American leadership: the world's best hope?
President Ronald Reagan said it best:
Not too long ago two friends of mine were talking to a
Cuban refugee, a businessman who had escaped from Castro, and in the
midst of his story one of my friends turned to the other and said, “We
don’t know how lucky we are.” And the Cuban stopped and said, “How lucky
you are! I had someplace to escape to.” In that sentence he told us the
entire story. If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to.
This is the last stand on Earth. And this idea that government is
beholden to the people, that it has no other source of power except to
sovereign people, is still the newest and most unique idea in all the
long history of man’s relation to man. 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 élite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us
better than we can plan them ourselves.
That's the deal. We're not just talking about our own way of life. We're talking about the greatest refuge of freedom in a world getting rapidly drunk on the schemes of one despot after another.
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