It was 25 years ago on this very day that Ronald Wilson Reagan accepted the nomination of the Republican party for his second term as president of the United States of America. He had put the country on the mend from the devastation wreaked by Jimmy Carter and a Democrat congress. He spoke without equivocation of tried and true conservatism, and was the poster child for its efficacy. The speech is particularly appropriate today as Barack Obama leads the nation back to the malaise and command and control Statism of the Carter years. Should be required watching for every Republican politician in America.
Compare Reagan’s confident conservatism with the uncertainty inherent in the speeches by so-called moderates like John McCain for whom government is sometimes the answer and sometimes not. How can you lead when you have to take a poll to find out what you believe?
Listen closely to this speech, you will hear much of it copied by Barack Obama in 2012.