To the Republican Party: Per Ronald Reagan, It is ‘A Time for Choosing’

To the Republican Party: Per Ronald Reagan, It is ‘A Time for Choosing’

by Andrew Amedee on November 20, 2012

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Having taken time after the election to reflect upon, and review what pundits are saying about the Mitt Romney campaign, the people disagree. Most pundits are saying that there was a ‘messaging problem,’ most of which have also never won a national campaign. They are wrong. The problem is moderating the message.

Conservatism wins every time it’s been applied in a political campaign, because Conservatism unites all people—not just one group or another. It is when we water down and moderate our message to sound more like liberals that we lose.

Ronald Reagan said we shouldn’t give the American people a choice between pale pastels but between bold colors. What happened to that? We haven’t had a conservative president or candidate since Ronald Reagan. With all due respect to Mark Levin, who I deeply admire, we moved past “Ameritopia” straight to an Idiocracy.

If the message has to be dumbed down for the amount of people who voted for Barack Obama, then we have lost this country as founded.

Rush Limbaugh said it’s hard to beat Santa Claus. Obvisously, ‘El Rushbo’ is right, but we must have faith that there are enough Americans who believe in our founding principles to win future elections. But it means the Founding Principles must be articulated and have a place in the party platform.

It will take time but we will get this country back to its Founders intent. First and foremost of that intent being freedom, moderating a message to try to appeal to independents is the wrong way to go. You don’t move to the independents, you make the independents move to you as a party.

Obamacare and the endless rules and regulations dictated by un-elected officials in the EPA, FCC, and the Interior Department, among others are strangling the very freedoms that were once fought so hard for in this country. Most Americans accept this as the norm now. I am not one of those Americans.

In my opinion, the best political speech ever given was by Ronald Reagan at the Republican convention for Barry Goldwater in 1964. The speech was entitled “A Time for Choosing”. If you haven’t listened to it, you should, if it’s been a while, listen again; while listening to this speech, take heed of the (paltry in comparison) numbers in which Ronald Reagan speaks of compared to today’s massive debt and deficits.

Also note the geopolitical similarities that exist today. Although the faces and part of the world has changed, it is the same enemy. The enemy of freedom and liberty throughout the world is still the totalitarian, whether in a distant land or in Washington D.C.

I refuse to believe, or give in to the notion, that this country as founded is lost forever. Conservatism is what wins. Never forget that.

Many of the GOP establishment fear running a conservative candidate, these Rockefeller Republicans are the ones that cost us elections time after time. They point to 1964 as justification for this; however what is not mentioned is that Republicans were running against a Vice President–whose President was assassinated—and Lyndon Johnson campaigned on the John Kennedy legacy.

We were a nation in mourning, and no candidate could overcome that.

It is the weak-kneed, jelly-spined, moderate, establishment candidates who pander to just minorities, instead of explaining to minorities that conservatism will work best for them & this failure to articulate the conservative path to individual freedom is what loses elections. When one has explained to minority groups that the mission of Conservatism is what makes America different from the countries they escaped, the result has always been a resounding victory.

Minorities, just like other Americans, want a better life for their family. It is conservatism and free will that offers it—not the nanny state of Liberalism.

We may all have to be equally miserable before this is understood, but this country will be great again because of conservatism, not in spite of it.

So as the intelligentsia is telling with you we need to moderate, remember that it is always their candidates who lose national elections. The establishment fought Ronald Reagan tooth and nail and he overcame all of it by his ability to articulate conservatism. He spoke directly to the American people in a way that they could understand. Reagan’s only mistake was listening to the likes of Ted Kennedy, who promised amnesty in return for enforcement of immigration laws.

True to liberal form, he lied. Tip O’Neill, the Democrat led House, and the Senate stood in Reagan’s way at every turn. Realizing this, he took his argument directly to the American people, circumventing the corrupt and contemptible media. He accomplished most of his goals and in eight years created 21 million jobs.

There will never be another Ronald Reagan, but conservatism lives on in each and every American who understands, and is unafraid to articulate it. This is the country I fight for. This is the vision I believe in. I would rather lose elections fighting for what I believe in, than win elections capitulating to the leftist ideals that are the antithesis of what this country was founded upon.

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Comment by Jerseygal on November 21, 2012 at 7:24pm

In my opinion, the best political speech ever given was by Ronald Reagan at the Republican convention for Barry Goldwater in 1964.

Here it is, it is one I have saved.

Comment by Robin on November 21, 2012 at 8:33pm

Great speech JG!

Comment by Michael J. Fell on November 27, 2012 at 8:39pm

What Reagan said in that speech still fully applies today.  The numbers need to be adjusted for inflation (thanks to overspending and the Fed), but they're still applicable.

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