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Ronald Reagan on Government by Consent

“We are a nation that has a government–not the other way around. And this makes us special among the nations of the Earth. Our Government has no power except that granted it by the people. It is time to check and reverse the growth of government which shows signs of having grown beyond the consent of the governed.”

— Ronald Reagan, First Inaugural Address, 20 January 1981

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February 22, 2009 · 5:04 pm

Ronald Reagan on Government

“In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem. From time to time, we have been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. But if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else?”

— Ronald Reagan, First Inaugural Address, 20 January 1981

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February 22, 2009 · 5:01 pm