Ronald Reagan Quotes and Philosophies
1984 Presidential Debate
Reagan and Mondale
Reagan Audio Quotes
President," TV reporter Sam Donaldson yelled out at
after a 1982 press conference, "In talking about the
continuing recession tonight, you have blamed the
mistakes of the past and you've blamed Congress.
Does any of the blame belong to you?" Reagan
because for many years I was a Democrat."
"Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed
there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you
can always write a book."
Democrats may remember their lines, but how quickly
they forget the lessons of the past. I have
witnessed five major wars in my lifetime, and I know
how swiftly storm clouds can gather on a peaceful
horizon. The next time a Saddam Hussein takes over
Kuwait, or North Korea brandishes a nuclear weapon,
will we be ready to respond? In the end, it all
comes down to leadership, and that is what this
country is looking for now.
say the world has become too complex for simple
answers. They are wrong. There are no easy answers,
but there are simple answers. We must have the
courage to do what we know is morally right. Winston
Churchill said that "the destiny of man is not
measured by material computation. When great forces
are on the move in the world, we learn we are
spirits -- not animals." And he said, "There is
something going on in time and space, and beyond
time and space, which, whether we like it or not,
leadership here at home that gave us strong American
influence abroad, and the collapse of imperial
Communism. Great nations have responsibilities to
lead, and we should always be cautious of those who
would lower our profile, because they might just
wind up lowering our flag.
is the right to question and change the established
way of doing things. It is the continuous revolution
of the marketplace. It is the understanding that
allows to recognize shortcomings and seek solutions.
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