Monday, February 23, 2009

Who Will Give This Speech Today?

What I wouldn't give to have a Republican such as this one, whose moral clarity and understanding are so obvious. What I wouldn't give to have someone like this to vote for now.



Listen to what he says about the appeasement of enemies. Do you remember all those who said that our involvement in the Middle East will "inflame the Arab Street", whatever the heck that means, and that we should try to understand why they're so angry at us? Do you remember those who said that we cannot win in Iraq or Afghanistan? Do you remember who said that the insurgents in Iraq were modern Minutemen, and they would win?

There is a time for diplomacy, and a time for war. Diplomacy should not mean appeasing our enemies, and President Reagan understood that. Diplomacy should be an attempt to get what we want short of war. You cannot appease a dictator, or those who act like dictators.

At the end of this clip Reagan mentions the role of government, and our duty as Americans. These beliefs, ladies and gentlemen, encapsulate what it means to be a conservative.

13 comments:

Donalbain said...

In your reality Reagan opposed dictators?

http://www.tompaine.com/articles/reagans_bloody_legacy.php

Darren said...

And in yours, perfection is required?

He was far better than most. His moral clarity was significantly better than yours is, Donalbain.

Donalbain said...

So, when you said "You cannot appease a dictator, or those who act like dictators." You must have meant "You cannot appease a dictator, or those who act like dictators, except when it suits you."

Is that about right?

Reagan had no position on dictatorship. He had a position on the Soviet Union. There is a difference.

Darren said...

Apparently Donalbain would require Reagan to have exercised a little more "cowboy diplomacy".

The Soviet Union was a dictatorship. Communism was, and is, a dictatorship. That he didn't challenge every single dictator in the world doesn't mean whatever stupid point you're trying to make.

I guess President Bush's freeing a couple dozen million people from tyranny doesn't count, either, since he didn't free the North Koreans, the Iranians, or the Burmese (Myanmarians?) too.

allen (in Michigan) said...

Of course Reagan had a position on dictators: he was categorically and fundamentally opposed to dictatorship in all it's forms. What would lead you to think anything else?

Donalbain said...

No. Why don't you address what I said. Which was that Reagan DID appease dictators. As for him freeing those under communism.. well, thats a fascinating interpretation.

Darren said...

I'd rather not address what you said, Donalbain. Sometimes it's extremely difficult to take what you say seriously, this being one of those times.

Neko said...

Okay Donalbain. As the link you provided doesn't work, please tell us specifically which dictators Reagan appeased.

Donalbain said...

allen: Well, what leads me to think otherwise is the fact that he supported a number of dictators. That is kind of a clue that he was not "categorically and fundamentally opposed to dictatorship in all it's forms".

And darren, fair enough. If you cantactually deal with facts and evidence, then feel free to rant away.

Donalbain said...

Marcos, Pinochet, Hussein, Apartheidt South Africa...

Darren said...

I'm sure you'd have cheered loudly if Reagan had gone after any of those.

How'd he do against Ortega, Khadaffi, Breshnev, Khomeini, Honnecker, et. al.?

rightwingprof said...

The dictators Reagan "appeased" were bunny rabbits compared to the Communists -- although leftists like Donalbain don't mind it at all when commies murder millions. It's only when commies are prevented from murdering millions that they suddenly object.

Donalbain said...

OK.. this is nonsense now. You are just saying what I would have thought, or what I would say. That makes conversation pointless. The idea of a conversation is to respond to what the other person SAYS, not what you imagine them saying. If you are going to imagine my part of the discussion, there is no point in me contributing further. Have a nice day.