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  • Lech Walesa: Obama 'Wasn't Ready' to Be a World Leader

    02/17/2014 5:45:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 02/16/2014 | John Bachman and Jim Meyers
    Anti-communist crusader and former president of Poland Lech Walesa tells Newsmax that of all the national leaders currently on the world stage, the one who has "disillusioned" him the most is President Barack Obama. Walesa also asserts that Obama "wasn't ready" to take on the task of leading the world's most dominant superpower. And he calls for reforms at the United Nations so the world body can help fill the vacuum left by the United States' failure of leadership under Obama. Walesa played a key role in freeing Eastern Europe from the clutches of Soviet communism and ultimately in the...
  • 'America does not lead the world in the area of morality': Lech Walesa

    01/02/2014 10:04:40 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 1-2-14 | Rich Moran
    The former president of Poland and leader of the Solidarity movement is not enamored with President Obama and his leadership. The Hill: Former Polish President Lech Walesa says America no longer leads the world "in terms of politics and morality." Walesa, in an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, spoke negatively about President Obama's leadership skills. "When he was elected there was great hope in the world. We were hoping that Obama would reclaim moral leadership for America, but that failed. America does not lead the world in the area of morality," Walesa said. Walesa, who is promoting a new biopic...
  • Nobel Laureate: World Needs “Secular Ten Commandments” and Universal Values

    10/24/2013 8:41:59 AM PDT · by Paladins Prayer · 28 replies
    The New American ^ | 23 October 2013 | Selwyn Duke
    Old utopians may die, but utopianism never does fade away. While speaking at a summit of Nobel Peace Prize winners in Warsaw on Monday, Nobel Laureate and former Polish president Lech Walesa added Modern-day Moses of Magog to his résumé, advocating a “secular Ten Commandments” as a basis for universal values. Said Walesa, “We need to agree on common values for all religions as soon as possible, a kind of secular Ten Commandments on which we will build the world of tomorrow,” reports France 24. Ah, “build the world of tomorrow.” Somehow that reminds me of WWI being “the war...
  • Former Polish president Lech Walesa cleared of 'hate crime' allegations over gay comments

    03/15/2013 9:25:44 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 17 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 3-15-13 | THADDEUS BAKLINSKI
    Prosecutors have confirmed that no charges are pending against former Polish president and leader of the Solidarity movement Lech Walesa, following a complaint alleging that he promoted hatred against homosexuals. While giving his views during a TVN24 interview on recent debates in parliament about legalizing civil partnerships for homosexuals in Poland, Walesa said, “Homosexuals should sit on the last bench in the plenary hall, or even behind the wall, and not somewhere at the front.” Lech Walesa, the former president of Poland, helped bring down Communism. As a tiny minority, homosexuals should not be overrepresented. “A minority cannot impose itself...
  • Lech Walesa shocks Poland with anti-gay words

    03/03/2013 11:08:43 PM PST · by MaryLou1 · 72 replies
    AP ^ | 3/3/2013 | VANESSA GERA
    "Walesa said in a television interview on Friday that he believes gays have no right to sit on the front benches in Parliament and, if represented at all, should sit in the back, "and even behind a wall." "They have to know that they are a minority and must adjust to smaller things. And not rise to the greatest heights, the greatest hours, the greatest provocations, spoiling things for the others and taking (what they want) from the majority," he told the private broadcaster TVN during a discussion of gay rights. "I don't agree to this and I will never...
  • Lech Walesa: Romney Will Restore U.S. Leadership

    07/31/2012 5:23:08 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 9 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 31, 2012
    Election 2012: Lech Walesa, the Polish patriot and former president of Poland, and another ally our president has betrayed, endorses the GOP candidate's quest to restore U.S. leadership in the struggle against the world's despots. Walesa knows a thing or too about resisting and defeating collectivist tyranny, and he has no tolerance for those such as President Obama who appease and apologize to it. Unlike Obama, he earned his Nobel Peace Prize by leading the Solidarity movement that brought freedom to a Poland that suffered for decades under the Nazi jackboot, then as part of the Soviet gulag. In May,...
  • Romney thanks Poles for their courage to fight for freedom

