Words of Liberty: Ronald Reagan

By James J. Gormley

On Memorial Day, it is worthwhile to remember what our veterans fought for. Here are excerpts from Ronald Reagan’s Second Inaugural Address of January 21, 1985:

government, the people said, was not our master, it is our servant; its only power that which we the people allow it to have. That system has never failed us, but, for a time, we failed the system. We asked things of government that government was not equipped to give. We yielded authority to the National Government that properly belonged to States or to local governments or to the people themselves”

“With one heart and hand, let us stand as one today: One people under God determined that our future shall be worthy of our past. As we do, we must not repeat the well-intentioned errors of our past.”

We must never again abuse the trust of working men and women by sending their earnings on a futile chase after the spiraling demands of a bloated Federal establishment.”

“We must simplify our tax system, make it more fair, and bring the rates down for all who work and earn.”

“A dynamic economy, with more citizens working and paying taxes, will be our strongest tool to bring down budget deficits. But an almost 50 years of deficit spending has finally brought us to a time of reckoning. We have come to a turning point, a moment for hard decisions. I have asked the Cabinet and my staff a question, and now I put the same question to all of you: If not us, who? And if not now, when? It must be done by all of us going forward with a program aimed at reaching a balanced budget. We can then begin reducing the national debt.”

“I will shortly submit a budget to Congress aimed at freezing government program spending for the next year. Beyond that, we must take further steps to permanently control Government’s power to tax and spend.”

“We must act now to protect future generations from Government’s desire to spend its citizens’ money and tax them into servitude when the bills come due. Let us make it unconstitutional for the Federal Government to spend more than the Federal Government takes in.”

Now, almost 30 years since those clear words for spoken by that great man, and we still don’t have a strong (or any) Balanced Budget Amendment?

Let’s make sure that whatever candidates we choose for the Senate or for the presidency, have this has one of their top 5 pledges; it will be up to us to make sure they honor it.

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