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Reagan: "Those Who Would Trade Our Freedom For Security Have Embarked On This Downward Course"
Watch Reagan's Oct. 27, 1964, "A Time for Choosing" speech on behalf of Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater.
So-called 'conservatives' would do well to listen to a real old school conservative about what that word really means.
Before the attempted assassination, after which Reagan became a passive puppet, he spoke regularly about small elites trying to seize control of America and demolish the fundamental principles of the founding fathers.
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"I have spent most of my life as a Democrat. I recently have seen fit to follow another course. I believe that the issues confronting us cross party lines. But I have an uncomfortable feeling that this prosperity isn't something upon which we can base our hopes for the future.
No nation in history has ever survived a tax burden that reached a third of its national income. Today, thirty-seven cents out of every dollar earned in this country is the tax collector's share, and yet our government continues to spend 17 million dollars a day more than the government takes in. We haven't balanced our budget twenty-eight out of the last thirty-four years. We have raised our debt limit three times in the last twelve months, and now our national debt is one and a half times bigger than all the combined debts of all the nations of the world.
Well, I think it's time we ask ourselves if we still know the freedoms that were intended for us by the Founding Fathers.
This idea that government is beholden to the people, that it has no other source of power except the sovereign people, is still the newest and 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 increasingly that
we have to choose between a left or right, but I would like to suggest that
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 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."