Ronald Wilson Reagan (1911-2004)

The fortieth President of the United States; Credited with the longest period of peacetime economic growth in American history (1982-90), in which during the decade of the 80’s 3.8 million people rose above the poverty line, and all income groups, from lower to higher class, had real income gains; Credited with re-building our military, of re-vitalizing our sense of patriotism in our unique American values, and for the fall of communism all over Eastern Europe in the late 80’s.

Our hearts and prayers go out to the Reagan family.  His adopted son, Michael Reagan, said that his father had so much respect for his position as President of the United States of America that he refused to even take off his suit coat in the Oval Office.  Oh, that God would continue to give us such men of honor, character, and integrity as Ronald Wilson Reagan to lead our country, and oh that we as a people would be worthy of such a person! 

“America was founded by people who believed that God was their rock of safety.  I recognize we must be cautious in claiming that God is on our side, but I think it’s all right to keep asking if we’re on His side.”

January 25, 1984

“In 1962, the Supreme Court in the New York prayer case banned the …saying of prayers.  In 1963, the Court banned the reading of the Bible in our public schools.  From that point on, the courts pushed the meaning of the ruling ever outward, so that now our children are not allowed voluntary prayer.

We even had to pass a law – pass a special law in the Congress just a few weeks ago – to allow student prayer groups the same access to school rooms after classes that a Young Marxist Society, for example, would already enjoy with no opposition…

The 1962 position opened the way to a flood of similar suits.  Once religion had been made vulnerable, a series of assaults were made in one court after another, one issue after another.

Cases were started to argue against tax-exempt status for churches.  Suits were brought to abolish the words ‘Under God’ from the Pledge of Allegiance, and to remove ‘In God We Trust’ from public documents and from our currency.

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…If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a Nation gone under.”

In his speech before the Ecumenical Prayer Breakfast in Dallas Texas, 1984

“Let us, young and old, join together, as did the First Continental Congress, in the first step – humble, heartfelt prayer.  Let us do so for the Love of God and His great goodness, in search of His guidance, and the grace of repentance, in seeking His blessings, His peace, and the resting of His kind and holy hands on ourselves, our Nation, our friends in the defense of freedom, and all mankind, now and always.”

In his 1988 National Day of Prayer Proclamation.  On May 5, 1988 a bill passed Congress that set aside the first Thursday in May to be a National Day of Prayer.

“We cannot diminish the value of one category of human life – the unborn – without diminishing the value of all human life…There is no cause more important.”

“Whereas the Bible, the Word of God, has made a unique contribution in shaping the United States as a distinctive and blessed nation and people;

Whereas deeply held religious convictions springing from the Holy Scriptures led to the early settlement of our Nation.

Whereas Biblical teachings inspired concepts of civil government that are contained in our Declaration of Independence and Constitution of the United States;

Whereas many of our great national leaders – among them Presidents Washington, Jackson, Lincoln, and Wilson – paid tribute to the surpassing influence of the Bible in our country’s development, as in the words of President Jackson that the Bible is ‘the Rock on which our Republic rests’;

Whereas the history of our Nation clearly illustrates the value of voluntarily applying the teachings of the Scriptures in the lives of individuals, families, and societies;

Whereas that renewing our knowledge of and faith in God through Holy Scripture can strengthen us as a nation and a people:

NOW, THEREFORE, be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the President is authorized and requested to designate 1983 as a national ‘Year of the Bible’ in recognition of both the formative influence the Bible has been for our Nation, and our national need to study and apply the teaching of the Holy Scriptures.”

October 4,1982

“Abraham 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 therefore 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 or infanticide.  My administration is dedicated to the preservation of America as a free land, and there is no cause more important for preserving that freedom than affirming the transcendent right to life of all human beings, the right without which no other rights have any meaning.”

In his work, entitled “Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation,” 1983

“Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate!  Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

In a speech near the Berlin Wall in 1987.  All of Reagan’s advisors were against him saying this line in the speech, because they thought it would only increase tensions between East and West Berlin and the Soviet Union.  However, Reagan insisted that it stay in the speech because, as he said, “It is the right thing to do.”  It was applauded by the West Berliners and turned out to be one of the most famous lines in Presidential history.  Within two years of this speech, the Berlin Wall fell.

“It was leadership here at home that gave us strong American influence abroad, and the collapse of imperial Communism.  Great nations have responsibility to lead, and we should always be cautious of those who would lower our profile, because they might just wind up lowering our flag.”

RNC Annual Gala, February 3, 1994

“Abraham 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 therefore 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 or infanticide.  My administration is dedicated to the preservation of America as a free land, and there is no cause more important for preserving that freedom than affirming the transcendent right to life of all human beings, the right without which no other rights have any meaning.”

In writings, “Abortion and the Conscience of a Nation,” 1983. 

“The family has always been the cornerstone of American society.  Our families nurture, preserve, and pass on to each succeeding generation the values we share and cherish, values that are the foundation for our freedoms.  In the family we learn our first lessons of God and man, love and discipline, rights and responsibilities, human dignity and human frailty.

Our families give us daily examples of these lessons being put into practice.  In raising and instructing our children, in providing personal and compassionate care for the elderly, in maintaining the spiritual strength of religious commitment among our people – in these and other ways, America’s families make immeasurable contributions to America’s well-being.

Today more than ever, it is essential that these contributions not be taken for granted and that each of us remember that the strength of our families is vital to the strength of our nation.”

In his writings, 1986.

 

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