Tuesday, November 10, 2009

20th Anniversary Of The Fall Of The Berlin Wall

As a nation of yet free people, we should be celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall on the  20th Anniversary of freedoms triumph in Eastern Europe. President Ronald Reagan, a man of stature and integrity, unlike the current holder of the Pink Oval Office, was to a large extent responsible for the taking down of the Berlin Wall. Eastern Europe, indeed freedom loving people everywhere owe him a debt of gratitude.

Conversely the statist loving socialist Obama, has been silent on the historic Anniversary of the fall. Perhaps because truth be known he fails to understand the struggle between good and evil it represented. In fact a betting man would likely have better odds if he bet Obama is at heart a supporter of modern day Facism and Communism. Why you might ask. The answer is because he is a socialist/statist with the goal of controlling your every actions to conform with the state and its mandates.

 I digress. The following post is put up by Rational Nation USA to recognize yet once again the tremendous leadership and impact President Reagan had on not only the USA, but the world at large as well.

The following words, written by Conn Carrol and posted In American Leadership, are a tribute to a man of unbounded optimism and one who understood the rightousness of liberty, self reliance, capitalism, and a strong commitment to individualism.

Without further ado, I give you Conn Carrol

Morning Bell: Reagan, Obama and the Berlin Wall

Posted By Conn Carroll on November 10, 2009 @ 8:47 am In
American Leadership | No Comments

On June 12, 1987, President Ronald Reagan stood at the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin and said [1]: "General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"

On November 9, 1989, just two years after Reagan made his Brandenburg Gate speech, the people of Germany did tear down "this wall" and in so doing they freed hundreds of millions of people from the tyranny of communism [2]. Reagan by no means single-handily brought about the fall of the Berlin Wall, but his leadership against despotism was widely recognized by the victims of communism. When he visited Poland in 1990, a dissident leader presented Reagan with a sword explaining [3]: "I am giving you this saber for helping us to chop off the head of communism."

But the leftists in America do not want us to remember Reagan's role in history. That is why President Barack Obama (the same man who found time to jet to Copenhagen at the drop of a rumor that his presence could win the Olympics for his hometown of Chicago) could not be bothered to attend the 20th anniversary of the wall's fall last night. Instead, President Obama taped a video message [4] that completely failed to mention Reagan or British
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

More than petty partisan slights are at stake here. President Obama's refusal to recognize the role President Reagan's and Prime Minister Thatcher's leadership played in defeating despotism goes to the core of Obama's foreign policy priorities. Heritage scholar Nile Gardiner explains [5]:

Barack Obama simply does not view the world as Reagan did, in terms of good versus evil, as a world divided between the forces of freedom on one side and totalitarianism on the other. For the Obama administration the advancement of human rights and individual liberty on the world stage is a distinctly low priority, as we have seen with its engagement strategy towards the likes of Iran, Burma, Sudan, Venezuela and Russia.

We commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall [3] to celebrate the collapse of communism, to honor those who died resisting communism, and to resolve that never again will peoples and nations allow so evil a tyranny to terrorize the world.

Yet, at a time when the United States currently faces challenges as complicated as those confronted by Reagan (war in Afghanistan, the global fight against Islamist terrorism, the rise of a nuclear-armed Iran) Obama is bent on apologizing for our nation's actions [6], betraying Cold War allies [7], and dithering on troop deployments [8].

Quick Hits:

President Barack Obama told ABC News [9] he does not support the taxpayer abortion funding ban in the House health care bill. The President also told ABC News [10] that jail time is an appropriate punishment for not buying health insurance. According to Gallup [11], 67% of Americans believe ObamaCare will either make their personal health care situation worse or no
different. Even The New York Times [12] admits the House health bill does
nothing to control health care costs. In yet another effort to silence critics, the Obama administration has ordered two Environmental Protection Agency to take down a YouTube video [13] that was critical of the Obama
Administration’s climate change policy. 

Via: The Heritage Foundation - The Foundry

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