June 12 marks the 25th anniversary of President Reagan’s historic speech at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate. Over the objections of advisors who thought the lines were too provocative, President Reagan made a dramatic demand:
There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace. General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev—Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!
In his speech, Reagan talked about the need to tear down more than just this physical barrier to freedom:
In West Germany and here in Berlin, there took place an economic miracle, the Wirtschaftswunder. Adenauer, Erhard, Reuter, and other leaders understood the practical importance of liberty—that just as truth can flourish only when the journalist is given freedom of speech, so prosperity can come about only when the farmer and businessman enjoy economic freedom. The German leaders reduced tariffs, expanded free trade, lowered taxes. From 1950 to 1960 alone, the standard of living in West Germany and Berlin doubled.
For over a decade, The Heritage Foundation, in partnership with The Wall Street Journal, has tracked the march of economic freedom around the world with the influential Index of Economic Freedom. The data vindicate President Reagan’s 1987 declaration: “After these four decades, then, there stands before the entire world one great and inescapable conclusion: Freedom leads to prosperity. Freedom replaces the ancient hatreds among the nations with comity and peace. Freedom is the victor.”
My sons Wilson and Hunter got to see all the sites of California and Sherwood Haisty Jr. took them to Reagan’s presidential library in March of 2011 after Sherwood finished his seminary work in the morning at the Masters Seminary. Wilson told me that Sherwood actually bought him a McArthur Study Bible that he wanted.
Below you will see a part of the Berlin wall and my two sons standing in front of it.
Arguably one of Reagan’s best television moments, he urged Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to stop the communist hold over East Berlin and allow the country to unify under a democracy. Two years later, it happened in the dark of night.
I remember walking in Austria in 1981 with an elderly man who did not know English but when I told him I was from the USA, he responded, “Jimmy Carter is no good, but Reagan is strong and will stand up to Russia.” He did not say those words in English but another student that was with me was able to interpret at least those words.
Berlin Wall” Speech – President Reagan’s Address at the Brandenburg Gate – 6/12/87 Uploaded by ReaganFoundation on Apr 15, 2009 President Reagan’s remarks on East-West relations at the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin, Germany on June 12, 1987. ___________________ My favorite president Ronald Reagan made a great speech 25 years ago today. Mr. Gorbachev, Tear [...]
The Heritage Foundation ran a fine article on Ronald Reagan today. June 12 marks the 25th anniversary of President Reagan’s historic speech at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate. Over the objections of advisors who thought the lines were too provocative, President Reagan made a dramatic demand: There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be [...]
President Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday anniversary In his earliest movies, many of his roles emphasized Reagan’s physical prowess. This is a publicity photo of Ronald Reagan from Warner Brothers/First National Studios. HALT:HaltingArkansasLiberalswithTruth.com A :30 commercial for the Ronald Reagan Centennial Celebration. I remember walking in Austria in 1981 with an elderly man who did not know English but when [...]