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Quotes of the Day for 7 June 2004 – Ronald Reagan

Ronald Wilson Reagan was born at Tampico, Illinois on 6 February 1911. He graduated from Eureka College in 1932, was a radio sportscaster in the Midwest, and made his Hollywood acting debut in 1937. He produced Air Force training films during World War II, went on to act in 52 commercial movies, and hosted the General Electric Theater and Death Valley Days television series. As president of the Screen Actors Guild he became involved in politics, a speech on behalf of Goldwater in 1964 brought him to national prominence and he won election as governor of California in 1966 and 1970. His presidential campaigns in 1968 and 1976 failed, but he became our oldest president in 1980 by a wide margin and was reelected in 1984. I was among those who sneered at "Ronnie Ray Guns" when I was younger, but I came to respect his faith in the spirit of the American people as a force for change in the world. He died at his Los Angeles home on Saturday with his wife and two children at his side.

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The quotes:

The best minds are not in government. If they were, business would hire them away.

Above all, we must realize that 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. It is a weapon our adversaries in today's world do not have.

Democracy is not a fragile flower; still it needs cultivating.

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.

I've often wondered how some people in positions of this kind ... manage without having had any acting experience.

My belief has always been ... that wherever in this land any individual's constitutional rights are being unjustly denied, it is the obligation of the federal government - at point of bayonet if necessary - to restore that individual's constitutional rights.

Thomas Jefferson once said, "We should never judge a president by his age, only by his works." And ever since he told me that I stopped worrying.
     - Ronald Wilson Reagan, 1911 - 2004


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