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My Inspiration - Ronald Reagan

I recently re-read President Reagan’s first inaugural address and I was struck with its timeliness for today’s political environment. President Reagan’s inaugural address issued a clear break with the failed Carter years, where government’s growth stemmed from the liberal arrogance that the public sector could solve all ills, with the needed sacrifice of the private sector economy and individual freedoms.

The Carter years gave us the new Department of Energy and the new Department of Education. Both spend billions, employ tens of thousands of government bureaucrats but have failed to lower our dependence on foreign oil or raise our student’s test scores. And now the Obama years are giving us a national healthcare plan, runaway government spending and even the arrogant desire to control the weather.

So how timely for today are some of the first words of Ronald Reagan’s presidency,

“In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem.”
“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.
“It is my intention to curb the size and influence of the Federal establishment and to demand recognition of the distinction between the powers granted to the Federal Government and those reserved to the States or to the people. 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 is 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.”

In closing his inaugural address, President Reagan showed the optimism that I share to this day about our unique nation.

This is my inspiration for running for Congress.

“The crisis we face today…requires our best effort, and our willingness to believe in ourselves and to believe in our capacity to perform great deeds; to believe that together, with God's help, we can and will resolve the problems which now confront us. And, after all, why shouldn't we believe that? We are Americans.”
Ronald Reagan