    07/31/2012 10:23:56 AM PDT · by Matt_DZ_PL · 11 replies
    Polish Press Agency PAP ^ | July 31, 2012 | Peter Gentle
    Romney thanks Poles for their courage to fight for freedom   Peter Gentle 31.07.2012  Republican candidate in the US presidential elections, Mitt Romney has thanked Poles for their “courage” in joining the “fight for freedom” in Afghanistan and Iraq, on the second day of his trip to Poland.   Mitt Romney at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Warsaw, Tuesday: photo - PAP Radek Pietruszka “I would like to express my gratitude to the Polish government and Polish people for the courage of your men and women in supporting the fight for freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Romney said...
  • Anti-Communist Leader Walesa to Romney: You Need to Be Successful for US & Rest of the World Too

    07/31/2012 7:21:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 07/31/2012 | Jim Hoft
    Lech Walesa told Mitt Romney he must be successful in November. U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (R) and his wife Ann (L) meet with former Polish President Lech Walesa in Gdansk, Poland, July 30, 2012. (REUTERS/Kacper Pempel) Anti-communist leader Lech Walesa told Mitt Romney today that he must be successful in the November elections not just for America but for the rest of the world too. The former Solidarity leader understands how the economic decisions by US leaders influence global markets.The Washington Post reported: “I wish you to be successful because this success is needed to the United...
  • Does Walesa Embrace of Romney Mean Poland Dislikes Obama?

    07/31/2012 6:30:11 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 19 replies
    ABC News ^ | 7-30-2012 | Devin Dwyer
    When President Obama visited Poland last year, Prime Minister Donald Tusk told his American guest, “We feel that you are one of us.” He didn’t go as far today, at least not publicly, following a meeting with Mitt Romney. But former Polish president Lech Walesa, a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, did give his seal of approval to the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. “I wish you to be successful because this success is needed to the United States, of course, but to Europe and the rest of the world, too,” Walesa said through a translator. “Gov. Romney, get your...
  • Mitt Romney Cheered in Poland, Endorsed by Walesa

    07/30/2012 4:16:55 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 83 replies
    bradenton.com ^ | July 30, 2012 | DAVID LIGHTMAN
    WARSAW, POLAND — Fresh from a warm embrace from iconic Polish leader Lech Walesa, Mitt Romney will wrap up a three-country trip overseas Tuesday with a major speech that he hopes will send a message that he's tough and more willing to take a harder line with rogue nations than President Barack Obama is. Romney arrived in Warsaw late Monday after a day in Gdansk, where he enjoyed the most enthusiastic reception of his six-day trip, which was marred by controversies at the first two stops, in London and Jerusalem. He was greeted in Gdansk by crowds that swarmed in...
  • Walesa Endorses Romney

    07/30/2012 11:05:30 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 16 replies
    Gdansk Lech Walesa today endorsed Mitt Romney for president, saying he hoped the Republican presidential candidate is "successful."
  • Lech Walesa “Too Political” For Obama Administration

    06/02/2012 6:09:26 AM PDT · by AncientAirs · 19 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 2 Jun 2012 | Donald R. McClarey
    The Obama administration, in its never-ending quest to embarrass itself and America, has insulted one of the pivotal figures in ending Communism in Europe, Lech Walesa: According to the Wall Street Journal, Polish officials requested that Walesa accept the Medal of Freedom on behalf of Jan Karski, a member of the Polish Underground during World War II who was being honored posthumously this week. The request makes sense. Walesa and Karski shared a burning desire to rid Poland of tyrannical subjugation. But President Obama said no. Administration officials told the Journal that Walesa is too “political.” A man who was...
  • President Obama Shuns Lech Walesa

    06/01/2012 11:15:12 AM PDT · by SaraJohnson · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | 6/1/12 | Rory Cooper
    Lech Walesa was once a trade-union activist. He was often arrested for speaking his mind against Communist oppression behind the Iron Curtain in Poland and for defying the Soviet Union. He was an electrician who, with no higher education, led one of the most profound freedom movements of the 20th century — Solidarity. He became president of Poland and swept in reforms, pushing the Soviet Union out of his homeland and moving the country toward a free-market economy and individual liberty. And President Obama doesn’t want him to set foot in the White House.
  • President Obama Shuns Lech Walesa

    According to the Wall Street Journal, Polish officials requested that Walesa accept the Medal of Freedom on behalf of Jan Karski, a member of the Polish Underground during World War II who was being honored posthumously this week. The request makes sense. Walesa and Karski shared a burning desire to rid Poland of tyrannical subjugation. But President Obama said no.
  • President Obama Shuns Lech Walesa

