Ronald Reagan’s words are still current

Ronald Reagan’s words are still current

Ronald Reagan passed away 11 years ago this past week.  I am a big fan of Ronald Reagan – my oldest daughter’s middle name is Reagan.  I have been reading the new book – Reagan: The Life.

I just read the chapters of his early political life and some of his speeches in 1964 in promoting Barry Goldwater for President.  I wanted to share a few quotes – quotes that still apply today!


“This idea that government is beholden to the people, that it has no other source of power except the sovereign people, is still the newest and the most unique idea in all the long history of man’s relation to man. This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self- government or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far- distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.”

Does Washington really know best?  They sure seem to think they do.  It feels like everyday a government agency is taking away more and more of our freedoms.  Senator Margaret Dayton recently warned of the federal government wanting to take our water.

However, it isn’t always Washington that thinks they know best.  Capitol Hill in Utah thinks it knows best.  Keep an eye on this upcoming Legislative session – let’s see if we lose more freedoms and liberties.

“No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size.  So government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth.”

Did you listen to the podcast with Representative Norm Thurston?  Healthy Utah, if enacted, could be the governmental program that spends money forever.  Have you ever heard of a government raising taxes – while claiming it is a short-term fix?  Do they end up cutting the taxes?  Probably not.

“It doesn’t require expropriation or confiscation of private property or business to impose socialism on a people. What does it mean whether you hold the title to your business or property if the government holds the power of life and death over that business or property? And such machinery already exists. The government can find some charge to bring against any concern it chooses to prosecute. Every businessman has his own tale of harassment. Somewhere a perversion has taken place. Our natural, unalienable rights are now considered to be a dispensation of government, and freedom has never been so fragile, so close to slipping from our grasp as it is at this moment.”

This was 1964 – government is bigger and badder.  The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” (Ronald Reagan).  Government can seize land in the name of “public good.”  Government can give your competitors tax breaks that you don’t get for the “public good.”  Should government really be in the business of taking away our right to own a business?

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Richard is a political junkie. He teaches Political Science and US Constitution courses at a University. Richard can be found reading books on American history and politics. He resides in Utah County with his wife, 4 kids, and Frodo (their dog). You can reach him at

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