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Ronald Reagan's 5 speeches
"We've been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. Well, if no one among us is capable of government himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else?"
"If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a Nation gone under."
"I had a dream the other night. I dreamed that Jimmy Carter came to me and asked why I wanted his job. I told him I didn't want his job. I want to be President."
"No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size."
"As government expands, liberty contracts."
"Life is just one grand sweet song, so start the music."
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"The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away."
"The thought of being president frightens me. I do not think I want the job."
"One definition of an economist is somebody who sees something happen in practice and wonders if it will work in theory."
"You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jellybeans."
"Freedom 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 us to recognize shortcomings and seek solutions."
"Welfare's purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence."
"We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be prepared, so we may always be free."
"The greatness of our country has been based on our thinking that everyone has a right even to be wrong."
"Are you entitled to the fruits of your labor or does government have some presumptive right to spend and spend and spend?"
"You and I are told we must choose between a left or right, but I suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down. Up to man's age-old dream -- the maximum of individual freedom consistent with order -- or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism."
"I believe the highest aspiration of man should be individual freedom and the development of the individual."
"It is the march of freedom and democracy which will leave Marxism- Leninism on the ash heap of history as it has left other tyrannies which stifle the freedom and muzzle the self-expression of the people."
"Government does not tax to get the money it needs; government always finds a need for the money it gets."
"Outside of its legitimate function, government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector."
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