Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Historic Speeches

While the blessings of liberty are endless - simultaneously harnessing the creative genius of man to produce enormous wealth while protecting the worth and dignity of all - the existence of liberty is but a fragile state, never more than a breath away from extinction.

Liberty requires dedicated and virtuous men and women to champion the cause, explaining the subtleties of its blessings to a new generation of people willing to carry the bright torch of freedom into an unknown future.

Occasionally great men full of knowledge and gifted by God with the ability to communicate ideas advance this cause, inspiring millions and generations yet unborn with timeless words appealing to the law of nature found within all mankind – a yearning and God given right to be free.

From Winston Churchill’s battle cry to oppose Nazi tyranny, to Charlton Heston’s passionate and convincing defence of the Second Amendment, and from Ronald Reagan’s “Time for Choosing” speech on behalf of Barry Goldwater to his famous Brandenburg Gate remarks against communism, the below selection of speeches uniquely and powerfully promotes various notions of freedom.

And what better way to begin than with some of history’s most memorable 271 words in Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address acknowledging the “last full measure of devotion” given by those laid to rest and urging those that remain to dedicate themselves to the task of protecting and defending the United States of America – “conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”

The Gettysburg Address

"This nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

Abraham Lincoln -- November 19, 1863

Give me liberty, or give me death!

"Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"

Patrick Henry -- March 23, 1775

Ronald Reagan | First Inaugural Address

Tuesday, January 20, 1981

Ronald Reagan | Second Inaugural Address

Sunday January 20, 1985

The 40th President of the United States Ronald Reagan inspired a new generation of freedom loving people across America and around the world when he took office in 1981, unabashedly championing limited government, and the ability and dignity of all men to govern their own lives and determine their own destiny.

A Time for Choosing

You and I have the courage to say to our enemies, "There is a price we will not pay." "There is a point beyond which they must not advance."

Ronald Reagan -- 27 October, 1964

"Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"

Ronald Reagan -- June 12, 1987

Support of the Declaration of Independence

“While I live, let me have a country, a free country!”

John Adams -- July 1st, 1776

Calvin Coolidge| Inaugural Address

Tuesday, January 20, 1981

Charlton Heston | Second Amendment

September 11, 1997

Winston Churchill | We Shall Fight on the Beaches

June 4, 1940