"A Russian man goes to the official agency, puts down his money and is told that he can obtain delivery of his automobile in exactly 10 years. “Morning or afternoon,” the purchaser asks. “Ten years from now, what difference does it make?” replies the clerk. “Well,” says the car buyer, “the plumber’s coming in the morning.”
Ronald Reagan (1911-2004)
Reagan was always telling jokes about the Soviet Union. He especially loved telling them to Gorbachev. Gorbie always thought Reagan was exaggerating.
What made those jokes funny, what makes all jokes funny, is that they were filled with truth.
Reagan was unlike any other major politician of his era in that he argued indefatigably and persuasively for the free market.
Why did he do that?
Surely most Americans agreed with him and he knew it. But it was more than his confidence in that.
He had spent years studying and understanding economic issues. And since he was a young man he felt deep in his bones that he was going to be instrumental in bringing down the Soviet Empire, whom he called the Evil Empire. And he did!
After running in and losing the presidential primary to Ford in 1976, Reagan got himself out there. He delivered over one thousand radio addresses from 1975 through 1979. He wrote them himself. How do we know this? Ever read the book, Reagan In His Own Hand: The Writings of Ronald Reagan That Reveal His Revolutionary Vision for America...?
You remember how the press tried so desperately to portray Reagan as dumb? (Get ready for that again this election. If you notice Rick Perry is already dumb, as were Sarah Palin and George Bush before him) People who read that book understood that Reagan was not dumb at all. He was a very purposeful, driven, PRO-AMERICA individual who BELIEVED in the free market and tried as president to set it free.
He succeeded with no majority in either house of Congress.
What should we hear when someone says we need jobs? Or we are too taxed? Or regulation is crushing, again?
We should hear someone stand up, like Moses, and say, "Let my people go."
I will follow anyone who finally raises that staff and parts the waters of the behemoth gubment so I can walk on dry land to the Promised Land. Because THIS, brothers and sisters of the congregation, IS the Land Of Promise.