Friday, December 25, 2009

'Trust the people'

"We who live in free market societies believe that growth, prosperity and ultimately human fulfillment, are created from the bottom up, not the government down. Only when the human spirit is allowed to invent and create, only when individuals are given a personal stake in deciding economic policies and benefiting from their success -- only then can societies remain economically alive, dynamic, progressive, and free. Trust the people. This is the one irrefutable lesson of the entire postwar period contradicting the notion that rigid government controls are essential to economic development."
-- Ronald Reagan, Sept. 29, 1981
Thanks to Noel for reminding us of Reagan's words in a comment on "Don't Fear the People," about the Tea Party movement and the rise of the populist "tsunami" at the new WordPress version of the site.


  1. Too cool!

    Any moment spent with Ronnie is well spent.

    Thank you, too, Robert, and Merry Christmas!

  2. Ronald Reagan created over 20M jobs... growing the country’s real GDP by almost 30% in the process.

    Those kind of results make one wonder why Dear Leader’s $800B porkfest would impress anybody, with his promised 3M new and “saved” jobs (whatever those are)… a paltry figure 17M jobs shy of Reagan’s towering accomplishment. And now of course even the 3M pledge couldn't be fulfilled.. rather, we've lost another 3M.

    When others feared the USSR, and wanted to strike damaging deals like Jimmy Carter did, Reagan said "the Russians aren't 10-ft tall", and confronted them at great political risk.

    Reagan won the expensive and dangerous 40 yr. Cold War without firing a shot... while criticized and demeaned ceaselessly by liberals in the media, academia, and the Democratic party.

    Ronald Reagan was a man of valour, honor, and principle... and this misguided, habitually dishonest Alinskyite punk Obama couldn't hold The Gipper's jockstrap.

  3. The entire point of left-wing politics is to replace "the people" with a different and more compliant one. Some sections of the Republican coalition agree with this project.