33 years ago today, Eastern Europe seemed to be spiraling from crisis into deep crisis.
Poland’s communist government cracked down on the “Solidarity” movement. In response, many Poles fled across the friendliest borders they could find.
And Poland’s ambassador to the US, Romuald Spasowski defected to the US – a capital offense in that Soviet puppet state. We told that story a few years ago.
And it was in that moment, 33 years ago tonight, that Ronald Reagan showed what real leadership was. (The beef of the speech starts around 4:00 in)
When Reagan was in office, bad behavior had consquences; the Polish (and by extension Soviet) governments suffered.
Compare this with the vapid empty suit that’s currently in office, and the response the suit has had to provocations similar to the Solidarity Christmas. Far from Reagan’s sharp, clear, principled response, Obama has propped up dictators like Assad, Castro and Chavez while undercutting the Poles, the Kurds, the Baltic States, the Ukrainians, and other freedom-seeking people around the world.
Compare, contrast, and think for a moment for how far this nation has fallen in 33 years.