Ronald Reagan Explains The Meaning Of Fascism

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Apr 042017
 

The Great Communicator, Ronald Reagan, explains the true meaning of Fascism.

In a Dec. 14, 1975 interview with 60 Minutes correspondent Mike Wallace, Ronald Reagan discussed his political philosophy, saying that “the heart of my philosophy is much more libertarianism, than –.” Wallace then interrupted, “Well, that’s the fashionable word these days, I guess. A conservative is no longer just that, he’s a libertarian.”

Reagan continued, “It always has been. How do we call a liberal? You know, someone very profoundly once said many years ago that if fascism ever comes to America, it will come in the name of liberalism.”

“And what is fascism?” Reagan said. “Fascism is private ownership, private enterprise, but total government control and regulation. Well, isn’t this the liberal philosophy?”

“The conservative, so-called, is the one that says less government, get off my back, get out of my pocket, and let me have more control of my own destiny,” he said.

 

 
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Ronald Reagan And His Six-Year-Old Pen Pal

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Feb 082017
 

Ronald Reagan and His Six-Year-Old Pen Pal

On March 12, 1984, President Ronald Reagan was chatting with students at Congress Heights Elementary when he suddenly announced that he had chosen one of them to become his pen pal. The lucky winner was six-year-old Rudy Hines, who was picked because he had proven himself to be a good reader and writer.

The two wrote back and forth with surprising frequency, exchanging hundreds of letters until the end of Reagan’s presidency in 1989. They covered topics you would expect, like reading (“Rudolph, if you get in the habit of reading stories for pleasure you’ll never be lonely”), but also issues typically reserved for the political arena (Reagan lamented not getting to have a personal chat with Mikhail Gorbachev). The Gipper occasionally included some of the doodles for which he later became notorious and sent pictures of himself and the First Lady from their travels, always including a handwritten note on the back.

Rudy and his mom even had the Reagans over for dinner in their one-bedroom apartment on September 21, 1984 (pictured). Rudy told his pal Ron he could come over as long as he gave some warning first, so Rudy’s mom had time to pick the laundry up off the floor. The Reagans were thrilled to accept, but had a condition of their own: that they eat the way Rudy and his mother ate every night. They ended up dining on fried chicken, rice, and salad in the living room while watching TV.

After Reagan passed away in 2004, Rudy recalled how impressed he was with the president for giving personal attention to a young child: “I figured I will get just a generic response that typical politicians give when people write letters to them. But he was not a typical politician. He actually sat down and took the time and carefully thought out his responses to my letters. And I really appreciated that.”

Here’s a video of Rudy and his mother on The Early Show the day after Reagan died.

 
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Ronald Reagan On America’s Biggest Problem

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Nov 152016
 

Reagan had just finished his second (and final) term of office as Governor of California when he was invited to appear on the Tonight Show’ in March of 1975. The discussion was wide ranging and entertaining. It’s clear the two men enjoyed the banter and Reagan made this great point about government. In 6 years he would be President.

Ronald Reagan knew this in 1975 and it’s still relevant today!

 

This Is How Ronald Reagan Handled Protesters

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Nov 112016
 

This is how Ronald Reagan handled violent protesters when he was Governor of California.

Ronald Reagan was a man of strength and a leader who never suffered fools. The politically correct career politicians of today could learn a few important lessons that are still relevant today from the conservative stalwart.

When Ronald Reagan was faced with a large group of protesters who felt exercising their First Amendment rights also included the ability to break the law in the process, he firmly and succinctly resolved the matter, as this video shows…

“They were going to physically destroy the university,” the former president said while shaking his finger at the reporters.

The old Reagan news footage from the press conference was highlighted in the now viral “This is how Ronald Reagan Handled Protesters” video.

When bombarded by reporter’s questions and while cramped together in a small space with the members of the media, Ronald Reagan took them all on, armed with only common sense and respect for the rule of law.

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Quote Of The Day: Freedom To Pray

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Jan 282016
 

Freedom To Pray - The Constitution was never meant to prevent people from praying; its declared purpose was to protect their freedom to pray.
Ronald Reagan – Radio Address to the Nation on Prayer
September 18, 1982

My fellow Americans:

Today is a special day for our citizens of Jewish faith. It’s Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, marking the beginning of the year 5743 on the Hebrew calendar. So, to all of our friends and neighbors observing this holiday—and speaking for all Americans—I want to wish a happy, peaceful, and prosperous New Year.

Rosh Hashanah also reminds us of the rich and varied religious heritage we Americans are blessed with. More than any other nation, ours draws inspiration from the creeds of many peoples from many parts of the world. They came to our shores from different ports of origin at different times in our history. But all of them—from the men and women who celebrated the first Thanksgiving more than three and a half centuries ago, to the boat people of Southeast Asia—came here with prayers on their lips and faith in their hearts.

It’s because of this shared faith that we’ve become, in the words of the Pledge of Allegiance, “one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

At every crucial turning point in our history Americans have faced and overcome great odds, strengthened by spiritual faith. The Plymouth settlers triumphed over hunger, disease, and a cruel northern wilderness because, in the words of William Bradford, “They knew they were pilgrims. So they committed themselves to the will of God and resolved to proceed.”

