"Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority ... the Constitution was made to guard against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters." - Noah Webster

"There is no worse tyranny than forcing a man to pay for what he does not want just because you think it would be good for him."
-- Robert A. Heinlein

Monday, January 31, 2011

Some Things Don't Change

You would have to be a die-hard serious political geek to know that Ronald Reagan was not supposed to ever win the nomination, let alone the presidency of the United States.  He did it in spite of the Republican establishment who thought he was unelectable because he was such a radical conservative.

In the video below, he is speaking on behalf of Barry Goldwater, who was also depicted as a crazy, right-wing nut job by the dominant liberals or leftists of the day.

Most politicians today can't give a speech as Reagan did, speaking plainly to an audience as though they have intelligence and are aware of what's really going on in the world.  Oh, and he did it without a teleprompter.

Except for some of the data points, it is amazing how many of the situations parallel all that we see around us today.

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