    06/01/2012 2:29:25 AM PDT · by Innovative · 35 replies
    National Review ^ | June 1, 2012 | Rory Cooper
    According to the Wall Street Journal, Polish officials requested that Walesa accept the Medal of Freedom on behalf of Jan Karski, a member of the Polish Underground during World War II who was being honored posthumously this week. The request makes sense. Walesa and Karski shared a burning desire to rid Poland of tyrannical subjugation. But President Obama said no. Administration officials told the Journal that Walesa is too "political." A man who was arrested by Soviet officials for dissenting against the government for being "political" is being shunned by the United States of America for the same reason 30...
  • Walesa Unveils One More For The 'Gipper'

    11/22/2011 7:02:05 AM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Lech Walesa said that there would not be a free Poland without Ronald Reagan, during the unveiling of a statue in Warsaw of the late American president on Monday.The former Solidarity leader said that “as a participant in these events,” it was “inconceivable” that such changes would have come about without the last American president during the post-1945 cold-war era. Walesa added that thirty years ago, it seemed that the fall of the communist system would not be possible without a nuclear war. The bronze statue of Reagan has been installed not far from the American Embassy, on Ujazdowskie Avenue,...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 10-23-11 (Lech Walesa to visit OWS! A Freudenschade moment)

    10/23/2011 4:41:50 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 46 replies
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | October 23, 2011 | DUmmies and Charles Henrickson
    "LECH WALESA IS COMING TO NEW YORK CITY! HE'S COMING TO ZUCCOTTI PARK IN SUPPORT OF OWS!!" "OWS?" "YES, OWS!" "OMG! OMG!!" Such was the breathless, orgasmic reaction among the DUmmies when word got out that the Hero of the Polish Workers, Lech Walesa--Mr. Solidarity himself!--was coming to America to STAND WITH THE OWSIES!! WOO-HOO!!!! WHEEEEEE!!!!!! FREUDENSCHADE, BABY!!!!!!!!! Witness the joy in these threads, i.e., this THREAD, "K Olbermann: Lech Walesa to visit New York in support of OWS," and this THREAD, "Lech (Solidarity)Walesa, former Polish president, to visit New York in support of Occupy Wall Street," and this...
  • Lech Walesa Not Attending #OccupyWallStreet in New York After Discovering Hard-Left Organizers

    10/22/2011 7:39:05 AM PDT · by macquire · 31 replies
    Big Government. ^ | October 21, 2011
    The Polish champion of freedom and liberty, founder of Solidarity, winner of the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize, and first President of modern Poland Lech Walesa had been rumored to possibly be traveling to New York to stand with Occupy Wall Street protesters. Press accounts reporting this “breathless” news had given all of us pause. We suspected that the European news media had filtered out accurate information about the genesis of Occupy Wall Street (OWS). When Walesa’s comments hit the AP wire last week, my team immediately reached out to our Polish contacts. We made the point that the political themes...
  • Lech Walesa Not Attending #OccupyWallStreet in New York After Discovering Hard-Left Organizers

    10/21/2011 7:25:44 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 19 replies
    The Polish champion of freedom and liberty, founder of Solidarity, winner of the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize, and first President of modern Poland Lech Walesa had been rumored to possibly be traveling to New York to stand with Occupy Wall Street protesters. Press accounts reporting this “breathless” news had given all of us pause.
  • Lech Walesa, former Polish president, to visit New York in support of Occupy Wall Street

    10/13/2011 4:47:31 PM PDT · by decimon · 72 replies · 1+ views
    NYDailyNews ^ | October 12, 2011 | Corky Siemaszko
    Solidarity hero Lech Walesa is flying to New York to show his support for the Occupy Wall Street protesters. "How could I not respond," Walesa told a Polish newspaper Wednesday. "The thousands of people gathered near Wall Street are worried about the fate of their future, the fate of their country. This is something I understand." A former shipyard worker who led Poland's successful revolt against Soviet communism, Walesa said "capitalism is in crisis" and not just in America. "This is a worldwide problem," he told the Lublin-based Dziennik Wschodni newspaper. "The Wall Street protesters have focused a magnifying glass...
  • Polish Solidarity leader Walesa shows cold shoulder to Obama

