Some Quotes from Presidnt Reagan

#1
I think some of these quotes may also apply to the UK's Government & Civil service as well.

New edit: Rant on:

Note: I'm well aware that as most Presidents and Heads of State do, Reagan had speech writers. I'm also aware, that he, like all of us, occasionally goofed up and said some strange off the wall things, etc.

It would seem, the a few here, would rather turn this into something which was not intended, instead of taking the quotes, as stated, for just what they were, sort of humorous remarks, about governments and life in general.

I guess some here, are so anxious to bait Americans, or express their dislike of Americans, that they try to turn anything Americans' do in the world to crappy stuff, that fits their personal opinions, of our Country, its' foreign policies, its People and Leaders. Those who do this, should notice, that Americans, in our Country and on this board, do NOT engage in this sort of crap. If we did it on this board, we would be gone in short order.

As for the weapons to the Afgan's, Are we trying to say here that it was a bad move? IMHO: I don't think so. They kicked the USSR's butt out of Afganistan with these weapons didn't they? This contributed, to the end of the cold war and the break down of the USSR.

Also IMHO the old USSR & perhaps the new Russia, China, France, Other European countries and North Korea, have made more weapons systems, etc. available to them then anything we might have given them through the CIA's program to supply them with weapons.

The only weapon that we need worry about in that supply, is the shoulder fired ant-aircraft missles. Most of these are outdated by now and most would likely fail to operate. The Russians and Chinese have supplied more modern ones, to Iran and other mid-East countries by now.

Rant off:

"Here's my strategy on the Cold War:
We win, they lose."

- Ronald Reagan

"The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from
the government and I'm here to help."

- Ronald Reagan

"The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're
ignorant: It's just that they know so much that isn't so."

- Ronald Reagan

"Of the four wars in my lifetime none came about because the U.S.
was too strong"

- Ronald Reagan

"I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandment's would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress."

- Ronald Reagan

"The taxpayer: That's someone who works for the federal
government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination."

- Ronald Reagan

"Government is like a baby: An alimentary canal with a big
appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other."

- Ronald Reagan

"If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will
be a nation gone under."

- Ronald Reagan

"The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth
is a government program."

- Ronald Reagan

"I've laid down the law, though, to everyone from now on about
anything that happens: no matter what time it is, wake me, even if
it's in the middle of a Cabinet meeting."

- Ronald Reagan

"It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession.
I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first."

- Ronald Reagan

"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. And if it stops moving, subsidize it."

- Ronald Reagan

"Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many
rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book."

- Ronald Reagan

"No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so
formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.

- Ronald Reagan
 
#2
Allow me to add my personal favorite:

"Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they've made a difference in the world. The US Marines will never have that problem."
 
#3
what about:

"Here Osama have several thousand dollars, and a few bits of our military equipment, Just keep the ruskies out of Afgahnistan, and dont lend any of this stuff to the Iranians when you're done"
 
#4
Pillager said:
what about:

"Here Osama have several thousand dollars, and a few bits of our military equipment, Just keep the ruskies out of Afgahnistan, and dont lend any of this stuff to the Iranians when you're done"
Sorry, I don't think that your quote above is a quote from the "Great Communicator."

It really sounds like you sort of made it up yourself to what purpose? :roll:
 
#7
"Who are you? Where are we? Who am I?"
 
#8
Please, Trip-Wire, tell me you DID understand this!

Pillager said:
what about:

"Here Osama have several thousand dollars, and a few bits of our military equipment, Just keep the ruskies out of Afgahnistan, and dont lend any of this stuff to the Iranians when you're done"
Clearly, this is Pillager pointing out, quite rightly, about the origin of weaponry in Afghanistan. And also possibly pointing out the two-facedness (a word? :? ) of America (not just America, many other countries as well), in that after providing weaponry to Afghanistan to fight commies, they honestly never thought it might bite them in the Arrse? :D
 
#9
Seriously, he actually said the following:

"We are trying to get unemployment to go up, and I think we're going to succeed."

"Trees cause more pollution than automobiles."

