Education Secretary Miguel Cardona misquoted former President Ronald Reagan, omitting the crucial part of Reagan’s quote about government intervention.
Cardona used the quote to support the idea that government is the solution to national problems, contradicting Reagan’s belief that government intrusion limits freedom.
The incident sparked criticism and irony, with conservatives highlighting Cardona’s ignorance of history and the implications of his misrepresentation of Reagan’s words. (Trending: Biden Shamefully Removes God From National Address)
Education Secretary Miguel Cardona:
"I think it was President Reagan who said, 'We're from the government. We're here to help!'"
Here's the actual quote:
"The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the Government, and I'm here to help." pic.twitter.com/Hgxpt2Xdoh
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) November 27, 2023
Whether Cardona was joking or serious, the effect remains the same, as he inadvertently exposed his department as an advocate for intrusive government, contrary to Reagan’s principles.
The incident suggests that Cardona is unlikely to quote Reagan again in support of government intervention.
“As, I think it was President Reagan, said — ‘We’re from the government, we’re here to help.’” recalled Biden.
It goes without saying but the actual quote from Reagan was "The nine most terrifying words in the English language are I'm from the Government and I'm here to help." pic.twitter.com/susfyAmWSJ
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) November 27, 2023
“A great many of the current problems on the farm were caused by government-imposed embargoes and inflation, not to mention government’s long history of conflicting and haphazard policies,” explained Cardona.
Adding, “It is no coincidence that our present troubles parallel and are proportionate to the intervention and intrusion in our lives that result from unnecessary and excessive growth of government. It is time for us to realize that we’re too great a nation to limit ourselves to small dreams.
I actually find it chef's kiss perfect that the Education Secretary is this ignorant of history. https://t.co/3x4TUOqprv
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) November 27, 2023