Thursday, October 28, 2010

Anniversary of "Redezvous With Destiny": A Speech Relevant Today As It Was In 1964

Yesterday was the anniversary of a speech that launched a political career and the rise of a man who is probably the greatest President of the Twentieth Century, if not my lifetime (hat tip Sarah Palin).

Today is the 46th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s famous speech, “A Time for Choosing.”

The thing that struck me as I watched it again was how relevant its message still is for today’s America. Just as in 1964, we have a president who says “we must accept a greater government activity in the affairs of the people.” And just as then, we hear the voices of those on the left who claim the profit motive has become “outdated” and the Constitution “outmoded.” Back then liberals aimed to build a Great Society in which the state looked after us “from the cradle to the grave.” Today’s “fundamental transformation” doesn’t have a similarly catchy name, but its aims are no different from those of Johnson’s central planners.

And so once again we face an election in which the fundamental issue is “whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution 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.”

Reagan believed that in the end, Americans would always choose liberty over tyranny. He called it our “destiny,” our American birth right. Well, this coming Tuesday, you and I have another rendezvous with destiny. America, let’s go and win one for the Gipper.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I often listen to the audio recording of this speech in the car commuting. Thank you for highlighting Reagan's brilliance. Seldom has there been a more concise articulation of great ideas and principles in one speech.
Or by one man for that matter.