"How are you, Mr. Mayor? I'm glad to meet you. How are things in your city?" –greeting Samual Pierce, his secretary of Housing and Urban Development, during a White House reception for mayors

"What does an actor know about politics?" –criticizing Ed Asner for opposing American foreign policy

"What makes him think a middle-aged actor, who's played with a chimp, could have a future in politics?" -on Clint Eastwood's bid to become mayor of Carmel

"Well, I learned a lot....I went down to (Latin America) to find out from them and (learn) their views. You'd be surprised. They're all individual countries"

"All the waste in a year from a nuclear power plant can be stored under a desk."

And let us not forget all the times he'd recount a story he thought was true, when in fact it had come from a movie and the time he referred to army uniforms as "costumes". Great entertainment!
 
#10
Might also explain, how the Chinese, and the Iranians are presently holding weapons of surprisingly similiar heritage to US weapons systems of the 1980's, yet with no trail of similair products in their own arsenals.
 
#12
Oh and Trip_Wire, while those words were delivered by Reagan they are the words of the likes of Peggy Noonan, Tony Dolan, Ben Elliott, Clark Judge, Dana Rohrabacher, Josh Gilder and Peter Robinson- his speechwriters.

In his unscripted moments, you often heard the sort of thing I mention above.
 
#13
Pillager said:
To irritate you until you respond to my questions in the "America - I love you" thread?

reagarding reasons for the US being late to the party in 44
Don't hold your breath! Well, on the other hand, maybe you should! :p
 
#14
army-hopeful said:
Please, Trip-Wire, tell me you DID understand this!

Pillager said:
what about:

"Here Osama have several thousand dollars, and a few bits of our military equipment, Just keep the ruskies out of Afgahnistan, and dont lend any of this stuff to the Iranians when you're done"
Clearly, this is Pillager pointing out, quite rightly, about the origin of weaponry in Afghanistan. And also possibly pointing out the two-facedness (a word? :? ) of America (not just America, many other countries as well), in that after providing weaponry to Afghanistan to fight commies, they honestly never thought it might bite them in the Arrse? :D
I know what he was trying to say or imply. What I was pointing out to him, was that what he said, was not a quote from President Reagan. Right?
 
#16
'we're not doing this to help the Chinese. We're doing this to help American farmers'. (Or words to those effect.)

President Reagan explaining why it was OK to subsidise the sale of American grain to a Commie country. (Without the subsidy, Aussie farmers would have got the contract.)
 
#18
Trip_Wire said:
Sorry, I don't think that your quote above is a quote from the "Great Communicator."

It really sounds like you sort of made it up yourself to what purpose? :roll:
Alternatively

A few months ago I told the American people I did not trade arms for hostages. My heart and my best intentions still tell me that's true, but the facts and the evidence tell me it is not.
 
#19
"A tree is a tree. How many more do you have to look at?" -- Ronald Reagan, 1966, opposing expansion of Redwood National Park as governor of California

"I have flown twice over Mt St. Helens out on our west coast. I'm not a scientist and I don't know the figures, but I have a suspicion that that one little mountain has probably released more sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere of the world than has been released in the last ten years of automobile driving or things of that kind that people are so concerned about." -- Ronald Reagan, 1980. (Actually, Mount St. Helens, at its peak activity, emitted about 2,000 tons of sulfur dioxide per day, compared with 81,000 tons per day by cars.)

"Facts are stupid things." -- Ronald Reagan, 1988, a misquote of John Adams, "Facts are stubborn things."

"We think there is a parallel between federal involvement in education and the decline in profit over recent years." -- Ronald Reagan, 1983. (It's always good to run the Department of Education to make money.)

"Fascism was really the basis for the New Deal." Ronald Reagan, 1976, on his failed campaign for the Republican nomination. (Moron.)

"The best minds are not in government." -- Ronald Reagan. (Not in his government anyway.)

"You can't help those who simply will not be helped. One problem that we've had, even in the best of times, is people who are sleeping on the grates, the homeless who are homeless, you might say, by choice." -- President Reagan, 1/31/84, on Good Morning America, defending his administration against charges of callousness.

