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With Hillary’s lifeless campaign launch and disastrous “Scooby” van trip to Iowa, the 2016 presidential race is off to an inauspicious start. The stakes for our nation, however, could not be higher. Luckily for us, and for America, we have a powerful voice to guide us through the election and its meaning for our republic.
”You and I have a rendezvous with destiny.”
— Ronald Reagan, 1964 Speech “A Time For Choosing”
Over fifty years ago, Ronald Reagan delivered “THE Speech”, an inspiringly passionate and articulate defense of conservative principles. This speech doesn’t belong in the history books; it belongs in the hearts and minds of every conservative today as we continue our righteous struggle to reclaim the principles of our Founding.
To illustrate how powerful and resonant Mr. Reagan’s words remain, here is a mock interview with the Gipper, using only his words from this one speech as his answers. Amazingly – he knows just what we are facing today:
Q. Mr. Reagan, conservatives today can easily lose heart as we face a potential Hillary presidency on top of eight catastrophic years under Obama. What would you say to today’s conservatives?
A. Well I think it’s time we ask ourselves if we still know the freedoms that were intended for us by the Founding Fathers. If we lose freedom here, there’s no place to escape to. This is the last stand on earth.
Q. What is the real question before the American people when they choose either the Republican candidate or Hillary?
A. 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.
Q. What did the Founding Fathers know that Hillary Clinton doesn’t?
A. They knew that governments don’t control things. A government can’t control the economy without controlling people. And they know when a government sets out to do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose. They also knew, those Founding Fathers, that outside of its legitimate functions, government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector of the economy.
Q. After seemingly endless years of “stimulus” and massive government spending, the real unemployment rate remains incredibly high at above 11%, and the labor participation rate is at historic lows. What does this say to you?
A. For…decades, we’ve sought to solve the problems of unemployment through government planning, and the more the plans fail, the more the planners plan. So they’re going to solve all the problems of human misery through government and government planning. Well, now, if government planning and welfare had the answer…shouldn’t we expect government to read the score to us once in a while? Shouldn’t they be telling us about the decline each year in the number of people needing help? The reduction in the need for public housing?
Q. What happens when you say these things?
A. …anytime you and I question the schemes of the do-gooders, we’re denounced as being against their humanitarian goals. They say we’re always “against” things—we’re never “for” anything. Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.
Q. What about Obamacare?
A. I think we’re for telling our…citizens that no one in this country should be denied medical care because of a lack of funds. But I think we’re against forcing all citizens, regardless of need, into a compulsory government program.
Q. Obamacare also shifted 1/6th of the American economy to governmental oversight, and created a massive new federal bureaucracy. What will this cost us?
A. No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. So governments’ programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth. These proliferating bureaus with their thousands of regulations have cost us many of our constitutional safeguards.
Q. What other grave issues confront us today?
A. How many of us realize that today federal agents can invade a man’s property without a warrant? They can impose a fine without a formal hearing, let alone a trial by jury? And they can seize and sell his property at auction to enforce the payment of that fine. Private property rights [are] so diluted that public interest is almost anything a few government planners decide it should be.
Q. Does that mean we are on a path to socialism?
A. Now it doesn’t require expropriation or confiscation of private property or business to impose socialism on a people. What does it mean whether you hold the deed to the—or the title to your business or property if the government holds the power of life and death over that business or property? And such machinery already exists. The government can find some charge to bring against any concern it chooses to prosecute. Every businessman has his own tale of harassment. Somewhere a perversion has taken place.
Q. Progressives often view the economy as a “zero-sum” game, and they fully intend to be the ones deciding the winners through government fiat. How do you see this problem?
A. We have so many people who can’t see a fat man standing beside a thin one without coming to the conclusion the fat man got that way by taking advantage of the thin one.
Q. In the battles to come, whom should we be most watchful of?
A. Those who would trade our freedom for the soup kitchen of the welfare state.
Q. Thank you for all your thoughts, Mr. Reagan. Do you have any last words of advice for today’s conservatives?
A. Our natural, unalienable rights are now considered to be a dispensation of government, and freedom has never been so fragile, so close to slipping from our grasp as it is at this moment. We’re at war with the most dangerous enemy that has ever faced mankind in his long climb from the swamp to the stars, and it’s been said if we lose that war, and in so doing lose this way of freedom of ours, history will record with the greatest astonishment that those who had the most to lose did the least to prevent its happening.
Q. What’s at stake in this war?
A. We’ll preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we’ll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness.
Thank you, Mr. Reagan. America thanks you, and hopefully we will heed your warnings in time to defeat Hillary in 2016.