(Courtesy of Young Voters for Nan Hayworth.)
In 1964, Lyndon Johnson’s Presidential campaign released “Daisy”, an ad that was so striking in its evocation of Americans’ fears of Cold-War annihilation that it only ran once. That one time was enough, though, to secure its place in our cultural memory. And, thanks to a combination of factors over the ensuing decades, the eventuality described in “Daisy” did not come to pass.
That does not mean, however, that Americans are now free of any fears about our country’s future security and prosperity. In fact, as Governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana noted in a remarkable speech yesterday in Washington, our enormous and mounting debt means that “the American experience is mortally threatened.”
And the outcome this time may not be so reassuring. If our Congress and Administration do not stop making politically convenient but fiscally disastrous decisions, we will, in no uncertain terms, squander our children’s future. President Reagan said, echoing Churchill: “there are simple answers, they just are not easy ones.” Fiscal discipline is the simple (and only) answer, and we are going to have some very difficult choices to make, but our candidate, Nan, has the intelligence and the integrity to make them.
The Young Voters have adapted “Daisy” for 2010 to make clear what will happen if we ignore that imperative:
Feel free to browse other videos from Young Voters, as well as from Nan herself, on the Hayworth campaign’s YouTube channel.