Ronald Reagan was born FEBRUARY 6, 1911.
A graduate of Eureka College in Illinois, 1932, he worked as a life guard and then announced for radio stations in Iowa.
He became a sports announcer for Chicago Cubs baseball games and traveled with the team.
While with the Cubs in California, Reagan auditioned with Warner Brothers, landing a contract doing “B films.”
He was also a Captain in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.
During his career as an actor, he appeared in over 50 films.
He married actress Jane Wyman and had children Maureen, Christine (died a day old), and Michael (adopted).
Reagan was elected President of the Screen Actors Guild, switched from Democrat to Republican, and eventually became Governor of California.
His second marriage to Nancy Davis, 1952, gave them children Patti and Ron.
At age sixty-nine, he was the oldest person elected U.S. President, and sixty-nine days after his inauguration, he survived an assassination attempt.
Reagan stated at St. John’s University in New York, March 28, 1985:
Government that is big enough to give you everything you want is more likely to simply take everything you’ve got.
Reagan remarked to the Heritage Council, Warren, Mich., October 10, 1984:
Henry David Thoreau was right: that government is best which governs least.
In his 1964 speech, A Time for Choosing, Reagan stated:
I suggest to you there is no left or right, only an up or down. Up to the maximum of individual freedom consistent with law and order, or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism; and regardless of their humanitarian purpose, those who would sacrifice freedom for security have, whether they know it or not, chosen this downward path.
Reagan stated in Beijing, China, April 27, 1984:
I have seen the rise of fascism and communism. Both philosophies glorify the arbitrary power of the state… But both theories fail.
Both deny those God-given liberties that are the inalienable right of each person on this planet, indeed, they deny the existence of God.
On March 20, 1981, at the Conservative Political Action Conference Dinner, Mayflower Hotel, Washington, DC, Reagan stated:
Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid. That’s why the Marxist vision of man without God must eventually be seen as an empty and a false faith – the second oldest in the world – first proclaimed in the Garden of Eden with whispered words…”Ye shall be as gods.”
The crisis of the Western world…exists to the degree in which it is indifferent to God.
On May 17, 1982, in a proposed Constitutional Amendment on Prayer in Schools, President Reagan stated:
Our liberty springs from and depends upon an abiding faith in God.
President Reagan proclaimed:
Now, therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, in recognition of the contributions and influence of the Bible on our Republic and our people, do hereby proclaim 1983 the “Year of the Bible” in the United States.
I encourage all citizens, each in his or her own way, to reexamine and rediscover its priceless and timeless message.
Reagan wrote in his article, “Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation,” The Human Life Review, 1983:
Lincoln recognized that we could not survive as a free land when some men could decide that others were not fit to be free and should be slaves…
Likewise, we cannot survive as a free nation when some men decide that others are not fit to live and should be abandoned to abortion.
At the Alfred M. Landon Lecture Series, 1982, Reagan stated:
We can’t have it both ways. We can’t expect God to protect us in a crisis and just leave Him over there on the shelf in our day-to-day living. I wonder if sometimes He isn’t waiting for us to wake up, He isn’t maybe running out of patience.
At Reunion Arena in Dallas, 1984, Reagan stated:
Without God there is no virtue because there is no prompting of the conscience….without God there is a coarsening of the society; without God democracy will not and cannot long endure….
America needs God more than God needs America. If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a Nation gone under.
In 1961, Reagan stated:
One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It’s very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project…
James Madison in 1788…said… ‘There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachment of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpations’…
What can we do about this?… We can write to our congressmen and our senators… Say right now that we want no further encroachment on these individual liberties and freedoms… We do not want socialized medicine…
If you don’t, this program I promise you will pass…and behind it will come other federal programs that will invade every area of freedom as we have known…until, one day…we will awake to find that we have socialism.
And…you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children, what it once was like in America when men were free.
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