    05/29/2011 3:53:36 AM PDT · by se99tp · 17 replies
    commentarypl.blosgspot.com ^ | 05/29/2011 | commentarypl
    Legendary Polish Solidarity leader and co-founder Lech Walesa did not agree to meet president of the United States Barack Obama on Saturday afternoon. Walesa said: "it does not suit me" answering journalist why he was not going to talk to Barack Obama. Lech Walesa in the interview for a national newspaper added that he does not have time. According to the source, who spoke under the condition of being unnamed to the Polish Press Agency (PAP), Walesa was invited on the short notice, a day before the meeting with the American president. Later US Ambassador Lee Feinstein telephoned former Solidarity...
  • Walesa Stands Up

    05/27/2011 6:14:34 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 55 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 27, 2011 | Staff
    Courage: Someone who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for actually doing something just snubbed someone who won it for nothing. But Lech Walesa's refusal to meet President Obama is also a cry to save Poland. Lech Walesa, the former Polish president and heroic leader of the Solidarity trade union that helped liberate the entire Eastern European Soviet bloc from communist rule, has his moral courage indelibly engraved in the history books. At 67, Walesa is a living legend with nothing left to have to prove. But on Friday, Walesa once again answered the call to duty and announced he...
  • Lech Walesa refuses meeting with Barack Obama

    05/27/2011 11:41:25 AM PDT · by lizol · 30 replies
    HotNews.ro ^ | 27 May 2011
    Lech Walesa refuses meeting with Barack Obama de A.C. HotNews.ro Vineri, 27 mai 2011, 18:41 English | Regional Europe Lech Walesa, former leader of the Solidarity union, former President of Poland and winner of the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1983 declared on Friday that he will not accept the invitation to meet with President Barack Obama, AFP reads. Walesa was due to meet the US President on Saturday. It is tough to tell journalists what you would want to tell the President of a super power but this time I will not tell him, I will not meet him,...
  • Lech Walesa snubs Obama, fellow Nobel winner

    05/27/2011 5:40:58 AM PDT · by markomalley · 201 replies
    AFP/Breitbart ^ | 5/27/11
    Lech Walesa, Poland's Solidarity-era legend, ex-president and 1983 Nobel Peace Prize winner said Friday he would not accept an invitation to meet with fellow Nobel winner US President Barack Obama. "It's difficult to tell journalists what you'd like to say to the president of a superpower. This time I won't tell him, I won't meet him, it doesn't suit me," Walesa told Poland's public broadcaster TVP. Obama is due to arrive in Poland later Friday after the G8 summit in France. Walesa was originally scheduled to meet Obama Saturday along with other key figures in Poland's post-1989 transition from communism...
  • Will America's Leadership Role in the World be Restored?

    11/01/2010 9:11:45 AM PDT · by loveliberty2 · 3 replies
    Self | November 1, 2010 | loveliberty2
    If America is to regain its leadership role in the world, then "We, the People" must select the kind of leaders who possess and are dedicated to a deep understanding of those ideas essential to liberty.Some one or two of these Republican candidates who win election, or some other person out there needs to emerge who truly understands the ideas of liberty our Declaration of Independence and Constitution were founded upon. Further, those persons must have the courage and tenacity to stand upon those principles in the face of Progressivism. That has happened before. President Reagan's real strength and authenticity...
  • A Pole Apart

    04/12/2010 4:52:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 446+ views
    Investors.com ^ | April 12, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    An ally who feared U.S. indifference. Tragedy In Smolensk: Lech Kaczynski was a Polish patriot and a friend of the West who believed in the defense of freedom and democracy. We don't have many friends like him, and we treated him shabbily. Numerologists might note the number 70 figured prominently in both the life and death of Poland's president. Kaczynski, 60, his wife Maria, an economist, and 95 others who died Saturday on their way to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the massacre of 22,000 Polish prisoners in the Katyn Forest in western Russia in 1940 by Stalin's secret...
  • Is America A Declining Power? Its Friends Think So and They Are Scared

