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Ronald Wilson Reagan (1911-2004) was a Hollywood actor and an American politician who served as the 40th President of the United States from 1981 to 1989. His political stance is characterised by the devotion to the ideals of modern conservatism in its neo-liberal form, in particular, a strong favour for capitalist economics. The economic policies promoted by Reagan in the 1980s went down in history as 'Reaganomics'. Rendezvous with Destiny is the key passage of the famous A Time for Choosing speech that was presented by Reagan during the 1964 U.S. presidential election campaign on behalf of Republican party candidate Barry Goldwater. The speech earned him prominence as a leading conservative spokesman. A Record from Ronald Reagan To All Californians is similar in rhetoric, but much shorter and fairly light on ideological content, this record was part of Reagan’s campaign for governor in the 1966 election. Appealing to reduce government regulation, he calls out for Californians to vote for him if they “believe in their destiny” and their own decisions. Another distinctive feature of Reagan’s speeches is the emphasis on his non-political, unprofessional background. Speaking in the persona of a colonist from Boston, in Freedom's Finest Hour Reagan tells the story of the American War of Independence and the ratification of the Constitution with his famous eloquence. All is intended to create a feeling of pride for America and the Constitution. Young America's Foundation (YAF) is a conservative youth organisation established in 1960. In his speech, addressed to YAF in 1975, Ronald Reagan expressed his support to the organisation and its activity. Reagan's endorsement of the YAF was considered a having greatly helped his presidential campaign.

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