Cheryl and I visited the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library in Simi Valley, CA today. Regardless of one’s politics, it is an inspiring place to spend an afternoon.
Many of the issues of Reagan’s day were similar to what we face today; high unemployment, wars and skirmishes, government run amok, and more. However, we could not help but come away from our visit with an uplifting sense of the great communicator’s ability to speak to the heart, in pragmatic language that rings true even today.
Here are a few of the quotes I enjoyed during our visit. Maybe they’ll resonate and give you something to consider as well.
- I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph. And there's purpose and worth to each and every life. (Carved in stone at his graveside.)
- There are no easy answers' but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.
- To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last - but eat you he will.
- We might come closer to balancing the Budget if all of us lived closer to the Commandments and the Golden Rule.
- Government always finds a need for whatever money it gets.
- Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.
Inspired? Ready to drive real change forward again? Anyone else want to run for office?
PS boarding AirForce One, and seeing a real piece of the Berlin Wall, a steel girder from the Twin Towers, and many other historical mementos was also good cause for the trip.