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October 29, 2008

The Speech


Kathy Shaidle links a video of The Speech, Ronald Reagan's "A Time for Choosing" on behalf of Senator Barry Goldwater, October 27, 1964 (full text at the Reagan Library).

Those who would trade our freedom for the soup kitchen of the welfare state have told us that they have a utopian solution of peace without victory. They call their policy "accommodation." And they say if we only avoid any direct confrontation with the enemy, he will forget his evil ways and learn to love us. All who oppose them are indicted as warmongers. They say we offer simple answers to complex problems. Well, perhaps there is a simple answer--not an easy answer--but simple.

If you and I have the courage to tell our elected officials that we want our national policy based upon what we know in our hearts is morally right. We cannot buy our security, our freedom from the threat of the bomb by committing an immorality so great as saying to a billion now in slavery behind the Iron Curtain, "Give up your dreams of freedom because to save our own skin, we are willing to make a deal with your slave masters." 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. 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.

It gets better. You owe it to yourself to make time for this. The rest of us will do what we can but we need you to be strong now. Stand up for each other; for beautiful, blessed, bountiful America! Stand up, stand up, stand up and fight! Nothing is inevitable here. You are Americans. You never hide from history. You make history. (I get choked up every time I think of those words. My God. How is this even a contest?)

North and south of the border, we have to retake the education system. We have to be ruthless about de-funding the bureaucracy before it is used to silence or imprison us all. We have to stop being intimidated when moral ingrates call us bad names. We can. We must.

Related: Republicans... do you know where your voting location is?

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Posted by Ghost of a flea at October 29, 2008 05:24 AM


Thanks for that.
I wish some of my American friends cared about our country as much as you do.
Bless you.

Posted by: the sad old goth... [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 30, 2008 07:41 PM

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