Reagan Honored in Former Soviet Bloc Countries While Defaced in US

In Tbilisi, Georgia

Twice in the last week, nations that had once been slaves of the Soviet Union honored Ronald Reagan with statues.  As a statue of Reagan was being defaced in our own capital, first in Hungary, more recently in Poland, and now in Georgia, “the Gipper” is still remembered as the man whose vigilance and willingness to call evil by its name caused the Soviet Union to wither and die of its own grotesque weight.  He’s cited as the man whose firm stance against the “evil empire” brought the USSR to its end, and with it, the nearly half-century long Cold War.  How stunning it is that while his statue isn’t safe in this country even in his home state, across the region of Europe that had once lived under the tyrannical iron fist of the Soviet Union, he’s afforded more honor and reverence than he receives in some quarters here at home.  None can convince me that this irony isn’t symbolic of the disease that afflicts our nation.  When a man whose efforts liberated millions and whose policies lifted a nation to the pinnacle of its success at home and abroad cannot find respect he deserves at home, it’s time to question the culture that permits such an absurdity to endure.

Most Americans remember Reagan fondly, even some of his opponents at the time.  He was an optimistic leader who thought that the efforts of the people, and their simple values ought to prevail upon their leaders to provide the liberty that has been America’s great promise.  His memory is truly cherished among the great body of the American people, but to doctrinaire leftists, both his political success and his philosophical foundations are occasions for disdain and discontent.  The left simply hates Ronald Reagan.  The simple truth is that he offered a thorough refutation of leftist ideology.  He didn’t need a ten-dollar vocabulary, and it didn’t matter to the American people that he was in his seventies throughout his presidency.  He told it like it was, and still is today.

I find comfort in the fact that while freedom is withering in the US at the hands of Reagan’s opponents, in the eyes of a majority of the American people, he’s still supremely popular.  As his detractors hurl insults at him, in Eastern Europe, leaders whose nations were freed by his efforts are remembering him with statues, and saying plainly what the left has spent two decades trying to pretend hadn’t been so:  Ronald Reagan defeated the Soviet Union.  Others deserve some credit, but theirs were ancillary roles.  Only Margaret Thatcher and Pope John Paul II deserve any mention among western leaders along with Reagan. Let’s consider what others have said recently.  From Tbilisi, Georgia:

In Tbilisi

Georgia’s pro-Western president has unveiled a monument to Ronald Reagan in the capital of the ex-Soviet state praising the 40th U.S. president for “destroying the Soviet Empire.”

Mikhail Saakashvili, whose government has for years had tense relations with Russia, also lambasted Moscow’s attempts to “restore” the Soviet Union by creating an economic bloc with other ex-Soviet nations.

He said Wednesday that the bronze statue that depicts Reagan sitting on a bench “deserves a place in the heart of Tbilisi, the heart of Georgia.”

In Warsaw, Poland, Lech Walesa:

In Warsaw

“Let us bow before Ronald Reagan for the fact that our generation was able to bring an end to the great divisions and conflicts of the world,” Mr Walesa said in a ceremony in the heart of the Polish capital Warsaw.

“What happened seemed impossible or unthinkable. The older generations still remember,” the Nobel Peace laureate said.

“In Poland, we had more than 200,000 Soviet soldiers. Across Europe, there were more than a million, as well as nuclear weapons. Major changes without a nuclear conflict seemed unlikely,” he added.

In Budapest, Hungary:

In Budapest

Prime Minister Viktor Orban and former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice helped unveil the statue Wednesday.

Reagan was remembered for the aid and encouragement he gave Hungary and other former Soviet satellite states in Eastern Europe to gain back their freedom.

Reagan “changed the world and created a new world for Central Europe,” Orban said at the unveiling ceremony. “He tore down the walls which were erected in the path of freedom in the name of distorted and sick ideologies.”

 

In Newport Beach, CA

This is simply astonishing.  While the people who had lived under the oppressive Soviet boot understand and remember what they have gained, too many in this country have spent the intervening years lying about the nature of the Soviet Union and the philosophy on which it had been based, and little is taught in our schools that would explain the importance that an honest retelling of history demands.  Look at the “Occupiers,”  our modern day iteration of the Bolsheviks.  Their historical understanding is so frightfully narrow, and their philosophical underpinnings so atrociously bankrupt, they believe, with the crude indolence of club-wielding children that the are some sort of “freedom-fighters” while they agitate on behalf of ideas refuted before many of their births.  They tell themselves they aren’t anti-capitalists, as if some sort of self-delusion will prohibit to the rest of us the view of what they’re really preaching.

I don’t think they have any idea what it is for which they now agitate, and as history repeats as the Occu-pests cry out for the United Soviet States of America, I cannot imagine a more fitting spectacle than to see that while these misguided brats rant about the inequities of the markets, they nevertheless don’t realize that what they’re demanding will only make things infinitely worse.  Perhaps it is better that statues of Ronald Reagan are erected and unveiled in Eastern Europe, because at least there, it seems the people will have some reason to remember the reasons for which his memory is honored.  These Occupiers don’t have a clue, but thankfully we have conservatives and the Tea Party who can yet teach them.

