VIDEO: Happy Birthday, President Reagan!

Today is the anniversary of the birth of one of our greatest leaders, President Reagan, who was born 105 years ago, February 6, 1911

If you have never seen this speech, “A Time for Choosing,” delivered on October 27, 1964, on behalf of Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater, you need to see it, and to share it with your kids and grandchildren.

We’ve played excerpts on the show. Referring to the democrats, Reagan said

In this vote-harvesting time, they use terms like the “Great Society,” or as we were told a few days ago by the President, we must accept a greater government activity in the affairs of the people. But they’ve been a little more explicit in the past and among themselves; and all of the things I now will quote have appeared in print. These are not Republican accusations. For example, they have voices that say, “The cold war will end through our acceptance of a not undemocratic socialism.” Another voice says, “The profit motive has become outmoded. It must be replaced by the incentives of the welfare state.” Or, “Our traditional system of individual freedom is incapable of solving the complex problems of the 20th century.” Senator Fullbright has said at Stanford University that the Constitution is outmoded. He referred to the President as “our moral teacher and our leader,” and he says he is “hobbled in his task by the restrictions of power imposed on him by this antiquated document.” He must “be freed,” so that he “can do for us” what he knows “is best.” And Senator Clark of Pennsylvania, another articulate spokesman, defines liberalism as “meeting the material needs of the masses through the full power of centralized government.”

See what I mean when I say that these guys need to get some new writers?

Well, I, for one, resent it when a representative of the people refers to you and me, the free men and women 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.

America has been truly blessed by God in many ways, including having this strong, patriotic man as our president.


  1. “They also knew…. that outside of its legitimate functions, government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector of the economy.”
    This years election will determine whether we are governed by communist socialist or take our country back and role back the government takeover attempt. We see the land grabs in Oregon and how the current administration thinks nothing of executing a protester who was on the ground and somehow having to shoot him 9 times, then plant a gun on him.
    Or see an EPA know for a year that Flint, MI water contained lead and was poising the people.
    We need to take our country back and make America a nation proud of our exceptionalism. Start at the border and secure it. We can not have any more diseases and free loaders here.

    Ronnie, we dearly miss you.
    As Jimmy Durante would say, ‘Good night Mrs. Calabash, where ever you are”.

    “GOOD NIGHT, Mrs. Calabash–wherever you are!”
    For years, Jimmy Durante ended his radio and television shows with that unusual sign-off. Most people thought the mysterious Mrs. Calabash must have been some fictional character that Durante dreamed up just to tease his audiences. But longtime residents of Calabash, North Carolina believe otherwise. The folks in this town will tell you she was a real person with a real name–and a fascinating story to boot. They claim that Mrs. Calabash was really a local woman named Lucille “Lucy” Coleman.
    In 1940, Lucy was 28 years old and running a restaurant in Calabash, then a tiny seaside community bordering South Carolina. Durante and his touring entertainment troupe are said to have stopped in for supper one night. It may have been the genuine homespun friendliness of the young restaurant owner that prompted the gregarious Jimmy Durante to beckon Lucy over to his table for some short chitchat. “I’m going to make you famous,” vowed Durante, thinking she recognized his well-known face. (In fact, at that moment, she didn’t even know who he was!) Lucy’s daughter, Clarice Holden, says she will never forget what happened next.

    “As Mr. Durante and his group were walking out the door after their meal,” Clarice recalls, “he turned to my mom and said, ‘Good night Mrs. Calabash.’ ”
    It wasn’t long afterward that this popular entertainer began signing off his radio shows with a similar message. For years, audiences enjoyed this rather lighthearted farewell mystery.

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