Saturday, February 6, 2010

A Rendezvous with Destiny...



In honor of the 99th birthday of President Ronald Reagan, here are experts from a speech Mr. Reagan had given on October 27, 1964:

If we continue to accommodate, continue to back and retreat, eventually we have to face the final demand--the ultimatum. And what then? When Nikita Khrushchev has told his people he knows what our answer will be? He has told them that we are retreating under the pressure of the Cold War, and someday when the time comes to deliver the ultimatum, our surrender will be voluntary because by that time we will have weakened from within spiritually, morally, and economically. He believes this because from our side he has heard voices pleading for "peace at any price" or "better Red than dead," or as one commentator put it, he would rather "live on his knees than die on his feet." And therein lies the road to war, because those voices don't speak for the rest of us. You and I know and do not believe that life is so dear and peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery. If nothing in life is worth dying for, when did this begin--just in the face of this enemy? Or should Moses have told the children of Israel to live in slavery under the pharaohs? Should Christ have refused the cross? Should the patriots at Concord Bridge have thrown down their guns and refused to fire the shot heard 'round the world? The martyrs of history were not fools, and our honored dead who gave their lives to stop the advance of the Nazis didn't die in vain. Where, then, is the road to peace? Well, it's a simple answer after all.

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 last step into a thousand years of darkness.

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Blogger Edward Lozano said...

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 last step into a thousand years of darkness.-Ronald Reagan 1964

Just as true now as it was then...the only difference is-is there a Ronald Reagan out there...?

February 7, 2010 at 12:49 AM  
Blogger AlNickerson said...

Hey, Edward!

When I first watched this speech on YouTube a couple of years ago, I was amazed at how significant it was to the problems our nation faces today. For those of you that haven’t seen it, I urge you to search YouTube for it.

Finding a new Ronald Reagan would be a difficult thing to do… which says a lot about the man.

Although, if the Tea Party movement is any indication, there is hope still.

February 7, 2010 at 11:24 AM  

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