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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Another Time for Choosing

Fifty years ago in 1964, a political star was born in America. His name was Ronald Reagan, and he electrified conservatives with his television address called “A Time for Choosing.” It was delivered on behalf of Barry Goldwater’s nomination for President. Reagan wrote the speech himself, and he delivered it without a script or a teleprompter. As the presidential election was approaching, he put before the voters the choice: do we really believe in self-government of “we the people,” or will we abandon the American Revolution and allow a little elite in the northeast to plan our lives and choose our rulers. Reagan gave examples of government trying and failing to solve problems, such as public housing, unemployment and poverty, and ridiculous expenditures by government. He laid out the most important choice of all – peace through strength or peace through appeasement. Reagan told his TV audience: “You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We’ll preserve for our children this, the last best hope of many on earth, or we’ll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness.” Reagan concluded by reminding us that Americans have “the right to make our own decisions and determine our own destiny.”

Ronald Reagan’s eloquent speech was a national sensation, and those are great words for us to remember today. We are again in a “time for choosing.” Do we go forward as a free people who determine our own destiny, or are we a people content to let big government run our lives? You need to be active in the next presidential election campaign to make sure we get the best man elected. In order to be prepared, you need to know the history of how U.S. presidents have been chosen in the past. That’s why you need my new book called A Choice Not An Echo, and it’s a fascinating history about how many of our U.S. Presidents were actually chosen behind closed doors.

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