    02/05/2010 10:58:39 AM PST · by lizol · 20 replies · 750+ views
    Right Side News ^ | 03 February 2010 | Barry Rubin
    Is America A Declining Power? Its Friends Think So and They Are Scared Written by Barry Rubin Wednesday, 03 February 2010 18:11 "What do you think," asked the reporter, "about the U.S. pressure on China?" Puzzled, I responded, "What pressure on China?" And then I realized what he meant. Like many observers, especially those in the Third World, he thinks U.S. policy is tightly coordinated. In other words, he thinks that the United States was about to sell arms to Beijing's rival, Taiwan, and have the Dalai Lama, who claims to be the rightful ruler of Chinese-occupied Tibet, come to...
  • Fox News uses Walesa to get at Obama

    02/05/2010 10:51:46 AM PST · by lizol · 11 replies · 661+ views
    thenews.pl ^ | 05.02.2010
    Fox News uses Walesa to get at Obama 05.02.2010 13:07 Fox News commentator Sean Hannity has used former Poland’s President Lech Walesa’s statement to launch an attack on the US President Barack Obama. Hannity opened his Thursday show on the conservative, Rupert Murdoch-owned Fox News channel by quoting Lech Walesa as saying: "No one has the least doubt that the United States is the economic and military leader in the world, but I have heard a lot of doubts regarding the moral and political leadership of the United States. Other nations have always rested their hopes on the United States...
  • Lech Walesa's Warning for America

    02/05/2010 3:34:02 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies · 516+ views
    Rush Limbaugh transcript ^ | February 1, 2010 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Here's Lech Walesa. This is last Friday in Chicago at a campaign event for Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Andrzejewski, and this is what he said, a portion of his remarks. WALESA (via translator): The United States is only one superpower. Today they lead the world. Nobody has doubts about it. Militarily. They also lead economically but they're getting weak. But they don't lead morally and politically anymore. The world has no leadership. The United States was always the last resort and hope for all other nations. There was the hope, whenever something was going wrong, one could count on...
  • Chicago Media Largely Ignore Lech Walesa Visit, Endorsement of Conservative Republican

    02/03/2010 12:08:05 PM PST · by lizol · 9 replies · 340+ views
    CNSNews ^ | February 03, 2010 | Michael W. Chapman
    Chicago Media Largely Ignore Lech Walesa Visit, Endorsement of Conservative Republican in Governor’s Race Wednesday, February 03, 2010 By Michael W. Chapman, Managing Editor CNSNews.com) – Lech Walesa, a Nobel Laureate and former leader of the Solidarity trade union in Poland, which helped topple 50 years of Soviet occupation there and end the Cold War, went to Chicago, Ill., last week to endorse a conservative Republican in the gubernatorial primary race but the local media largely ignored him. This near-blackout by the media occurred despite the fact that 1 million people of Polish nationality live in Chicago, making it the...
  • Chicago Media Largely Ignore Lech Walesa Visit, Endorsement of Conservative Republican

    02/03/2010 7:24:17 AM PST · by raptor22 · 18 replies · 510+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | February 3, 2010 | Michael W. Chapman,
    Lech Walesa, a Nobel Laureate and former leader of the Solidarity trade union in Poland, which helped topple 50 years of Soviet occupation there and end the Cold War, went to Chicago, Ill., last week to endorse a conservative Republican in the gubernatorial primary race but the local media largely ignored him. This near-blackout by the media occurred despite the fact that 1 million people of Polish nationality live in Chicago, making it the city with the largest Polish population outside of Warsaw, Poland, and despite the fact that Walesa himself was the first post-Soviet president of Poland (from 1990...
  • Lech Walesa Delivers Severe Commentary on the U.S. While Major Media is MIA

    02/02/2010 8:53:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies · 554+ views
    The Chicago Daily Observer ^ | February 2, 2010 | Tom Roeser
    The last real survivor of the generational of leaders who won the Cold War spoke here last week and the so-called alert media here stretched its arms upward sleepily and emitted a huge yawn. A key member of a quartet that smote Communism…Ronald Reagan, John Paul II, and Margaret Thatcher…Walesa is the last healthy survivor of those hardy leaders (Thatcher is seriously enfeebled). But the media, evidently populated by callow 24-year-old assignment editors unacquainted with world history (Lech who?) declined to cover him notably in favor of the really vital stories. Such as: how many graves were overturned in Burr...
  • Walesa's Warning

