Reagan Warned of Socialism; Secularism; and Abortion’s “Tragic Taking of Unborn”

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Reagan Warned of Socialism, Secularism, & Abortion’s “Tragic Taking of Unborn”

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Ronald Reagan was born FEBRUARY 6, 1911.

​A graduate of Eureka College, IL, 1932, he worked as a life guard, having 77 rescues.

​He then announced for radio stations in Iowa.

​He became a sports announcer for WHO radio, covering Chicago Cubs baseball games, and then traveled with the team.

​While with the Cubs in California, Ronald Reagan auditioned with Warner Brothers, landing a contract doing “B films.”

He was a Captain in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.

During his career as an actor, Ronald Reagan appeared in over 50 films, including:

  • ​Dark Victory;
  • Knute Rockne,
  • All American;
  • This is the Army, and
  • Kings Row.

​He married Jane Wyman in 1940, and had children Maureen, Christine (died a day old) and Michael (adopted).

Reagan was elected President of the Screen Actors Guild.

​His second marriage was to Nancy Davis in 1952, and they had children Patti and Ron.

​He switched from Democrat to Republican, and was elected Governor of California, 1967-1975.

​When he began running for President, some conservatives did not support him because he was the first Presidential candidate who had been divorced.

In 1980, Ronald Reagan was elected the 40th U.S. President, being the second oldest person elected to that position.

He was 69 years old when elected, and 69 days after his inauguration, he survived an assassination attempt.

Ronald Reagan stated in 1961:

​”One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It’s very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project …

James Madison in 1788 … said … ‘There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachment of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpations’ …

​What can we do about this? … We can write to our congressmen and our senators … Say right now that we want no further encroachment on these individual liberties and freedoms … We do not want socialized medicine …

​If you don’t, this program I promise you will pass … and behind it will come other federal programs that will invade every area of freedom as we have known … until, one day … we will awake to find that we have socialism.

​And … you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children, what it once was like in America when men were free.”

At St. John’s University in New York, March 28, 1985, Reagan repeated one of President Gerald Ford’s famous phrases:

​”Government that is big enough to give you everything you want is more likely to simply take everything you’ve got.”

Reagan remarked to the Heritage Council, Warren, Michigan, October 10, 1984:

“Henry David Thoreau was right: that government is best which governs least.”

In his 1964 speech, “A Time for Choosing,” Ronald Reagan stated:

​”I suggest to you there is no left or right, only an up or down. Up to the maximum of individual freedom consistent with law and order, or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism; and regardless of their humanitarian purpose, those who would sacrifice freedom for security have, whether they know it or not, chosen this downward path.”

On March 20, 1981, at the Conservative Political Action Conference Dinner, Mayflower Hotel, Washington, DC, Ronald Reagan stated:

“Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid. That’s why the Marxist vision of man without God must eventually be seen as an empty and a false faith — the second oldest in the world — first proclaimed in the Garden of Eden with whispered words …’Ye shall be as gods.’ The crisis of the Western world … exists to the degree in which it is indifferent to God.”

Reagan stated in Beijing, China, April 27, 1984:

​”I have seen the rise of fascism and communism. Both philosophies glorify the arbitrary power of the state … But both theories fail. Both deny those God-given liberties that are the inalienable right of each person on this planet, indeed, they deny the existence of God.”



234 Years Later, No One’s Doubting Thomas

234 Years Later, No One’s Doubting Thomas

January 16, 2020 By Tony Perkins
“…By these, as testimonials that I have lived, I wish most to be remembered.” –Thomas Jefferson

He was a president — a man who doubled the size of our country, abolished the international slave trade, even developed the plans for West Point. When the Library of Congress was demolished in the War of 1812, he single-handedly restocked it. He invented the polygraph, swivel chairs, the dumbwaiter, message encoders, a form of the pedometer, even the macaroni noodle. He was America’s first secretary of state, its father of intellectual property rights. But as impressive as those accomplishments are, they weren’t what mattered to him. When Thomas Jefferson died, not one of these things appeared on his tombstone.

“On the faces of the Obelisk the following inscription, and not a word more,” Jefferson instructed. His legacy, he decided, would be three things: the Declaration of Independence, his founding the University of Virginia, and a local law that would become the foundation for our First Amendment — the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom. When visitors walk the garden path to his gravesite at Monticello, they realize that Jefferson — whose face is on Mount Rushmore, the two-dollar bill, and carved into a giant marble likeness under the Tidal Pool dome — was most proud, not of leading his infant country, but of his contributions to liberty.

