I think the American people have become more reliant upon government and less reliant upon themselves and that they now tend to put security ahead of freedom, but I think freedom is the most important aspect of our lives.
Most politicians - those people who live, eat and breathe politics - like to sit around and talk about politics and tell political war stories. Reagan didn't do that. His war stories were movie war stories and Hollywood war stories. He loved that.
The best thing going for us is Al Gore. I cannot conceive how the American people could elect him. On the other hand, I couldn't conceive how they could elect a Jimmy Carter or Bill Clinton - especially Clinton in '96.
The reason this country continues its drift toward socialism and big nanny government is because too many people vote in the expectation of getting something for nothing, not because they have a concern for what is good for the country.
Several things about Reagan are unusual in a public man. He was not a typical politician at all, but a private man in public life.
Freedom is our most precious commodity and if we are not eternally vigilant, government will take it all away. Individual freedom demands individual responsibility.
Government should work to insure the rights of the individual, not plot to take them away.
I don't like government, it's just that simple.
That government is not a necessary good but an unavoidable evil.
That guns do more than protect us from criminals; more importantly, they protect us from the ongoing threat of government.
These things I believe: that government should butt out.
A better educated electorate might change the reason many persons vote.
The tree of liberty needs to be watered from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
I sometimes lie awake at night trying to think of something funny that Richard Nixon said.
I'm not a social friend of the Reagans. That's by their choice and by mine. They don't drink enough.