    02/02/2010 5:33:22 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 719+ views
    Investors.com ^ | February 2, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Leaders: The champion of Polish freedom tells America it's no longer that shining city on a hill. As it slouches toward socialism, he warns, those yearning to breathe free in the world can no longer look to the U.S. for help. They were the giants of their age. Together, President Ronald Reagan, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Pope John Paul II and a little known shipyard worker named Lech Walesa stood up to Soviet communism and brought freedom to the captive nations of Europe. Last Friday, Walesa was in Chicago campaigning for a GOP gubernatorial candidate in the Illinois...
  • Lech Walesa: "America is Moving Towards Socialism"

    01/31/2010 9:22:48 AM PST · by Falcon28 · 75 replies · 3,461+ views
    BigGovernment.com ^ | Jan. 31 2010 | Andrew Marcus
    On Friday, January 29th, 2010, Lech Walesa, former President of Poland, traveled to Chicago to endorse Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate, Adam Andrzejewski. We were fortunate enough to have an opportunity to sit down with the President and Mr. Andrzejewski. Our video from that visit is below. Items that stand out: 1) Lech Walesa tells his American Audience that the United States no longer leads the world politically or morally 2) At least one of your Founding Bloggers asks President Walesa if he thinks America is slipping toward Socialism. His Answer? Yes! 3) Andrzejewski is running on a platform of forensically...
  • Breaking: Adam Andrzejewski Surges to Within 2 Points in Latest Polling

    01/31/2010 3:02:39 PM PST · by American Dream 246 · 74 replies · 3,143+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 01/31/10 | Jim Hoft
    Illinois Gubernatorial Candidate Adam Andrzejewski rallied supporters in O’Fallon, Illinois this afternoon. It was a standing room only crowd. While campaigning in O’Fallon the Andrzejewski team announced that Adam had just received the endorsement of the largest Chicago Polish paper today. And…. It was announced that Adam had surged to within two points in an internal poll conducted by a conservative organization in Washington DC. Andrzejewski was 8 points down earlier in the week in the Illinois race. It may have been the endorsement by Lech Walesa that helped Andrzejewski surge in the latest polling. And this is despite the...
  • Lech Walesa: “America Is Moving Towards Socialism” (who would know socialism better than Walesa..)

    01/31/2010 2:58:52 PM PST · by American Dream 246 · 25 replies · 1,075+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 01/31/10 | Jim Hoft
    On Friday, January 29th, 2010, Lech Walesa, former President of Poland, traveled to Chicago to endorse Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate, Adam Andrzejewski. This was the first time that Walesa has backed an American candidate for office. Andrew Marcus from Founding Bloggers and Big Government interviewed Lech and Adam on Friday in Chicago: Lech Walesa: “The United States was always the last resort and hope for all other nations. There was the hope that whenever something was going wrong one could count on the United States. Today we lost that hope.”Adam Andrzejewski will be in O’Fallon, Illinois today at a pre-election...
  • Lech Walesa Endorses Republican for Illinois Governor

    01/26/2010 8:25:39 AM PST · by Forgiven_Sinner · 42 replies · 905+ views
    Big Government ^ | 01.25.2010 – | by Publius
    In an exclusive, Big Government has obtained a letter addressed by Nobel Prize Winner and anti-Communist hero Lech Walesa to the people of Illinois, endorsing Adam Andrzejewski, Republican candidate for Governor. Mr. Walesa will be in Chicago this week to campaign for Mr. Andrzejewski. The primary election is Tuesday, February 2nd. The endorsement from Walesa may actually mean something to Illinois voters. Illinois is home not only to a large number of Polish-Americans, but a large number of voters from throughout Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. There is no clear frontrunner in the crowded field of candidates. Most...
  • Obama had Walesa and Havel's back once... will he do it again?

    07/20/2009 9:04:04 PM PDT · by KRyanJames · 2 replies · 289+ views
    The K. Ryan James Blog ^ | 20 July 2009 | Kenneth Ryan James
    Remember when President Obama said in Moscow that the "Cold War reached a conclusion because of the actions of many nations over many years, and because the people of Russia and Eastern Europe stood up and decided that its end would be peaceful"? Remember when the president was asked about that statement by FOX News' Major Garret? GARRETT: In your speech this morning, you said the Cold War reached its conclusion because of the actions of many nations over many years. Mr. President, are the Russian sensitivities so fragile that you can’t say the Cold War was won? The West...
  • In Solidarity-The Polish people, hungry for justice, preferred "cowboys" over Communists.

