Ronald Reagan’s birthday: Indeed “A Time for Choosing”

February hosts President’s Day even though the month with the most American presidents’ birthdays is October with six: John Adams (1735), Rutherford B. Hayes (1822), Chester Arthur (1829), Teddy Roosevelt (1858), Dwight Eisenhower (1890), and Jimmy Carter (1924).

The runner-up month is November with five: James Polk (1795), Zachary Taylor (1784), Franklin Pierce (1804), James Garfield (1831), and Warren Harding (1865).

So here we are in the month that gave us four American presidents, yet it owns President’s Day. February gave us William Henry Harrison, the president who served the shortest term in office — just one month — after he died of natural causes resulting from the freezing temperatures during his inauguration.

February gave us our first president, George Washington, and the first Republican, Abraham Lincoln. Both were iconic American leaders who guided this nation through perilous times, at its birth and at its separation.

However, on this day in February, we also must remember the birth of another iconic American president, Ronald Wilson Reagan, who would have been 103 years old today. Last year I had the honor to visit the Reagan Ranch at Rancho del Cielo in a private tour of the ranch and his home. We can debate intricate points about his presidency, but Ronald Reagan certainly embodied an American spirit and communicated the seminal vision of American exceptionalism.

So, in celebration of “The Gippers” birthday I’d like to share a clip from his “Rendezvous with Destiny” speech. It is indeed a “Time for Choosing.” I hope you’ll enjoy this four-minute clip. And Happy Birthday, Sir!

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BillBissenas
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When will come another?

t
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Now that is a president!!! I was fortunate to have served under his command in 1980 when he became president. Reagan was the best of times now we have Obama as the worst of times.

Korean Vet.
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You’ll never get that gutless wonder we have it the White House to talk like that in the face of our enemy..# 1 he don’t have the stones for it…#2 he is the enemy!!!!!

Brendan
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Obama kills terrorists.
Reagan sold them weapons

Paul Deckelman
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If you have the time (a half hour), take a listen to the full speech, “A Time For Choosing,” delivered on Oct. 27, 1964 in support of Barry Goldwater’s presidential campaign (it is easily available on YouTube). It is AMAZING! Obviously, it is dated in some places – references to now mostly long-forgotten 1960s Democrat scandals like Bobby Baker and Billy Sol Estes and of course, references to Goldwater’s own specific accomplishments and personal qualities. There are also references to prices and statistics that were alarming by 1964 standards but which seem almost like quaint reminders of the “good old… Read more »
Don
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That’s one kick ass speech! And that’s what make the U.S. so great!

ObamaFails
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I remember election night 1980, I was 7 years old and although I was in bed I could hear screams of joy from the TV room as Reagan kept on winning states and it became clear he was going to have a landslide victor. I had not idea that night that American had elected one of the greatest Presidents of all time. Reagan was a leader that comes along once in a generation. He fixed the economy for the long term knowing by doing so it was going to hurt things in the short term. He laughed in the liberal’s… Read more »
Old Guard
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Another President Alexander Hamilton quote with the POTUS in mind! Text at libertyfund.org. The origin of all civil government, justly established, must be a voluntary compact, between the rulers and the ruled; and must be liable to such limitations, as are necessary for the security of the absolute rights of the latter; for what original title can any man or set of men have, to govern others, except their own consent? To usurp dominion over a people, in their own despite, or to grasp at a more extensive power than they are willing to entrust, is to violate that law… Read more »
Snid
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Hamilton was not a president. He was a founding father and the first secretary of treasury.

James Robertson
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Right on point!

Neil Wasserman
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Alexander Hamilton was Secretary of State never a President and was our founder of the United States Coast Guard ,Back then was called the Revenue Marines. Semper Paratus…..

Neil Wasserman
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Secretary of the Treasury!!!!

Gian Keys
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Wow. Quite different than what’s in there now.

Vet4u
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Thank you Mr. West for posting this Speech..

Philanthropussy
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I wish you people would stop idealizing Reagan. There is no way he would come anywhere close to being pres in today’s rep party. I was in college in the early 80’s and I will admit things were good in this country and he is one of Amer greatest pres, but as Sarah Palin, M Huckabee, D Hunter, Babour, and C Hagel have stated, Reagan would not identify with today’s rep party . Let’s remember , before Reagan was gov of CA, he was pres if the Screen Actor!s Union and believed in collective bargaining He got numerous support was… Read more »
oldeagle145
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I served under Reagan, made us feel good about serving, he loved this country and he loved his troops. he rose to the level that was needed at the time, he would rise to the level needed now, so No I won’t stop in my admiration for a great American president.