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  • http://www.jacksonspak.com Bob Woods

    The first national election I was eligible to participate in was 1964. Lyndon B. Johnson Vs. Barry Goldwater. They (the mysterious knowlegeable ones) told me that if I voted for Barry that there would be an escallation in the war in Vietnam. How did they know. I have never figured out the source of their information. When once asked what he would do about the Vietnam conflict, if elected, he responded with a question. "Why would I waste a moments thought on a war in a country which the U.S. could pave on any weekday afternoon"? The answer doomed him. The young men I worked with and I were all subject to the draft and his question scarred them to death. They voted for Lyndon and went to war.

    • eyetooth tom

      Comment below was supposed to be a reply…this fangdangled laptop with built in mouse sometimes hits "hit" when I don't mean to do so. Of course it's me not moving pointer-thangie.

      Fangdangled and thingie not typos…just don't know how else to spell.

      Anyway…got your point I think. We went to war anyway.

      Years ago had a six pack of Goldwater. Just soda pop, likely ginger ale. Many moves since '64…don't know where I left it.
      In '66 joined Navy so left it somewhere in related move.

  • eyetooth tom

    I too…voting '64, however becoming of age in '60.
    You're saying…war was prescribed by those in the know. Agreed.
    Has not changed I think.
    Remember Armand Hammer from Occidental Petroleum flying in and out of Soviet Union all during the cold war? Hey, a capitalist meeting with communists for what? I think the thank tanks world wide were just discussing what was the best way to bring about world domination.
    So communism was not the plan against capitalism on a nation basis.
    But long term…world wide? Who can imagine representative government with elections on a world wide basis. Nope. Nation state had to die first.
    Maybe friction by Islam, China, and new Russia may hinder those long term plans by the mysterious knowledgeable ones. Maybe we will find these conflicts to be an advantage to halting NWO. Way down the road and lots of victims along the way.
    Now Russia talking nuclear war again, China never in on the deal. And Islam never considered.
    America is a lot of countries, O says Made in America, but it was "Made in the USA" when I was young,but U. S. A. still must be subdued , part of the plan that can still be accomplished.
    No facts…just watching for a long time.

    • eyetooth tom

      Try as I may…typo still happens. But maybe "thank tanks" is what they were and are to progressive libs. Man(Wow) , will keep trying!

  • DC

    Just amazing. Within my lifetime, having grown up in the 70's and 80's, I get to see the "Eastern Bloc" memorializing in bronze within their cities, our greatest president, without so much as a sit-in occupy protest. What an amazing, complete accomplishment that is for President Reagan. One of many. Just makes me think of what the world would look like today were it not for the Gipper. I think it could have been quite a bit different considering his accomplishments and how relevant he seems to be to today's political discourse. I hope his legacy will one day also include the staving off of progressive/lib/marxist-leninist/commie clutches in the US for decades until it can finally be fully revealed in Obama for what it is and then resoundingly defeated. If so, maybe we can then be able to locate a Reagan statue within the US that would be at least as safe from vandalism as the one in Tbilisi.

  • http://jacksonspak@gmail.com Bob Woods

    To 'eyetooth tom'
    I caught your typo and in the back of my mind I was constructing a cute reply, like 'what do you really mean'. I'm glad you saved me from myself.
    Thanks
    Bob

    • eyetooth tom

      You're welcome Bob. Sometimes I wonder what I mean…sometimes I wonder what I'm thinking ! Making typo mistakes for me is kind of like how I stumble when I get up…as I get older. Think maybe I got through this one okay !

  • dnr

    My first presidential vote was cast for Reagan. I was first old enough to vote in Nov. '84. I witnessed in elementary school my parents grieving over the gas rationing (remember the odd and even license plate days?), double-digit mortgage interest rates, and double digit unemployment, as well as the Iran hostage crisis (just to name a few of Carter's more notable "accomplishments"), then breathed relief as the hostages were released in tandem with Reagan's inauguration. As the years unfolded, it was easy to see the stark difference between Reagan and Carter as we all benefited from the boom of prosperity that Reagan's policies helped to ignite. And it wasn't just economics, or foreign policy. I knew even as a teenager that there was simply something special about Reagan. The more I have learned, and experienced, the more I have appreciated him. He was truly a great man, and a stalwart fighter of evil all of his life. We were so blessed to have him at the helm of this country. It was a sad day when he made his farewell speech as President of the United States and leader of the free world. Somehow I knew that things in this country would never be the same. I daresay we haven't truly had anyone in office who was worthy of the role since Reagan.

    • eyetooth tom

      My comment link is probably being over taxed and maybe could be unappreciated in the long run for being too noisy. But want to say to dnr…in '84 as a young fellow you chose good bud.
      And yep…don't have that choice now. But got to pick so we will have another day to resist if necessary. And history says necessary it will be.

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