Ronald Reagan was one of the greatest President the United States has ever had, an American hero. From preserving American honor worldwide, to lowering tax rates, standing for limited government and free enterprise, he led this great nation with truth, justice, freedom and prosperity. As we live through the Obama Administration, we might as ourselves, “What Would Ronald Reagan Do?” and look to Reagan for answers.
As we witness the chaos in Ukraine, Reagan was so firmly on the side of the good guys, and as he said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
As a small business owner, how I wish this Administration would say, as Reagan did in 1983: “Small business is the gateway to opportunity for those who want a piece of the American dream. [...] Well, wouldn't it be nice to hear a little more about the forgotten heroes of America-those who create most of our new jobs, like the owners of stores down the street; the faithfuls who support our churches, synagogues, schools, and communities; the brave men and women everywhere who produce our goods, feed a hungry world, and keep our families warm while they invest in the future to build a better America? That's where miracles are made, not in Washington, D.C.”
I, Ronn Torossian, CEO of 5WPR echo these very words for me and my family – and it's why so often I write here at Front Page Magazine and elsewhere – American government today is too involved in our lives. As Ronald Reagan said in a nationally televised address on July 6, 1976: “I'm convinced that today the majority of Americans want what those first Americans wanted: A better life for themselves and their children; a minimum of government authority. Very simply, they want to be left alone in peace and safety to take care of the family by earning an honest dollar and putting away some savings. This may not sound too exciting, but there is something magnificent about it. On the farm, on the street corner, in the factory and in the kitchen, millions of us ask nothing more, but certainly nothing less than to live our own lives according to our values — at peace with ourselves, our neighbors and the world.”
As Obama continues to expand American government, he missed the Reagan memo that indeed Americans wish for liberty for “The dreams of people may differ, but everybody wants their dreams to come true. And America, above all places, gives us the freedom to do that. I'm convinced that today the majority of Americans want what those first Americans wanted: A better life for themselves and their children; a minimum of government authority.”
There are so many great quotes from this charismatic orator on the need to limit government, including “Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other,” or “I hope we have once again reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There's a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: as government expands, liberty contracts." Paying 55% taxes as a New York resident, how I wish someone today in government would stand up and say, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'"
As the government continues to intrude on American lives, with threats to monitor newsrooms, and continuing intruding in our affairs, Reagan’s writing in 1975 could be written ad naseum today: “There are those in America today who have come to depend absolutely on government for their security. And when government fails they seek to rectify that failure in the form of granting government more power. So, as government has failed to control crime and violence with the means given it by the Constitution, they seek to give it more power at the expense of the Constitution. But in doing so, in their willingness to give up their arms in the name of safety, they are really giving up their protection from what has always been the chief source of despotism — government. Lord Acton said power corrupts. Surely then, if this is true, the more power we give the government the more corrupt it will become.”
Let us all hope and pray as Reagan said in 1992 at the Republican National Convention that “America's best days are yet to come. Our proudest moments are yet to be. Our most glorious achievements are just ahead.” What is right today is following Reagan’s legacy, for “They say the world has become too complex for simple answers. They are wrong. There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.” Truly today, there can be no question that “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”
Americans must do all we can to adopt Reagan’s work ethic, leadership, and optimism and do what we can to remain sane in a time when American leadership is taking us down a bad path.
God Bless America.
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