Sunday, April 14, 2024

A Time for Choosing, Now and Then

On November 8th, the American people will go to the ballot box and decide the future of our nation. A true “time for choosing” awaits the American people in the upcoming 2022 Midterm election.

After two years of the Biden administration, the American people have a clear decision to make. Do we the American people want to continue seeing the disastrous policies of the Biden administration and the Democrat party? Do we the American people want to continue seeing high inflation, rampant crime, mass immigration, social decadence, and foreign policy blunders? Do we the American people want to continue seeing our nation’s decline?

The time for complaining and chanting “let’s go Brandon” has ended. We can begin to right the wrongs of the last two years by casting our votes on Tuesday, November 8th.

However, the American people experienced a similar “time for choosing” nearly sixty years ago in November 1964.

In October 1964, Ronald Reagan gave a landmark speech—now called “A Time for Choosing”—just weeks before the 1964 Presidential election.

For background, incumbent President Lyndon B. Johnson faced Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater. Many considered Goldwater to be the first truly “conservative” presidential candidate in the post-war era, so Goldwater fit the bill as the antithesis to Johnson’s vision for America.

Ronald Reagan thoroughly supported Goldwater’s conservative vision for America over LBJ’s liberal vision. Consequently, Reagan gave this televised speech to support Goldwater’s presidential campaign.

In it, Reagan pointed out how the American people possessed a stark decision in November 1964. The American people had the choice to support or reject President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Big-Government Liberalism under the “Great Society” program. The “Great Society” helped transform America into a government-dependent society—started under FDR’s New Deal legislation in the 1930s—through its “War on Poverty” measures and entitlement spending.

Now, what was the ultimate decision in 1964? Did the American people reject President Johnson’s “Great Society?”

Unfortunately not. The 1964 election was an overwhelming rout in Johnson’s favor, one of the most lopsided presidential elections in American history. In fact, Johnson won 44 of 50 states in the 1964 Presidential election. Indeed, Goldwater and the Conservative movement suffered a humiliating defeat that night.

But while Johnson may have won the day in November 1964, the American conservative movement did not vanish with Barry Goldwater’s defeat. Reagan reinvigorated the nation with his own electoral victories in both 1980 and 1984. Then, businessman Donald Trump transformed American politics and revived American Conservatism with his America First-nationalist movement in the 2016 election.

As an America-First Conservative myself, I am not always the biggest cheerleader for the current Republican party. The GOP establishment has let down its voting base and the country time and time again on nearly every economic, domestic, and foreign policy position for the past several decades.

That being said, it appears that the GOP will regain both the US House and Senate in the upcoming Midterm election and that holds the opportunity for redemption, but for the party and for the country. We need to see the reversal of our nation’s decline before the damage of Team Biden becomes permanent, and this reversal can start next month with a Red Wave in the midterms.

Let’s not make the same mistake as the American people in 1964 and choose to reject the Biden administration’s America-last policies. Let’s all make the right decision on November 8th and start putting the American people first once again!

“From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first. America first” -President Donald Trump