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This October 27 marks the 50th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s “A Time for Choosing” speech, which launched the “Great Communicator” on his incredible political career. This oration on behalf of conservative Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater’s presidential campaign in 1964, put Reagan on the political map and eventually launched him to the presidency.
In order to bring Reagan’s timeless speech to a new generation Young America’s Foundation (YAF) is launching A Time for Choosing: The Next Generation project. YAF will also be releasing a number of short videos this week, juxtaposing present day events with the timeless wisdom of conservatism, in Reagan’s own words. These videos include: national security, limited government, entitlement reform, the importance of the private sector, and self-determination.
YAF is commemorating the anniversary of what is sometimes simply called “The Speech,” with special initiatives reaching young people on college campuses, through conferences and seminars across the country, in the media, and through programs at the Reagan Ranch and Reagan Ranch Center.
Historian Craig Shirley wrote about how Reagan appealed to young voters in his book about the 1980 presidential election, Rendezvous With Destiny. Shirley wrote, “Reagan, the oldest candidate, knew what was on the minds of young Americans: they had been robbed of their future and didn’t like it one bit.” The newest generation, living with the burden of having less prosperity than their parents, needs to hear this message.
Reagan’s half-hour performance in front of a live audience drew from American history--speeches of Abraham Lincoln, John Winthrop, and Franklin Roosevelt in particular--and laid out the deep principles that would become the cornerstone of the conservative movement for the next half century. Channeling the American tradition and ideas stemming from the founding, Reagan proposed to set out a bold, new course for American governance that departed from the mantras of a calcified twentieth century progressivism.
By appealing to patriotism, the American dream, and simple, common-sense ideas Reagan helped lay the groundwork for a resurgent conservative movement. Reagan energized young people, many of whom would help put him in the White House.
Ultimately, Reagan proposed that Americans should have a clear cut choice when they went to the ballot box, one that he believed was clear. Reagan said, “You and I are told increasingly we have to choose between a left or right. Well I'd like to suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There's only an up or down.”
According to Reagan every generation has an opportunity to make a choice; embrace freedom and individual liberty as passed down from the founders, or not. Reagan hit this theme again in his 1967 California gubernatorial inauguration speech. “Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction,” Reagan continued. “It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again.”
In giving voters a choice, Goldwater and Reagan departed from the “me-too conservatism” that defined the post-New Deal Republican Party. Reagan was asking Americans to do more than vote their interest or simply pick between two “personalities.” Using stirring rhetoric, sunny optimism, and deeply held belief in the American people—reminiscent of a Lincoln or Thomas Jefferson—Reagan inspired a new generation to fight for ideals that had made the nation truly great.
Stephen F. Hayward wrote in The Age of Reagan: The Fall of the Old Liberal Order:
…Reagan exuded a forward-looking optimism rooted in the latent greatness of America. This was not the non-ideological Chamber of Commerce kind of conservatism, the kind of conservatism that led Richard Nixon to say in the 1960 campaign, “It’s the millions of people that are buying new cars that have faith in America.” That kind of conservatism won’t stir anyone’s soul. For Reagan, faith in America transcended its material accomplishments.
The Time for Choosing speech was a critical moment in Reagan’s career that brought his name and message to a generation looking for answers. Though Goldwater would go on to lose in a landslide defeat, the power or Reagan’s message ignited a spark in Americans. His message would resonate after the failure of Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” and the malaise of Jimmy Carter’s administration in the 1970s. Fortunately, YAF is bringing Reagan’s message to a new generation, 50 years later.
Yeah right.... ACCIDENT?????????????????? I DON'T BELIEVE IT FOR A MINUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Islamic State has released a new video in which it brags that it recovered weapons and supplies that the U.S. military intended to deliver to Kurdish fighters, who are locked in a fight with the militants over control of the Syrian border town of Kobane.
The SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks jihadist social media accounts, drew attention to the video Tuesday. At one point, it appears to show a masked militant raking his hands through a crate filled with hand grenades.
