Today in History – August 23, 1984

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On this day in 1984, Ronald Reagan accepted the Republican nomination for President. That morning he also gave remarks at a prayer breakfast in Dallas. This is a quote from the remarks he made at that prayer breakfast:

“We establish no religion in this country, nor will we ever. We command no worship. We mandate no belief. But we poison our society when we remove its theological underpinnings. We court corruption when we leave it bereft of belief. All are free to believe or not believe; all are free to practice a faith or not. But those who believe must be free to speak of and act on their belief, to apply moral teaching to public questions.

I submit to you that the tolerant society is open to and encouraging of all religions. And this does not weaken us; it strengthens us, it makes us strong. You know, if we look back through history to all those great civilizations, those great nations that rose up to even world dominance and then deteriorated, declined, and fell, we find they all had one thing in common. One of the significant forerunners of their fall was their turning away from their God or gods.

Without God, there is no virtue, because there’s no prompting of the conscience. Without God, we’re mired in the material, that flat world that tells us only what the senses perceive. Without God, there is a coarsening of the society. And without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure. If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.

If I could just make a personal statement of my own — in these 3-1/2 years I have understood and known better than ever before the words of Lincoln, when he said that he would be the greatest fool on this footstool called Earth if he ever thought that for one moment he could perform the duties of that office without help from One who is stronger than all. “

Here is a LINK to the complete speech.


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3 Responses to Today in History – August 23, 1984

  1. czarowniczy says:

    He was an orator. I think I mentioned it before but when I was assigned to the 1988 RNC in NOLA Inended up being driver/security for one of the top guys, big money. As I was active duty I had tonwear civilian clothes but could use my ID card to grt us on thru the base’s back gate when AF One landed there. Regular civilian traffic had to use the main gate and, as I was driving a VIP I got to drive out onto the flightline where the Presidential limo was prepped. That’s where I got to meet Reagan for the first time. Nothing big, juat a ‘hiya and a handshake’ as he greeted the workers.
    On the night Reagan gave the address at the convention when they nominated Bush I I was under the stage in a room where his speec writers were reviewing and rewriting his speech he was getting ready to deliver. He’s up over our heads delivering thst speech and I get to go outside judt inside of the curtains to listen. The Superdome was filled but you could hear a pin drop as he spoke. That was right up there with meeting John Paul in the rain.

    As good as Trump is he isn’t Reagan…at least not yet.

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    • jeans2nd says:

      Wow. That is def a memory worth sharing. Thank you.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        I’ve posted this before, at CTH I believe, and when the person I was assigned to passes I msy mention his name. If you live in the NE or have an interest in the big-money game you’ll recognize it…I got access to an amazing number of people those two weeks, even got close rnough to Kissinger to poke him with a sharp stick but circumstances forbade it.

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