Ronald Reagan was known as The Happy Warrior. He fought for America and American exceptionalism cheerfully, dutifully and steadfastly. Throughout his political career, he battled Communist, and particularly Soviet Communist, propaganda and treachery. His vision regarding the communists, his definition of victory in the titanic struggle that so many of us grew up in the midst of, was “We win, they lose.”
Yet were he still alive today to receive the latest press item describing the current United States vis-a-vis Russia state of affairs, then tomorrow’s headline might read: REAGAN WEPT.
The author unabashedly labels the U.S. president a “Communist without question promoting the Communist Manifesto without calling it so.”
Pravda, no less.As we were growing up, everyone wanted to know what Pravda and Izvestia were saying. Not because it had any relationship to fact or truth, but it gave the West clues as to what ideas were lurking in the minds of the Soviet leaders; what schemes and plots they were intent on foisting on their countrymen, their neighbors and the outside free world.
During the time of the Soviet Union the role of the state in economy was made absolute, which eventually lead to the total non-competitiveness of the economy. That lesson cost us very dearly. I am sure no one would want history to repeat itself.”
And so, here we are. Two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union and the ideas Pravda are trying to foist upon us, ideas which they chide us for abandoning, are the ideas of freedom and free enterprise. How utterly and bitterly ironic. How it hurts us who meet here to have to listen to something coming out of Pravda and to know that this time it really is “truth.”
Those who recall the days of the former Soviet Union, or who have friends and family members who fled a life of degradation, will see much truth in Lerma’s words. Even envisioning the now-famous “Hope” and “Change” campaign posters, which elevated Obama to a cult of personality, strikes fear and anxiety into the hearts of those who lived through eerily similar propaganda behind the iron curtain. It is ironic that this opinion column, so scathing of Communism and so keenly perceptive of how history is repeating itself in President Obama, comes to us from the publication that was formed to be the official Communist mouthpiece of the former Soviet Union itself.
We defeated the Soviet Union, but we did not defeat Communism. For as so many have said, even our classical liberal friends acknowledge this – you do not defeat the “ism”, you only defeat the “ists”. For the “ism” the continuing struggle is not to succumb to it. It is strikingly similar to that other perennial nemesis we face, the one who tempts us with pleasures imaginable and unimaginable in return for our souls. We may kick him to the curb, but the wares he peddles never disappear from the shelves.
Fight on, patriots. Do it cheerfully, or do it stoically, but fight on. Fight the ‘ists and the “ism” as well. Do it not only for ourselves, but selflessly, in continued obligation to our Eastern European brothers and sisters, and others around the world, who we fought for for so many years. And remember that it wasn’t just their economic well-being that we fought for:
He also noted the pervasive influence of the ACLU and the eroding of America’s Christianity — something that was, of course, also a key tenet of the Soviet Union.
Yes, we fought for their spiritual and moral well-being as well, for their dignity, for their inherent self-worth. We fought for their hearts as well as their minds. Simply, we fought for them as human beings.
Along with Reagan, they must also be weeping at what we are becoming over here. Do it for our children and for their children as well. Win one more. For The Gipper.