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Posts Tagged ‘Berlin Wall’

Personal Thoughts on Reagan’s 100th Birthday

Posted by traceyporreca on February 6, 2011

There has been much talk leading up to the celebration of Ronald Reagan’s 100th Birthday. I see so many conservative young people posting pictures and articles about him, saying how much they admire him. I think this is wonderful, but sometimes it’s difficult to fully understand the legacy left by someone unless you were there to witness a portion of it. I’d like to tell you a little of my memories of Ronald Reagan, and what he meant to me.

I was in high school when Ronald Reagan was elected president. I come from a liberal family and background and so there really wasn’t a lot of talk about him when he was elected, at least at home. However, I had a wonderful US Government teacher. He was a Navy veteran. I was fascinated with his stories and with his perspective. I learned a lot from him about pride in America and patriotism and what it meant to live in this great country.

A couple of years later, I decided to join the US Navy. A lot of things went into my decision. Honestly, I can’t say patriotism factored into it at the time. Some of what I had learned about our country inspired me to look into serving, but it was more about getting away and striking my own path and the military seemed a good fit. A lot of friends and family were surprised I joined. I’ve always been the type of person who does things that others don’t expect. I think that’s why I fit so well in Alaska. We’re all a bit like that up here. We don’t follow the typical path to most things. We cut our own way, and that’s what I hoped to do by enlisting.

Ronald Reagan had almost completed his first term when I enlisted. Whether this was a direct result of Reagan’s handling of the military at the time, I am uncertain, but I do know there was an effort to enlist more women and so there we all were at the MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Station) center nervously taking our oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States under our Commander in Chief, Ronald Reagan.

There is much to be said for Navy boot camp – it certainly gives you an education in the history and traditions of the United States and the military. I can’t say I enjoyed my time as it was challenging at times, but I was very proud when I was one of the ones who had made it through the process and graduated.

I went to MR “A” School, a school which teaches you to become a machinery repairman, a designation in the Navy which basically equates to being a civilian machinist, and transferred to my first duty station, the Naval Submarine Support Facility in Groton, Connecticut where I made replacement parts for nuclear submarines. It was there that a learned a great deal about the military and pride in work. It was also where I had a front row seat to one of the most tragic events in our nation’s history – The Challenger Disaster.

Working at the submarine base in Groton, we were directly involved in the recovery of what was left of the Challenger. It is now common knowledge that the astronauts, at least some of them, survived the initial breakup of the craft. Unfortunately, we knew that back then and it was hard to see fellow service members struggling with that realization as they worked to recover the debris from the bottom of the Atlantic. Things like that stick with you and shape you. Those experiences certainly allowed me to have an enormous amount of respect for those who were lost, and their families. President Reagan gave one of his most moving speeches after that event. It was a time when the nation needed to be comforted and his speech allowed us, as a nation, to move forward with the process of healing.

And who can forget one of the pinnacle moments in world history, when communism fell. I am a military veteran of the cold war era that was coming to a close under this great man’s leadership. One of the finest and most iconic speeches was given at the Brandenburg gate, Ronald Reagan’s “Berlin Wall” speech:

There were many other moments, such as the assassination attempt on Reagan’s life, that shaped my perspective. I have many proud moments, honors and commendations, from serving under this great man. I left the service about the same time he left office, and I can’t imagine serving under any finer a leader. I am so very proud to have served under President Ronald Reagan.

Much has been said about Reagan as a leader since he left office. Of course there are those who did not appreciate his policies or worldview but I feel our world is better for the time he spent as our president. He was a true leader and I’m so happy that 100 years after his birth, we still have Nancy Reagan and there are still so many alive who remember, and honor, and respect all that he accomplished.

Gary Sinise is another great actor who has become something of a statesman in his own right. In recent years, he has devoted much of his time and energy to honoring our military, through his work with the USO and many other avenues. Today, he had the opportunity to speak as part of the Reagan 100 celebration. Please watch his speech in the video below:

Also, please take the time to honor Reagan’s memory, and legacy, by viewing this video tour of the Reagan Library with Gary Sinise.

As posted on Alaskans4Palin.

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Sarah Palin On The Fall Of The Berlin Wall: Commemorating A Victory For Freedom

Posted by Gary P Jackson on November 9, 2009

Twenty years ago today, one of the most oppressive symbols of communism fell. This date should serve as a reminder that the Berlin Wall wasn’t meant to keep people from illegally entering East Germany. Nope, it was built to keep East Germans from escaping communist hell. Built to keep them in.

