Ronald Reagan in Quotations

A Topical Dictionary, with Sources, of the Presidential Years

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About the Book

President Ronald Reagan’s folksy way with words and evocative delivery earned him the moniker “The Great Communicator.” From witty political challenges like “Go ahead, make my day” to legendary international demands such as “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall,” Reagan’s idioms have become engrained in America’s historical lexicon. This encyclopedic compilation gathers nearly 2500 quotations from speeches and other public addresses that Reagan delivered, either in person or on radio or television, during his eight years as president. Organized topically into more than 60 primary subject areas, the entries reveal Reagan’s policy thought on issues from abortion to welfare reform. Each includes information on the title, date, venue, and audience of the speech from which the phrase is taken. The most comprehensive collection of Reagan quotations available, this accessible work offers new and revealing insights into the mind and heart of the fortieth president.

About the Author(s)

A retired corporate attorney, David B. Frost lives in Daytona Beach Shores, Florida.

Bibliographic Details

Compiled by David B. Frost
Format: hardcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 232
Bibliographic Info: index
Copyright Date: 2012
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6581-1
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8786-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Introduction      1

Abortion      3

Agriculture      5

American Exceptionalism      7

American Spirit      13

Apartheid      17

Arts and Humanities      17

Berlin Wall      18

Brotherhood      21

Budgetary and Fiscal Policies      22

Budgetary and Economic Forecasts 22; Deficit Reduction 23; Deficits 28; Inflation 31; Reaganomics (General 32; Economic Bill of Rights 36; Spending 37; Taxation 41)

Business      45

Central Intelligence Agency      47

Class Warfare      48

Communism      49

Constitution      52

Crime and Justice      54

Criminal Justice System 54; Illegal Drugs      57

Declaration of Independence      59

Democracy      60

Developing (Third World) Economies      62

Education      63

General 63; School Choice 67; Teachers      68

Elections and Voting      69

Energy Policy      71

Environment      72

Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights      73

General 73; Affirmative Action      77

Family      78

Foreign Policy      81

Founding Fathers      83

Free Market Capitalism      84

Freedom and Liberty      89

General 89; Speaking Out for Freedom      95

God and Country      101

Government      105

General 105; Economic Intervention 109; Regulation 110; Role of State and Local Government (“Federalism”) 111; Trust the People      114

Healthcare      118

Holocaust      118

Human Rights      120

Human Spirit      122

Immigration and Ethnic Diversity      124

International Relations      126

International Trade      129

Free Trade 129; Protectionism      132

Israel and the Middle East      134

Judiciary      136

Rule of Law 136; Federal Judiciary 137; Judicial Nominations Process      139

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr      140

Labor      141

National Security      142

Military Strength 142; Negotiating the Arms Race with the Soviets 148; Nuclear War and Its Deterrence      152

North Atlantic Treaty Organization      155

Olympics      156

Patriotism      157

General 157; National Symbols      158

Peace      159

Political Leadership      163

General 163; Bipartisanship 165; Learning from the Past      167

Politics      168

General 168; Democrats 169; Republicans      171

Presidency      174

Reagan on Reagan      177

Hard Work and Self-Reliance 177; His Age 178; His Critics 181; His Faith 182; Jellybeans 184; His Legacy 185; Life’s Plan 188; On Becoming a Republican 189; Optimism 190; Race Relations      193

School Prayer      194

Science and Technology      196

Senior Citizens      198

Social Security      198

Soviet Union      199

Space Program      203

Terrorism      204

Unemployment      206

United Nations      207

Veterans      208

General 208; Vietnam Veterans      209

Voluntarism      211

Washington, D.C      213

Welfare      216

General 216; Welfare Reform      219

Index      221

Book Reviews & Awards

“highly recommended”—Midwest Book Review; “this comprehensive and accessible collection of quotation provides both an important adjunct to the study of the fortieth US president, but also makes an excellent starting point for further thoughts on the subjects covered. It is an entertaining browse as well as a useful sourcebook”—Reference Reviews