By Gary P Jackson
On October 27, 1964 Ronald Reagan spoke to the nation. The televised speech was given in support of Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater, but was much more than that. This was Ronald Reagan’s political coming out party. Though he’d been involved in politics for a long time, this event would lead to Reagan becoming Governor of California, and the President of the United States.
Reagan had given versions of this speech, entitled A Time for Choosing before, but after this night it would become known as simply “The Speech.”
Reagan takes on the democrat party, the communists and socialists who inhabit it, and points out the failures of democrat policies. It’s a tough, powerful speech as only Reagan can deliver.
What Reagan was saying in 1964 still resonates today. The democrat party hasn’t changed. It’s still the party of failure, only now it has a communist heading the party, and in the White House. It’s a reminder that democrats never sleep. Democrats always advance their agenda, no matter what. As wrong as they are, democrats never waver from their mission.
It’s also a reminder of how weak the Republican Party is. In the 47 years since Reagan gave his speech, little has been done to stop the march of communism in America. As President, Reagan fought harder than anyone before, or since, but we are still seeing our nation rush headlong toward disaster.
If I had my way, this brilliant speech would be required teaching in every school, and knowing it, really understanding it, would be a requirement for graduation. It’s that important.
Ronald Reagan has been an inspiration to Conservatives for generations. His wisdom and leadership are the gold standard. His legacy is a dedicated group of men and women that believe in common sense government and see America as that Shining City on a Hill. Forever the optimist, Reagan was the leader who brought America out of it’s deep funk after the Carter years, and made us believe in ourselves again.
It all started with this speech.
Enjoy as we celebrate life of Ronald Reagan and the centennial of his birth. Be inspired all over again.