On this day in 1966, Ronald Reagan received the republican nomination for Governor of California. Reagan, who was once a democrat, went on to win the California election and after serving as governor stepped onto the national stage.
As president, Reagan was known as “the Great Communicator.” Here are a few of his notable quotes that may show just why he earned that moniker.
“We must never remain silent in the face of bigotry. We must condemn those who seek to divide us. In all quarters and at all times, we must teach tolerance and denounce racism, anti-Semitism and all ethnic or religious bigotry wherever they exist as unacceptable evils. We have no place for haters in America — none, whatsoever.”
“There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.”
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”
“Either you will control your government, or government will control you.”
“Government is not a solution to our problem, government is the problem. … Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them. Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. If it stops moving, subsidize it. … The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much.”
“The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”
“We must be cautious in claiming God is on our side. I think the real question we must answer is, are we on His side?”
“I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph. And there’s purpose and worth to each and every life.”
“All great change in America begins at the dinner table.”
“The person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally – not a 20 percent traitor.”
“Too often character assassination has replaced debate in principle here in Washington. Destroy someone’s reputation, and you don’t have to talk about what he stands for.”
“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.”