Taking sides in the struggle between right and wrong.

screen-shot-2014-07-29-at-2-44-26-pm-1280x653It was March 8, 1983.

The speech, delivered at the height of the Cold War and focusing on the protests from the Left in both America and globally for a nuclear freeze as opposed to a military build-up designed to defeat the Soviet Communists outright, became one of the most famous of the many speeches ever delivered by President Ronald Reagan. The most noted lines Reagan delivered were these, bold print supplied:

“So, in your discussions of the nuclear freeze proposals, I urge you to beware the temptation of pride — the temptation of blithely declaring yourselves above it all and label both sides equally at fault, to ignore the facts of history and the aggressive impulses of an evil empire, to simply call the arms race a giant misunderstanding and thereby remove yourself from the struggle between right and wrong and good and evil.”

Say again, the relevant line for today’s moment, as if Reagan himself were speaking through the mists of time to the Never Trumpers, is this: “I urge you to beware the temptation of pride — the temptation of blithely declaring yourselves above it all and label both sides equally at fault…”