My view of government places trust not in one person or one party, but in those values that transcend persons and parties. The trust is where it belongs--in the people. The responsibility to live up to that trust is where it belongs, in their elected leaders. That kind of relationship, between the people and their elected leaders, is a special kind of compact.
I pledge to restore to the federal government the capacity to do the people's work without dominating their lives. pledge to you a government that will not only work well, but wisely; its ability to act tempered by prudence and its willingness to do good balanced by the knowledge that government is never more dangerous than when our desire to have it help us blinds us to its great power to harm us.
High taxes, we are told, are somehow good for us,…..
Large amounts of oil and natural gas lay beneath our land and off our shores, untouched because the present administration seems to believe the American people would rather see more regulation, taxes and controls than more energy.
We are going to put an end to the notion that the American taxpayer exists to fund the federal government
We know only too well that war comes not when the forces of freedom are strong, but when they are weak. It is then that tyrants are tempted.
We simply cannot learn these lessons the hard way again without risking our destruction.
In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. From time to time 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 governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else? All of us together, in and out of government, must bear the burden. The solutions we seek must be equitable, with no one group singled out to pay a higher price.
We hear much of special interest groups. Well, our concern must be for a special interest group that has been too long neglected. It knows no sectional boundaries or ethnic and racial divisions, and it crosses political party lines. It is made up of men and women who raise our food, patrol our streets, man our mines and factories, teach our children, keep our homes, and heal us when we're sick--professionals, industrialists, shopkeepers, clerks, cabbies, and truck drivers. They are, in short, "we the people," this breed called Americans.
We are a nation that has a government--not the other way around. And this makes us special among the nations of the Earth. Our government has no power except that granted it by the people.
All of us need to be reminded that the federal government did not create the states; the states created the federal government…… Government can and must provide opportunity, not smother it; foster productivity, not stifle it.
I did not write these words but I do agree totally with them. These words were spoken at a time that this country was in about as sad of a shape as it is today. There were Americans being held hostage by a third rate nation and today America is being held hostage by not only that third rate nation but a bevy of others who see us as weak and with a leader who will not respond with all the strength that this nation holds. The country was torn by high interest rates, high gasoline prices high unemployment, and a crumbling economy much similar to today’s debacle where we find ourselves in a crumbling economy and all that the administration in charge today can think about is spending more money that they don’t have.
Today we do not have the leadership that can move a nation as it was moved in the months and years following these words. The only hope that we have today is that “We the People” will be able to speak strongly and loudly enough to make our wants and wishes known to those who are currently in charge and let them know that under no circumstances will we taken for granted.
We need to emphasize the words spoken and they should be posted on every door of the Congress and the Senate. They should become the platform for 2012 and the person nominated should be dedicated to upholding the truths spoken here.
“We are a nation that has a government--not the other way around. And this makes us special among the nations of the Earth. Our government has no power except that granted it by the people.
All of us need to be reminded that the federal government did not create the states; the states created the federal government…… Government can and must provide opportunity, not smother it; foster productivity, not stifle it.” Ronald Reagan February 6, 1911– June 5, 2004
For those of you who do not remember, these words were spoken by Ronald Reagan during his acceptance speech and in his inaugural address in 1980 and 1981. We celebrate his birthday in just two days and I felt this an appropriate time to remind us of his words and his deeds.