Friday, May 28, 2010

Freedom's Last Stand

Not too long ago, two friends of mine were talking to a Cuban refugee, a businessman who had escaped from Castro, and in the midst of his story one of my friends turned to the other and said, "We don't know how lucky we are."



And the Cuban stopped and said, "How lucky you are? I had someplace to escape to." And in that sentence he told us the entire story.



If we lose freedom here, there's 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 the sovereign people, is still the newest and the most unique idea in all the long history of man's relation to man.



You and I are told increasingly we have to choose between a left or right. Well I'd like to suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There's only an up or down—[up] man's old—old-aged dream, the ultimate in individual freedom consistent with law and order, or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism.



And regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would trade our freedom for security have embarked on this downward course.




Spoken by Ronald Reagan on October 27, 1964

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