Thursday, October 29, 2009

Governments Don't Control THINGS

Rush Limbaugh has been playing portions of Ronald Reagan's "Rendezvous with Destiny" campaign speech for Goldwater and one of the phrases took my breath away. It's amazing what force the truth has when presented clearly and simply:

Senator Clark of Pennsylvania, another articulate spokesman, defines liberalism as "meeting the material needs of the masses through the full power of centralized government."

Well, I for one resent it when a representative of the people refers to you and me--the free man and woman of this country--as "the masses." This is a term we haven't applied to ourselves in America. But beyond that, "the full power of centralized government"--this was the very thing the Founding Fathers sought to minimize. They knew that governments don't control things. A government can't control the economy without controlling people. And they know when a government sets out to do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose. They also knew, those Founding Fathers, that outside of its legitimate functions, government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector of the economy.

(emphasis mine)

What a simple and true statement. Remember that when you want stuff from the government or a friend says that the government has given him something.

Andrew posted a link to the full speech on Youtube back in April, if you want to watch it. It's no slow, lumbering speech. In 28 minutes, Reagan presented a clear vision, easy to understand and crystal clear in its message. Watch it again, or read the transcript and see if you agree.

1 comment:

Andrew said...

I love this speech. It is absolutely worth 28 minutes of any conservative, or fiscal conservative's time. It's worth reviewing from time to time.

I don't think I've ever seen a better presentation of the bases and importance of conservatism.

We need another Ronald Reagan.