Alan Caruba’s blog ‘Warning Signs” has posted this updated video with Ronald Reagan’s “A Time for Choosing” speech (1964).
While some might think it somehow prescient, a clear headed view of reality will give anyone with two brain cells to rub together such foresight.
While I’d heard it years ago, current events and issues facing our nation make it as relevant as ever. Surely as Chuck Norris’ recent comments on Fox has the left enraged and frothing at the mouth, viewing the real deal in President Reagan’s classic tone and delivery will drive the extremists over the edge. Mr.Reagan did have a way of ‘connecting the dots‘, and this was why so many on the left despised him – they could not spin his words as easily as they do to less principled politicians.
Please feel free to share with all your progressive friends!
Let’s give them a distraction or two, eh?
Audio transcript: “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. If we continue to accommodate, continue to back and retreat, eventually we have to face the final demand–the ultimatum. And what then? When Nikita Khrushchev has told his people he knows what our answer will be? He has told them that we are retreating under the pressure of the Cold War, and someday when the time comes to deliver the ultimatum, our surrender will be voluntary because by that time we will have weakened from within spiritually, morally, and economically. He believes this because from our side he has heard voices pleading for “peace at any price” or “better Red than dead,” or as one commentator put it, he would rather “live on his knees than die on his feet.” And therein lies the road to war, because those voices don’t speak for the rest of us. You and I know and do not believe that life is so dear and peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery. If nothing in life is worth dying for, when did this begin–just in the face of this enemy? Or should Moses have told the children of Israel to live in slavery under the pharaohs? Should Christ have refused the cross? Should the patriots at Concord Bridge have thrown down their guns and refused to fire the shot heard ’round the world? The martyrs of history were not fools, and our honored dead who gave their lives to stop the advance of the Nazis didn’t die in vain. Where, then, is the road to peace? Well, it’s a simple answer after all.
You and I have the courage to say to our enemies, “There is a price we will not pay.” There is a point beyond which they must not advance. This is the meaning in the phrase of Barry Goldwater’s “peace through strength.” Winston Churchill said that “the destiny of man is not measured by material computation. When great forces are on the move in the world, we learn we are spirits–not animals.” And he said, “There is something going on in time and space, and beyond time and space, which, whether we like it or not, spells duty.”
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 last step into a thousand years of darkness.” –
BTW streiff, if you’re reading and in the unlikely case you didn’t know, the DKos poster “Ministry of Truth” (the irony of that particular screen name is probably lost on his followers) has picked up on your post about banning the use of fact-checkers ‘facts’ as facts. The number of shares (1071) and comments (300 – but I don’t have time to wade through that puddle of slime) show that you really struck a ‘collective’ nerve. Way to go!