Gegründet am: 26. Jan. 2010
Gegründet am: 26. Jan. 2010
Ronald Wilson Reagan (February 6, 1911– June 5, 2004) was the 40th President of the United States (1981–1989) and the 33rd Governor of California (1967–1975).
Born in Tampico, Illinois, Reagan moved to Los Angeles, California in the 1930s. He began a career as an actor, first in films and later television, appearing in 52 movie productions and gaining enough success to become a household name. Though often described as a B film actor, he starred in Knute Rockne, All American and Kings Row. Reagan served as president of the Screen Actors Guild, and later spokesman for General Electric (GE); his start in politics occurred during his work for GE. Originally a member of the Democratic Party, he switched to the Republican Party in 1962. After delivering a rousing speech in support of Barry Goldwater's presidential candidacy in 1964, he was persuaded to seek the California governorship, winning two years later and again in 1970. He was defeated in his run for the Republican presidential nomination in 1968 as well as 1976, but won both the nomination and election in 1980.
As president, Reagan implemented sweeping new political and economic initiatives. His supply-side economic policies, dubbed "Reaganomics", advocated reduced business regulation, controlling inflation, reducing growth in government spending, and spurring economic growth through tax cuts. In his first term he survived an assassination attempt, took a hard line against labor unions, and ordered military actions in Grenada. He was reelected in a landslide in 1984, proclaiming it was "Morning in America". His second term was primarily marked by foreign matters, namely the ending of the Cold War, the bombing of Libya, and the revelation of the Iran-Contra affair. Publicly describing the Soviet Union as an "evil empire", he supported anti-Communist movements worldwide and spent his first term forgoing the strategy of détente by ordering a massive military buildup in an arms race with the USSR. Reagan negotiated with Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev, culminating in the INF Treaty and the decrease of both countries' nuclear arsenals.
Liberals [Lyndon Johnson's administration] fought poverty and poverty won.
The size of the Federal budget is not an appropriate barometer of social conscience or charitable concern.
Nature it seems also produces oxides of nitrogen. As a matter of fact nature produces 97% of them.
Fascism was really the basis for the New Deal. It was Mussolini's success in Italy, with his government-directed economy, that led the early New Dealers to say "But Mussolini keeps the trains running on time."
Depression is when you’re out of work. A recession is when your neighbor’s out of work. Recovery is when Carter’s out of work.
Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.
How do you tell a communist? Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin.
Government, beyond its legitimate functions, does not carry anything so well and efficiently, as it could make the private sector.
Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hit man.
I hope we once again have reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There's a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As government expands, liberty contracts.
The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much.
It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.
In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.
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.
Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall!
The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away.
We cannot diminish the value of one category of human life — the unborn — without diminishing the value of all human life.
The real question today is not when human life begins, but, What is the value of human life?
With regard to the freedom of the individual for choice with regard to abortion, there's one individual who's not being considered at all. That's the one who is being aborted. And I've noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born.
Regrettably, we live at a time when some persons do not value all human life. They want to pick and choose which individuals have value.
We cannot survive as a free nation when some men decide that others are not fit to live and should be abandoned to abortion or infanticide. My Administration is dedicated to the preservation of America as a free land, and there is no cause more important for preserving that freedom than affirming the transcendent right to life of all human beings, the right without which no other rights have any meaning.
The abortionist who reassembles the arms and legs of a tiny baby to make sure all its parts have been torn from its mother's body can hardly doubt whether it is a human being.
Honey, I forgot to duck.
* To his wife, Nancy, while in hospital shortly after he was shot in an assassination attempt.
I hope you're all Republican.
* Speaking to surgeons as he entered the operating room following a 1981 assassination attempt.
My fellow Americans, I'm pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.
* Joking during a microphone check, unaware that he was being broadcast.
I have left orders to be awakened at any time in case of national emergency, even if I'm in a cabinet meeting.