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Ronald Reagan's 100th Tribute


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This Sunday would be Reagan's 100th birthday. Coincidently, I was born on the day Reagan turned 60. That speaks a lot to me about the value of life as you get older, but that's not what this thread is about. Just wondering what your favorite Reagan speech was. I pull a Reagan speech from time to time and Reagan's communication skills amaze me to this day.
One of the all time favorites for me was the Challenger speech. I was in school during the tragedy and the address to the children was just incredible:
And I want to say something to the schoolchildren of America who were watching the live coverage of the shuttle's take-off. I know it's hard to understand, but sometimes painful things like this happen. It's all part of the process of exploration and discovery. It's all part of taking a chance and expanding man's horizons. The future doesn't belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave.
Like most of Reagan's speeches, Reagan was able to weave faith, history and the promise of the future into the speech like no one else can.

YouTube - Reagan's "Touch the Face of God" speech

Anyway, would love to see your favorite Reagan speech or moment.


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This is another one of my favorites: YouTube - "A Time for Choosing" by Ronald Reagan

A Time for Choosing where Reagan endorsed Goldwater. One of the most famous Regan quotes from this speech:

If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth. And this idea that government is beholden to the people, that it has no other source of power except to sovereign people, is still the newest and most unique idea in all the long history of man's relation to man. This is the issue of this election. Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.

Reagan's words are just as true today as ever.


Embrace the Suck
Forty summers have passed since the battle that you fought here. You were young the day you took these cliffs; some of you were hardly more than boys, with the deepest joys of life before you. Yet you risked everything here. Why? Why did you do it? What impelled you to put aside the instinct for self-preservation and risk your lives to take these cliffs? What inspired all the men of the armies that met here? We look at you, and somehow we know the answer. It was faith, and belief; it was loyalty and love.
The men of Normandy had faith that what they were doing was right, faith that they fought for all humanity, faith that a just God would grant them mercy on this beachhead or on the next. It was the deep knowledge -- and pray God we have not lost it -- that there is a profound moral difference between the use of force for liberation and the use of force for conquest. You were here to liberate, not to conquer, and so you and those others did not doubt your cause. And you were right not to doubt.
You all knew that some things are worth dying for. One's country is worth dying for, and democracy is worth dying for, because it's the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man. All of you loved liberty. All of you were willing to fight tyranny, and you knew the people of your countries were behind you.
I particularly love this one from the D-Day anniversary speech in 1984. There was one that I really loved that he gave that I'm having a hard time finding.

I also it during the Bush/Clinton election he said something along the lines of "Bill Clinton loves to compare himself to Thomas Jefferson. I knew Thomas Jefferson. Thomas Jefferson was a friend of mine. And you sir are no Thomas Jefferson" too funny.