Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Time for a quotation

It's been a while since I did a quotation. Today's Patriot Post has one that is too good to ignore:

Those who would trade our freedom for the soup kitchen of the welfare state have told us that they have a utopian solution of peace without victory. They call their policy 'accommodation.' And they say if we only avoid any direct confrontation with the enemy, he will forget his evil ways and learn to love us. All who oppose them are indicted as warmongers. They say we offer simple answers to complex problems. Well, perhaps there is a simple answer—not an easy one, but a simple one—if you and I have the courage to tell our elected officials that we want our national policy based upon what we know in our hearts is morally right... [E]very lesson in history tells us that the greater risk lies in appeasement, and this is the specter our well-meaning liberal friends refuse to face.

I remember this particular speech that Ronald Reagan made. Oh, I can't tell you the date, or what I was doing then (probably revolved around college, as so much of my life did at that time), but I know I watched it--I rarely missed his televised speeches, even the ones that were taped. Yeah, I know he didn't write them, but he was a smart cookie. He hired writers who could write what their boss wanted to say, and did so in a way that really caught your attention.

With no real apologies to that liberal hack Norman Lear:

"...mister, we could use a man like Ronald Reagan again.
Don't need no welfare state,
Everyone should pull his weight,
Gee my old computer ran great.
Those were the da-a-a-a-a-ys!"

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