Ronald Reagan was an American hero. He fueled a fight for the freedoms of the American people that is still burning in the hearts of conservatives today. At the conclusion of his 1964 address in support of presidential candidate Barry Goldwater, Reagan said:
“You and I know and do not believe that life is so dear and peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery. If nothing in life is worth dying for, when did this begin — just in the face of this enemy? Or should Moses have told the children of Israel to live in slavery under the pharaohs? Should Christ have refused the cross? Should the patriots at Concord Bridge have thrown down their guns and refused to fire the shot heard ’round the world? The martyrs of history were not fools, and our honored dead who gave their lives to stop the advance of the Nazis didn’t die in vain. Where, then, is the road to peace? Well it’s a simple answer after all…You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We’ll preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we’ll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness.”
How incredibly relevant this speech has remained. I love this country. Though founded in sins, as every nation was, God has used and blessed the United States of America to remarkably change history and provide a refuge for his people to worship him freely. We need more people like Ronald Reagan and Antonin Scalia, conservative giants who will defend our Constitution, and I have faith that there are still some who will rise up and lead. I remember watching Ronald Reagan’s funeral with my dad, who had tears in his eyes as they laid the great president to rest. Men and women like Reagan leave an indelible mark on those who love and admire them. Let us continue defending these great liberties given to us by God, and raise Old Glory with pride. Happy Independence Day, everyone. God Bless America.