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What Ronald Reagan Said In 1979 Reveals About The American Dream Then And Now

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On February 6th, Americans celebrate the birth of Ronald Reagan, the 40th President, known for instilling a sense of patriotism and power during his presidency.

Reagan’s legacy is cherished for his bold leadership, advocating freedom domestically and internationally.

He empathized with both the poor and the hard-working middle class, aiming to provide opportunities for all Americans.

“Somebody described Reagan country as a land of well-kept lawns and chambers of commerce, a town square, a nice place to raise kids and have a bar-b-que. Do you think that Reagan country – that part of America – sees and understands the America of dirty streets and crime and poor people?” PBS’ Bill Moyers asked.

“Yes, because most of them came from there. I have said that the difference between some of those people, myself, and people like myself, is that they can have compassion for someone who is needy – oh yes – let’s have a government program to help that person. We all have compassion for those people and the needy,” Reagan said.

“But I also have compassion for those families out there in America today where the husband and wife are both working, not because she wants to have a career, but if they are going to pay the mortgage on the house in this inflationary age, she has to. And if they’re going to send the kids on to school, they both have to work,” he said.

“50% of wives are now working and all they ask is freedom themselves. And they are getting worse off, not better off. And I think there ought to be enough compassion for these people who are making this system of ours work. They’re the backbone of America. And who the devil is passing programs for them?”

Reagan’s belief in unleashing individual potential and reducing government intervention continues to resonate, particularly within the Republican Party.

Reagan’s words and ideals remain timeless, emphasizing the importance of individual genius and the promise of better days for America’s future.

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