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A Time For Choosing By Ronald Reagan

On October 27, 1964, Ronald Reagan gave this (below) great, and insightful speech, on behalf of Barry Goldwater, Republican candidate for the presidency of The United States. The entire speech can be read here.

If you forward the video to around 4:25, Reagan speaks these “hauntingly familiar” words:

“…they use terms like the “Great Society,” or as we were told a few days ago by the President, we must accept a “greater government activity in the affairs of the people.” But they have been a little more explicit in the past and among themselves–and all of the things that I now will quote have appeared in print. These are not Republican accusations. For example, they have voices that say “the cold war will end through acceptance of a not undemocratic socialism.” Another voice says that the profit motive has become outmoded, it must be replaced by the incentives of the welfare state; or our traditional system of individual freedom is incapable of solving the complex problems of the 20th century. Senator Fullbright has said at Stanford University that the Constitution is outmoded. He referred to the president as our moral teacher and our leader, and he said he is hobbled in his task by the restrictions in power imposed on him by this antiquated document. He must be freed so that he can do for us what he knows is best. And Senator Clark of Pennsylvania, another articulate spokesman, defines liberalism as “meeting the material needs of the masses through the full power of centralized government.” Well, I for one resent it when a representative of the people refers to you and me–the free man and woman of this country–as “the masses.” This is a term we haven’t applied to ourselves in America. But beyond that, “the full power of centralized government”–this was the very thing the Founding Fathers sought to minimize. They knew that governments don’t control things. A government can’t control the economy without controlling people. And they know when a government sets out to do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose…”




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  1. If there were more great speeches today, like this one by Ronald Reagan, I would possibly take the time to listen to them.

    Just think how much different the world would be today, if the American people as a whole would have put a halt to the growth of big government back then as Ronald Reagan was advising. All of the problems he brought up have been compounded to the present. Even though they were starting to have years in the red in the 60’s, they didn’t have them every year as we have today. No one can say we were not warned about the problems we face today.

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