Everyone loves a pithy quote. Some of my favorites, and ones that best summarize my views on government, come from the late President Ronald Reagan.
"Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it."
When you actually look at how deeply the government interferes in the lives of Americans, you realize the truth of this statement.
"Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty."
Now that we have a House, Senate, and Presidency controlled by politicians that are far left of the electorate and who have promised ever more government involvement, this quote should make you think.
"Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves."
Its anti trans-fat regulation shows that California has become one of the worst nanny states. It's ironic then that Reagan was one of California's most popular governors.
"Thomas Jefferson once said, 'We should never judge a president by his age, only by his works.' And ever since he told me that, I stopped worrying. "
McCain may have gained more support, or at least better deflected some criticism, if he had been this witty when people questioned his age.
"The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help."
I once said this at work to a government representative who said he was there to help. Thank goodness he thought it was funny.
Leaving the most inspirational for last:
"Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today's world do not have."