Ronald Wilson Reagan Part 55 (The march of freedom and democracy which will leave Marxism-Leninism on the ash-heap of history)

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President Reagan and Nancy Reagan Reagan dancing with (left to right) Stubby Kaye, Shirley Jones, Marvin Hamlisch and Lee Roy Reams during a rehearsal for “In Performance at the White House.” 8/5/88.

My University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) Trojans played a great game last night, but just a great shot in the closing seconds from way out allowed their opponents to get to overtime. The Trojans can be proud!!!!It was the first game in the 2011 NCAA Tournament and it has been 21 years since they were in the tournament. I remember when Mike Newell took the Trojans to the tournament 3 of the 6 years he was here. I didn’t know if UALR would ever get back and I am glad they did.

In a prophetic speech concerning the Soviet Union, Ronald Reagan predicted that “the march of freedom and democracy will leave Marxism-Leninism on the ash-heap of history.” I am posting in the coming days excerpts from one of Reagan best speeches ever.  He addressed the members of the British Parliament on June 8, 1982.

The march of freedom and democracy which will leave Marxism-Leninism on the ash-heap of history

At the same time, we invite the Soviet Union to consider with us how the competition of ideas and values — which it is committed to support — can be conducted on a peaceful and reciprocal basis. For example, I am prepared to offer President Brezhnev an opportunity to speak to the American people on our television if he will allow me the same opportunity with the Soviet people. We also suggest that panels of our newsmen periodically appear on each other’s television to discuss major events.

Now, I don’t wish to sound overly optimistic, yet the Soviet Union is not immune from the reality of what is going on in the world. It has happened in the past — a small ruling elite either mistakenly attempts to ease domestic unrest through greater repression and foreign adventure, or it chooses a wiser course. It begins to allow its people a voice in their own destiny. Even if this latter process is not realized soon, I believe the renewed strength of the democratic movement, complemented by a global campaign for freedom, will strengthen the prospects for arms control and a world at peace.

I have discussed on other occasions, including my address on May 9th, the elements of Western policies toward the Soviet Union to safeguard our interests and protect the peace. What I am describing now is a plan and a hope for the long term — the march of freedom and democracy which will leave Marxism-Leninism on the ash-heap of history as it has left other tyrannies which stifle the freedom and muzzle the self-expression of the people. And that’s why we must continue our efforts to strengthen NATO even as we move forward with our Zero-Option initiative in the negotiations on intermediate-range forces and our proposal for a one-third reduction in strategic ballistic missile warheads.

Our military strength is a prerequisite to peace, but let it be clear we maintain this strength in the hope it will never be used, for the ultimate determinant in the struggle that’s now going on in the world will not be bombs and rockets, but a test of wills and ideas, a trial of spiritual resolve, the values we hold, the beliefs we cherish, the ideals to which we are dedicated.

No. 29: Mike Miller sparks a Final Four run

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Chuck Burton / Associated Press

No. 29: Mike Miller sparks a Final Four run

NCAA East Regional opener, March 17, 2000 — Florida trailed No. 12 seed Butler 68-67 with 8.1 seconds remaining. So the Gators went for a “Home Run.” The designed play called for Teddy Dupay to dish to freshman Mike Miller, who cut across the lane and pulled up for a short jumper that rattled through the hoop as the buzzer sounded.


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Little known presidential facts:

  1. Abraham Lincoln was the only presidential candidate who was not a Mason in the 1860 election.i
  2. President James Buchanan (1791-1868) quietly but consistently bought slaves in Washington, D.C., and then set them free in Pennsylvania.g

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