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Reagan in Berlin, June 12, 1987: Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!
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Posted on 06/12/2013 10:53:56 AM PDT by EveningStar

Twenty-six years ago today, President Ronald Reagan gave a speech at the Brandenburg Gate near the Berlin Wall.

And now the Soviets themselves may, in a limited way, be coming to understand the importance of freedom. We hear much from Moscow about a new policy of reform and openness. Some political prisoners have been released. Certain foreign news broadcasts are no longer being jammed. Some economic enterprises have been permitted to operate with greater freedom from state control.

Are these the beginnings of profound changes in the Soviet state? Or are they token gestures, intended to raise false hopes in the West, or to strengthen the Soviet system without changing it? We welcome change and openness; for we believe that freedom and security go together, that the advance of human liberty can only strengthen the cause of world peace. There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace.

General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!
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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Foreign Affairs; Government; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: berlin; berlinwall; brandenburggate; gorbachev; mikhailgorbachev; philosophy; reagan; ronaldreagan; teardownthiswall

1 posted on 06/12/2013 10:53:56 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

Mr. Obama. Tear Down this Database!


2 posted on 06/12/2013 11:01:55 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds.)
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To: EveningStar
Mr. Gorbachev’s wall did come down, only to be rebuilt around America twenty-six years later.
3 posted on 06/12/2013 11:17:47 AM PDT by buckalfa (Tilting at Windmills)
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To: P-Marlowe

New obamatollah motto...

“Yes we scan!”


4 posted on 06/12/2013 11:21:34 AM PDT by newfreep (Breitbart sent me...)
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To: EveningStar

it’s been straight downhill for this republic since jan 20, 1989


5 posted on 06/12/2013 11:24:17 AM PDT by von tirpitz
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To: von tirpitz

it’s been straight downhill for this republic since jan 20, 1989


Yep!


6 posted on 06/12/2013 11:27:32 AM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: newfreep; P-Marlowe

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7 posted on 06/12/2013 11:57:34 AM PDT by EveningStar ("What color is the sky in your world?" -- Frasier Crane)
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To: P-Marlowe

Now we’ve become East Germany.


8 posted on 06/12/2013 11:58:17 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: EveningStar

His finest hour, when he stood tall, and said “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall !”


9 posted on 06/12/2013 12:52:56 PM PDT by jttpwalsh
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To: EveningStar

10 posted on 06/12/2013 1:09:46 PM PDT by newfreep (Breitbart sent me...)
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To: EveningStar

I was stationed in West Berlin with the AF at the time. My wife was able to get tickets to see President Reagan give his “tear down this wall.” She said it was thrilling and electric at the same time


11 posted on 06/12/2013 7:22:06 PM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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