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WOW...25 years ago today...Reagan at the Brandenburg Gate
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Posted on 06/12/2012 6:10:03 AM PDT by rottndog

President Reagan's remarks on East-West relations at the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin, Germany on June 12, 1987.


TOPICS: Free Republic; Germany; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: anniversary; coldwar; generationreagan; genx; reagan; reaganyouth; teardownthiswall
Hard to believe it's been 25 years. I watch videos of Reagan, and when I look at today's batch of people who want to run the country, I just have to shake my head and think "What the hell happened?"


Long version of speech (27 minutes)

Short version of speech (5 minutes)
1 posted on 06/12/2012 6:10:09 AM PDT by rottndog
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To: rottndog

I wish we had another Reagan.


2 posted on 06/12/2012 6:29:26 AM PDT by rfreedom4u (I have a copy of the Constitution! And I'm not afraid to use it!)
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To: rottndog
I forget who wrote the story about the speech, but it was amazing how many White House staffers were trying to remove the "tear down this wall" section as overly provocative. Reagan kept on putting it back in.

Consider that you really start remembering things and connecting them together around ten years old (I clearly remember Carter's term in office, not so much with Ford or Nixon). That means anyone thirty-five or under only knows about this speech as history instead of as part of their lives. Excuse me while I go shake my cane at some whippersnappers who are on my lawn.

3 posted on 06/12/2012 6:29:50 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: KarlInOhio

I was in the Navy at the time, just finishing boot camp. I ended up on a submarine out hunting the Soviets. By the time I got out, the Soviet/Russian threat had largely subsided, thanks to RR.


4 posted on 06/12/2012 6:34:46 AM PDT by rottndog (Be Prepared....for what's coming AFTER America...)
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To: rottndog

The speech that Colon Bowell did not want him to give.


5 posted on 06/12/2012 6:36:33 AM PDT by Perdogg
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To: KarlInOhio
I forget who wrote the story about the speech, but it was amazing how many White House staffers were trying to remove the "tear down this wall" section as overly provocative. Reagan kept on putting it back in.

Peggy Noonan's excellent biography of Reagan has a good recounting of the battle over including this in the speech.

That means anyone thirty-five or under only knows about this speech as history instead of as part of their lives.

This speech happened on the day I graduated from high school so, unfortunately, it is really just history for me too.

6 posted on 06/12/2012 6:36:52 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: Perdogg

I wonder about many of those dems-in-disguise....so timid they were actually pro-Soviet.

Boy was Reagan the man of the hour...


7 posted on 06/12/2012 6:44:43 AM PDT by rottndog (Be Prepared....for what's coming AFTER America...)
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To: rottndog

I’m starting to wonder if I’ll ever see another President of Reagan’s caliber in my lifetime. All we seem to get stuck with anymore are Bushes and Romneys :(


8 posted on 06/12/2012 6:47:30 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Worst. President. Ever.)
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To: rottndog

I remember hearing about the speech. At the time, I thought “That Reagan is so naive and simplistic. As if you could just ask for the wall to be torn down.”

Over the years, I have learned that there is a dearth of plain speaking about right and wrong in our world and when it happens, it is a blast of fresh air.


9 posted on 06/12/2012 6:56:10 AM PDT by married21 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: reagan_fanatic
Although he's come up as a legislator, Tom McClintock comes to mind. Very knowledgeable, plain spoken, and unwavering in his convictions. Very few can debate him on substance, so he is basically ignored by the national media. I'm hoping he has higher aspirations than merely congress.
10 posted on 06/12/2012 6:57:23 AM PDT by rottndog (Be Prepared....for what's coming AFTER America...)
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To: rfreedom4u
I wish we had another Reagan.

We do ... in Sarah Palin.

11 posted on 06/12/2012 7:02:52 AM PDT by OldNavyVet
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To: Straight Vermonter
Peggy Noonan's excellent biography of Reagan has a good recounting of the battle over including this in the speech.

Thanks. That does sound familiar and I've seen her on TV enough that she could have been the one telling it.

12 posted on 06/12/2012 7:04:50 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: married21

It’s a shame so many people have to go out of their way to hate him. All politics aside, he was just a good and decent man.


13 posted on 06/12/2012 7:06:21 AM PDT by rottndog (Be Prepared....for what's coming AFTER America...)
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To: rfreedom4u

From a Giant to a pygmy as president in 1 generation.


14 posted on 06/12/2012 7:40:10 AM PDT by Kozak (The means of defence against foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home JM)
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To: KarlInOhio

Peter Robinson wrote the speech, one of the junior speech writers at the time. EVERY senior aid to the president wanted that line removed. The president stuck to his guns and the rest is history. By the way checkout the Ricochet.com web site, it’s run by Robinson.


