Remarks at a Republican
Campaign Rally in
The President. Thank you very much, and, Governor Jim, thank you very much. And a very good morning to all of you. And having had a few minutes here to look at some of the signs, there's a lot of talent here that could be used on political commercials. And a special hello to Jim Broyhill and Jim Holshouser, Jesse Helms, Jack Hawke, and Jim Gardner.
know, it's a real pleasure to come here to
That reminds me of a story -- when you're my age, everything reminds you of a story. [Laughter] You know, in those previous times, there was a Tarheel who was running for office as a Republican. And he was out in the rural area, and he saw a farm there and decided to step in and do a little campaigning. And he announced who he was to the farmer, who said, ``Well, wait right here till I get Ma. She's never seen a Republican before.'' [Laughter] But while he was gone getting Ma, the candidate looked around for something. He thought he'd give them a little speech and looked for something in the nature of a platform. And all he could find was a pile of that stuff Bess Truman took 35 years getting Harry to call fertilizer. [Laughter] And there he was, ready to speak, and when they came back, he gave them a little Republican pitch. When he was finished, the farmer said, ``That's the first Republican speech I ever heard.'' And the candidate said, ``That's the first time I ever made a speech from a Democratic platform.'' [Laughter]
that's in the past now.
a future of peace through strength, and prosperity through liberty, personified
by the man I believe will be the next President of the
The opposition can say that ideology and values don't matter. The opposition can try to hide what they believe. Wasn't George Bush right when he said that the opposition is over there in left field, they're out of the mainstream of American politics, and their policies can only be described by the dreaded ``L'' word: Liberal, liberal, liberal! [Applause]
from top to bottom, from President to Congress to local office, especially here
we took office 8 years ago,
me explain something that perhaps many of you might not be aware of. You know, the figure for the rate of unemployment -- well, of
course, there are always people between jobs or looking for a new one, or new
entrants into the job force -- but that isn't the figure that counts. The
so-called potential employment pool in the
at Jim Martin's
course, you know that the
now, what we've done with the economy is very important, and it must continue,
but what we believe in is much more than that. Our greatest treasure as a
nation is our precious moral heritage, the basic values of faith and family
that make ours a great nation. It's the power of the family that holds the
nation together and that gives
often said there really are only two things the liberals don't understand: the
things that change and the things that don't change. [Laughter] The economy,
technology -- these things change. But
Now, let me just give you an example of the difference between our values and theirs. The liberals recently proposed a Federal child-care assistance program. Sounds all right so far. But under their program, if you want assistance and wish to leave your children with their grandmothers, the grandmothers would have to be licensed by the Federal Government.
Audience members. Booo!
The President. Now, one of the liberal congressional staff members behind the bill was asked by a reporter -- after I said that the first time -- was that true? And the reply came that, well, of course, it's true. After all -- and here's his quote -- ``How else can you design a program that receives Federal funds?'' [Laughter] Licensing grandmothers -- can you believe that? [Laughter] The next thing you know, they'll say that barbecuing ribs is an environmental hazard. [Laughter]
Another area where we differ is crime. We've appointed serious-minded judges who respect the Constitution and know the meaning of the word punishment. Violent crime has fallen significantly since 1981 because we put criminals on notice: Make a false move and the next sound you hear is the clang of a jail cell door closing. George Bush and I also believe that a crack dealer with a machinegun who murders a police officer in the line of duty should receive the death penalty. If you ask me, there are no Americans braver and no citizens more precious than the men and women who guard us -- our State and local police. And George Bush and I stand behind them.
But what about the liberals? They oppose the death
penalty. They oppose it absolutely and in every case. And sometimes they seem
to care more about the rights of criminals than the rights of victims. And if
you ask me, we don't need to see the job of the police made any tougher by the
kind of furloughing of first-degree murderers, even those ineligible for parole, that we've seen in the State of
fighting crime and restoring our economy, we also went to work on our nation's
defenses. We're once again respected in the world. Our Armed Forces are strong,
Now, I know that, here and there, there have been some people concerned that maybe our making some progress with them means that I've turned somehow inside myself and perhaps not being as watchful as I should be about our Soviet neighbors. And that's not true. I just have one slogan that guides me. It's an old American slogan: Trust everybody, but cut the cards. [Laughter]
none of this, my friends, none of this could have happened if the liberals had
their way. There would have been no INF treaty or rollback in
there's something else we've done that I'm particularly proud about. And that's
pushing ahead in our efforts to protect the
But there's even more that we must do. We must go to battle to take the Hill -- Capitol Hill, that is. You know that, like many of you, I'm a former Democrat. And it's often said that the once-proud Democratic Party of F.D.R. and Harry Truman is dead and gone; that the Democratic Party has been taken over by the left; that the departure from the mainstream, which we began to see at their 1968 convention, now defines the party at the national level, especially the liberal leadership in Congress. But there's something you should know. The party of F.D.R. and Harry Truman couldn't be killed. The party that represents people like you and me, that represents the majority of Americans -- this party hasn't disappeared. The fact is, we're stronger than ever.
You see, the secret is that when the left took over the Democratic Party leadership, we took over the Republican Party. We made the Republican Party into the party of working people; the family; the neighborhood; the defense of freedom; and, yes, ``one nation under God.'' So, you see, the party that so many of us grew up with still exists, except today it's called the Republican Party. And I'm asking all of you to come home and join me.
say come home because the liberal leadership in
me take an opinion poll of my own. When you vote Republican at the top of the
ticket, will you also make sure to vote for the ``Tiptop Tarheel
Seven'': Howard Coble, Alex McMillan, Cass Ballenger, and once again Tom Fetzer, Lyons Gray, Ted Blanton, and Charles Taylor?
[Applause] And will you make sure to vote for a great guy who's running for
Lieutenant Governor, Jim Gardner? [Applause] Will you make sure to cast your
ballot for Sam Wilson for attorney general? [Applause] They all need you, and
that's what's on the line this year and why the thousands of you here today --
each and every one of you -- have a responsibility to get the truth out all
Now, I'm going to stick my neck out here and say something that maybe would have you think I'm sticking my nose in your business. But having been a Governor for 8 years, and having had the advantage of the line-item veto -- which I used 932 times and was never overridden once -- I have a suggestion for all of you: Get these people I've mentioned here by name in office and get to the point where you can add a little something to your Governor's power and give him, first of all, the right of veto itself, which he presently does not have. And then you can stick that other line in front of it about ``line-item'' also. So far we haven't been able to get it.
me just say to you here -- you know, I'll go back to something else. I've got a
nasty habit now and a new hobby. It isn't a part of the speech, but I just
can't help -- I am collecting jokes that I can find are written by people in
But one I did tell him -- and I'll repeat to you -- is this joke has an American and a Russian arguing about their systems. And the American said, ``Look, I can go into the Oval Office and pound the President's desk, and say, `Mr. President, I don't like the way you're running our country.''' And the Russian said, ``I can do that.'' The American said, ``You can?'' He says, ``Yes. I can go into the Kremlin, in the General Secretary's office, pound his desk, and say, `Mr. General Secretary, I don't like the way President Reagan's running his country.''' [Laughter]
Well, thank you all, and God bless you all.
Note: The President
spoke at at the