Our Noble Vision – An opportunity for all – Reagan’s 1984 speech
I think these quotes from Ronald Reagan’s 1984 speech (what an apropos year for this topic) sums up my thoughts about the difference between greater freedom in America and bigger government, as envisioned by those who would forego freedom and opportunity, for a taxpayer funded safety net.
The difference between the path toward greater freedom or bigger government is the difference between success and failure; between opportunity and coercion; between faith in a glorious future and fear of mediocrity and despair; between respecting people as adults, each with a spark of greatness, and treating them as helpless children to be forever dependent; between a drab, materialistic world where Big Brother rules by promises to special interest groups, and a world of adventure where everyday people set their sights on impossible dreams, distant stars, and the Kingdom of God. We have the true message of hope for America.
I think America is better off than we were three years ago because we’ve stopped placing our faith in more government programs. We’re restoring our faith in the greatest resource this nation has — the mighty spirit of free people under God. It was you who reminded Washington that we are a government of, by, and for the people, not the other way around. It was you who said it is time to put earnings back in the hands of the people, time to put trust back in the hands of the people, time to put America back in the hands of the people.
An opportunity society awaits us. We need only believe in ourselves and give men and women of faith, courage, and vision the freedom to build it. Let others run down America and seek to punish success. Let them call you greedy for not wanting government to take more and more of your earnings. Let them defend their tombstone society of wage and price guidelines, mandatory quotas, tax increases, planned shortages, and shared sacrifices.
I will not permit an antigrowth coalition to jeopardize this recovery. If they get their way, they’ll charge everything on your “Taxpayers Express Card.” And believe me, they never leave home without it.
Visionaries see infinite possibilities for new economic growth in America’s next frontier — space. Our challenge of building a permanently manned space station, and of further exploration, can open up entire new industries. Products from metal alloys to lifesaving medicines — these can immensely improve our environment and life on Earth.
What does this say about Obama who ended the space program – it says he needs more money to perpetuate his big government, Big Brother nanny state, and redistribution of wealth to the government for handouts, which Reagan warned us about in 1984!