An American Original
"The house we hope to build is not for my generation
but for yours. It is your future that matters. And I
hope that when you are my age, you will be able to say
as I have been able to say: We lived in freedom. We
lived lives that were a statement, not an apology."
"When the original settlers arrived here, they faced a
wilderness where poverty was their daily lot, danger and
starvation their close companions. But through all the
dangers, disappointments and setbacks, they kept their
faith. They never stopped believing that with the freedom
to try and try again, they could make tomorrow a better day."
"What we're asking you to do is to help rediscover America --
not the America bound by the Potomac River, but the America
beyond the Potomac River, the America whose initiative, ingenuity
and industry made our country the envy of the world, the America
whose rich tradition ofr generosity began with simple acts of
neighbor caring for neighbor."
A Limited Governor
"This is a country that was founded on the idea that
when a lower echelon of government has difficulty metting
its responsibility, the next higher echelon of government
has the responsibility to help, in whatever way it can, so
that lower echelon accomplish its purpose. It does not have
a responsibility to automatically take all the authority and
the function away from ahat lower echelon of government."
"My view of government places trust not in one person or one
party, but in those values that transcend persons and parties.
The trust is where it belongs -- in the people. The responsi-
bility to live up to that trust is where it belongs, in their
elected leaders. That kind of relationship, between the people
and their elected leaders, is a special kind of compact; an agree-
ment among themselves to build a community and abide by its laws."
"We must halt the growth of government and the corresponding burden
of overspending, taxation and regulation before they irreversibly
alter the character of this Nation."
An American Conservative
"For us, faith, work, neighborhood, freedom, and peace are
not just words; they're expressions of what America means,
definitions of what makes us a good and loving people."
"Common sense told us that when you put a big tax on something,
the people will produce less of it. So, we cut the people's tax
rates, and the people produced more than ever before. The economy
bloomed like a plant that had been cut back and could now grow
quicker and stronger."
"Are you entitled to the fruits of your own labor or does government
have some presumptive right to spend and spend and spend?"
"I've noticed that everyone who is for abortion is already born."
An American President
"The citizens of this great nation want leadership -- yes
-- but not a 'man on a white horse' demanding obedience
to his commands. They want someone who believes they can
'begin the world over again,' a leader who will unleash
their great strength and remove the roadblocks government
has put in their way."
"I've spoken of the shining city all my political life, but
I don't know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I
said it. But in my mind it was a tall, pround city built on
rocks stronger than oceans, wind-swept, God-blessed, and teeming
with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city
with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity. And
if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors
were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That
is how I saw it, and see it still."
"You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will
preserve for our children - this, the last best hope
of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take
the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If
we fail, at least let our children and our children's
children say of us we justified our brief moment
here. We did all that could be done."
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