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Who Governs You?

Posted in Government and Politics by TeeJaw on Thursday, January 20, 2011, 10: 53 PM

From Ronald Reagan’s first inaugural address:

    In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. From time to time we’ve been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. But if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else?

    — Ronald Reagan, January 20, 1981

    What I do say is, that no man is good enough to govern another man, without that other’s consent

    — Abraham Lincoln, from the speech at Peoria, Illinois October 16, 1854.

Here is the complete audio of Reagan’s first inaugural address:

The complete text of Reagan’s first Inaugural is here.

I want to govern myself and I don’t give my consent to be governed by anyone else.

Who governs you?

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