Philanthropussy
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Cool and I was sitting on a toilet when I heard he got shoot.

oldeagle145
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My response was not in the least disrespectful, and that is the best you can do… So now I will feel free to sink to your level… go F*kc yourself.

Philanthropussy
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Aren’t we touchy. Of you need sonething for your cramps ?

Fiveseven
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Very well said, my friend, as always. And thank you for your service.

oldeagle145
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You know it Brother!

Fiveseven
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Reagan was the first tea party Republican. The GOP back then was a moderately conservative party that, like the GOP of today, offered no clearly defined alternatives to the Democrat party’s big government policies. Its leaders believed only in containing communism and were too afraid to go any further with the Soviets. Reagan believed communism could actually be defeated and was labeled “extremist” because of it. His overarching goal was to eliminate the world of nuclear weapons, which he felt were the potential for the biggest evil in human history. He had to fight the vanilla establishment of the GOP… Read more »
Philanthropussy
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Wow great, whatever you say. Mr. Revisionist.

Fiveseven
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In your other posts you childishly accuse other readers of being ignorant of history. There are several books detailing Reagan’s agenda to rid the world of nuclear weapons. You should keep your hole shut until you do a little reading, yourself.

MotherBatherick
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lol…I was just going to say that the Pink Pansy has nothing…lol…

Philanthropussy
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Honey, in my post I said Reagan was a great pres and things were good in the US. You need to stop jumping to conclusions. As for shutting my hole. Is that a promise or a threat ? I’m going to continue expressing myself and there’s not much you can do about that, but throw out empty threats.

Fiveseven
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I couldn’t care less how you take it. When you call people “revisionists,” you’d better back it up, which you didn’t do and don’t seem capable of doing.

Philanthropussy
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Whatever I write in by original post is correct. I didn’t insult the man, all I said was today’s rep party is a great disappointment and is pale in computation to what it was in the 1980’s.

Fiveseven
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Very mature.

Philanthropussy
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Thank you. It comes naturally.

Brendan
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Do you think the Tea Party would support a progressive like Reagan who was pro gun control?

JB
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I would have to agree that President Reagan would not identify with today’s Republican Party since representatives from both parties (except for a handful) are disgraceful, immoral, and reprehensible. President Reagan was not just an American. He was an honorable man with high moral standards and integrity. I do not worship him nor do I believe he is a saint, but I do feel his memory and his legacy deserves respect. President Reagan was a courageous man who was willing to fight for Americans’ freedoms and liberties. His plan was not to destroy America, but to protect and serve. President… Read more »
Philanthropussy
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I agree with you completely . In my oust I said he is one of our greatest pres and the Econ was great. It’s l this hero worship when the man is no way connected to today’s party .

J. miner
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Reagan didn’t identify with then rep party. George bush did and he was Reagans biggest opposition. Reagan shook up the rep party and somehow we let it slip back to before Reagan. we need another Reagan.

TheDude0fLife .
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Not to mention his support for rational gun control policy. Today, just that fact alone, would cause him to be compared to “Hitler”, LOL!

Philanthropussy
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Not to mention, he showed signs of Alzheimer’s the last year if his presidency .

Fiveseven
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Ever been shot and had a bullet land within an inch of your heart? Ever go through the trauma surgery that goes with a gunshot wound? Ever deal with the medication that comes afterward, or the painful rehab? The fact that he endured all that yet still had the strength to carry out his policies for as long as he did is pretty hardcore.

Philanthropussy
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Great, but today’s rep party is nothing like what it was in Reagan’s day.

Fiveseven
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Yeah, that was my point.

Philanthropussy
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Great minds think a like

Andy Lamb
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What an baseless comment. Please share, what signs of Alzheimer’s did Reagan show during the last year of his Presidency? Fact please, not something you read on Media Matters. Search YouTube for Reagan’s appearance on Larry King 2 years after leaving office, where he was on top of his game as he answered questions from callers. Search for his speech at the 1992 republican convention, over 3-1/2 years after he left office. Alzheimer’s in his last year as President. How ridiculous.

Philanthropussy
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He didn’t say he was popping his pants or drooling all over himself. Madder he died Nancy said he was noticeably forgetful in his last last year on the White House .

Andy Lamb
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Sorry, you’re wrong. Reagan was always portrayed as being “forgetful.” However, he took mental cognitive tests every year after leaving office starting in 1990. Doctors said there was NO sign of dementia until 1993. Ron Jr. made comments in his book that he later retracted, when it was pointed out that he didn’t even have some dates correct. You do not “show signs of Alzheimer’s” (your words) in 1989 and then in 1992 give an impassioned 36 minute long perfect speech (without looking at notes) that brings the house down at the republican convention. A person showing any sign of… Read more »
Philanthropussy
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Those are Nancy Reagan’s words, not mine.