With that in mind, Sarah Palin released a glowing tribute to the triumph for freedom and liberty the fall of that wall and what it means to the world:

Commemorating a Victory for Freedom

Twenty years ago, the ultimate symbol of the division between freedom and tyranny was torn down. The Berlin Wall was constructed for one purpose: to prevent the escape of East Germans to the freedom of the West. The Wall’s cold, gray façade was a stark reminder of the economic and political way of life across the Soviet Union’s sphere of influence in Eastern Europe.

Ronald Reagan never stopped regarding the Berlin Wall as an affront to human freedom. When so many other American leaders and opinion makers had come to accept its presence as inevitable and permanent, Reagan still hammered away at the Wall’s very premise in human tyranny, until finally the Wall itself was hammered down. Its downfall wasn’t the work of Reagan alone. Our president’s actions were joined with the brave acts of many individuals who stood firm and united in facing the Soviet Union. The Berlin Wall came down because millions of people behind the Iron Curtain refused to accept the fate of enslavement and their supporters in the West refused to accept that the “captive nations” would remain captive forever.

Though that long, tragic episode in human history had come to a close finally with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, it wasn’t the “end of history” or the end of conflict as some had hoped. New conflicts confront us today throughout the world which call for courage and resolve and dedication to freedom. The new democracies and market economies that have emerged in Central and Eastern Europe still require our friendship and alliances as they continue to seek security, prosperity, and self-determination. But as we reflect on present and future challenges, let’s take time to celebrate the anniversary of this awesome victory for freedom. The downfall of that cold, gray concrete Wall should be a lesson to us in hope. Nothing is inevitable. Tyranny is no match for the hope and resolve of those who work and fight for freedom.

– Sarah Palin

These final words are stirring: “The downfall of that cold, gray concrete Wall should be a lesson to us in hope. Nothing is inevitable. Tyranny is no match for the hope and resolve of those who work and fight for freedom.” This sentiment is quite a poignant reminder for where we set here in America, on the brink of communism, and what we must do. As my great friend, the Mighty Serf puts it, “she went all Braveheart on us!

Indeed!

Communism is slavery, nothing more, nothing less.

Communism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy. It’s inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.

-Sir Winston Chirchill

It should be telling to all Americans that while our current “president” has plenty of time to jet set around to places like Copenhagen, to shill for his corrupt Chicago buddies, and of course, play golf and shoot hoops, he is conspicuously absent from the festivities going on in Berlin this week.

I have to wonder if, instead of cheering as most of us were twenty years ago, were Obama and his Marxist friends all shedding tears and consoling one another instead, at the fall of this symbol of oppression.

Ronald Reagan railed against socialism and communism his entire life. When he became President, stopping the Soviet Union was one of his greatest goals. Reagan, along with Lady Margaret Thatcher and Pope John Paul II worked diligently to make it happen. Reagan, Thatcher, and the Pope along with millions more world wide understood that communism, in any form, is pure evil, that every man, woman, and child has an inherent yearning for freedom and liberty. It’s a God given right that all men shall be free.

Here is part of Reagan’s wonderful speech at the Berlin Wall. A speech, by the way, his advisers begged him not to give. Damned “moderates!”

Here is a great video of the moments when the Berlin Wall fell, a true climax to decades of Cold War hostilities and human oppression.

There are many websites dedicated to the Berlin Wall, for those who seek to learn more. I found this site a nice condensed version for those that just want general info. Many of us remember the guard towers, complete with armed snipers ready to stop any East German who dared leave their communist “utopia.” This excerpt from Berlin Life says it all:

Despite the various security measures enforced, escape attempts were commonplace, especially in the years immediately following the erection of the wall, when there was still a fighting chance of making it across alive.

Climbing was the obvious way to go and some 5,000 were said to have reached the other side. However in its thirty year history 100 people were shot dead, most famously the eighteen year old Peter Fetcher, who, after he was hit in the hip, was left to bleed to death in no-man’s land as the world’s media watched on.

This serves as a stark reminder, that while people worldwide have taken drastic measures and even risked death to come to America, communist regimes have always had to force their people, under the threat of certain death, to stay!

