The televised address, entitled A Time for Choosing became an instant sensation and catapulted Reagan into the national spotlight. Today, the half-hour speech is widely considered to be among the 100 best speeches ever delivered.
Here are ten quotes from that landmark address that still endure:
"Every businessman has his own tale of harassment. Somewhere a perversion has taken place. Our natural, unalienable rights are now considered to be a dispensation of government, and freedom has never been so fragile, so close to slipping from our grasp as it is at this moment."
"No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. So government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth."
"I think it's time we ask ourselves if we still know the freedoms that were intended for us by the Founding Fathers."
"I, for one, resent it when a representative of the people refers to you and me, the free men and women of this country, as 'the masses.'"
"No nation in history has ever survived a tax burden that reached a third of its national income."