Tuesday, March 24, 2009

From Ronald Reagan's Inaugural Address, 1981

This is such a good speech, and so applicable to America today. I thought I'd share it with you!
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. It is time to check and reverse the growth of government which shows signs of having grown beyond the consent of the governed....
All of us - all of us need to be reminded that the federal government did not create the states; the states created the federal government. Now, so there will be no misunderstanding, it's not my intention to do away with government. It is rather to make it work - work with us, not over us; to stand by our side, not ride on our back. Government can and must provide opportunity, not smother it; foster productivity, not stifle it....
It is time for us to realize that we are too great a nation to limit ourselves to small dreams. We're not, as some would have us believe, doomed to an inevitable decline; I do not believe in a fate that will fall on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing.
So, with all the creative energy at our command let us begin an era of national renewal. Let us renew our determination, our courage and our strength. And let us renew our faith and our hope.

3 comments:

Joseph "caps" Heart said...

Amen!

a u b r e y said...

if only we had someone like that in office today...

slfink said...

YOu did a great presentation of this at Night of EC!