Reason TV has put together this remembrance of the victims of communism:

The video references the staggering 100 million deaths as the direct result of communism. These are people who were murdered by their dictatorial regimes. The don’t include those whose lives were cut short because of the generally poor lifestyle that communism allows. Poor food supplies, poor health care, poor living conditions.

These murders were carried out by men like Stalin, Castro, Pol Pot, and Mao. Mao, in particular, is troubling, because he is so greatly admired by more than a few members of Barack Obama’s inner circle, his closest advisers.

For more on the evils of communism, check out the Global Museum on Communism.

In closing, Sarah Palin’s tribute to freedom and liberty, that she so artfully penned, is not just a tribute to history. It’s a rallying cry to all patriots. As Obama and his evil regime is marching the United States towards communism at full speed, as tyranny and oppression are rapidly becoming a dark cloud over America, we still have time to fight. We still have time to beat back the evil, to defeat it.

We must all follow Sarah’s lead. We must all be fully engaged in this struggle. America is the greatest nation in the world, and the American people the strongest, bravest, and freest the world has ever known. We can defeat Obama, we can defeat tyranny.

We can restore liberty, freedom, and prosperity. We must. We simply must.

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Sarah Palin: Commemorating a Victory for Freedom

Posted by Ron Devito on November 9, 2009

Following is a complete transcript of Governor Palin’s Facebook note pertaining to the fall of the Berlin Wall:

Twenty years ago, the ultimate symbol of the division between freedom and tyranny was torn down. The Berlin Wall was constructed for one purpose: to prevent the escape of East Germans to the freedom of the West. The Wall’s cold, gray façade was a stark reminder of the economic and political way of life across the Soviet Union’s sphere of influence in Eastern Europe (Palin, 2009, ¶1).

Ronald Reagan never stopped regarding the Berlin Wall as an affront to human freedom. When so many other American leaders and opinion makers had come to accept its presence as inevitable and permanent, Reagan still hammered away at the Wall’s very premise in human tyranny, until finally the Wall itself was hammered down. Its downfall wasn’t the work of Reagan alone. Our president’s actions were joined with the brave acts of many individuals who stood firm and united in facing the Soviet Union. The Berlin Wall came down because millions of people behind the Iron Curtain refused to accept the fate of enslavement and their supporters in the West refused to accept that the “captive nations” would remain captive forever (Palin, 2009, ¶2).

Though that long, tragic episode in human history had come to a close finally with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, it wasn’t the “end of history” or the end of conflict as some had hoped. New conflicts confront us today throughout the world which call for courage and resolve and dedication to freedom. The new democracies and market economies that have emerged in Central and Eastern Europe still require our friendship and alliances as they continue to seek security, prosperity, and self-determination. But as we reflect on present and future challenges, let’s take time to celebrate the anniversary of this awesome victory for freedom. The downfall of that cold, gray concrete Wall should be a lesson to us in hope. Nothing is inevitable. Tyranny is no match for the hope and resolve of those who work and fight for freedom (Palin, 2009, ¶3).

– Sarah Palin

Commentary:

In three beautiful and succinct paragraphs, Governor Palin delineated the history of the Berlin Wall and segued into the conflicts we face today. Her third paragraph is Presidential and Reagan Conservative to the core.

Providentially, a piece of the Berlin wall resides in an open public atrium just across the street and slightly diagonal from 10 East 53rd St., New York, NY — home to Harper Collins. This building is now most familiar to Governor Palin, as she made a number of trips there while working on Going Rogue: An American Life.

Berlin Wall section on East 53rd St. between 5th Ave. and Madison Ave.
New York, NY. Photography: Ron Devito (iPhone camera).
 
Berlin Wall section on East 53rd St. between 5th Ave. and Madison Ave.
New York, NY. Photography: Ron Devito (iPhone camera).
 
Berlin Wall section on East 53rd St. between 5th Ave. and Madison Ave. New York, NY. This photo shows the relationship between the Section’s Location and Harper Collins — the publisher of Going Rogue
Photography: Ron Devito (iPhone camera).
References:
Palin, S.L.H. (2009, November 9). “Commemorating a Victory for Freedom.” Facebook, Sarah Palin. Retrieved November 9, 2009 from: http://www.facebook.com/sarahpalin?v=wall&ref=mf#/note.php?note_id=170146378434&ref=mf

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