Administration policies pit America against freedom fighters at home and abroad as President prefers spotlight shining on him, rather than Reagan's Shining City on a Hill
Five moments define the Reagan Presidency for me, with the greatest of them (1) occurring on November 9, 1989, when freedom-loving East and West Berliners tore down (video of the fall) the symbol of Communist tyrannical oppression, some ten months after the Gipper's Farewell address.
Yet, twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, that Republican Ronald Reagan challenged Gorbachev to tear down (2), America's Democrat Chief Executive refused an invitation from Germany's unified leader to commemorate the moment that ended the mass imprisonment of half the globe by adherents of the socialist ideology of Karl Marx.
President Reagan famously dubbed the prison run by its warden, the Soviet Union warden, an "evil empire" in a 1983 speech to Evangelicals (3) in which he also demanded the Judicial wall of separation be torn down, between We the People and laws protecting innocent life in and out of the womb.
The fourth moment that best defines Reagan's Morning in America years was the dark cloud of Ted Kennedy-led Democrats trashing Judge Robert Bork, the man Reagan chose to tear down that judicial wall behind which five lawyers still stand behind too often to usurp our right to self government with Politburo-like impositions from "experts" that know best. The Democrats showed how vile they are in that episode. The contrast with Reagan is stark and informative.
Our 40th President also rejected the Marxian, liberal economic view of history by citing Whittaker Chamber's in the Forward Letter to his Children in "Witness":
It is not new. It is, in fact, man's second oldest faith. Its promise was whispered in the first days of the Creation under the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil: "Ye shall be as gods." It is the great alternative faith of mankind.
Reagan believed that the first step on the F.A. Hayek's "Road to Serfdom" is putting one's faith in Man's expertise rather than accepting God's wisdom.
But quite possibly, the moment that best defines Reagan's Liberty-loving message, was his first (5):
" In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem."
The crisis present in 1981 at the time of President Reagan's First Inaugural Address was the, then, worst American economic crisis since the Great Depression. This week we learned that unemployment in the current Great Recession topped 10% for the first time since the Carter Recession that Reagan inherited.
Barack Obama and most of the elected officials and other leaders of the Democratic Party, i.e. ObamaDems, are old enough to remember that the 80s recession ended, followed by a 25-year recovery the likes of which the world had never seen; when Reagan killed inflation and bolstered the dollar with a steady money supply and tore down the tax and government regulatory walls that were preventing the liberty-driven creations of wealth and other happiness pursuits. They know that a Newt "GOP revolution" Gingrich-inspired President Bill Clinton declared the "Era of Big Government" over with capital gains tax cuts, free trade and welfare reform to keep the Reagan Recovery going.
Dems don't care
Yet, ObamaDems, seemingly an unnatural species of humans not particularly enamored of prosperity (see Dems don't Care), are about the business of destroying the dollar with deficit spending triple the worst in our history and Federal reserve out of control; and, incredibly, re-building the same high tax and massive regulation walls that led to the present crisis, as well as the one Reagan inherited 29 years ago. (And if you try and scale that wall, Obama sends out the pitchforks!)
As my Boortzian Stone Mountain Conservative non-political observer, best described ObamaDems in July: They want us to surrender!
What led to this housing bubble/credit crunch caused recession if not Democratic Party implemented (and protected by Senate filibusters in the Bush years) market regulations requiring banks to accept mortgages from families that couldn't afford them, and then guaranteeing them with tax payer funds?
But it appears that Obama and his "never let a crisis go waste" Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton acolytes prefer crises that allow them to present government as the "solution". Because their solution is not economic prosperity for all. rather, it is economic dependency on them, for all. After all, they are the experts.
ObamaDems refuse to let We the People bail ourselves out!
So, it shouldn't be surprising that Barack Hussein Obama alienates Iran's freedom-fighters trapped inside the Mullah's walls of religious oppression; or Jews having to wall themselves away from Islamists and the Palestinian death cult, featuring adolescent suicide bombers of proud parents. It shouldn't be surprising that Obama wants judges that have "empathy" rather than respect for Constitutions.
ObamaDems crave power and craven power requires walls to repel the non-acquiescence of Liberty.
The brick and mortar for the building of the Berlin Wall and Iron Curtains are bread-driven crises. Just ask Lenin and the Bolsheviks. Then read the Dreams of Obama's father.
"One man with courage makes a majority." - Andrew Jackson
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