Monday, November 09, 2009

Tear Down This Wall!

It began on the 12th of June, 1987 when President Ronald Reagan stood at the foot of the Brandenburg Gate and called for the Soviet Union to end the Cold War. President called for Mr. Gorvchev to take down the Berlin Wall that had for so long separated the oppressed people of East Germany from the freedom and democracy of the west.

President Reagan had an unwavering belief in freedom and an ideal that freedom truly did matter to all people around the world. And because of President Reagan's unwavering belief in freedom, 20 years ago today on November 9th, 1989, the Berlin Wall, a symbol of Communist oppression, was torn down by the citizens it had enslaved for nearly half a century.

Before calling on Mr. Gorbechev to "Open gate! Mr Gorbechev Tear down this wall!" President Reagan spoke of a duty to freedom that American Presidents have. "We come to Berlin, we American Presidents, because it's our duty to speak in this place of freedom."

Freedom Matters. So on this, the 20th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall and the unification of Germany followed by the fall of communism in the Soviet Union, I wonder why our current American President doesn't feel compelled to speak of freedom at the foot of the Brandenburg Gate. I just hope it isn't a harbinger of this Presidents view on freedom around the world.

You see like President Reagan I believe that big government oppresses free people around the world. And it is our inherent right to fight the oppressive forces of big government and ending the hostile take over of our liberties and freedoms.

As we go about our lives on this historic day let us keep the lessons of the Berlin Wall close at hand.

1 comment:

Gregor McMillan said...

Agreed.... to many people forget the lessons of the past.