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Quote of the Week #16: Ronald Reagan on Freedom

Happy Fourth of July! The United States is celebrating her 240th birthday. To celebrate I’m posting quotes from one of our greatest presidents: Ronald Reagan. His words of wisdom can and have filled books. But today I am limiting my post to eight.

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”  

“Our natural, inalienable rights are now considered to be a dispensation from government, and freedom has never been so fragile, so close to slipping from our grasp as it is at this moment.”  

“It is up to us in our time to choose, and choose wisely, between the hard but necessary task of preserving peace and freedom, and the temptation to ignore our duty and blindly hope for the best while the enemies of freedom grow stronger day by day.”  

“Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.”  

“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.”  

“Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty.”

“Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.”  

“We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be prepared, so we will always be free.”  

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