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  • London Celebrates Ronald Reagan's Legacy on Independence Day

    London today celebrated Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday and his role in bringing down the Iron Curtain with the unveiling of a 10-foot bronze statue of the former President at the U.S. Embassy in England.

    British Foreign Secretary William Hague and former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spoke at the event, which drew a crowd of 2,000. Reagan’s statue will stand alongside those of former Presidents Dwight Eisenhower and Franklin D. Roosevelt. The tribute is one of many commemorations of Reagan’s legacy held across Europe over the past week.

    Hague called to mind Reagan’s legacy, remarking that, “Statues bring us face to face with our heroes long after they are gone. Ronald Reagan is without question a great American hero, one of America’s finest sons and a giant of 20th century history. You may be sure that the people of London will take this statue to their hearts.”

    The Telegraph reports that Hague read a statement from Reagan’s friend and ally, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who was unable to attend the event due to health reasons:

    Ronald Reagan was a great President and a great man – a true leader for our times,” wrote Baroness Thatcher.

    He held clear principles and acted upon them with purpose. Through his strength and his conviction he brought millions of people to freedom as the Iron Curtain finally came down. It was a pleasure to be his colleague and his friend and I hope that this statue will be a reminder to future generations of the debt we owe him.”

    Though former First Lady Nancy Reagan could not attend the event, as NewsCore reports,  she said of the tribute:

    Ronnie would have been so touched that his centennial birthday is being celebrated in London and central Europe. He felt a special bond with people who struggled to be free and was so very thankful that Great Britain shared our commitment to bringing down the Iron Curtain. I know he would want these events to remind us all of the power of freedom.

    That bond was felt across Eastern Europe last week. USAToday writes that in Krakow, Poland, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, personal assistant to Pope John Paul II, said a Mass of thanksgiving in Reagan’s honor at the Basilica of St. Mary. Meanwhile a special session of the parliament in Budapest, Hungary, was due to honor Reagan, while a statue of Reagan was to be unveiled there in Freedom Square in front of the U.S. Embassy. And on Thursday, Prague was to rename the street in front of the U.S. ambassador’s residence “Ronald Reagan Street.”

    It’s no wonder that the people of Europe celebrate Reagan’s legacy today. As millions suffered under the Soviet Union’s oppression, Reagan took communism head on and held firm to his belief that the liberating light of freedom would break through the Iron Curtain. The Heritage Foundation’s Lee Edwards said of Reagan’s vision:

    President Reagan had the ability to foresee what others could not. In the early 1980s, liberal intellectuals such as Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., and John K. Galbraith were lauding the economic accomplishments of the Soviet Union. At the same time, Reagan told the British Parliament that a “global campaign for freedom” would prevail over the forces of tyranny and that “the Soviet Union itself is not immune to this reality.” By the end of the decade, as he predicted, Marxism–Leninism was dumped on the ash heap of history.

    And today, as we celebrate America’s new birth of freedom, we remember Reagan’s commitment to our founding principles — rooted in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Edwards writes:

    From his very first national speech on behalf of Barry Goldwater’s presidential bid in October 1964 to his farewell address to the nation in January 1989, Reagan turned again and again to the wisdom of the Founders. Indeed, more than once, he sounded like one of them.

    Reiterating the central role of the American Revolution, the President said: “Ours was the first revolution in the history of mankind that truly reversed the course of government, and with three little words, ‘We the people.’”

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    11 Responses to London Celebrates Ronald Reagan's Legacy on Independence Day

    1. T Darby says:

      Reagan gets credit for the Bankrupted Soviet Union. Three years before the fall of the wall a Saudi told me the Soviet Union would be broke in three years. The Communist system did not reward the efforts of the citizens, so the citizens did not put out any effort. The brightest used the Black Market to profit and many of them became very rich. The Soviet goods did not sell and the Government went bankrupted.

    2. SAC crewdog says:

      I flew long-range recon during the Cold War, first under Carter, then Reagan. There are a lot of things that happened during that time of which most people are simply not aware. With all due respect to your friend, whom I am certain you've thoroughly vetted, Reagan's actions did indeed have a decisive effect.

    3. Burpley McSwallowson says:

      It's good his statue is being erected in Europe because I always thought he was not only President of the U.S. but also the President of Europe with his unusual support of nearly everything Europe over America…

    4. Jeff, Illinois says:

      I like what someone else posted elsewhere . .