When the memorial was made, Jefferson wanted it to be of “course stone… that no one might be tempted to destroy it…” To be fair, no one wanted to harm it, but shortly after it was put in place, people couldn’t help themselves. Little by little, the granite was chipped away. Grateful Americans were breaking off tiny pieces of the stone — not because it was worth anything, but because they wanted something to remember the president by.

Jefferson’s legacy, it turns out, was not so easy to whittle away. A full 234 years after the 43-year-old Thomas dipped his pen in ink and wrote the words that separate America from the world, we still live by them. “Almighty God,” the eventual president wrote, “hath created the mind free… [A]ll attempts to influence it by temporal punishment or burthens, or by civil incapacitations, tend only to beget habits of hypocrisy and meanness, and are a departure from the plan of the Holy author of our religion, who being Lord both of body and mind, yet chose not to propagate it by coercions on either, as was his Almighty power to do.”

The statute wasn’t taken seriously at first. It took a whole 10 years for Jefferson’s revolutionary idea to even pass the general assembly. By then, he wasn’t even there — he was in Paris, serving as a U.S. minister. But, as historians point out, he “watched anxiously” from afar, as James Madison championed the bill through its decade-long journey. When it finally passed, Jefferson was so convinced of its significance that he had it translated into French and Italian and “distributed as widely as possible.”

Asked later why he was so passionate about it, Jefferson said his Virginia statute “is a true standard of Religious liberty: its principle the great barrier against usurpations on the rights of conscience. As long as it is respected & no longer, these will be safe.” While the story of America was still being written, he was determined to give his new country the freedom England would not. And that determination led to one of his greatest inventions: a way for every American — believing and unbelieving — to live an authentic life.

He understood then that without religious liberty, there is no freedom. Maybe that’s why, despite all of his other accomplishments, the words that inspired the First Amendment are what he’s most proud of. More than two centuries later, they’re still stirring countries to fight for the liberties that set America apart. And while he didn’t live to see how the Founders’ experiment turned out, Jefferson would be gratified to know that in a world where three out of every four people live in places hostile to faith, America is still one of the brightest lights on freedom’s shore.

Today, on the anniversary of the signing that made that possible, we celebrate that — and the men and women of courage who keep the torch burning.

For more on Religious Freedom Day, check out David Closson’s new piece in Townhall, “Religious Freedom Still Deserves Our Respect.”

FRC Update

Secretary Ben Carson: America’s Dr. Politically Incorrect

October 25, 2019

“This whole concept of political correctness … it’s going to destroy our nation.” That was the no-nonsense response of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson to Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.) earlier this week. Wexton was trying for a “gotcha” moment in a congressional hearing when she asked Dr. Carson if he would “apologize” for being quoted for expressing concern over “big, hairy men” trying to gain entry into an Alaska women’s homeless shelter.

I could not have said it better. On yesterday’s {LISTEN HERE →} edition of Washington Watch, Dr. Carson – or Dr. Politically Incorrect as I’ve called him – joined me to make it clear he will not kowtow to political correctness. “It’s foolishness because, you know, the First Amendment guarantees people freedom of speech. What political correctness does is it makes people afraid to express themselves. So coming in the back door, it actually suppresses the First Amendment. And we need to be very, very wary of anything that takes away our constitutional rights.”

Secretary Carson went on to nail the consequences of caving into the Left’s tantrums. “Anything that doesn’t agree with them is a hateful word, and that’s what I mean when I said we need to be more mature than that. That’s what I might expect from a third-grade playground. If we make everything such a sensitive subject and everybody has to sit down and filter everything that they say, and we’re listening carefully to their words instead of what their meaning is, what do we become as a society and as a people? We’ve got to nip it in the bud before it gets to the place where everybody just is silent. And they can’t say anything because it’s going to offend somebody.”

He is speaking up for what is a commonsense policy: sexually-assaulted and abused women seeking shelter should not be forced to sleep next to men who think or act like they are women when they are biological men. But he is also speaking up for free speech and freedom of religion. The Left portrays the Trump administration as lacking compassion for people who need housing, but the opposite is true. It is the Department of House and Urban Development under Secretary Carson’s leadership that has expanded access to people who need housing because they are once again allowing faith-based organizations to partner with the government who were excluded during the Obama years. This inclusion of faith-based organization helps meet the needs in local communities all across America.

The Obama administration required faith-based groups to leave their faith at the door and pushed bizarre policies that put men in women’s homeless shelters. Thankfully, we have a HUD Secretary who understands the principle that has guided America for centuries — equal rights for all, special rights for none. That’s what makes America work — not political correctness.