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Posted: 1/15/2002 4:53:03 PM EDT
[size=4]A Time for Choosing[/size=4] [i]Given as a stump speech, at speaking engagements, and on a memorable night in 1964 in support of Barry Goldwater's presidential campaign. This version is from that broadcast.[/i] I am going to talk of controversial things. I make no apology for this. It's time we asked ourselves if we still know the freedoms intended for us by the Founding Fathers. James Madison said, "We base all our experiments on the capacity of mankind for self government." This idea? that government was beholden to the people, that it had no other source of power is still the newest, most unique idea in all the long history of man's relation to man. This is the issue of this election: 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 capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves. You and I are told we must choose between a left or right, but I suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down. Up to man's age-old dream-the maximum of individual freedom consistent with order or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism. Regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would sacrifice freedom for security have embarked on this downward path. Plutarch warned, "The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and benefits." The Founding Fathers knew a 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. So we have come to a time for choosing. Public servants say, always with the best of intentions, "What greater service we could render if only we had a little more money and a little more power." But the truth is that outside of its legitimate function, government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector. Yet any time you and I question the schemes of the do-gooders, we're denounced as being opposed to their humanitarian goals. It seems impossible to legitimately debate their solutions with the assumption that all of us share the desire to help the less fortunate. They tell us we're always "against," never "for" anything. We are for a provision that destitution should not follow unemployment by reason of old age, and to that end we have accepted Social Security as a step toward meeting the problem. However, we are against those entrusted with this program when they practice deception regarding its fiscal shortcomings, when they charge that any criticism of the program means that we want to end payments.... - continued -
Link Posted: 1/15/2002 4:53:41 PM EDT
We are for aiding our allies by sharing our material blessings with nations which share our fundamental beliefs, but we are against doling out money government to government, creating bureaucracy, if not socialism, all over the world. We need true tax reform that will at least make a start toward I restoring for our children the American Dream that wealth is denied to no one, that each individual has the right to fly as high as his strength and ability will take him.... But we can not have such reform while our tax policy is engineered by people who view the tax as a means of achieving changes in our social structure.... Have we the courage and the will to face up to the immorality and discrimination of the progressive tax, and demand a return to traditional proportionate taxation? . . . Today in our country the tax collector's share is 37 cents of -very dollar earned. Freedom has never been so fragile, so close to slipping from our grasp. Are you willing to spend time studying the issues, making yourself aware, and then conveying that information to family and friends? Will you resist the temptation to get a government handout for your community? Realize that the doctor's fight against socialized medicine is your fight. We can't socialize the doctors without socializing the patients. Recognize that government invasion of public power is eventually an assault upon your own business. If some among you fear taking a stand because you are afraid of reprisals from customers, clients, or even government, recognize that you are just feeding the crocodile hoping he'll eat you last. If all of this seems like a great deal of trouble, think what's at stake. We are faced with the most evil enemy mankind has known in his long climb from the swamp to the stars. There can be no security anywhere in the free world if there is no fiscal and economic stability within the United States. Those who ask us to trade our freedom for the soup kitchen of the welfare state are architects of a policy of accommodation. They say the world has become too complex for simple answers. They are wrong. There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right. Winston Churchill said that "the destiny of man is not measured by material computation. When great forces are on the move in the world, we learn we are spirits-not animals." And he said, "There is something going on in time and space, and beyond time and space, which, whether we like it or not, spells duty." 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 first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children's children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done. [b]Now who gave this speech?[/b] And do you support it today? Imagine, if you will, that when it was first given in 1964, what things were like in the United States and how they've changed since then. Eric The(ImagineThat!)Hun[>]:)]
Link Posted: 1/15/2002 5:01:55 PM EDT
Those are the words of the best president we’ve ever had – Ronald Reagan. If it weren’t for the import ban I would call him a personal hero.
Link Posted: 1/15/2002 5:06:14 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/15/2002 5:18:57 PM EDT
That would be Ronny. I'm kinda glad he's not "with us" anymore. If he knew what was going on these days, he would probably croak on the spot.
Link Posted: 1/15/2002 5:40:34 PM EDT
Tee-hee-hee, Instant_Karma, don't you mean the ban on NFA weapons manufactured after 1986 that was included in the Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986? Reagan signed that! It was George Bush I whose administration gave us the 'import ban.' Unless you're referring to the 'import ban' on further importation of NFA weapons that was a part of the Democratic amendment to the FOPA? Eric The(Right?)Hun[>]:)]
Link Posted: 1/15/2002 7:49:28 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/15/2002 7:50:14 PM EDT by Instant_Karma]
Originally Posted By EricTheHun: Tee-hee-hee, Instant_Karma, don't you mean the ban on NFA weapons manufactured after 1986 that was included in the Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986? Reagan signed that! It was George Bush I whose administration gave us the 'import ban.' Unless you're referring to the 'import ban' on further importation of NFA weapons that was a part of the Democratic amendment to the FOPA? Eric The(Right?)Hun[>]:)]
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Right you are [:I] R.R. gifted us with no more title II and G.B. senior took away $600 AUGs. But hey!! You can still get an MP5 sear gun for the cost of a new car. [:)]
Link Posted: 1/15/2002 10:08:33 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/15/2002 10:10:46 PM EDT by Benjamin0001]
The problem with people who give up liberty is this, its kinda like giving up ones soul. ITS EASY AS HELL TO GIVE UP FOR THE DEVIL IS ALWAYS READY. YOU JUST CAN'T EVER SEEM TO GET IT BACK. IT WORKS THE SAME WAY WITH LIBERTY. And that is Sad, because I wasn't their to stop them. TO SCREAM AT THEM... NOOOOOOOOOOOO! In the most life preserving manner possible. They just voted that way. Jesus. LIE TO ME SOME MORE MR. DEMOCRAT I LIKE IT SO MUCH. YES CONFISCATE MY PROPERTY, MY WEALTH, MY ARMS, YES I WILL BE SAFER. MAKES YOU WANT TO CRY AND GAG AT THE SAME TIME. WHAT MISERABLE WRETCHES THESE PEOPLE MUST BE TO FEEL THAT THEY CAN'T DO ANYTHING AND THAT THEY DESERVE NOTHING. THEY HAVE NO MERIT, NO MEANING, THEIR LIVES MUST BE TOTALLY LOST TO THEM. Benjamin
Link Posted: 1/15/2002 10:37:19 PM EDT
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