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Conservative Nation

Posted in ronald reagan with tags , , , , , , on February 6, 2011 by shutterbugklentz

The conservative movement began with Goldwater.

It continued with Reagan and the legacy of his presidency.

Can Boehner, Cantor, Ryan and Bachman continue the legacy?  Meet the Conservative Dream Team and those that educate anyone that will listen.  I invite you to join the Conservative Movement and be a part of history.

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Government’s Unintended Consequences

Posted in Economy, ronald reagan with tags , , , , , , , on January 2, 2011 by shutterbugklentz

Why are we putting up with this nonsense?  Supposedly, there are more than 10,000 government programs that are artificially stimulating our economy and  these programs are funded with our tax payer dollars.  Why do we continue to allow our Legislators to cram these ridiculous costly programs down our throats?  The unintended consequences are costing us more than the benefits we will ever receive from these absurd programs and each more than likely will never go away. 

Cash for Clunkers?  Really.  Subsidizing the purchase of cars we never intended on buying in the first place.

Subsidies for corn ethanol?  Mm, corn ethanol has now been declared more dangerous to our environment than gasoline.

Minimum Wage?  Is there really still a minimum wage when it is mandated by our government?

A time for Choosing…is now

Posted in ronald reagan with tags , , , , , , on July 21, 2010 by shutterbugklentz

As Americans, it is our duty to defend our Republic and honor our constitution.  As citizens, it is our obligation to be good stewards of our freedom and liberties.  And as human beings, it is our moral obligation to preserve our unalienable rights. 

For some time now, we as Americans, have become complacent.  We have allowed our government Representatives to believe that we are incapable of caring for ourselves, our children and our families.  We have let them believe and have convinced ourselves that as individuals we cannot handle the day-to-day grind of being disciplined, honorable, charitable, respectful and dutiful.  And we have convinced ourselves that we are too pampered, too above hard work and too good to get our hands dirty.  Yes, for too long we have had it too good as Americans and have lost our edge, let our guard down.  And because of our complacency we are a few short steps away from a full-blown Nanny State.

For almost a decade now, we have let our Politicians work their back room deals and slowly manipulate and nudge us into a Nanny state of total dependency.  Because of our complacency and ignorance of the game being played in Washington we are now dependent on the brainless power grabbing policies of the likes of Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank, Chris Dodd and Harry Reid…well I say the situation is unacceptable.  It is time to start following and emulating one of our history’s greatest leaders, Ronald Reagan.  It is time to act on these words of wisdom and change the course of this nation.  It is time to act like Americans.   

Shining city upon a hill

Posted in ronald reagan on February 7, 2010 by shutterbugklentz

This phrase is in reference to the metaphor, Salt and Light in the gospel of Mathew.  Mathew 5:14 states “You are the light of the world.  A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.”  In 1630 John Winthrop, a Puritan, referenced this in his sermon to the colonist of New England settling in the New World.  Both Presidents John F. Kennedy in 1961 and Ronald Reagan in 1989, referenced this phrase referring to the vision of America.  So, what has happened to this vision, the “Shining city on a hill“?  Greed.  Our freedom is being sold to the highest bidder.  And who owns the largest portion of our freedom?  China.  China is estimated to own about $1 Trillion of our debt.  Japan is not far behind at around $800 Billion.  Do you still believe our deficit doesn’t matter?  Think again.

Remembering President Ronald Reagan

Posted in ronald reagan with tags , , , on February 7, 2010 by shutterbugklentz

January 20, 1981

I’d like to take a stroll down memory lane:  in his words, excerpts from President Ronald Reagan’s inaugural speech to a struggling nation.

To a few of us here today this is a solemn and most momentous occasion, and yet in the history of our nation it is a commonplace occurrence. The orderly transfer of authority as called for in the Constitution routinely takes place, as it has for almost two centuries, and few of us stop to think how unique we really are. In the eyes of many in the world, this every-four-year ceremony we accept as normal is nothing less than a miracle.”  He is referring to our  unique form of democracy, where its people elect their leader every four years, the only republic like it in the world.

Well, this administration’s objective will be a healthy, vigorous, growing economy that provides equal opportunities for all Americans, with no barriers born of bigotry or discrimination. Putting America back to work means putting all Americans back to work. Ending inflation means freeing all Americans from the terror of runaway living costs. All must share in the productive work of this “new beginning,” and all must share in the bounty of a revived economy. With the idealism and fair play which are the core of our system and our strength, we can have a strong and prosperous America, at peace with itself and the world.   All must share in the productive work, all.

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 use need to be reminded that the federal government did not create the states; the states created the federal government.  The citizens created this government, by its people, for its people.

We have every right to dream heroic dreams. Those who say that we’re in a time when there are no heroes, they just don’t know where to look. You can see heroes every day going in and out of factory gates. Others, a handful in number, produce enough food to feed all of us and then the world beyond. You meet heroes across a counter, and they’re on both sides of that counter. There are entrepreneurs with faith in themselves and faith in an idea who create new jobs, new wealth and opportunity. They’re individuals and families whose taxes support the government and whose voluntary gifts support church, charity, culture, art, and education. Their patriotism is quiet, but deep. Their values sustain our national life.

Now, I have used the words “they” and “their” in speaking of these heroes. I could say “you” and “your,” because I’m addressing the heroes of whom I speak – you, the citizens of this blessed land. Your dreams, your hopes, your goals are going to be the dreams, the hopes, and the goals of this administration, so help me God.

 We shall reflect the compassion that is so much a part of your makeup. How can we love our country and not love our countrymen; and loving them, reach out a hand when they fall, heal them when they’re sick, and provide opportunity to make them self-sufficient so they will be equal in fact and not just in theory?  We the people…

On the eve of our struggle for independence a man who might have been one of the greatest among the Founding Fathers, Dr. Joseph Warren, president of the Massachusetts Congress, said to his fellow Americans, “Our country is in danger, but not to be despared of . . . On you depend the fortunes of America. You are to decide the important questions upon which rests the happiness and the liberty of millions yet unborn. Act worthy of yourselves.”

 Well, I believe we, the Americans of today, are ready to act worthy of ourselves, ready to do what must be done to ensure happiness and liberty for ourselves, our children, and our children’s children. And as we renew ourselves here in our own land, we will be seen as having greater strength throughout the world. We will again be the exemplar of freedom and a beacon of hope for those who do not now have freedom.  As a free people, we are destined to lead the way to democracy.

Under one such marker lies a young man, Martin Treptow, who left his job in a small town barbershop in 1917 to go to France with the famed Rainbow Division. There, on the western front, he was killed trying to carry a message between battalions under heavy artillery fire.

We’re told that on his body was found a diary. On the flyleaf under the heading “My Pledge,” he had written these words: “America must win this war. Therefore I will work, I will save, I will sacrifice, I will endure, I will fight cheerfully and do my utmost, as if the issue of the whole struggle depended on me alone.”

 The crisis we are facing today does not require of us the kind of sacrifice that Martin Treptow and so many thousands of others were called upon to make. It does require, however, 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.

 God bless you, and thank you.

 At the end of his two terms in office, Ronald Reagan viewed with satisfaction the achievements of his innovative program known as the Reagan Revolution, which aimed to reinvigorate the American people and reduce their reliance upon Government. He felt he had fulfilled his campaign pledge of 1980 to restore “the great, confident roar of American progress and growth and optimism.” This is what I would like to see in Washington again and in the United States of America.