Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Still Fresh After All These Years
Every four years, at the beginning of the 'silly season', I try to take time to listen to a political speech given in 1964 by a man who had not yet entered politics (this speech launched his career), on behalf of a candidate who had exactly zero chance of winning that year's presidential election.
Normally, when viewed through the lens of our modern sophistication, decades-old political speeches seem anachronistic, dated and even naive But this speech - with remarkably few changes - could be given today and be even more relevant than it was at the time.
No matter which party or candidate you prefer, there is wisdom embedded in this half-century-old speech; wisdom that transcends party lines and labels.
Once every four years Americans get a chance to make demands of the political candidates who are shamelessly vying for their votes. If you are unsure of what you should be demanding of your preferred candidate, Mr. Reagan has a few suggestions for you.
Don't thank me... I'm a giver.
Posted by David Bogner on October 28, 2015 | Permalink
David, You do realize that the majority of the American electorate were born after Reagan left the Presidency, don't you? All they know is multiculturalism and diversity.
The model state for multiculturalism and diversity was the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Last time I counted, it is now divided into . . . lessee . . . ten countries. Oops, I miscounted. Eleven.
Posted by: antares | Oct 28, 2015 6:27:36 PM
Posted by: Jordan | Oct 29, 2015 5:16:56 AM
If you listen carefully to this 1964 speech, you'll learn that Reagan said the French medical plan went bankrupt that year or just before: "It's the end of the line".
In fact, the French medical system and socialized medicine has been going strong all of this time. There are other gaffes in the speech, but I don't have time to listen again now.
Sometimes called "The Speech", it was very effective then and remains a stirring reminder of Reagan's personal magnetism now.
Posted by: AreaMan | Nov 2, 2015 3:23:06 AM
hey, david --
coming from chutz l'aretz to volunteer at pina chama. sorry to use this forum, but apparently you haven't gotten to your facebook messages yet. please check "other". hope to see you next week.
Posted by: Lynne | Nov 4, 2015 3:48:41 PM