In an appeal to supporters the day before the Wisconsin Supreme Court election, Judge Brian Hagedorn wrote an email to voters calling back to a famous speech given by President Ronald Reagan.

“It’s a time for choosing, Wisconsin,” Hagedorn wrote. “This election for Wisconsin Supreme Court will likely determine the philosophy that will govern the court for the next decade. So, Wisconsin, what will it be?”

In October 1964, Reagan made an appeal to voters on behalf of Republican presidential candidate Sen. Barry Goldwater in his ill-fated campaign against President Lyndon Johnson. Johnson would then go on to win in a landslide, but the speech by Reagan, “A Time for Choosing,” would lead him to enter politics, become governor of California, and eventually to become the 40th President of the United States.

Reagan’s speech was against the growing power of the government controlling our lives and in defense of the Cold War.

“Another articulate spokesman for the welfare state defines liberalism as meeting the material needs of the masses through the full power of centralized government. I for one find it disturbing when a representative refers to the free men and women of this country as the masses, but beyond this the full power of centralized government was the very thing the Founding Fathers sought to minimize. They knew you don’t control things; you can’t control the economy without controlling people,” Reagan said. “So we have come to a time for choosing. Either we accept the responsibility for our own destiny, or we abandon the American Revolution and confess that an intellectual belief in a far-distant capitol can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.”

Hagedorn instead cast the election in terms of choosing between a liberal activist judiciary and a textualist approach to the U.S. and Wisconsin Constitutions. He also criticized his opponent, Judge Lisa Neubauer, for her attacks on Hagedorn’s practice of his Christian faith with the establishment of a private Christian school.

“Lisa Neubauer believes in living constitutionalism—the idea that the Constitution needs to keep up with the times and be updated’ by judges who know better than the people. I believe the Constitution means what it says. I will apply and uphold the Constitution as written,” Hagedorn wrote. “Lisa Neubauer attacks people of faith and suggests they’re not welcome in public life. Though she can name no case where I have ever allowed my personal views to impact my decision-making, she suggests I am unqualified to serve because I volunteer at my children’s Christian school. I believe in religious freedom for all people as required by the Constitution, and I will defend everyone’s right to believe and live according to the dictates of conscience.”

The election for the Wisconsin Supreme Court is Tuesday. Polls are open 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

You can read the entire Hagedorn email below:

It’s a time for choosing, Wisconsin. This election for Wisconsin Supreme Court will likely determine the philosophy that will govern the court for the next decade. So, Wisconsin, what will it be?

Lisa Neubauer believes in living constitutionalism—the idea that the Constitution needs to keep up with the times and be “updated” by judges who know better than the people. I believe the Constitution means what it says. I will apply and uphold the Constitution as written.

Lisa Neubauer attacks people of faith and suggests they’re not welcome in public life. Though she can name no case where I have ever allowed my personal views to impact my decision-making, she suggests I am unqualified to serve because I volunteer at my children’s Christian school. I believe in religious freedom for all people as required by the Constitution, and I will defend everyone’s right to believe and live according to the dictates of conscience.

Lisa Neubauer was against special interest money before she was for it. She is the candidate of Eric Holder and Planned Parenthood, who want to turn our Supreme Court into their political playground. I want to keep partisan politics out of the Supreme Court. I know my job as a judge is to say what the law is, not what I think the law should be.

It’s a time for choosing, Wisconsin. I will stand up for the rule of law. I will stand up for our constitutional freedoms like the freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and the right to bear arms. I will stand up for you and for our Constitution. Please stand with me tomorrow, and let’s save the Wisconsin Supreme Court!

With gratitude,

Judge Brian Hagedorn