A U.S. Central Command spokesman said he was looking into the reports. In a news release Monday, U.S. military officials acknowledged launching one airstrike near Kobane that they said destroyed “a U.S. airdrop of Kurdish supplies” to prevent “these supplies from falling into enemy hands.”
“All other resupply bundles were successfully delivered,” the CENTCOM news release said, without specifying what was in the shipment.
On Tuesday, the U.S. military announced another four airstrikes near Kobane, saying it hit Islamic State fighting positions, a building occupied by the militants, and “a large ISIL unit,” using one of the acronyms for the group. The U.S. has launched dozens of airstrikes around Kobane in the last week, as the militants besiege the town.
The incident highlights the difficulty in making sure all airdrops are accurate, even with GPS-guided parachutes that the Air Force commonly uses. Airdrops of food and water to religious minorities trapped on mountain cliffs in northern Iraq in August hit the mark about 80 percent of the time, Pentagon officials said at the time.
The United States began dropping weapons, ammunition, medical supplies and other equipment to fighters defending Kobane on Sunday night, in part because Turkey would not allow Kurdish fighters to cross its borders into Kobane to bolster the town’s defenses. Turkish officials said they changed their mind on Monday, but the deal is tentative and depends on whether separate Kurdish groups can resolve longterm differences to confront the Islamic State.
This group within the progressive ranks believe that the human race is like a cancer on Gaia “mother earth” that has to be controlled through population reduction. Some of these moonbats are even calling for the eradication of humans altogether.
If Obama’s Ebola Czar is not a full-blown flag waving eugenics freak, he certainly is sympathetic to their concerns. When asked about the top leadership issue facing the world today, his answer: “World Overpopulation!”
What makes this even more scary is that a few of these left-wing radicals have even been hoping for a global Ebola pandemic for years.
An award-winning Texas scientist was given a standing ovation after he advocated the extermination of 90 per cent of the Earth’s population by an airborne Ebola virus.
(News Weekly) The University of Texas evolutionary ecologist, Dr Eric R. Pianka, was addressing the 109th meeting of the Texas Academy of Science at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, in early March, after the academy had named him 2006 Distinguished Texas Scientist.
Present at Pianka’s speech was Forrest M. Mim III, a popular science writer and editor of the bi-weekly journal, The Citizen Scientist. He reported:
“Something curious occurred a minute before Pianka began speaking. An official of the Academy approached a video camera operator at the front of the auditorium and engaged him in animated conversation. The camera operator did not look pleased as he pointed the lens of the big camera to the ceiling and slowly walked away.
“This curious incident came to mind a few minutes later when Professor Pianka began his speech by explaining that the general public is not yet ready to hear what he was about to tell us. Because of many years of experience as a writer and editor, Pianka’s strange introduction and the TV camera incident raised a red flag in my mind … I grabbed a notepad …” (“Meeting Doctor Doom”, The Citizen Scientist, March 31, 2006).
Pianka began his speech by condemning anthropocentrism, or the idea that the human race occupies a privileged position in nature. He exclaimed, “We’re no better than bacteria!”
Gives you a warm and fuzzy doesn’t it?
We have elections coming up next month and Freedom Connector is practically a ghost town! Is this going to be a reflection of the conservative turnout? Hope not! I hope people are more fired up than ever! Maybe it's just because it is not a presidential election? Anyone else want to weigh in?
If you consider what ISIS has been able to accomplish, it is rather perplexing. Under what is supposed to be an air armada of coalition aircraft aimed at degrading and destroying the barbaric Islamic terrorist army, ISIS is still conducting multiple offensive operations.
Albeit somewhat stalled, ISIS is still pressing the attack against the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobani. ISIS also executed multiple synchronized and coordinated attacks against Kurdish positions in northern Iraq — upwards to 15 different raid-type operations. And ISIS is pressuring the outskirts of Baghdad and has effectively established a three-point cordon around the capitol of Iraq — a city of some 7 million.
