Reagan Talks about the Democrats

Hard work never killed anyone, Ronald Reagan used to say, but why take the chance?

Reagan was often accused by critics of not working very hard, and he responded with this characteristic jibe. We now know that the critics were wrong about his work ethic. Read through his diaries or look at the copies of his handwritten speeches and radio scripts, and you see that this was a man who worked very hard on communicating ideas.

And one of the things he worked hardest on was humor.

Reagan told jokes to people he met while searching for votes, and to foreign leaders. Sitting down with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev at a summit meeting, he told a cutting joke: Two guys are standing in line waiting for vodka. Finally one grew impatient and says, “This is ridiculous. I’m going to go and kill Gorbachev.” He leaves and comes back 20 minutes later. “Did you do it?” his friend asks him. “No, he responds. That line was even longer than this line!”

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  1. cynthia curran says

    believe it or not, I like Reagan on some things and Nixon on others. Both Reagan and Nixon seem to get things done in foreign policy better than likes say George W Bush. Reagan helped to destroy the communist system and Nixon use the Chinese against the Russians.

    • George Michalopulos says

      Yes, but he took us off the gold standard. The erosion in the dollar since then has been a constant. True, a president could pursue a strong dollar policy (as did Reagan) but the tide is against such a policy.

  2. cynthia curran says

    Well, Reagan believed that to have peace you had to have a very strong defense. History verifies this, periods where a particular country had an overwhelming military advantage are usually more peaceful than others. When people are more on equal footing this invites war. Granted, I doubt that the US could have kept Reagan’s military spending after the cold war.

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  6. cynthia curran says

    off topic form Ronald Reagan but of interested to George. George mention once about Constantine the Great and how is many look at him negatively. I was reading online a collection of inscriptions published on Roman Rulers during the past 20 years and the province of Numdia on Northern Africa sees Constantine as the victor over Maxentius and Constantine suppressed the tyrant Maxentius. So, Constantine unlike what many historians think today because of some of the written ancient sources is a hero.

    • George Michalopulos says

      Of course he was. The current demonization of him began with radical Protestants about 200 or so years ago because he protected the Church, which they believe became corrupted as the Catholic Church. They have to sustain their mythology to justify their own sin of schism.

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  9. cynthia curran says

    A new type of conservatiim which really goes back to Cicero. Studying ancient Rome, there was a lot of patronage which means that rich people contributed on their own to their local ciiites by helping to built a new theatre or repair this and that it was lost more in the later Empire. This reduces the need for things done at the larger government level to bring back more patronage. The Romans at their height in the 2nd century spend only 8 to 10 percent of the GNP on government and even in the latter empire which had a greater bureacracy the earlier Byzantine empire I doubt it was much greater than 12 percent. They could built roads, Aquaeducts and defense walls that lasted centuries while modern governments spend a lot more of the GNP. Lastly the welfare state was the bare essentials mainly to prevent people from starving in major cities and habing riots over the lack of food. Granted, there was entertainment but a lot of this entertainment involved wealthly citizens not just the Roman state in contributing money.

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  11. cynthiacurran says

    What is interesitng is I found out that Reagan believe the usual Magog and Gog were Russia insted that it might be referring to Turkey.