Click here for 29 full quotes from Ronald Reagan in the book Dutch.
OR click on an issue category below for a subset.
As CA governor, reluctantly signed Therapeutic Abortion bill.
Abortion on demand does emotional harm.
Budget & Economy|
Hold taxes & spending down to maintain economic growth.
Dismisses seriousness of stock market crash.
Consoled Taiwan when Nixon went to China.
Bergen-Belsen concentration camp: Never again.
Iran-Contra: maybe authorized it, unknowingly.
Softened on "Gov't isn't the solution; gov't is the problem".
Viewed AIDS biblically, like sins of sex & abortion.
Announces his Alzheimer’s, to promote public understanding.
Defense is not a budget issue; do B-1, MX, Trident & Stealth.
SDI: intercept and destroy ballistic missiles.
Share SDI instead of MAD.
Reykjavik: refused to trade SDI for nuclear disarmament.
Trust but verify: INF cut 1000s of missiles.
"Evil Empire" speech succeeded where nukes failed to impress.
Principles & Values|
Survives getting shot; an “excellent physical specimen”.
Political spectrum: up is freedom; down is statism.
Re-election: Morning in America; ship of state realigned.
What you see is what you get with Reagan, and nothing more.
The Shining City is freer, and is left in good hands.
Seems to lack recognition; but sees people deeply.
Author Morris is character "Dutch" in Reagan's bio.
Kept perfect White House diary, but revealed little of self.
Failed at restructuring system to avoid bankruptcy.
War & Peace|
Protected Israel, but demanded they stop shelling Beirut.
Invaded Grenada right after Beirut bombing.
Welfare & Poverty|
As CA Governor, opposed AFDC as rewarding lack of work.
Many homeless choose to be; ACLU fosters homelessness.