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From Reagan to Obama

By Tag Tognalli - Posted on 06 September 2008

On Monday, November 3, 1980, the eve of what would prove to be an historic election, Gov. Ronald Reagan spoke to voters in a national television address. Then, as now, America was at a perilous point in her history. Then, as now, we had a choice to make that would determine the future of our nation and our world.

Ronald Reagan asked his fellow citizens if history still had a place for America, for her people, and for her great ideals. He challenged the American people to answer the following questions before making a final decision on who should lead the nation.

"Are you more confident that our economy will create productive work for our society or are you less confident? 

Do you feel you can keep the job you have or gain a job if you don't have one?

Are you pleased with the ability of young people to buy a home, of the elderly to live their remaining years in happiness, of our youngsters to take pride in the world we have built for them?

Is our nation stronger and more capable of leading the world toward peace and freedom, or is it weaker?

Is there more stability in the world or less?

Are you convinced that we have earned the respect of the world and our allies, or has American's position across the world diminished?

Are you personally more secure in your life?  Is your family more secure?  Is America safer in the world?

Are you happier today than you were four years ago?"

Today, the answers to these questions no longer can be found within the Republican party or with its leaders.  Today's Republican party no longer embodies Ronald Reagan's conservative philosophy in which government is the servant of the people. Nor does today's Republican Party champion the cause to which Ronald Reagan dedicated his life-- the preservation of democracy and the freedoms protected by that democracy.

As I did twenty-eight years ago, tomorrow I will vote to ensure that the lights of this "shining city on a hill" may never dim and so that America will always remain a beacon of hope to its great people and to the world.

Tomorrow I vote for America, her democracy and her freedoms.

Tomorrow I vote for America, her people and her great ideals.

Tomorrow I vote for a man I believe once again will make government the true servant of the people.

Tomorrow I proudly vote for Barack Obama.


Tag Tognalli served as Executive Assistant to Connecticut Director of the '84 Reagan-Bush campaign

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