Billy Roy picked up on last week's coffee talk about Ronald Reagan's warning to our country of the dangers of the people allowing a totalitarian regime from taking over our government. Reagan felt, " The best defense against these regimes was to insure that government actions and policies were based on solid values and principles.
"President Reagan based his beliefs and actions on good old fashioned 'values'. In fact when he joined the Republican Party he said 'We, the members of the New Republican Party, believe that the preservation and enhancement of the values that strengthen and protect individual freedom, family life, neighborhoods and the liberty of our beloved nation should be at the heart of any legislative or political program presented to the American people'.
"Reagan continued, 'Families must continue to be the foundation of our nation. Families -- not government programs -- are the best way to make sure our children are properly nurtured, our elderly are cared for, our cultural and spiritual heritages are perpetuated, our laws are observed and our values are preserved. ... We fear the government may be powerful enough to destroy our families; we know that it is not powerful enough to replace them'.
"Today the totalitarian regime in office with its pack of socialists are attacking families every way possible even though Obama's words would try to convince you that he is a supporter. As always his actions speak differently and it starts with an attack on marriage. God created man, woman, and marriage between one man and one woman. It is a God given right and yet Obama's crew would let anyone define a family in anyway that suits them. Additionally, our liberal laws have made divorce easy while creating a welfare system that rewards those for having children out of wedlock. Our liberals in Hollywood rarely marry at all and set horrible examples for our young people. Obama praises the Muslim faith which practices polygamy while many times brutalizing their wives under Sharia law. Estimates are that anywhere from 50 to 100 thousand Muslims in the US are practicing illegal polygamy."
"Reagan also believed that America's future was dependent upon our spiritual heritage. Listen to this, 'Our party must be based on the kind of leadership that grows and takes its strength from the people. ... And our cause must be to rediscover, reassert and reapply America's spiritual heritage to our national affairs. Then with God's help we shall indeed be as a city upon a hill with the eyes of all people upon us'.
"Here again there are powerful so called progressive forces at work to separate God from government every way possible. Gingrich calls them 'secular socialist'. The communist have always known they can only succeed if they can get people to look to the government and not God for their needs. They take every opportunity to paint our founders as old white racists and religious radicals. At times they try to produce evidence that one to the founders was an atheist when the truth is they were largely men of faith, most colonies were based on religious values, and all but one of the first universities were faith based schools."
"Lastly, Reagan's comments about the economy when he took over the huge mess from Jimmy Carter should be heeded by all Americans today. He said, 'Extreme taxation, excessive controls, oppressive government competition with business ... frustrated minorities and forgotten Americans are not the products of free enterprise (Does this sound like the World today?). They are the residue of centralized bureaucracy, of government by a self-anointed elite."
"In his 1981 inaugural address, President Reagan assured the nation: 'The economic ills we suffer ... will not go away in days, weeks, or months, but they will go away (and they did under his leadership). They will go away because we, as Americans, have the capacity now, as we have had in the past, to do whatever needs to be done to preserve this last and greatest bastion of freedom. In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem'.
"While Reagan gave very strong warnings about the evils of totalitarianism he was always an optimist with a positive message. His final words at the 1992 Republican convention reflect that appeal: 'And whatever else history may say about me when I'm gone, I hope it will record that I appealed to your best hopes, not your worst fears, to your confidence rather than your doubts. My dream is that you will travel the road ahead with liberty's lamp guiding your steps and opportunity's arm steadying your way. My fondest hope for each one of you -- and especially for young people -- is that you will love your country, not for her power or wealth, but for her selflessness and her idealism. May each of you have the heart to conceive, the understanding to direct, and the hand to execute works that will make the world a little better for your having been here. May all of you as Americans never forget your heroic origins, never fail to seek divine guidance, and never lose your natural, God-given optimism. And finally, my fellow Americans, may every dawn be a great new beginning for America and every evening bring us closer to that shining city upon a hill."
"On the other hand, Barack Hussein Obama appeals to the worst in his constituents -- their fears, doubts, dependence on the state, greed and envy, brokenness, pessimism and sense of helplessness. His regime rules by attempting to create crisis at every turn. He has twisted JFK's inaugural appeal to read: 'Ask what your country can do for you, not what you can do for your country'. It is important to remember the government cannot give to anybody anything that government does not first take from somebody else.”
Sounds like we have some work to do. Thank goodness Ronald Reagan has given us a proven road map.
Think about it,