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Reaganís Sign of the Cross Speech
Breitbart.com ^ | 6-12-12 | Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison

Posted on 06/12/2012 8:32:16 PM PDT by STARWISE

Every American high school student knows, or should know, that President Ronald Reagan went to the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin on this date in 1987. The President said: “If you seek liberalization, open this gate…Mr. Gorbachev,tear down this wall.” (Yes, kids, there was a West Berlin then.)

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As important as Reagan’s dramatic call to “tear down this wall” was, we should not forget what else he said that memorable day twenty-five years ago. His speech contained the most eloquent paean to religious freedom we have heard.

Reagan was not afraid to point to:

…the most fundamental distinction of all between East and West. The totalitarian world produces backwardness because it does such violence to the spirit, thwarting the human impulse to create, to enjoy, to worship. The totalitarian world finds even symbols of love and of worship an affront.

Years ago, before the East Germans began rebuilding their churches, they erected a secular structure: the television tower at Alexander Platz. Virtually ever since, the authorities have been working to correct what they view as the tower's one major flaw, treating the glass sphere at the top with paints and chemicals of every kind.

Yet even today when the sun strikes that sphere--that sphere that towers over all Berlin--the light makes the sign of the cross. There in Berlin, like the city itself, symbols of love, symbols of worship, cannot be suppressed.

Reagan’s speech that day is known—if it is taught at all—as his “Tear Down This Wall” speech. But it could as well be known as his Sign of the Cross Speech. That’s because he was the first President of the United States to invoke the Sign of the Cross in a public address.

Reagan knew how strong those words would echo in the Captive Nations ....

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: brandenburggate; gorbachev; presidentreagan; reagan
God bless you, Pres. Reagan .. one indefatigible, great American.


1 posted on 06/12/2012 8:32:25 PM PDT by STARWISE
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To: DJ MacWoW; RedMDer; trisham; TheOldLady; musicman; vox_freedom; JoeProBono; The Cajun; Lazamataz; ..

..Ping!


2 posted on 06/12/2012 8:34:18 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: STARWISE

Incredibly brave and incredibly emotional.

President Reagan sensed that the days of Eastern Europe living in prison camp was numbered. Even so, the State Department had fits, and the media (and maybe even me, back then) considered his words to be highly provocative.

But he knew EXACTLY what he was saying...and Eastern Europe (and basically Russia) are FREE!!!!!!

For us people that grew up during the Cold War, we NEVER thought that the Soviets could be defeated without huge amounts of bloodshed...how wrong we were.


3 posted on 06/12/2012 8:45:06 PM PDT by BobL
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To: STARWISE

Indeed. Great words from a great man and a great leader. Too bad religious liberty is now disappearing quickly from the nation he loved and served.


4 posted on 06/12/2012 8:54:12 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: BobL
President Reagan sensed that the days of Eastern Europe living in prison camp was numbered. Even so, the State Department had fits, and the media (and maybe even me, back then) considered his words to be highly provocative.

On some issues Reagan used his advisers, but for important issues like this it was all him. He was a rarity.

5 posted on 06/12/2012 9:15:44 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: STARWISE

Ditto....God Bless Pres. Reagan. What a great man!


6 posted on 06/12/2012 9:33:57 PM PDT by savagesusie (Right Reason According to Nature = Just Law)
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To: savagesusie

My daughter was so excited coming home from school today. She has to do a presentation on politics in the 1980’s (she picked it out of a jar).

I pointed her to the 25 minute Brandenburg Gate speech and told her there is one line in there that all of the U.S. officials didn’t want in it, but Reagan penciled it in again on the limo ride over. BUT - the entire speech really describes so much of Reagan’s view of government and the people in the world.

Freedom and liberty of the Individual bring peace, prosperity and enrichment to the nations.


7 posted on 06/12/2012 9:55:27 PM PDT by 21twelve
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To: 21twelve

Yes, Reagan was a very wise man. We need another Reagan, soon!


8 posted on 06/12/2012 9:59:55 PM PDT by savagesusie (Right Reason According to Nature = Just Law)
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To: STARWISE

A man who enhanced the world with his existence.
Not detract from it with the vacuum of his being.


9 posted on 06/13/2012 2:54:36 AM PDT by moose07 (The truth will out, one day.)
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To: Moonman62

“On some issues Reagan used his advisers, but for important issues like this it was all him. He was a rarity.”

Yep, his ‘advisers’ practically did a group dive (without parachutes) off the Empire State Building when they heard those words. They were ABSOLUTELY CONVINCED that the Soviets would never, ever, negotiate with us after such an outburst...how wrong they were.

President Reagan had to wait most of his life to get into a position where he could tell the Soviet leaders what he thought of them...he was not amount to let of metrosexuals at State stop him.


10 posted on 06/13/2012 3:53:07 AM PDT by BobL
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To: STARWISE

Dang!!! I do miss that President. The last president I was proud to claim as “my President”


11 posted on 06/13/2012 3:57:51 AM PDT by mo (If you understand, no explanation is needed. If you don't understand, no explanation is possible.)
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To: STARWISE

I tear up every time I see an old Reagan movie or hear that great mans voice. What an honor to have voted for such a great man, great leader, and a wonderful speaker.
I wonder how Mrs. Reagan is....does anyone know how she is doing? I often think of Reagan’s funeral and the crowds there to honor him and her. When the gentleman in the crowd yelled “God bless you Mrs. Reagan”...wow. What a moment in time that was.


12 posted on 06/13/2012 4:41:04 AM PDT by 4everontheRight (And the story began with..."Once there was a great nation......")
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To: 4everontheRight

I’ll never forget the thousands of Californians lining the streets as the funeral procession brought him home to his final resting place in Simi Valley.


13 posted on 06/13/2012 6:21:41 AM PDT by Inspectorette
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To: STARWISE

Thank you so much for the ping. My tear ducts were getting a little dry, and this helped a lot. Dear God, I miss Ronnie.


14 posted on 06/13/2012 6:30:05 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: STARWISE

Your source name is “Daily Caller,” but the link goes to Breitbart. ???


15 posted on 06/13/2012 7:17:10 AM PDT by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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To: ELS; Admin Moderator

Oh my .. you’re right. I goofed.
Thanks for telling me.

Dear Mod .. would you please change the
article source to Breitbart. I goofed
and put Daily Caller. Thank you!


16 posted on 06/13/2012 9:26:23 AM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: STARWISE

My wife was in the audience when President Reagan made that speech. Even today, whenever she sees a clip of his speech, it gives her goosebumps.


17 posted on 06/13/2012 10:26:27 AM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: STARWISE
**Ronald Reagan had a surer grasp of history and power. What’s the good of having power if you don’t wield power for good? Like Churchill, he would fear God and dread nought. Under the Sign of the Cross that day a quarter century ago, Ronald Reagan took a bold stand for freedom.**

BTTT!

18 posted on 06/13/2012 10:47:30 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: STARWISE

The Holy Alliance

How fortunate are we who experienced one of the greatest American presidents and a collaborative pope who is on his way to sainthood.

Thanks for the post and ping, Starwise!

19 posted on 06/13/2012 1:26:56 PM PDT by NYer (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? - St. Augustine)
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