As an addendum to my previous post, here is a FRIENDLY FREEDOM REMINDER from one of the best spokesmen for freedom our nation has been blessed with, Ronald Reagan. His speech, “A Time For Choosing,” delivered October 27, 1964, applies perfectly to the situation we find ourselves in today….striving to fend off the advances of socialism, in defense of freedom. You should really watch the whole thing…it is so good…but if you are not inclined to take the time, I have provided a few quick highlights below.
“Well I think it’s time we ask ourselves if we still know the freedoms that were intended for us by the Founding Fathers. Not too long ago two friends of mine were talking to a Cuban refugee, a businessman who had escaped from Castro. And in the midst of his story one of my friends turned to the other and said, “we don’t know how lucky we are.” And the Cuban stopped and said, “how lucky you are? I had some place to escape to.” And in that sentence he told us the entire story. If we lose freedom here there’s no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth.”
“This is the issue…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. You and I are told increasingly we have to choose between a Left or Right. Well I’d like to suggest there is no such thing as a Left or Right; there’s only an up or down. Man’s old age dream…the ultimate in individual freedom consistent with law and order, or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism. And regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would trade our freedom for security have embarked on this downward course.”
“…another articulate spokesman defines liberalism as meeting the material needs of the masses through the full power of centralized government. Well I for one resent it when a representative of the people refers to you and me…the free men and women of this country…as the masses. This is a term we haven’t applied to ourselves in America. But beyond that, the full power of centralized government…this was the very thing the Founding Fathers sought to minimize. They knew that governments don’t control things. The government can’t control the economy without controlling people. And they knew 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.”