One of the things you learn in the military is that you can only have one main effort. You may have two to three supporting efforts, but there is only one primary endeavor which gets the priority of resources.
And so we need to analyze what ISIS is doing with that same perspective. The primary objective of ISIS is to establish an Islamic state, the base of a caliphate ruled under Sharia law — and of course its subsequent expansion. ISIS does not regard secular governance and does not respect the established national boundaries of the Sykes-Picot agreement. ISIS is a Sunni Islamic terrorist army and its origins are from the Sunni effort to undermine and defeat the Shiite/Alawite Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad.
And just to clarify what is the rub between Sunnis and Shiites — Sunnis believe that only a direct descendant of Muhammad can be the ruler. Shiites believe that any faithful and observant Muslim can be the ruler. But make no mistake, both sects believe in Islamic domination and rule. They just get all in a tizzy about who should rule — and the Shiites have not forgotten the massacre at Karbala, enacted by the Sunnis.
So I sense Baghdad represents the main effort for ISIS. Capturing the capitol? Absolutely not, because they’re not in a position to manage such a mass of population, nor do they want to be drawn into the quagmire of urban combat.
But what ISIS seeks to do is destabilize the Iraqi government and the best means to that end are suicide bombers and terrorist attacks – which are happening to a greater degree already.
As reported by the Associated Press, “Recent attacks have killed dozens in Baghdad and the Shiite holy city of Karbala. In the capital, the bomber blew himself up among Shiite worshippers as they were leaving a mosque in a central commercial area after midday prayers Monday. That blast killed at least 17 people and wounded 28, a police officer said. In Karbala, four separate car bombs went off simultaneously, killing at least 26 people and wounding 55, another police officer said. The city, about 90 kilometers (55 miles) south of Baghdad, is home to the tombs of two revered Shiite imams and the site of year-round pilgrimages. The explosives-laden cars were parked in commercial areas and parking lots near government offices, the officer added. The attacks in Baghdad and Karbala, the latest in relentless assaults that have challenged the Shiite-led government, came a day after a suicide bombing targeted another Shiite mosque in the Iraqi capital, killing 28 people. The latest attacks bore the hallmarks of the Islamic State group, which has recently claimed several other large bombings in Baghdad and elsewhere, particularly in Shiite areas.”
ISIS has been focused on consolidating its gains in Iraq’s huge and Sunni western Al Anbar province. And they’ve been able to isolate Baghdad effectively from the northwest to the west to the southwest.
A side benefit for ISIS in its Baghdad effort is delegitimizing the United States and our operations in Iraq. Remember, the world’s largest embassy in Baghdad is ours, and nothing could be better for ISIS than to be in position to launch mortars, artillery or some type of attack against the U.S. embassy itself. As we all know, an embassy represents the sovereign territory of a nation. What greater goal and accomplishment could ISIS have than to breach the walls of the infamous “Green Zone” of our embassy and raise their black flag? Furthermore, ISIS is positioned right at Abu Gharaib, which puts them just outside of artillery firing range against the Baghdad airport.
Just last week there were reports of ISIS fighters getting fighter aircraft training. Now, of course these are very old MiG platforms, but these aircraft aren’t intended to fly traditional bomber or air-to-air missions. Don’t forget what terrorists learned to do with civilian airliners heavy with fuel on 9-11. My assessment is that “IF” ISIS is indeed training fighters to fly fighter aircraft, they will be heavily loaded with ordnance for one purpose — the Islamic kamikaze. And the target would be our U.S. embassy in Baghdad.
No, we cannot allow ISIS to have success at Kobani and must wholeheartedly support the only fighting “boots on the ground” — our Kurdish friends. However, we cannot lose focus on the growing main effort of ISIS in the vicinity of Baghdad, which if successful, would have a huge strategic impact — and rallying cry for Islamo-fascism and jihadism.
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