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‘A feeling that government is now a separate force beyond the people’s control.’



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Guess which Republican leader said this?

At the moment there appears to be a panic fear afloat in the air, partly due to a feeling that government is now a separate force beyond the people’s control, that their voices echo unheeded in the vast and multitudinous halls of government. I do not remember a time when so many Americans, regardless of their economic and social standing, have been so suspicious and apprehensive of the aims, the credibility, and the competence of the Federal establishment.

It sounds like Newt Gingrich, or Tim Pawlenty, or Mitt Romney, discussing the prevailing mood of the Tea Parties today.

But it was Ronald Reagan in 1968.

Another quote from him that era: “The fetish of complexity, the trick of making hard decisions harder to make- the art, finally, of rationalizing the non- decision, have made a ruin of American foreign policy.”

Sounds like someone discussing Egypt today, no?

Cam mentioned both quotes to me last night; he’s reading The Age of Reagan.


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