“Four years ago, I spoke to you of a new beginning and we have accomplished that. But in another sense, our new beginning is a continuation of that beginning created two centuries ago when, for the first time in history, government, the people said, was not our master, it is our servant; its only power that which we the people allow it to have.
“That system has never failed us, but, for a time, we failed the system. We asked things of government that government was not equipped to give. We yielded authority to the National Government that properly belonged to States or to local governments or to the people themselves. We allowed taxes and inflation to rob us of our earnings and savings and watched the great industrial machine that had made us the most productive people on Earth slow down and the number of unemployed increase. …
“Tax rates have been reduced, inflation cut dramatically, and more people are employed than ever before in our history.
“We are creating a nation once again vibrant, robust, and alive.”
Thanks to The Wall Street Journal for reprinting a portion of Ronald Reagan’s second inaugural address from Jan. 21, 1985.