We Are Americans

The crisis we are facing today does not require of us the kind of sacrifice that Martin Treptow and so many thousands of others were called upon to make. It does require, however, our best effort, and our willingness to believe in ourselves and to believe in our capacity to perform great deeds; to believe that together, with God’s help, we can and will resolve the problems which now confront us.

And, after all, why shouldn’t we believe that? We are Americans. God bless you, and thank you.

 

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Fundamental Difference — Big Government

 

I believe that there is a fundamental difference and I think it has been evident with most of the answers Mr. Carter has given tonight. That he seeks the solution to anything as another opportunity for a federal government program. I happen to believe that the federal government has usurped powers and autonomy and authority that belongs back at the state and local level. It has imposed on the individual freedoms of the people. And there are more of these things that could be solved by the people themselves, if they were given a chance.

 

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Our First Priority Must Be World Peace

 

I will tell you that I believe with all my heart that our first priority must be world peace. And that use of force is always and only a last resort. When everything else has failed. And then only with regard to our national security.

 

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Reagan On Oil: There are vast supplies yet to be found

 

That we have only leased out and begun to explore 2% of our outer continental shelf for oil. There are vast supplies yet to be found. Our government has in the last year or so, taken out of multiple use, millions of acres of public lands. That’s probably 70% of the potential oil in the United States… is probably hidden in those lands. And no one is allowed even to go in to explore, to found out if it’s there. This is particularly true of the recent efforts to shut down part of Alaska.

 

 

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Energy Rich Country, Coal and Regulation

 

This nation has been portrayed for too long of time to the people as being energy poor. When it is energy rich. The coal that the president mentioned, yes, we have it. And yet, 1/8 of our total core resources is not being utilized at all, right now. The mines are close down, there are 22,000 miners out of work. Most of this is due to regulations. Which either interfere with the mining of it or prevent the burning of it. With our modern technology, yes we can burn our coal within the limits of the clean air act. I think as technology improves we will be able to do even better with that.

 

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