Friday, February 25, 2005

A Time For Choosing - "The Speech"

This blog is of course named after an address delivered by Ronald Reagan on October 27, 1964, (broadcast on NBC) on behalf of Barry Goldwater. The speech, "A Time For Choosing" rallied conservatives and raised over $8 million for the Goldwater campaign. It soon became known as "The Speech", because of the enormous impact it made on the country and on Ronald Reagan's career. Although many of his speeches are among the most memorable in the history of American politics, A Time For Choosing is still considered to be one of the best if not the best speech of his career. Many of the philosophies outlined in the speech became the foundation of Ronald Reagan's Presidency. Although the speech is now 40 years old, it is as relevant today as the day it was first delivered. The differences between Republicans and Democrats and conservatives and liberals are just as true (even more so in many cases) as they were in 1964, and the last few paragraphs in particular set forth the same moral choices Americans must make today. Remove the word communism and replace it with terrorism and this speech could be delivered by President Bush as a campaign speech highlighting the differences between he and his opponent and their parties.

"The Speech"

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