Ronald Reagan gave his speech, “A Time for Choosing,” or “A Rendezvous With Destiny,” on October 27, 1964, during Barry Goldwater’s campaign at the Republican National Convention. Its amazing wisdom is of particular importance today.
In 1964, despite a continued communist presence in Washington, Hollywood, and academia, the danger was mostly from external enemies of the United States. Today, we have a Fascist president who both protects and abets the expansion of the Muslim Caliphate.
Oh for the days when America was led by a real American.
Ronald Reagan understood the threat of socializing medicine. He said, “Realize that the doctor’s fight against socialized medicine is your fight. We can’t socialize the doctors without socializing the patients. Recognize that government invasion of public power is eventually an assault upon your own business. If some among you fear taking a stand because you are afraid of reprisals from customers, clients, or even government, recognize that you are just feeding the crocodile hoping he’ll eat you last.”
He also saw the issue with increasingly large and powerful government. He said, “Public servants say, always with the best of intentions, ‘What greater service we could render if only we had a little more money and a little more power.’ But the truth is that outside of its legitimate function, government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector.”
He saw the increasing difficulty discussing with liberals the difference between weakening people through entitlement and empowering people with skills and knowledge. He said, “…any time you and I question the schemes of the do-gooders, we’re denounced as being opposed to their humanitarian goals. It seems impossible to legitimately debate their solutions with the assumption that all of us share the desire to help the less fortunate. They tell us we’re always ‘against,’ never ‘for’ anything.”
Reagan foresaw the growth of socialism in America and the communist dream of redistributing wealth. “We need true tax reform that will at least make a start toward restoring for our children the American Dream that wealth is denied to no one, that each individual has the right to fly as high as his strength and ability will take him…. But we can not have such reform while our tax policy is engineered by people who view the tax as a means of achieving changes in our social structure….”
Finally, Reagan showed an uncanny prescience when he said, “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.”
In 2015, our president and his fascist czars are leading America in “the first step into a thousand years of darkness”. If only another Ronald Reagan would emerge to lead us back toward the dreams of our forefathers. (Some content taken from TPNN Online, Conservative Daily, and Viral Buzz).