Thursday, October 01, 2009

1964 - A Time For Choosing & The Daisy Ad

It's rather amazing to think that Reagan gave this speech BEFORE his career as a politician. He would be elected Governor of Cali 3 years later and Prez 13 years after that election. My favorite line is a line that we in today's world have forgotten...

"You and I have the ability, the dignity and the right to make our own decisions and determine our own destiny"

This is one of the most memorable political ads of all time (pardon the 15 sec intro of British-ness). Both parties will use fear to motivate voters, and Barry Goldwater was the one to fear in 1964. This is all so hysterical to me since just 4 years later, Johnson would be chased out of office by his own party for being such a "warmongerer". In 2009, it is a bit of a trip thinking that nuclear warfare was so in the forefront of everyone's thoughts that an ad would be used to say, "Don't vote for the other guy, he'll bring a nuclear holocaust".

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