In the words of Thomas Paine: "These are times that try men's souls." We need more than summer soldiers and sunshine patriots. If we believe in principles of free enterprise that made our country great, we must stand up for them again today. We must draw anew on the individual strength, ingenuity, and vision that built America. But our gaze is not set on the past; it's firmly fixed on tomorrow. We must not mortgage our children's future to pay for the mistakes of today. The choice before our generation is grave, but clear: We must either face and solve our problems now or surrender to them forever.
Ronald Reagan Remarks at the Legislative Conference of the National Association of Realtors