Ronald Reagan – government.

“It is not my intention to do away with government. It is, rather, to make it 
work — work with us, not over us; to stand by our side, not ride on our back. 
government can and must provide opportunity, not smother it; foster 
productivity, not stifle it. It is no coincidence that our present troubles 
parallel and are proportionate to the intervention and intrusion in our lives 
that result from unnecessary and excessive growth of government. … We shall 
reflect the compassion that is so much a part of your makeup. How can we love 
our country and not love our countrymen, and loving them, not reach out a hand 
when they fall, heal them when they are sick, and provide opportunities to make 
them self-sufficient so they will be equal in fact and not just in theory? … 
We are a nation under God, and I believe God intended for us to be free. It 
would be fitting and good, I think, if on each Inauguration Day in future years 
it should be declared a day of prayer.”
– Ronald Reagan
(1911-2004) 40th US President
Source: First Inaugural Address, 1981

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