15 posted on 06/12/2012 7:44:30 AM PDT by Kozak (The means of defence against foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home JM)
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To: rottndog

I don’t get it - where’s the teleprompter??


16 posted on 06/12/2012 8:00:11 AM PDT by RetroSexual
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To: rottndog

Damn, I miss him.


17 posted on 06/12/2012 8:13:42 AM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (A moral wrong is not a civil right: No religious sanction of an irreligious act.)
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To: rottndog
His speech was about 4 months before I was stationed there.

Here's a pic taken just before the start of East Germany's last parade which commemorated the DDR's 40th anniversary. The parade was in East Berlin. A small group of us went over to "observe" the proceedings. Gorbachev was there and pretty sure Gaddafi and Arafat were too. Of course just a short month later the DDR was no more. "Tear down this wall" indeed!!

This East German officer was none too happy that a couple of US Army types were photographing his equipment. You can see my buddy in the background getting upclose and personal :-)


18 posted on 06/12/2012 8:22:22 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Congrats to Ted Kennedy! He's been sober for two years now!!)
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To: Fast Moving Angel

}’o(


19 posted on 06/12/2012 8:23:16 AM PDT by rottndog (Be Prepared....for what's coming AFTER America...)
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To: VeniVidiVici

Gorbachev, Gaddafi, and Arafat...nice company.

Funny how hard the left tries to glorify Gorby, all the while demonizing Reagan.


20 posted on 06/12/2012 8:28:09 AM PDT by rottndog (Be Prepared....for what's coming AFTER America...)
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To: reagan_fanatic
I’m starting to wonder if I’ll ever see another President of Reagan’s caliber in my lifetime. All we seem to get stuck with anymore are Bushes and Romneys :(

The same sort of bureaucrats who'd want the "tear down this wall" line taken out because it was a charged statement and divisive.

Then on the Left there are the Jimmy Carters who insisted that the USSR would always be there and we'd just need to co-exist with global imperialist Communism.

Jimmy Carter continues to suck up to Communist dictators after leaving office and I have no doubt in my mind that President Obama will do the same with his buddy Hugo Chavez and others.

21 posted on 06/12/2012 10:20:06 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The media ignored the 40th anniversary of Bill Ayers' Pentagon bombing but not Watergate. Ask Why.)
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To: rottndog
Gorbachev, Gaddafi, and Arafat...nice company.

LOL! I thought so at the time and even more so now.

They were expecting trouble especially with Gorbachev there. They had water cannons at every block hidden one street over from the main parade route. Though, surprisingly, it stayed calm that day.

22 posted on 06/12/2012 12:20:48 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Congrats to Ted Kennedy! He's been sober for two years now!!)
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To: rottndog
Thank you for posting this, and making me aware that today is the anniversary See my thoughts: http://www.truthhasachance.com/2012/06/12/mr-gorbachov-tear-down-this-wall/
23 posted on 06/12/2012 12:56:03 PM PDT by GilesB
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To: KarlInOhio

I just posted my recollection of Reagan’s speech awhile ago I think in response to Obama’s comments regarding gay marriage. IIRC, in Noonan’s book she makes the point of whatever is said in a Presidential speech then becomes official U.S. policy. So - a big deal with the “Tear down this wall” comment. And IIRC, Reagan penned in the line on the final, approved version of the speech in the limo ride to the wall.

I recall watching the wall come down on the news, and it was really unbelievable. And then later with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Spend your entire life under the threat of Nuclear Annihilation between us and the Soviets, and -— gone.

Well, at least for a few years we were free of that fear. (Or at least I was). Now we have terrorists, China, etc. And perhaps Russia again.


24 posted on 06/12/2012 1:15:52 PM PDT by 21twelve
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To: GilesB

Your welcome. I was kind of shocked this morning when I saw this. Hard to believe a quarter century has passed already.


25 posted on 06/12/2012 6:18:31 PM PDT by rottndog (This FReeper Nuclear Powered.....)
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To: rottndog

Now THAT was a leader!


26 posted on 06/13/2012 7:53:20 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: rfreedom4u
I wish we had another Reagan.

Problem is, when we do get one the communist media crucifies them (see Sarah Palin)

27 posted on 06/13/2012 7:57:13 AM PDT by Marathoner (If the choice was Obama vs. Satan I'd have to flip a coin.)
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To: rfreedom4u
I wish we had another Reagan.

Problem is, when we do get one the communist media crucifies them (see Sarah Palin)

28 posted on 06/13/2012 8:04:53 AM PDT by Marathoner (If the choice was Obama vs. Satan I'd have to flip a coin.)
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To: Marathoner

Sorry about the duplicate.


29 posted on 06/13/2012 8:06:11 AM PDT by Marathoner (If the choice was Obama vs. Satan I'd have to flip a coin.)
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