      Ronald Reagan was not a hero. He was a B grade actor who played heroes in the movies. His economic policies of deregulati­on and low taxes for the rich and huge deficits set this country on a course which resulted in the financial collapse of 2008. Inflation was not cured by Reagan but by Paul Volcker, a Carter appointee. The Soviet Union was already disintegra­ting, we know now, by the time of Brezhnev's death in 1982, when Reagan had been in office only a year, so he obviously was not responsibl­e for that.

      Yet the conservati­ves, the Ayn Randians, the Republican mouthpiece­s, wilfully blind to any facts, will continue to spew out this mythology of Reagan the Hero for generation­s to come. One hundred years from now, people will laugh at this.

      • snickeringcorpses says:

        The Europeans know who to thank. You need to dig into some real economics and history instead of leftist propaganda with no basis in reality. If any President is going to be laughed at in a hundred years, it'll be the current one. The same Marxist economic policies that killed the Soviet Union from the inside have been eating away at the foundations of the American economy since FDR, really. Only the fact that we started from such a strong economy to begin with and have had relief along the way from men like Reagan has kept the country afloat this long. If liberal Marxist policies are allowed to continue, America will have collapsed just like the Soviets long before "one hundred years from now."

      • Tim AZ says:

        Sour grapes for Jeff It would seem. I know you thought you would have been living the socialist dream a long time ago if were not for Ronald Reagan forcing the socialist agenda back under ground for eight wonderful years. Now you can see that your dream for a socialist utopia is about to be dissolved once again, this time by the American citizenry. You are correct you won't see another opportunity to establish socialism in America once again within your lifetime. Now be a good sport and have a nice day.

    5. Todd says:

      Ronald Reagan was the right man at the right time. The Soviet Union had run its course and communism had shown it true colors in the fact the world's communist utopia was collpasing. All this due to the fact that socialisim and government controlled societies do not develop any type of society that can sustain itself. Reagan was there to push that concept over the edge and make sure that the Soviet Union disolved and passed into history.

      But look where the United States is today. We have a socialist president who, with the support of the Democratic party and its mis-guided followers, is dragging this country closer and closer to the same cliff the Soviet Union went over. He and the democrats are doing it with the ideas that the government will provide everything and nobody should go without. That goes totally against what our Founding Fathers envisioned. The United States was and always has been the land of opportunity – not the Land of Entitlements and Government Guarantees. Our government should be defending this land and ensuring that our economic environemnt is such that all law-abiding citizens and LEGAL immigrants have the opportunity to better their lives and their family's lives. PERIOD.

    6. Todd says:

      We must stand up against this socialist tide that Obama, the Democrats and their followers are shoving down our throats. I still believe that the majority of this country believes in the same principles that our Founding Fathers used to craft the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution – just as Ronald Reagan believed – and lived! B-Rated Actor? Maybe. But one of our greatest Presidents and a true hero to this country and the world!

    7. Jeff, Illinois says:

      Yeah, let's label every effort of the present administration as socialism . . Well, if the Republicans gain any more power we will have facism . . Republicans kill me . . they're afraid of so-called big government . . but are fully on board with the belief that large monopolies have our best interest in mind. Do some homework . . . if profit drives every agenda . . i.e. free trade / and union busting . . America's middle-class / industrial base is doomed . . Large transnational corporations own the GOP and their deceptive agenda . . . I think history will show that Obama will be the Jackie Robinson of american politics . . No president has had to put up with so much obstructionism. . . Subsidies for the oil industry . . I rest my case!

      • Todd says:

        1. What will this country be like when the majority of the population are on some form of government entitlement or warfare program? When most of the population stops being producers and are only looking for the free handouts? Who will sustain such a society? What will happen to everyone's freedom when the government takes more and and more of the freedoms we enjoy today in order to control the population so they do not revolt over not getting their handouts?
        2. Why are the democrats pushing for such open borders? Illegal aliens are people who may have come here looking for a better life, but they still broke the law. Why give them amnesty? If I rob a bank in order to make my life better, we can't I get amnesty. too? What does it mean to have Rule of Law and what happens to society when the Rule of Law breaks down or is ignored so blantly as the Holder Justice Department does?

    8. Todd says:

      3. Why have the democrats NOT produced a budget in almost two years? Why is the not living up to their elected responsibilties? Why is it important for the government to have a budget and how does that help drive our economy?

      There are three topics that I hope for maybe the first time in your life that you will think about and try to honestly answer. I do not know your circumstances but it is people like you with misguided views that have put this country where it is today. We need strong leadership to fix our issues, not a weak socialist like we have now.

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