Marsha Moore
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Your ignorance is a sight to behold.

JB
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Now that is the truth. Masha.

Philanthropussy
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Sorry hon, I corroborated everything I said on the internet . Check my info out and get back to me .

Snid
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The best presidents don’t follow every single item in their parties agenda, they do what’s right. Reagan was not hardcore republican, just as Kennedy was not hardcore democrat. Not sure what “whitewashing” you are referring to, the fact is Reagan was the best modern day president we have had and we can thank him for several decades of prosperity. We wouldn’t be in the mess we are in now if we had Reagan leadership today.

Philanthropussy
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Nostalgia is a beautiful thing. As I said in my post, Reagan would recognize today’s rep party.

Andy Lamb
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He wouldn’t? Interesting observation. JFK would have no place in today’s Democratic party. Hell, Bill Clinton doesn’t even fit anymore.

Philanthropussy
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That’s nice. You are a smart boy . Unfortunately for you, I had facts, you had opinion .

Mrs. Mee
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Just for the record Reagan did NOT have progressive views about abortion. He NEVER was in favor of abortion–much less abortion on demand. His signing of the the Therapeutic Abortion Act (which I assume is your justification for such an outrageous claim) has a rather complicated history. Knowing that a veto would be overturned by the California legislature and therefore that act would become law as written, Mr Reagan signed the act so that he could change wording so as to at least curtail abortion somewhat. Just a few minutes of research will give you a greater understanding of this… Read more »
Philanthropussy
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PS, how could I smear Reagan? Everything I said is public knowledge .

Philanthropussy
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Did he change it?

Mrs. Mee
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He did indeed make some minor changes which were hoped to curtail some abortions, however as I previously stated had he vetoed that Act the legislature would have enacted the law as it was written without even those –admittedly — minor tweaks. Again, please research this before you continue this incorrect claim.

Philanthropussy
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Okay , so a politican can sign a bill with his fingers crossed behind his back and say ” you did really mean it”

Bruce A. Miller
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two and a half years later……indeed the berlin wall fell

Snid
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Presidents day was never in February due to how many presidents were born in that month. When I was much younger there were two holidays in February, Washington’s birthday on the 22nd and Lincoln’s birthday on the 12th. In 1971 the government decided to consolidate these two holidays into one and to honor all US presidents, hence Presidents day (3rd Monday in February).

4MeNoRinos
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Happy Birthday President Reagan and thank you LT COL. West for honoring it.

Gary Iampaglia
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Happy Birthday Mr. President.

Metalmoto
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It’s almost as if he could see the future that we were going to have an abomination for president and he is trying to make us the Obamanation. We sure do need a strong leader like Ronald Reagan again. Unfortunately, there will never be another like him. Happy Birthday Mr. President.

Fothergillgirl
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Have your heard Reagan’s speech in which he talks about the danger of socialized medicine! Yes, he was quite prophetic and inspiring. I never heard him speak, and I was a teen at the time, that I he didn’t bring me to tears with his great love of America and his patriotism. My heart would swell with pride. A truly great man.

Metalmoto
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Yes, I have heard him speak against socialized medicine. I believe there is a record of him talking about the dangers of opening the door to socialism through socialized medicine that was from the ’50’s!! You are correct. When you listen to Reagans speeches, you can hear how proud he is of America. Unlike our current “president” where you can hear nothing but his disdain for America and it’s people.

MotherBatherick
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Happy Birthday, President Reagan! And…Happy Birthday to YOU, LTC West!
We will consider ourselves fortunate to have “President West” added to the list for President’s Day in February!

vtxowner
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It’s amazing how you never heard a word from the socialist news media of Regan birthday but if this was Obama’s BD it would be world news and all the brotha’s and sisters would be taking to the streets as if it was MLK holiday or Gay day, as if either did anything of major importance for mankind. I guess socialist pigs only back socialist pigs. Happy Birthday Ronald Regan.

Brendan
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Your racist and antigay remarks are a stark reminder why so many legitimate conservatives are not taken seriously.

Kathryn Elizabeth Graham-Toppe
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Kathryn Elizabeth Graham-Toppe
I just wish the congressmen and the president would get their head out of the backsides and come down to our neighborhood for one week. Let them see the struggle of the American People. Are we to become a welfare society? With obamacare comes thousands of job layoffs and this is good, so the government says. What is so good about it. Taking away our incentive to excel in everything that we do is like leading the lambs to slaughter. WE as the people of the US need to converge on Washington in a way that hasn’t been done since… Read more »
Betty Mullins
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I REALLY LIKE PRESIDENT REGAN ] HE LOVED AMERICA AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TOO . GOD BLESS YOU ON YOUR BIRTHDAY PRESIDENT REGAN . R. I. P