This is the man responsible for igniting my interesting in political philosophy. He is, as far as I'm concerned, the last great political public speaker of the 20th century. Nobody since Reagan, has had the capacity to inspire passion for the principles of liberty, and love of country, the way he could.
As you listen to this speech, there are a few things to notice that differentiates it from the current president.
1. Reagan speaks from the principles of good government, always. The preservation of God-given rights; the carefully circumscribed role of political interference in private life; the power of the free market, and the absolutely essential necessity for virtues of character in the citizenry: courage, fortitude, prudence, faith, charity, and above all hope.
2. That last virtue is key to the next difference. Reagan always, always, spoke of America's past not in terms of grievance and anger, but in terms of gratitude and reverence. But, he also spoke of the past primarily as a rhetorical way of pointing to hope for the future. His speeches were always about the next great thing we were going to accomplish, and how the past made that possible, never about what "could have" or "would have" been, had the past been different.
3. And finally, he always, always spoke with charity and good humor for even his most hostile opponents. He did this, because he could assume that everyone on the stage had the same goal in mind: the betterment of the nation, along the principles we all stood for: liberty, equal justice, and prosperity.
Everything we hear coming from the political class today -- and this includes Donald Trump quite often -- is not forward-looking, but backward-looking; it is not optimistic, but pessimistic and cynical; it is not interested in freedom and equal justice, but consumed by avarice and spite and jealousy, and worst of all, it is not interested in principles, but personalities, and petty grievances, and tribal alliances.
I think men like Reagan are products of their time. The fact that we have no more men like him, it seems to me, bodes worrisome for our future.
Absolutely incredible. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
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