    06/22/2009 10:36:03 AM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies · 738+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | June 11, 2004 | LECH WALESA
    GDANSK, Poland--When talking about Ronald Reagan, I have to be personal. We in Poland took him so personally. Why? Because we owe him our liberty. This can't be said often enough by people who lived under oppression for half a century, until communism fell in 1989. Poles fought for their freedom for so many years that they hold in special esteem those who backed them in their struggle. Support was the test of friendship. President Reagan was such a friend. His policy of aiding democratic movements in Central and Eastern Europe in the dark days of the Cold War meant...
  • Walesa still persona non grata in Venezuela

    02/11/2009 11:19:54 AM PST · by lizol · 3 replies · 283+ views
    thenews.pl ^ | 11.02.2009
    Walesa still persona non grata in Venezuela Created: 11.02.2009 08:49 President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, has said that former president and Nobel Prize winner Lech Walesa won’t be allowed to visit his country. The rebuff by Venezuela’s controversial leader followed an interview for the Chilean daily La Tercera, where the legendary leader of Solidarity declared willingness to go to Venezuela in order to meet with the local opposition leaders. This is not the first time Walesa has had problems with the Venezuelan authorities. Last year he was invited to a conference on democracy organised by the University of Caracas. The...
  • Polish book revives informer claims against Walesa

    06/18/2008 12:11:01 PM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 2 replies · 32+ views
    Reuters ^ | Tue Jun 17 | Reporting by Joanna Staszewska; writing by Gareth Jones; editing by Janet Lawrence
    WARSAW (Reuters) - A Polish newspaper published excerpts on Tuesday of a new book purporting to prove that former anti-communist leader Lech Walesa once informed for the communist secret police, claims he has repeatedly denied. The claims are not new but the book by two historians working for the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) -- which supervises files from the communist era -- cites what it says are previously unknown documents linking Walesa to the secret police in the early 1970s. Walesa, a Nobel Peace Laureate and one-time leader of the Solidarity movement that toppled Polish communism in 1989, has...
  • Arrests In Poland Continue As Poland's Prime Minister Cracks Down

    08/31/2007 5:55:53 AM PDT · by polandoutlook · 6 replies · 413+ views
    MasterPage The Polish Outlook ^ | 31 August, 2007 | Gary Granai
    Poland's Solidarity Hero Lech Walesa has compared the behavior Poland's President and Prime Minister to the Polish Communist Party crackdown on Solidarity Activists in 1981, as one more was arrested and another is being hunted in matters related to what is now being referred to locally as the Polish Watergate.
  • Poland's former president's top aide arrested for corruption

    01/19/2007 10:54:34 AM PST · by JoAnka · 1 replies · 170+ views
    Polish Radio ^ | Jan 19, 2007 | Joanna Najfeld
    Mieczysław Wachowski, top aide and head of the chancellery of Poland's former president Lech Wałęsa, has been arrested for two months on charges of corruption. Wachowski is said to have promised to arrange for the release from jail of an Iraqi businessman, Hassan Al-Zubaidi, arrested on charges of economic crime, in exchange for a two million złoty (over half a million Euro) bribe. According to Al-Zubaidi, Wachowski claimed that he could arrange for the case to be settled in cooperation with the then Prime Minister of Poland, Leszek Miller, who was to accept part of the bribe. However, Poland's Attorney...
  • Walesa Calls for Common Approach to Russia

    12/13/2006 3:07:26 PM PST · by lizol · 35 replies · 498+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | December 13, 2006
    Walesa Calls for Common Approach to Russia Reuters WARSAW -- Nobel laureate and former Polish President Lech Walesa called on Tuesday for a common European approach to Russia, saying Moscow was using "old methods" to divide its rivals and competitors in Europe. Walesa said Russia had exploited the lack of unity in Europe to do what it liked in its trade with other nations and to impose policies such as its ban on imports of meat products from Poland. Russia placed an embargo on Polish meat in November 2005, saying it had discovered forged Polish inspection certificates. Warsaw, which has...
  • France has too much freedom: Lech Walesa

