Ronald Reagan: “A Time for Choosing”

Ronald Reagan. He was the great. The one and only, a hero to many, and an inspiration to most. On the 27th of October, 1964, future president Ronald Reagan gave his iconic A Time For Choosing speech. Reagan spoke of the choices we faced, and still face, as a nation of free men, free women, and free children. He asked us “if we still know the freedoms that were intended for us by the Founding Fathers.” As we sit here now, nearly fifty years later, do we?

 Reagan goes on to tell a short parable, of two friends of his who were speaking to a Cuban refugee. After a few moments one of his friends turned to the other and said, “We don’t know how lucky we are.” However, the Cuban then stopped, and thought, and said, “How lucky you are? I had someplace to escape to.” Ronald Reagan completed the story by saying, “And in that sentence he told us the entire story. If we lose freedom here, there’s no place to escape to. This is the last stand on earth.” And that is true up until today; except today we face an even graver danger. We are no longer fighting the red Soviets a half a world away, we are fighting for our freedoms from an enemy within.

Barrack Obama and the regime within Washington are scoffing at the principles which our country has been built upon, and trampling on our very freedoms. For instance, President Obama seems to feel that the Constitution of the United States does not apply to him, and as such has appointed dozens of ” presidential czars.” Or in other words, the president has handed off some of his presidential power, granted to him by the people of the United States. Representative Paul Broun got it right when he said, “We do not need and should not have czars. The last time I checked, only pre-Communist Russia had czars, and we are certainly not Russia.”

 The “Washington Elite” have furthered their rampage on our freedoms, in their attempts to steal more money from the private sector through raised taxes. In a time of economic uncertainty, and a bad job market, it does not make very clear economic sense to raise taxes on those who create jobs. Over the past 15 years, 64 percent of net job creation has been by small businesses. The Obama Administration does not seem to comprehend however, that small businesses are not “rich”, and they already pay their “fair share.” Casino Mogul Steve Wynn, has said that he could instantly create 10,000 jobs in Las Vegas, but the uncertainty created by the Obama administration is prohibiting him from doing that. And this is not to mention the overwhelming criticism the administration has received from the accomplished businessman and real estate mastermind Donald Trump. The Obama Administration and the Washington Elite need to understand that their actions are harming the lives and well being of average Americans.

 So it is a time for choosing, for us, as American citizens. We must choose between and administrations that tramples on our freedoms, or an administration that respects our voice, and quite frankly, fears it. The American People are a force to be reckoned with. We have defeated the Soviets, and other enemies alike, but can we defeat our enemies from within? “You and I have a rendezvous with destiny” and it is, A Time for Choosing.

 Justin Annunziata is a 15 year old High School Student from the great state of New Jersey. He is a conservative political enthusiast, who hopes to go to college for political science and foreign affairs, and follow his dreams to enter politics. He is an involved member of the community, and President of his local Youth Council. 


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