This is from Independent Journal Review.

This is defiantly a time for choosing.

I pray we choose correctly.

 

 

The video is grainy, black and white, and the familiar voice sounds younger than most of us remember it. But Ronald Reagan’s “A Time for Choosing” speech is eerily relevant today, 50 years after it was given.

It’s eloquent, powerful, delivered with just notes and not a teleprompter, and wasn’t designed to launch a political career.

It was one man’s heartfelt distillation of the decision facing all Americans in all generations, since there will always be greedy, power-hungry people and nations seeking to destroy America:

Will we stand up for individual freedom and liberty and the ideas of the Founding Fathers? Or plead for “peace at any price”?

On October 27, 1964, the Soviet Union was on the march, and country after country was adopting a Communist government. Today, as ISIS continues to gain strength both monetarily and in territory, Reagan’s words apply:

We’re at war with the most dangerous enemy that has ever faced mankind in his long climb from the swamp to the stars, and it’s been said if we lose that war, and in so doing lose this way of freedom of ours, history will record with the greatest astonishment that those who had the most to lose did the least to prevent its happening. Well I think it’s time we ask ourselves if we still know the freedoms that were intended for us by the Founding Fathers.

One year after the Affordable Care Act took effect, which has harmed many more people than it’s helped, it’s still the principle of “individual or government” that’s at stake.

And this idea that government is beholden to the people, that it has no other source of power except the sovereign people, is still the newest and the most unique idea in all the long history of man’s relation to man.

This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the Americanrevolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capitol can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.

The “do-gooders” framed conservatives as the “Party of No” 50 years ago, too.

Yet anytime you and I question the schemes of the do-gooders, we’re denounced as being against their humanitarian goals. They say we’re always “against” things—we’re never “for” anything.
Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.

The final lines of Reagan’s speech are still inspiring, yet chillingly pertinent: “You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We’ll preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we’ll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness.”

Which direction will we choose?

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