Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.

–Ronald Reagan

Chapter 10. Elected to the Republican slate of delegates for Richard Nixon from the Great State of Tennessee…

Elected to the Republican slate of delegates for Richard Nixon from the Great State of Tennessee, I was in no way a kingmaker. After all, Richard Nixon raked in 5,378,704 votes in the primary or 86.92% of the votes cast, and 47,168,710 votes or 60.7% of those votes cast in the November general, a pulsating landslide victory, measurably meek however beside the Electoral College wipeout. The nation had spoken. The hippies had lost. Only Massachusetts and the District of Columbia sang blue. Voting District by voting district went red. The statistical maps of this election are truly work the search. Nixon. in a moonwalk, snagged 520 votes. George McGovern, pulled in a paltry 17, had lost his own home state. A single vote for the Libertarian candidate from California, a man now squarely forgotten and irrelevant in most circles today is worth noting however. In cherished EC, and should we add—Libertarian—tradition, whence electors retain their autonomy and free will of a sorts, a faithless elector, Roger MacBride, originally pledged to vote for Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew, instead punched the Libertarian ticket in protest of something now lost to obscurity, if not history itself. In United States presidential elections, a faithless elector is a member of the Electoral College who does not vote for the candidate they have pledged to vote for. Faithless electors are pledged electors and thus different from unpledged electors. Now, name the ticket the enterprising Virginia elector Roger MacBride supported in the 1972 EC. Trivia buffs, quickly, for $1000, the answer is…

On 158 occasions, electors have cast their votes for President or Vice President in a manner different from that prescribed by the legislature of the state they represented. Of those, 71 votes were changed because the original candidate died before the elector was able to cast a vote. Two votes were not cast at all when electors chose to abstain from casting their electoral vote for any candidate. The remaining 85 were changed by the elector’s personal interest, or perhaps by accident. Usually, the faithless electors act alone. An exception was the U.S. presidential election of 1836, in which 23 Virginia electors conspired to change their vote together. What is it with the Virginians?

The media were much more thorough back in the Nixon years than they are now in the Obama era. The Convention made the news that night. Governor Ronald Reagan (R-CA) and Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm (D-NY) were the only candidates who personally greeted the delegates. The remaining candidates of both major political parties sent stand-in representation or surrogates, as they call them now, to speak in glowing terms for their candidates.

At seventeen, dirty hand politics had wafted in on Sandburg’s little cat’s feet, assuming the form of school work which had always been and would remain my refuge from the war at home. School was a organizing box of pretty but disorganized relics I couldn’t take seriously until I arranged and re-arranged them to suit my will, to suit the sensibility that gave everyone a fair shot at becoming themselves with stealing that chance from other, but in its most basic form, it had always been an escape into the tender worlds of greatness more fitting the fluid self, the perfect traverse, the angle that had never been measured, the calculation that only a name could supply, the hour of the witness who would always stop short of sanctifying a lie where magnifying men die. sighing women cry, and the children simply stop being born. I never imagined myself having to fight others to win a place of belonging, a place of grace, a place where smart successful people were smart and successful enough to share what they had with not just the friends of strength and fame but its enemies just as generously. After Daly Chicago, the televised riots of 1968, Vietnam all these years, I hardly knew what to think about America, so other than memorizing facts and entertaining classmates with long rolling impertinent debates

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same”

Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.
Ronald Reagan

How do you tell a communist? Well, it’s someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It’s someone who understands Marx and Lenin.
Ronald Reagan

I favor the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and it must be enforced at gunpoint if necessary.
Ronald Reagan

I’ve never been able to understand why a Republican contributor is a ‘fat cat’ and a Democratic contributor of the same amount of money is a ‘public-spirited philanthropist’.
Ronald Reagan

I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress.
Ronald Reagan

Governments tend not to solve problems, only to rearrange them. Government always finds a need for whatever money it gets. Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
Ronald Reagan

Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves. Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.
Ronald Reagan

Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hit man.
Ronald Reagan

Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall!
Ronald Reagan

No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth!
Ronald Reagan

Information is the oxygen of the modern age. It seeps through the walls topped by barbed wire, it wafts across the electrified borders.
Ronald Reagan

If the federal government had been around when the Creator was putting His hand to this state, Indiana wouldn’t be here. It’d still be waiting for an environmental impact statement.
Ronald Reagan

Politics I supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.
Ronald Reagan

Politics is just like show business. You have a hell of an opening, coast for a while, and then have a hell of a close.
Ronald Reagan

Trust, but verify.
Ronald Reagan

Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face.
Ronald Reagan

Don’t read the NYT. It’s bad for your teeth. Or something.
GT

We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.
Ronald Reagan

If I eat enough bread and rice, maybe I will become too big to fail.
GT

A tree’s a tree. How many more do you need to look at?
Ronald Reagan

You can tell alot about a fellow’s character by his way of eating jellybeans.
Ronald Reagan

When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.
Ronald Reagan

We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.
Ronald Reagan

The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.
Ronald Reagan

Today, if you invent a better mousetrap, the government comes along with a better mouse.
Ronald Reagan

There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves erect.
Ronald Reagan

The taxpayer – that’s someone who works for the federal government but doesn’t have to take the civil service examination.
Ronald Reagan
Recession is when a neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours.
Ronald Reagan

Approximately 80% of our air pollution stems from hydrocarbons released by vegetation, so let’s not go overboard in setting and enforcing tough emission standards from man-made sources. Ronald Reagan

Both parties have already looted social security over the years, to the tune of 2.6 trillion, replacing the money with non-negotiable paper – and they just don’t want to pay it back. So instead, they did what any out-of-control government does.. they devised a plan to punish their victims. They should all be indicted and have their personal property seized like you and I would suffer once we were caught embezzling. Nobody asked us if it was okay to ‘borrow” that money. Straight up fraud.

At the Democratic Primary, with hundreds of delegates angry at McGovern for one reason or another, the vote was chaotic, with at least three other candidates having their names put into nomination and votes scattered over 70 candidates (including one, Mao Zedong, who was not from the United States and was in fact a Communist leader in China). Now that Mao has made it into the Obama administration…

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