50 Years Ago: The Speech That Launched the Reagan Revolution

Photo Credit: Reagan FoundationFifty years ago today, Ronald Reagan gave a speech on behalf of Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater that launched his own political career and “catapulted him into the political stratosphere,” recalls former aide Thomas Reed.

Reed reminisced about Reagan’s famous Oct. 27, 1964 speech entitled “A Time for Choosing” that laid out what would eventually become his governing philosophy of limited government and fierce opposition to totalitarianism.

Reagan himself later wrote that the speech “was one of the most important milestones of my life.”

“This is the issue of this election,” Reagan said five decades ago. “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.”

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