July 4 Special! "A Time for Choosing"

Michael Moeller's picture
Submitted by Michael Moeller on Sat, 2010-07-03 19:40

"You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children's children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done."--Ronald Reagan, 1964.

This speech was being discussed on NRO, and I thought it worth a post here. I think the content is exceptional for a politician, but that is not all. What impresses me is the style in which he delivers the content of this speech. He presents his principles as a man completely self-assured and confident in what he is saying. Fearless, unapologetic, charismatic yet composed. In an era of meaningless apologies, apologies for one's principles, empty platitudes like "hope" and "change", the complete inability to debate the substance and principles of political issues, I find this speech something to savour.

I actually meant to post...

Marcus's picture

...this here:


It came to me in a dream last night.

My Hero, Barry Goldwater

Brant Gaede's picture

My hero. In 1959 I heard him debate with Stewart Udall at the University of Arizona the question of whether federal aid to education would result in federal control of education, which I thought was so ridiculous on the face of it that I could not understand how anyone would even think it wouldn't. I was 15.

(In front of the same auditorium nine years later, April 1968, I saw Robert Kennedy get up on the back of a truck and give an impromptu campaign speech. I couldn't understand the seeming lack of security. Just seven months back from Vietnam, security was always on my mind. I couldn't stand the thought of not having a gun and went and purchased a .357 magnum Colt Python revolver I still have today, the previous fall. I didn't have it with me that day, but I had a briefcase and if it had been inside I could have killed him right then and there, not that I had any mind to.)


And ...

Lindsay Perigo's picture

Goldwater KASSes the Moral Majority:

Goldwater's best utterance

Lindsay Perigo's picture

"Extremism in the defence of liberty is no vice; moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue."

Good choice Michael.

Olivia's picture

"No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size, so 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]

I love his calm, resolute certainty too, the type of leader that one could happily salute. As rare as a unicorn now.

Yes, magnificent!

Lindsay Perigo's picture

And all the more horrifying to reflect that Goldwater then lost in a landslide to Lyndon Johnson and his "Great Society." Ugh!

Future generations "will wonder how those who had the most to lose [from the end of freedom] did the least to prevent it happening."

I wish every network would broadcast this, simultaneously, on July 4.

My family and I were watching my DVD of other Reagan speeches last night. We truly didn't know what we had at the time.

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