On this date in 1911 Ronald Reagan was born in Tampico, Illinois. Were he still with us, America’s 40th president would have been 107 years old.
I had the privilege to work for President Reagan and consider it one of the great experiences of my life. He was an honorable man of deep faith and conviction who was in love with America and her people. One of his greatest gifts was his ability to communicate that love of country to average Americans. In doing so, he inspired us all to be better people and a better nation.
Most young people only know Ronald Reagan from their high school history books or a few videos they may have watched. That’s sad because the man was a treasure and a great president. His is a story worth knowing and is story of a man who really did make America great again.
Some of my favorite pithy quotations from President Reagan include:
Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.
We can’t help everyone, but someone can help everyone.
Government’s first duty is to protect people, not run their lives.
The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant. It’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.
In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problems; government is the problem.
All great change begins at the kitchen table.
The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.
The federal government did not create the states; the states created the federal government.
A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation.
There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.
Man is not free unless government is limited.
Heroes may not be braver than anyone else. They’re just braver 5 minutes longer.
Without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure.
Priceless and timeless thoughts.
Happy birthday President Reagan.