posted at 8:42 pm on May 19, 2009 by Kid from Brooklyn
It’s been 44-plus years since Ronald Reagan delivered the speech that launched and defined an entire movement, “A Time For Choosing”. The entire speech, and the heart of the subsequent Reagan revolution, is best summed up in the following quote:
This is the issue of this election: 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.
44 years later, we find Republican leadership betraying this most fundamental of conservative principles…in particular, the NRSC’s endorsement of Charlie Crist over Marco Rubio. Adding insult to injury, Florida GOP Chair Jim Greer wants Crist to be treated like an incumbent ! Rather than let Floridians decide who is best suited to represent them in the U.S. Senate, a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital has made that decision in advance. When Arlen Specter left the GOP, he was roundly criticized for his refusal to subject himself to Republican primary voters. In a few short weeks, the NRSC has come full circle and now seeks to insulate Crist from a primary…never mind that he is no different from Specter. Now more than ever, this is a time for choosing.