by: Brent Smith
I was recently watching an old video titled, “A Time for Choosing,” by Ronaldus Magnus (h/t: Rush Limbaugh), or Ronald Reagan as non-ditto-heads would know him. Yes, I know and I agree that I’m a total geek.
But we can learn a lot by reading and viewing history, and some of Reagan’s old stuff, soon after his conservative eyes were open, are his most powerful.
Sure, he was an actor, but one could tell when he spoke, that he meant every word he said about conservatism and his love for America.
The speech I share with you was of Reagan in October, 1964, on the campaign trail for Barry Goldwater, who was running against Lyndon Johnson.
As an aside an just my opinion, but Goldwater’s loss to Johnson was kind of the the straw that broke the back of originalist America and marked the beginning of massive government expansion and the entitlement age in this country – Johnson’s so-called Great Society.
Of particular interest is when Reagan began speaking of freedom. He began by saying that, “I think it’s time we asked ourselves if we still know the freedoms that were intended for us by the founding fathers” (3:00).
From there Reagan told of two friends of his that were talkng to a Cuban businessman who had escaped the communist Castro regime. Reagan said in midst of their conversation; one of his friends turned to the other and said, “We don’t know how lucky we are.” And the Cuban stopped and said, how lucky you are? I had some place to escape to.”
Reagan explained that in that short sentence the refugee told America the, “entire story. If we lose freedom here, there’s no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth.”
57 years ago Ronald Reagan was asking the people of this country, whether the elite few in Washington D.C., “can plan our lives for us, better than we can them ourselves.”
Fast forward to today and I think, much to Reagan’s dismay, the question has all but been answered.
I’d like to say that this is but one more example of history repeating itself. But it’s not. It’s merely the continuation, possibly the culmination, of decades of leftism.
The bottom line is that if this video were cleaned up, colorized, and the references to Johnson, Goldwater and Vietnam removed, and yes the paltry dollar amounts of mere millions and billions, most of this speech would be more applicable today than it was in 1964. Or maybe someone like Jim Jordan could take it on as a sort-of a re-release.
Ronald Reagan, “A Time for Choosing,” October 27, 1964: