“In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our
problem; government is the problem. From time to time we've been
tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by
self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government
for, by, and of the people.
"Well, if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else? All
of us together, in and out of government, must bear the burden. The
solutions we seek must be equitable, with no one group singled out to
pay a higher price.”
From Ronald Reagan's first inaugural address, taking over in a time of gas lines, outrageous taxes, unaffordable mortgage interest rates and Americans held hostage in Iran.