WATCH Ronald Reagan NAIL IT: The Only Threat To American Independence Is “From Within”
In celebration of Ronald Reagan's birthday it's fitting to watch his Independence Day speech where he clearly explains the danger that comes from within our own country by divisive politicians.
Reagan had the foresight to see how a government that cannot solve basic issues and work together to serve its citizens is the greatest roadblock to the independence that America has built itself upon.
While aboard the U.S.S. “John F. Kennedy” in New York Harbor on July 4, 1986, former President Ronald Reagan delivered an Independence Day speech that included a timeless warning about the greatest threat to American independence.
“All through our history, our Presidents and leaders have spoken of national unity and warned us that the real obstacle to moving forward the boundaries of freedom, the only permanent danger to the hope that is America, comes from within,” Reagan said that evening, according to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum.
Reagan then shared a tale about two of our Founding Fathers, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.
After the two formerly close compatriots helped form the United States government in 1789, only 13 years after they together had signed the Declaration of Independence, their relationship began to grow strained due to what Reagan referred to as “partisan politics” — until eventually it snapped altogether.
“After a bitter and divisive campaign, Jefferson defeated Adams for the Presidency in 1800,” Reagan explained. “And the night before Jefferson’s inauguration, Adams slipped away to Boston, disappointed, brokenhearted, and bitter.”
For many years, the separation continued, until both men later retired, at which point they began communicating again — this time through letters.
“Letters that discussed almost every conceivable subject: gardening, horseback riding, even sneezing as a cure for hiccups; but other subjects as well: the loss of loved ones, the mystery of grief and sorrow, the importance of religion, and of course the last thoughts, the final hopes of two old men, two great patriarchs, for the country that they had helped to found and loved so deeply,” Reagan continued.
Years later, after having rebuilt their friendship, the two Founding Fathers died on the same day: July 4, 1826, exactly 50 years after they had signed the Declaration of Independence.
Despite all the “partisan politics” that divided them, the two eventually died as friends, brothers and compatriots. This was a lesson that Reagan desperately wanted the American people to embrace.
“(If) there’s one impression I carry with me after the privilege of holding for five-and-a-half years the office held by Adams and Jefferson and Lincoln, it is this: that the things that unite us — America’s past of which we’re so proud, our hopes and aspirations for the future of the world and this much-loved country — these things far outweigh what little divides us.”
On the 105th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth in 1911, these words hold just as much meaning as they ever did — and perhaps a great deal more.