Decibel (decibel45) wrote,

Happy 4th from the Gipper

Forwarded from the Texas Fair Tax mailing list...

"Somewhere in our growing up we began to be aware of the meaning of days
and with that awareness came the birth of patriotism. July Fourth is the
birthday of our nation. I believed as a boy, and believe even more
today, that it is the birthday of the greatest nation on earth... In
recent years, however, I've come to think of that day as more than just
the birthday of a nation. It also commemorates the only true
philosophical revolution in all history. Oh, there have been revolutions
before and since ours. But those revolutions simply exchanged one set of
rules for another. Ours was a revolution that changed the very concept
of government. Let the Fourth of July always be a reminder that here in
this land, for the first time, it was decided that man is born with
certain God-given rights; that government is only a convenience created
and managed by the people, with no powers of its own except those
voluntarily granted to it by the people. We sometimes forget that great
truth, and we never should. Happy Fourth of July." -Ronald Reagan

"I am not robbed by people who have more money than I. I am robbed by a
government that wants to penalize my industry and give increasing
portions of what I earn to people who do not emulate my principles,
morals, and ethics. We once taught our young people the virtues of hard
work, saving, personal responsibility and accountability for one's
actions, chastity before and fidelity and commitment in marriage,
honesty, integrity and virtue-not to mention the Ten Commandments
(especially the one about not coveting that which belongs to your
neighbor). We now teach them entitlement, victimhood, class envy and
rights to other people's money." -Cal Thomas

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