Quotes Suitable For Framing: Ronald Reagan

Sunday, November 9, AD 2014

 

 

At the same time, we invite the Soviet Union to consider with us how the competition of ideas and values — which it is committed to support — can be conducted on a peaceful and reciprocal basis. For example, I am prepared to offer President Brezhnev an opportunity to speak to the American people on our television if he will allow me the same opportunity with the Soviet people. We also suggest that panels of our newsmen periodically appear on each other’s television to discuss major events.

Now, I don’t wish to sound overly optimistic, yet the Soviet Union is not immune from the reality of what is going on in the world. It has happened in the past — a small ruling elite either mistakenly attempts to ease domestic unrest through greater repression and foreign adventure, or it chooses a wiser course. It begins to allow its people a voice in their own destiny. Even if this latter process is not realized soon, I believe the renewed strength of the democratic movement, complemented by a global campaign for freedom, will strengthen the prospects for arms control and a world at peace.

I have discussed on other occasions, including my address on May 9th, the elements of Western policies toward the Soviet Union to safeguard our interests and protect the peace. What I am describing now is a plan and a hope for the long term — the march of freedom and democracy which will leave Marxism-Leninism on the ash-heap of history as it has left other tyrannies which stifle the freedom and muzzle the self-expression of the people.

Ronald Reagan, Address to British Parliament on June 8, 1982

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  • A wonderful tribute to freedom.
    Both the expression’s from rock solid Reagan and the rock of former oppression, the wall.
    Thank you Mr. McClarey.
    May it be a constant reminder how tyrants can persuade the masses that governments are an end justifiable by any means….especially at the cost of liberty.
    God bless Mr. Reagan.

Twenty-Five Years Since the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Sunday, November 9, AD 2014

Twenty-five years ago today my bride and I arrived home from buying software for our Commodore 64  (Yeah, it is that long ago.) and watched stunned after we turned on the tv as we saw East Germans dancing on top of the Berlin War, tearing into it with sledge hammers.   It is hard to convey to people who did not live through the Cold War how wonderful a sight this was.  Most people at the time thought the Cold War was a permanent state of things.  Not Ronald Wilson Reagan.  He knew that Communism would end up on the losing side of history and throughout his career strove to bring that day ever closer.  His becoming President so soon after John Paul II became Pope set the stage for the magnificent decade of the Eighties when Communism passed from being a deadly threat to the globe to a belief held only by a handful of benighted tyrannical regimes around the world, and crazed American professors.  In most of his movies, the good guys won in the end, and Reagan helped give us a very happy ending to a menace that started in 1917 and died in 1989.

Here is an interview Sam Donaldson did with Reagan immediately after the fall of the wall:

Lech Walesa, a leader of that band of millions of heroes and heroines, at the head of which were Pope John Paul II and President Ronald Reagan, who won the Cold War, gave this salute to Reagan after Reagan died in 2005:

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Tear Down This Wall!

Monday, November 9, AD 2009

Ronald Wilson Reagan, how I miss you.

When talking about Ronald Reagan, I have to be personal. We in Poland took him so personally. Why? Because we owe him our liberty. This can’t be said often enough by people who lived under oppression for half a century, until communism fell in 1989.Poles fought for their freedom for so many years that they hold in special esteem those who backed them in their struggle. Support was the test of friendship. President Reagan was such a friend. His policy of aiding democratic movements in Central and Eastern Europe in the dark days of the Cold War meant a lot to us. We knew he believed in a few simple principles such as human rights, democracy and civil society. He was someone who was convinced that the citizen is not for the state, but vice-versa, and that freedom is an innate right.I often wondered why Ronald Reagan did this, taking the risks he did, in supporting us at Solidarity, as well as dissident movements in other countries behind the Iron Curtain, while pushing a defense buildup that pushed the Soviet economy over the brink. Let’s remember that it was a time of recession in the U.S. and a time when the American public was more interested in their own domestic affairs. It took a leader with a vision to convince them that there are greater things worth fighting for. Did he seek any profit in such a policy? Though our freedom movements were in line with the foreign policy of the United States, I doubt it.President Reagan, in a radio address from his ranch on Oct. 9, 1982, announces trade sanctions against Poland in retaliation for the outlawing of Solidarity.I distinguish between two kinds of politicians. There are those who view politics as a tactical game, a game in which they do not reveal any individuality, in which they lose their own face. There are, however, leaders for whom politics is a means of defending and furthering values. For them, it is a moral pursuit. They do so because the values they cherish are endangered. They’re convinced that there are values worth living for, and even values worth dying for.

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8 Responses to Tear Down This Wall!

  • Historical footage of not only the timeless principles that makes America the grand country that it is, but also showcases the sheer gravitas of one particular historical figure that nobody (be it now or in the future) can ever compare with — not even that flake, Palin. *wink*

  • e., from the great beyond I have absolutely no doubt that Reagan is cheering Palin on.

  • I’d never heard about that poster before.

    I saw High Noon for the first time a few years ago. It felt like a biography of George W. Bush. I recognized every argument the townspeople made from the runup to the Iraq War. It was a real let-down to me when I later heard that the movie was intended as a protest to Hollywood blacklisting. I’m glad to see that the movie was used against Communism, and that people were inspired by the heroism of Cooper’s character.

  • I miss him. He had that charm and skill at creating a coalition to stand against the slide toward socialism. Can we have that again? Can you bring authentic conservatives, traditionalists, libertarians (the relatively sane ones) and anti-communists (or whatever you want to call those against collectivism) together under the Republican banner? I think it can be done but sheeple need a shephard. Who will lead?

    How will you weed out the Wall Street-Leftist Establishment cronies? As much as I loved Reagan, we had to swallow Mr. G. H. W. “New World Order” Bush for 12 years too. Read my lips, that bovine scatology won’t fly these days – we need real, honest, true, authentically conservative and God-fearing leadership. Do we deserve it? Pagans usually don’t.

  • I appreciate Reagan more and more as I get older. I did not when he was in office. However, he did just fine without my vote!

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  • It is amazing how un-Presidential Reagan’s successors have been. Listening to this speech and knowing the background of it caused me to lament the current administration’s tepid response to Afghanistan decisions and the Ft. Hood shooter. President Reagan made his speech at the wall in the face of handlers (including Colin Powell) who said he shouldn’t make such a strong statement. The President must both know what needs to be said and have the courage to say it. I look forward to having such a person in office again.

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