushy jobs on major televisions networks to “lobby” the American people either for their X- bosses : Dana, Rove–Mathews, Stephanopoulos…
“If you choose public serve choose it so serve the public. not your bank account. “
“Representatives should be allowed to serve for three terms of two years, senators for two terms of six year then they should get out of town.”“Apply every federal law enacted by Congress to the Congress itself. “
Anyone can see that these are excellent…and this Nobody hopes Jack continues now to use his “gifts” for lobbying every one he knows…to keep our Constitution.
The Constitution could use a good lobbyist right now. If Jack wants redemption…Nobody suggests Jack starts with saving that, before it’s sold to Saudi’s for a future Obama Presidential Library. THAT would be an honest day’s work, and a much better legacy.
When Ronald Reagan was asked about the “lack” of control in Hollywood, he had this to say:
“In those pre-war days we had the contract system. The studios employed not only stars and writers and directors on a permanent basis, but all kinds of technicians, so there was a stability to the business. Today it’s a hungry scramble. Now it’s a case of everybody waiting for the phone to ring to get a job.”
The key word here: stability.
There is no such thing anymore.