I joined the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation as a charter member of some kind a few months ago. I wanted to be involved during the year of Reagan’s Centennial Birthday Celebration (Feb 6, 2011).
Anyway, as part of the membership I receive various publications throughout the year. The most recent was a schedule of upcoming events at the Reagan Library related to The President’s 100th Birthday. On the flip side of the newsletter was this quote, which I thought was appropriate to post today, given the times we live in.
Our Government has no power except that granted by the people. It is time to check and reverse the growth of government, which shows signs of having grown beyond the consent of the governed.
It is my intention to curb the size and influence of the federal establishment and to demand recognition of the distinction between the powers granted to the federal government and those reserved to the states or to the people. All of us need to be reminded that the federal government did not create the states. The states created the federal government.
Reagan’s First Inaugural Address – Jan 20, 1981
The more things change, the more they stay the same.