We Need Reagan’s 1980 Speech Again Today

Scroll down for video of Ronald Reagan’s Acceptance Speech at the 1980 Republican Convention.  It’s 46 minutes, an eternity in this age of hair trigger mouse clickers.  But much of it could be repeated almost verbatim by whoever is nominated to challenge Barack Obama in 2012.

Here are some examples:

I will not stand by and watch this country destroy itself under mediocre leadership that drifts from one crisis to the next, eroding our national will and purpose.

The current bunch doesn’t exactly “drift” from crisis to crisis.  They embrace and even cause crises.  To them a crisis is an opportunity not to be wasted, an opportunity to expand government’s power and reach.

We have come together here because the American people deserve better from those to whom they entrust our nation’s highest offices.  And we stand united in our resolve to do something about it.  We need a rebirth of the American tradition of leadership at every level of government, and in private life as well.

The United States of America is unique in world history because it has a genius for leaders, many leaders on many levels.  But back in 1976 Mr. Carter said “Trust me.” And a lot of people did.  And now many of those people are out of work…

Trust-me government asks that we concentrate our hopes and dreams on one man, that we trust him to do what’s best for us.   Well, my view of government places  trust not in one person or one party but in those values that transcend persons and parties.

In 2008 we elected another “trust me” candidate, a man with no resume who recycled the old progressive fantasy that given more power over us government could make us more prosperous and happy by involving itself in the details of our lives.  Barack Obama captivated the media and some younger voters with a cult of personality and meaningless slogans like “yes we can” and “we are the people we’ve been waiting for.”

The gang of union bosses and pseudo-intellectual gasbags from media and academia who propelled the the witless Obama Administration into power do not trust Reagan’s values of limited government, maximum liberty, individual autonomy, and voluntary charity.  They trust power, bureaucracy, regulation, and forced redistribution of wealth.

Here’s Reagan’s pledge – a pledge that would well serve the next GOP candidate for President

I pledge to you to restore to the federal government the capacity to do the people’s work without dominating their lives.  I pledge to you a government that will not only work well but wisely, it’s ability to act tempered by prudence, and it’s willingness to do good balanced by the knowledge that government is never more dangerous than when our desire to have it help us blinds us to its great power to harm us.


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