    08/31/2006 10:57:24 AM PDT · by lizol · 4 replies · 441+ views
    Expatica ^ | Aug 30, 2006
    France has too much freedom: Lech Walesa VIENNA, Aug 30, 2006 (AFP) - Poland's former president and legendary head of the Solidarity union, Lech Walesa, hailed the role played by the country's current political leaders, the twin brothers Lech and Jaroslaw Kaczynski, within the European Union as a counterpoint to the "French model". In an interview to appear Thursday in the Austrian daily Der Standard, Walesa said that "the French model, which is based on freedom, has not been effective and is bad. (But) if there did not exist people like Lech and Jaroslaw Kaczynski, that is what would be...
  • Lech Walesa: I didn't leave Solidarity - it left me

    08/23/2006 10:46:35 AM PDT · by lizol · 17 replies · 455+ views
    Monsters and Critics ^ | Aug 23, 2006
    Lech Walesa: I didn't leave Solidarity - it left me Aug 23, 2006, 15:02 GMT Warsaw - Lech Walesa, legendary leader of Poland's freedom- fighting Solidarity trade union, has parted ways with the organisation after it endorsed twin brothers Lech and Jaroslaw Kaczynski and their right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) party last year. 'I had a meeting with Solidarity and the National Commission when it decided to back the PiS and the Kaczynskis,' Walesa said in an interview published in Wednesday's Dziennik daily. 'It was obvious that we differ. So we went our separate ways,' Walesa said. 'I didn't leave...
  • Poland's Lech Walesa quits Solidarity

    08/22/2006 9:55:37 AM PDT · by redwhit · 25 replies · 831+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 22 August 2006 | Monika Scislowska
    Back to Story - Help Poland's Walesa quits Solidarity union By MONIKA SCISLOWSKA, Associated Press Writer 5 minutes ago Lech Walesa said Tuesday he has quit the Solidarity trade union that he founded and which helped bring down communism in Eastern Europe. "I have given up my membership last year because Solidarity and I have gone separate ways," he told The Associated Press. Walesa also said he plans to stay away from events marking the 26th anniversary of Solidarity's founding on Aug. 31 in part because he disapproves of the union's support for Poland's new conservative leaders. The 62-year-old Nobel...
  • Poland's Walesa says Grass owes Poles explanation

    08/18/2006 9:46:55 AM PDT · by lizol · 47 replies · 643+ views
    The San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | August 18, 2006 | Natalia Reiter
    Poland's Walesa says Grass owes Poles explanation By Natalia Reiter REUTERS 8:58 a.m. August 18, 2006 WARSAW – Polish Solidarity hero Lech Walesa urged German author Guenter Grass on Friday to prove that a confession about his membership in Hitler's SS was not just a marketing ploy to promote his new novel. The former Polish president also said he would give up his honorary citizenship of Poland's city of Gdansk, if Grass, also a holder of the same title, failed to explain why he decided to confess when his autobiography 'Peeling Onions' came out. 'If Grass will not address his...
  • Walesa wants Grass to give up Gdansk honorary citizenship after SS admission

    08/15/2006 9:41:12 AM PDT · by lizol · 28 replies · 620+ views
    Lethbridge Herald ^ | August 13, 2006
    Walesa wants Grass to give up Gdansk honorary citizenship after SS admission By: The Canadian Press at 21:42 on August 13, 2006, EST. BERLIN (AP) - Nobel peace laureate Lech Walesa wants German novelist Guenter Grass to give up his honorary citizenship of the Polish city of Gdansk after admitting that he served during World War II in the Waffen-SS, a German newspaper reported Sunday. Grass, 78, revealed in a weekend newspaper interview that he was called up at age 17 to a division of the combat arm of Adolf Hitler's dreaded paramilitary forces. Asked why he was making the...
  • These Are People with a Very Limited Sense of Humor [Walesa rips on the Kaczynski brothers]

    07/20/2006 8:17:56 AM PDT · by wolf78 · 3 replies · 319+ views
    SPIEGEL Online ^ | July 17, 2006 | DER SPIEGEL
    SPIEGEL INTERVIEW WITH LECH WALESA "These Are People with a Very Limited Sense of Humor" In an interview with DER SPIEGEL, Solidarnosc founder Lech Walesa, 62, discusses Poland's ruling Kaczynski brothers and his country's relationship with its German neighbors. SPIEGEL: Mr. President, should the German government apologize to Polish President Lech Kaczynski for the satirical article in the small left-wing newspaper Die Tageszeitung? Walesa: You must be joking. We too have freedom of the press. Diplomats and journalists can talk about such ill feelings, but the government absolutely should not react. SPIEGEL: Does the sharp reaction by the twins (President...