Today February 6, 2012 marks what would be the 101st birthday of President Ronald Reagan.
Phil Boehmke writes a good blog entry at American Thinker about Reagan’s oft stated philosophy of the nature of government, not at all unlike that of the majority of the nation’s founders – “Reagan 101”.
In this critical election year it would be wise for our elected leaders, candidates for office and our fellow citizens to revisit the simple wisdom and uncommon vision of Ronald Reagan.
“To sit back hoping that someday, someway, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last–but eat you he will.”
“There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.”
“The problem is not that the people are taxed too little. The problem is that the government spends too much.”
It is not well known but Ronald Reagan was a man of sincere Christian faith. His was a quiet, grounded faith, he did not generally proselytize. But he did openly speak about his faith on numerous occasions, and regularly at his Presbyterian church. The following video captures some of those moments, and gives us pause to wonder why we haven’t heard America’s presidents or national leaders since speak with such sincerity and eleqoence about their faith, hope and creed, and as it relates to the nation’s founding, history and future, in the balance.
Human nature and events may well give America such a leader again, in the White House or national pulpit.
Ronald Reagan Tribute
Another American president’s expression of the importance faith, discipline and morality offer for the well-being of America.
George Washington’s Farewell Address, Sept. 17, 1796
“Of all the dispositions and habits, which lead to political prosperity, Religion and Morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of Men and Citizens. The mere Politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connexions with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked, Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths, which are the instruments of investigation in Courts of Justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition, that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect, that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”