By Rick Manning
In the last State of the Union address in 1988,
President Ronald Reagan used the opportunity to remind Americans and
Congress of the greatness that America aspires to, not through increased
government, but through increased liberty.
In 1988, he said, “I don't buy the idea that this is the last year of
anything, because we're not talking here tonight about registering
temporary gains but ways of making permanent our successes. And that's
why our focus is the values, the principles, and ideas that made America
great. Let's be clear on this point. We're for limited government,
because we understand, as the Founding Fathers did, that it is the best
way of ensuring personal liberty and empowering the individual so that
every American of every race and region shares fully in the flowering
of American prosperity and freedom.
“One other thing we Americans like — the future — like the sound of
it, the idea of it, the hope of it. Where others fear trade and economic
growth, we see opportunities for creating new wealth and undreamed-of
opportunities for millions in our own land and beyond. Where others
seek to throw up barriers, we seek to bring them down. Where others
take counsel of their fears, we follow our hopes. Yes, we Americans
like the future and like making the most of it.”
Just 24 years later, we will have another of the annual State of the
Union addresses, this time by a President desperate for re-election
trying to justify policies that have shredded liberty and economic
A President who has made class warfare the hallmark of his presidency
and through his philosophical intransigence has created a debt burden
on our nation unparalleled in history.
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