Ronald Reagan Speech and the Fall of the Berlin Wall
Ronald Reagan – Tear Down This Wall
The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989
The Berlin Wall was a barrier constructed by the German Democratic Republic starting on 13 August 1961, that completely cut off West Berlin from surrounding East Germany and from East Berlin. The barrier included guard towers placed along large concrete walls, which circumscribed a wide area, known as the “death strip”, that contained anti-vehicle trenches, “fakir beds” and other defenses. The Wall served to prevent the massive emigration and defection that marked Germany and the communist Eastern Bloc during the post-World War II period.
On June 12, 1987, Ronald Reagan challenged Mikhail Gorbachev, then the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, to tear down the wall as a symbol of increasing freedom in the Eastern Bloc.
On November 9, 1989, thousands of East Germans began gathering at the wall, demanding that border guards immediately open its gates. The surprised and overwhelmed guards made many hectic telephone calls to their superiors about the problem, but it became clear that no one among the East German authorities would take personal responsibility for issuing orders to use lethal force, so the vastly outnumbered soldiers had no way to hold back the huge crowd of East German citizens. In face of the growing crowd, the guards finally yielded, and the people started tearing down the wall.
Your government is failing at almost everythingthey do. Trillions are being charged in your name and what are you getting for it?
The Chinese, the Russians, and Japan will cut this spending spree off soon. This government has NO plan for what they will do then. They have made for themselves a dependant class of loyal voters that have no idea how to take care of themselves when the checks do not come in the mail.
Some pundits said our programs would result in catastrophe. Our views on foreign affairs would cause war. Our plans for the economy would cause inflation to soar and bring about economic collapse. I even remember one highly respected economist saying, back in 1982, that “the engines of economic growth have shut down here, and they’re likely to stay that way for years to come.” Well, he and the other opinion leaders were wrong. The fact is, what they called “radical” was really “right.” What they called “dangerous” was just “desperately needed.”
And are we doing a good enough job teaching our children what America is and what she represents in the long history of the world? Those of us who are over 35 or so years of age grew up in a different America. We were taught, very directly, what it means to be an American. And we absorbed, almost in the air, a love of country and an appreciation of its institutions. If you didn’t get these things from your family, you got them from the neighborhood… Or you could get a sense of patriotism from school. And if all else failed, you could get a sense of patriotism from popular culture. The movies celebrated democratic values and implicitly reinforced the idea that America was special. TV was like that, too, through the mid-’60s.
The pop-culture and the schools celebrating the idea that America is special? A different America indeed.
Reagan went on to say:
Our spirit is back, but we haven’t re-institutionalized it. We’ve got to do a better job of getting across that America is freedom–freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of enterprise. And freedom is special and rare. It’s fragile; it needs protection.
Reagan’s words are prophetic to whats going on in our country today. How did we turn away so quickly from Reagan’s principles and elect haters of America that are waking up every day with the sole purpose of taking America down?
Ronald Reagan speech warns of putting faith in politicians over the American people.
Here’s the video….
Ronald Reagan, my favorite politician, founded a era of prosperity that lasted for nearly 30 years. Bill Clinton was smart enough NOT to revert to carter-esque economics. George W. Bush’s made some economic mistakes while he was intensely focused on the war in Iraq by allowing liberal economic policies to creep back in. You can google the Community Reinvestment Act … and similar botched bills for more information on why the banks turned the faucet and let the money flow like a river to people who were unable to pay it back.
Many Republicans backed liberal disasters because it was advantageous to them. Government handouts helped cement their power. Moderate Republicans were at fault along with the Democrats.
If Republicans do not repent of their liberal ways and get on the conservative wave they as well as the liberal Democrats all will fall in 2010 like domino’s. I think we are heading for the biggest political turnover in Congress of all time.