Tuesday, June 12, 2012

25 years ago. Remember when we had a real president?

This day is almost over, but I had to observe the quarter-century anniversary of a quote that, according to his diaries and the comments of others in his inner circle, the squishy State Department lifers didn't want Ronald Reagan to utter in his famous speech at the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin. On June 12, 1987, President Ronald Reagan showed the kind of steely resolve and leadership that has been missing in our country for a long, long time:

I know it sounds weird to say, but there are times when I miss the Cold War. In this day and age, I'm not so sure we are the good guys anymore.  

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free... it expects what never was, and never will be." -Thomas Jefferson


Tracie said...

It gives me goosebumps to hear it. So strange to have watched it as a teenager when it happened and feel how revolutionary it was for him to say it. Even then, when I was a stupid kid. Thanks for sharing. BTW, do you remember what you were doing when you saw it? I do...I was studying for a final. Our teacher told us the next day, "remember what you were doing when you first heard it, because it will be the beginning of something big."

Anonymous said...

Yeah.. if onl y you had a president brave enough to sell arms to terrorists!

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