On 8/24/85 President Reagan tells an interviewer that the "reformist administration" of South African president P.W. Botha has made significant progress on the racial front. "They have eliminated the segregation that we once had in our own country," says the President, "the type of thing where hotels and restaurants and places of entertainment and so forth were segregated - that has all been eliminated." (In response to questions a few days later as to whether President Reagan actually thought racial segregation has been eliminated in South Africa, Larry Speakes said "Not totally, no.")

"The American Petroleum Institute filed suit against the EPA [and] charged that the agency was suppressing a scientific study for fear it might be misinterpreted... The suppressed study reveals that 80 percent of air pollution comes not from chimneys and auto exhaust pipes, but from plants and trees." Presidential candidate Ronald Reagan, in 1979. (There is no scientific data to support this assertion.)

"You know, if I listened to him long enough, I would be convinced that we're in an economic downturn, and that people are homeless, and people are going without food and medical attention, and that we've got to do something about the unemployed." -- President Reagan, 6/8/88, accusing Michael Dukakis of misleading campaign rhetoric.

"This fellow they've nominated claims he's the new Thomas Jefferson. Well let me tell you something; I knew Thomas Jefferson. He was a friend of mine and Governor... You're no Thomas Jefferson!" -- Ronald Reagan, 1992

The remaining quotes are an interesting example of President Reagan and his relationship with the media- I couldn't make this up if I wanted to:

"You glance out the window and the people are walking around Pennsylvania Avenue and you say, 'I could never say I am going to run down to the drugstore and get some magazines.' I can't do that anymore."
-- President Reagan, 8/11/82, to The Time's Hugh Sidey that he sometimes feels trapped in the White House.

"Sometimes I look out there at Pennsylvania Avenue and see people bustling along, and it suddenly dawns on me that probably never again can I just say 'Hey, I'm going down to the drugstore to look at the magazines,'"
-- President Reagan, 12/09/82, discussing his feelings of confinement with a President Reagan, 12/09/82, discussing his feelings of confinement with a People reporter.

"Sometimes I look out the window at Pennsylvania Avenue and wonder what it would be like to be able to just walk down the street to the corner drugstore and look at the magazines. I can't do that anymore."
-- President Reagan, 12/16/82, conveying one of his regrets to The Washington Post.

"Sometimes I look out the window at Pennsylvania Avenue and wonder what it would be like to be able to just walk down the street to the corner drugstore and look at the magazines. I can't do that anymore."
-- President Reagan, 12/16/82, sharing a sudden thought with a radio interviewer
.
"You find yourself remembering what it was like when on the spur of the moment you could just yell to your wife that you were going down to the drugstore and get a magazine. You can't do that anymore."
-- President Reagan, 1/27/84 , telling Time magazine about being President.
 
#20
crabtastic said:
""You glance out the window and the people are walking around Pennsylvania Avenue and you say, 'I could never say I am going to run down to the drugstore and get some magazines.' I can't do that anymore."
-- President Reagan, 8/11/82, to The Time's Hugh Sidey that he sometimes feels trapped in the White House.

"Sometimes I look out there at Pennsylvania Avenue and see people bustling along, and it suddenly dawns on me that probably never again can I just say 'Hey, I'm going down to the drugstore to look at the magazines,'"
-- President Reagan, 12/09/82, discussing his feelings of confinement with a President Reagan, 12/09/82, discussing his feelings of confinement with a People reporter.

"Sometimes I look out the window at Pennsylvania Avenue and wonder what it would be like to be able to just walk down the street to the corner drugstore and look at the magazines. I can't do that anymore."
-- President Reagan, 12/16/82, conveying one of his regrets to The Washington Post.

"Sometimes I look out the window at Pennsylvania Avenue and wonder what it would be like to be able to just walk down the street to the corner drugstore and look at the magazines. I can't do that anymore."
-- President Reagan, 12/16/82, sharing a sudden thought with a radio interviewer
.
"You find yourself remembering what it was like when on the spur of the moment you could just yell to your wife that you were going down to the drugstore and get a magazine. You can't do that anymore."
-- President Reagan, 1/27/84 , telling Time magazine about being President.
I wonder if that wasn't some sort of cry for help....
 

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