Jeff Neal for C.U.R.E. - Certain Unalienable Rights Endowment

Remember Ronald Reagan – Choose Freedom; He Did

In Opinion on June 12, 2012 at 10:45 am

A look back 25 years – Ronald Reagan at Brandenburg Gate.

Everyone knows the line  “Tear down this wall.”  But, listen to the lead up to the one line.  Freedom, peace and prosperity are the hope of all mankind.  “Mr. Gorbachev, if you want peace . . . tear down this wall.”

In the Cold War, the war of all wars, the winner did not win by death or force of arms.  The winner won by advocating relentlessly for the profound truth that all men are created equal and deserve to be and will prosper if, and only if, they are free.

Mr. Reagan didn’t threaten to bulldoze the wall or bomb Moscow.  He told the people on the other side of that wall that they’d be welcomed to the world of the free with open arms and, most importantly, bountiful harvests of all the things made scarce by government power directed at producing the common good.

And today, we have the likes of Jeb Bush (son of the man who wasted the legacy bequeathed him in 1988 and, in 1992, could not defeat the unknown Governor Bubba from Arkansas) spreading the lie that President Reagan was Mr. Compromise and would be unwelcome in today’s GOP.  Jeb Bush and many other prominent GOP ‘leaders’ praise President Reagan’s mythical willingness to work with the other side, ignoring all the evidence to the contrary – if RWR was such an easy-going fellow, why did the Democratic party and 99% of the media outlets at the time speak of him as if he were Satan on Earth?

Even though they generally purport to talk about domestic policy when they broadcast this lie about Mr. Reagan, this episode in RWR history makes the point that he was not the run-of-the-mill, reach across the aisle politician Jeb wants to channel.  Everyone in the Reagan administration tried to get these words deleted from the Brandenburg speech; he resolutely insisted on leaving them in.

Ronald Reagan never compromised his belief in the paramount importance of America as the symbol of freedom, the shining city on a hill, the last, best hope of mankind.  At times he gave an inch to get a mile on domestic fiscal policy, but he later regretted and we better learn from those mistakes.  GOP’s steadfast support of a small government for the sake of freedom is the only hope we have.

History does not have to be a gradual move to the left – there is a choice.  That choice is to say NO to moving leftward EVERY TIME the question is posed.  There can be no compromise between good and evil – there is no such thing as mostly free.  You own ALL of your life or you own as much as the government lets you.

The latter is a slippery slope indeed, and RWR knew that as evidenced by 1 minute and 43 seconds in one speech by Ronald Wilson Reagan.  RIP.

It’s our time to choose.  I choose freedom.


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