Reagan’s Wisdom for Troubled Times

by Sal on April 1, 2009

in Politics

Mark Levin, talk show host and author of the best-selling Liberty and Tyranny, a Conservative Manifesto, played audio on his radio show last night of Ronald Reagan’s “A Time for Choosing” speech.  Patterico found a video copy of the speech and posted it on his blog, Patterico’s Pontifications.  The speech, given in 1964 before the campaign between LBJ and Barry Goldwater, was given at a time when Conservatism was just a fringe movement.  The striking part of watching this speech is that although it is a speech that is set in 1964 and has 1964 current events as its anchor point, the speech is eerily applicable to what we are seeing today with the economy and the radical liberal policies of the Obama Administration, including its wholesale takeover of segments of the economy such as the financial sector and the auto industry.

The speech is long (about 30 minutes) as it was delivered as part of a prime-time TV special.  It should serve as a rallying point for Conservatives today, that we may realize that what we are going through today is not dissimilar to what we were going through as a country during the 1960s. Conservative principles don’t change.  The problems which they need to be applied to and the solutions that are envisioned may change, but the core principles of Conservatism are rooted in the founding of this nation, the Constitution, and are timeless.  Reagan’s speech reminds us of that, and should be watched by all Conservatives who need inspiration during these bleak times.

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Patterico April 1, 2009 at 10:38 am

Thank you for the link, and well said.

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