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"A Time for Choosing" by Ronald Reagan

Televised Campaign Address for Goldwater Presidential Campaign - 10/27/64. For more information on the ongoing works of President Reagan's Foundation, visit ...

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Comment by Alan Lake on March 28, 2011 at 11:11


I didn't mean to imply that by 'acting' he was 'faking'.  He certainly believed totally in what he said, thank God.  The thing is, we all speak all the time without giving maximum expression to our words, but an actor can add extra layers of meaning to them by gesture, facial expression, tone and musicality of voice, mood, etc.

For example, he does some interesting things in terms of speed of delivery, which have the effect of sweeping us along with him while at the same time communicating a lot of information, and it doesn't seem to matter if we don't hear all the words and don't take it all in, its the overall effect which counts.

Comment by John Sobieski on March 28, 2011 at 9:31

Like many soppy liberals of the 80s I believed Frankie Goes to Hollywood and we all thought Reagan was a Joke - I bet he is the one laughing now!

Stack the guns by the door Danny - I love the smell of Gunpowder in the morning!!


Alan: I don't think he was ever that good an actor :-)

I think he really believed what he was saying - well I would like to believe he did.

John S.

Comment by Alan Lake on March 27, 2011 at 18:58
Yes, it was a brilliant speech, and it has some interesting effects in it as well.  His experience as an actor shows :-)
Comment by Danny Jeffrey on March 27, 2011 at 18:39

Perhaps the greatest conservative speech ever delivered. What he said then was a warning of the future; a future we now live in. Considering where we are, it is obvious that the wrong choice was made by the American voters.


His words of so many years ago went unheeded. The American public chose to advance the cause of socialism at the expense of lost freedom, and today we reap the harvest of what they sowed. They, and the people of other nations of the world, embraced a doctrine that can only have one result if carried out to its final results. Slavery and another Dark Age. 


Ronald Reagan warned that they had to make a choice; to be a moral people and vote for liberty or to be a cowardly people and take the easy route. They chose to join the imposters and the craven and as a result the choice we face today is far more dramatic. There are but two options open to the people of this century and that is to continue down this road to serfdom onto which they put us, or to take a stand and refuse to proceed into the darkness that lies ahead.


I choose to take that stand for it is far more noble to die on one's feet than to live on bended knees before those who regard themselves as the elite and we but useful idiots. I may die with the smell of burnt gunpowder about me but I shall die free.


Besides, I love the smell of burnt gunpowder...It smells like Freedom!

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