Forty-three years ago today, Ronald Reagan delivered one of the defining speeches of his life. It is known as "A Time for Choosing" or simply "The Speech". In it, Mr. Reagan drew a clear line between the two world views warring in the 1964 election, warned of the dangers of re-electing the incumbent agent of the welfare state Lyndon Johnson, and laid out the ideas that formed the foundation of the nascent conservative movement.Do you remember when Mr. Reagan said:
"There can be no real peace while one American is dying some place in the world for the rest of us. We are at war with the most dangerous enemy that has ever faced mankind in his long climb from the swamp to the stars, and it has been said if we lose that war, and in doing so 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."He also said:
"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."Read it ... it will make your day.