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Gov. Perry's Speech Honors Reagan's Legacy

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Tuesday, 04 Nov 2014 05:41 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Monday marked the 50th anniversary of the speech that put my father on the national political map. He called it “A Time for Choosing” and it was the final nationwide effort in the doomed Goldwater presidential campaign. It marked Barry Goldwater’s departure from national politics and Ronald Reagan’s entrance.

My father believed that national election would bring America to a fork in the road that offered a stark choice: “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 capitol can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.”

Texas Gov. Rick Perry believes this week’s midterm election offers voters the same type of choice, and he traveled to the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif., to offer his interpretation.

The Los Angeles Times called Perry’s speech a “scathing denunciation of President Obama,” but I would hardly call a list of this administration’s many failures “scathing.”

Accurate would be the word I’d choose.

Perry feels our choice today is not “R versus D … It’s about basic competence.” And I agree. Echoing Ronald Reagan’s speech of half a century ago, the Times reported Perry explained that Washington or government “cannot replace the industriousness of individual workers, or assume the responsibility of families. For too long it has been expanded into our lives, played too central a role. But a simple fact remains: The larger government grows, the smaller our circle of freedoms.”

If you don’t believe Gov. Perry just ask the ministers in Houston subpoenaed by the mayor, the nonprofits harassed by a rogue IRS, the powerplants shut down by a fanatical EPA, or any of the individuals who saw their health insurance policies canceled by Obamacare. All done by the “little intellectual elite in a far-distant capitol” that my father warned us about.

Even though the list is long, Perry did not want to get bogged down in a litany of Obama horribles, because there is one failure that ties all our current problems together. “The greatest problem of all is that in the face of these troubles so many serious challenges, we don’t have the leadership to deal with it. We are experiencing a crisis of competence in America, and the people know it,” Perry said.

I believe after all the ballots cast this week are counted and the runoffs held, Washington will have been chastened by an electorate that’s had enough.

I don’t know if Gov. Perry is going to run for president again. I don’t even know if I would support him if he did. But I do know that right now Perry is more presidential than the current occupant of the White House.

Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan. He is president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation and chairman of the League of American Voters. Mike is an in-demand speaker with Premiere. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

 

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I don’t know if Gov. Perry is going to run for president again. I don’t even know if I would support him if he did. But I do know that right now Perry is more presidential than the current occupant of the White House.
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