George Washington knelt in prayer at Valley Forge and in the darkest days of our struggle for independence said that “the fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army.”

Thomas Jefferson, perhaps the wisest of our Founding Fathers, had no doubt about the source from which our cause was derived. “The God who gave us life,” he declared, “gave us liberty…”

And nearly a century later, in the midst of a tragic and at times seemingly hopeless Civil War, Abraham Lincoln vowed “that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom.”

It’s said that prayer can move mountains. Well, it’s certainly moved the hearts and minds of Americans in their times of trial and helped them to achieve a society that, for all its imperfections, is still the envy of the world and the last, best hope of mankind.

And just as prayer has helped us as a nation, it helps us as individuals. In nearly all our lives, there are moments when our prayers and the prayers of our friends and loved ones help to see us through and keep on the right path. In fact, prayer is one of the few things in this world that hurts no one and sustains the spirit of millions.

The Founding Fathers felt this so strongly that they enshrined the principle of freedom of religion in the first amendment of the Constitution. The purpose of that amendment was to protect religion from the interference of government and to guarantee, in its own words, “the free exercise of religion.”

Yet today we’re told that to protect that first amendment, we must suppress prayer and expel God from our children’s classrooms. In one case, a court has ruled against the right of children to say grace in their own school cafeteria before they had lunch. A group of children who sought, on their own initiative and with their parents’ approval, to begin the school day with a 1-minute prayer meditation have been forbidden to do so. And some students who wanted to join in prayer or religious study on school property, even outside of regular class hours, have been banned from doing so.

A few people have even objected to prayers being said in the Congress. That’s just plain wrong. The Constitution was never meant to prevent people from praying; its declared purpose was to protect their freedom to pray.

The time has come for this Congress to give a majority of American families what they want for their children—the firm assurance that children can hold voluntary prayers in their schools just as the Congress, itself, begins each of its daily sessions with an opening prayer.

With this in mind, last May I proposed to the Congress a measure that declares once and for all that nothing in the Constitution prohibits prayer in public schools or institutions. It also states that no person shall be required by government to participate in prayer who does not want to. So, everyone’s rights—believers and non believers alike-are protected by our voluntary prayer measure.

I’m sorry to say that so far the Congress has failed to vote on the issue of school prayer. Just this week, however, I asked Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker to bring this measure to a floor vote. I’m happy to say he told me he’ll do everything he can to accomplish this. However, passage requires a vote by the House of Representatives, as well. So, I call on the House leadership to make an equal effort.

Today, on one of the holiest days of one of our great religious faiths, I urge the Members of the Congress to set aside their differences and act on this simple, fair, and long-overdue measure to help make us “one Nation under God” again.

Thank you. God bless you, and God bless America.

 

Quote Of The Day: Blueprint For Freedom

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Sep 272015
 

Blueprint For Freedom

Times have changed. But the basic premise of the Constitution hasn’t changed. It’s still our blueprint for freedom. ~ Ronald Reagan

Remarks at the Bicentennial Celebration of the United States Constitution

September 16, 1987

When George Washington was elected as the first President of the United States, the total population of the country was nearly 4 million. Today there are over 5 million Federal employees. Times have changed. But the basic premise of the Constitution hasn’t changed. It’s still our blueprint for freedom. One of our more able statesmen and constitutional lawyers, Daniel Webster, once wrote: “We may be tossed upon an ocean where we can see no land nor, perhaps, the Sun or stars. But there is a chart and a compass for us to study, to consult, and obey. The chart is the Constitution.”

Two hundred years ago the very notion of free self-government was a new idea. But James Madison, a man whom many call the Father of the Constitution, urged his fellow citizens not to oppose the idea simply because it was new. He argued that it was the glory of the American people that they were not blindly bound to the past but were willing to rely on “their own good sense” and experience in charting the future. It’s interesting that Madison and others had to defend the Constitution because it was new. Times have changed. For over 200 years we’ve lived with freedom under law, and perhaps, we’ve become complacent about it. We should never forget how rare and precious freedom is.

Active and informed citizens are vital to the effective functioning of our constitutional system. All of us have an obligation to study the Constitution and participate actively in the system of self-government that it establishes. This is an obligation we owe, not only to ourselves but to our children and their children. And there is no better time than right now, during the next 4 years of the bicentennial, to rededicate ourselves to the Constitution and values it contains.

Let us never forget that the signers of the Declaration of Independence acted with “a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence.” One hundred years ago, on the occasion of the centennial of the Constitution, another President, Grover Cleveland, accepted the privilege that I have been given here today: to honor the Constitution. And his words are as true now as they were then. He said: “When we look down upon 100 years and see the origin of our Constitution, when we contemplate all its trials and triumphs, when we realize how completely the principles upon which it is based have met every national need and national peril, how devoutly should we say with Franklin `God governs in the affairs of men.”’

And now, Stephanie, Damien, Brian, Tyese, would you join me and everybody here and everybody watching and listening throughout the land as we recite the words that we all know by heart: the Pledge of Allegiance.

Note: The President spoke at 2 p.m. on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. Following his remarks, he recited the Pledge of Allegiance with Stephanie Petit, winner of the National Spelling Bee; Damien Atkins, District of Columbia honor student; and Brian Morris and Tyese Wright, Gallaudet University students.

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