If you love History like I do, then you often wonder how great leaders of the past would handle modern situations and the funny thing is that the more things change the more they stay the same. I was listening to the last portion of Ronald Reagan’s “Time for Choosing” speech from the. Goldwater VS Johnson election of ’64. And there was my answer.
This is the Transcript from “Interview with Ronald Reagan on Syria (using Acrhive Footage) “
Nich Bique: Hello, welcome to The Bique Factor! This is Nicholas Bique, your host.
Now, Today I have a very special gust with us! Back from the dead, Ronald Wilson Reagan is here to speak with us about the situation going on in Syria.
Now Mr. Reagan, I wouldn’t- I couldn’t suggest that there are any simple answers to the situation we face right now. What would you say to that?
Ronald Reagan: Well, perhaps there is a simple answer—not an easy answer—but simple.
Bique: Well then, what would you say to our lawmakers right now? What would you want them to know?
Reagan:That we want our national policy based on what we know in our hearts is morally right.
We cannot buy our security, our freedom by committing an immorality so great as saying to a billion human beings “Give up your dreams of freedom because to save our own skins, we’re willing to make a deal with your slave masters.”
Alexander Hamilton said, “A nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master, and deserves one.”
Bique: Well that’s fine and well Mr. Reagan, but what would you say to the decision we have between Peace and War?
Reagan: There’s no argument over the choice between peace and war, but there’s only one guaranteed way you can have peace—and you can have it in the next second—surrender.
Admittedly, there’s a risk in any course we follow other than this, but every lesson of history tells us that the greater risk lies in appeasement, and this is the specter our well-meaning liberal friends refuse to face—
that their policy of accommodation is appeasement, and it gives no choice between peace and war, only between fight or surrender. If we continue to accommodate, continue to back and retreat, eventually we have to face the final demand—
the ultimatum. And what then?
Bique: Mr. Reagan, what would you say to people like Rand Paul, who suggest that it’s not our business- that we shouldn’t be getting involved and when he responded to Senator Kerry- Now Secretary of State, John Kerry, who(Rand Paul) said “How can you ask someone to be the first one to die for this cause?” What- What would you say to that?
Reagan: Those voices don’t speak for the rest of us. You and I know and do not believe that life is so dear and peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery.
If nothing in life is worth dying for, when did this begin—just in the face of this enemy? Or should Moses have told the children of Israel to live in slavery under the pharaohs? Should Christ have refused the cross? Should the patriots at Concord Bridge have thrown down their guns and refused to fire the shot heard ’round the world?
The martyrs of history were not fools, and our honored dead who gave their lives to stop the advance of the Nazis didn’t die in vain.
Bique: My question to you, Mr. Reagan, now is “Where, then, is the road to peace?”
Reagan: Well it’s a simple answer after all. You and I have the courage to say to our enemies, “There is a price we will not pay.” “There is a point beyond which they must not advance.”
And this—this is the meaning in the phrase of Barry Goldwater’s “peace through strength.” Winston Churchill said, “The destiny of man is not measured by material computations. When great forces are on the move in the world, we learn we’re spirits—not animals.” And he said, “There’s something going on in time and space, and beyond time and space, which, whether we like it or not, spells duty.”
Bique: Well, it’s been a pleasure having you on Mr. Reagan. You’re a hero of mine and the Nation is very thankful for everything you’ve done. Is there anything you’d like to leave is with as we conclude this program?
Reagan: You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We’ll preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we’ll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness.
Thank you very much.