November 24, 2007

Once Upon A Time There Were Real Candidates

Ronald Reagan-A Time for Choosing, October 27, 1964

"I have spent most of my life as a Democrat. I recently have seen fit to follow another course. I believe that the issues confronting us cross party lines."
"There can be no real peace while one American is dying some place in the world for the rest of us. We are at war with the most dangerous enemy that has ever faced mankind in his long climb from the swamp to the stars, and it has been said if we lose that war, and in doing so 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."
"Alexander Hamilton said, "A nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master, and deserves one." Let's set the record straight. There is no argument over the choice between peace and war, but there is only one guaranteed way you can have peace--and you can have it in the next second--surrender."
"Admittedly there is a risk in any course we follow other than this, but every lesson in history tells us that the greater risk lies in appeasement, and this is the specter our well-meaning liberal friends refuse to face--that their policy of accommodation is appeasement, and it gives no choice between peace and war, only between fight and surrender."
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Posted by Vanderleun at November 24, 2007 7:48 PM | TrackBack
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He's missed greatly.

Posted by: pdwalker at November 25, 2007 7:46 AM

There was a time when I would have groaned and laughed at that speech. Now, I'm going to pass it on to others who need a reminder that there is always another evil to rise up and replace the evil that has been defeated.

Posted by: Harry at November 25, 2007 10:58 AM

Why is it that in this time of great need for great leaders the political landscape is barren? You would think that someone would somehow percolate up from this necessity, that the "great" American people would birth a leader worthy of her heritage and promise. Instead of an heir to Ronald Reagan we have mostly a legion of empty suits. Maybe we HAVE lost our soul, Gerard.

Posted by: John Hinds at November 25, 2007 1:22 PM

Sadly, Ron's standing as all-time dumbest president no long holds.

Posted by: Nigel at November 25, 2007 2:31 PM

"I believe that the issues confronting us cross party lines."

I think that you would find almost no elected Democrat today who would agree with that sentiment. In fact, they'd probably give you the same look that my dog does when I try to explain special relativity to him. My mouth would move and sounds would come out, but the poor creature would understand nothing.

Posted by: physics geek at November 27, 2007 5:17 AM

Nigel, you're an idiot. Only you spoon fed liberals without the common sense God gave a hammer refuse to believe in the great intellegence of Ronald Reagan.

Posted by: MM at December 1, 2007 6:12 AM
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