The Poles recognize Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II for their Role in Winning the Cold War

Posted by PITHOCRATES - July 14th, 2012

Week in Review

Jimmy Carter believed in detente.  He wanted to work with the communists in the Soviet Union.  Those living in Eastern Europe disagreed.  As they lived under the boot of Soviet oppression.  They wanted their liberty.  They didn’t want to hear Jimmy Carter talk about making nice with the Soviets.  Because they didn’t want to improve their relations with the Soviet Union.  They wanted the Soviet Union the hell out of their countries.  Others agreed with them.  Ronald Reagan.  Margaret Thatcher.  The dynamic duo.  A Polish Pope.  John Paul II.  A Polish union leader.  Lech Walesa.  Leader of the Solidarity movement.  And a great people.  The Poles (see Poles honor Reagan and John Paul II for their role in anti-communist struggle with new statue by Associated Press posted 7/14/2012 on The Washington Post).

Polish officials unveiled a statue of former President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II on Saturday, honoring two men widely credited in this Eastern European country with helping to topple communism 23 years ago…

Reagan and John Paul shared a conviction that communism was a moral evil, not just a bad economic system. And Lech Walesa, founder of the Solidarity movement that led the anti-communist struggle in Poland, has often paid homage to both men and told the AP in a recent interview that he deeply respected Reagan…

Poles widely credit the Polish-born pontiff’s first visit to his homeland after becoming pope as the inspiration for Solidarity’s birth. During a Mass in Warsaw in 1979, he used subtle language to suggest that Poles should try to change their system, a message not lost on the receptive nation. Poles also remember that when the communist regime imposed the martial law crackdown in 1981, rounding up dissidents and imprisoning them, Reagan lit candles at the White House to show his solidarity with the Polish people…

Another member of the organization, Andrzej Michalowski, credited Reagan’s arms race with Moscow with leading to the unraveling of the Soviet Union and its inability to keep controlling Eastern Europe. He said the monument was designed on a small scale so visitors to the park would feel John Paul and Reagan are still with them.

Much to the horror of those on the Left Ronald Reagan did not follow Carter’s policy of detente.  He didn’t want to make nice with the Soviets.  He wanted to defeat the Soviets.  And free people everywhere from the boot of communist oppression.  And he did.  Thanks to John Paul, Lech Walesa and Margaret Thatcher.  The British and the Americans presented the Soviets a fearful military force to ponder.  And supported the poles as they dared to defy the great Soviet bear. 

Few even know this history today.  But back then these were transformative times.  For it was the beginning of the end of the Cold War.  A war we won by not trying to get along with the Soviets.  But by aggressively attacking communism.  Calling the Soviet Union the Evil Empire.  For it was.  As anyone living in Poland during the Cold War will attest to.  There was nothing good or redeeming about communism.  And Carter’s policy of detente only breathed life into a dying corpse.  And delayed the inevitable.  As Lech Walesa knew.  As John Paul knew.  As Ronald Reagan knew.  For it was only a matter of time before communism was left on the ash heap of history.  And thanks to these people that time did come.  The Soviet Union is no more.  And Eastern Europe is now free.

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Save the Planet? Or Save the People?

Posted by PITHOCRATES - November 10th, 2010

Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II Defeated Communism

John Bull once ruled the world.  The British Empire circled the globe.  Literally.  The sun never set on the British Empire.  She was feared and respected.  And envied.  Her representative government set the standard for other liberty-seeking people.  She was an economic powerhouse and a military superpower.  Which she used to give us great things.  The Industrial Revolution.  And the Pax Britannica.  Nearly a century of peace.  John Bull was invincible in the 19th century.  Then a foul wind wafted across the Rhine.  And Great Britain would never be the same again.

Of course, it was Marxism that broke wind across Western Europe and Great Britain.  And it changed Great Britain.  Instead of continuing greatness there was class struggle.   Capitalism was under attack.  Government grew big.  To protect the industrial proletariat from the bourgeoisie.  Unionism grew and their recurring strikes were called the British disease.  Soon the industrial proletariat was living like rich capitalists while the masses went without.  They had no choice.  Big Government was taxing them to death to pay British labor.  Then along came Margaret Thatcher who brought back some sense to the nation.

 Thatcher turned Great Britain around.  Then she and Ronald Reagan took on the Soviet Union with an able assist from Pope John Paul II.  The Polish pontiff helped to cause quite a bit of trouble in Poland.  Soon Poland would be free.  And within the same decade, the Berlin Wall would fall.  As did the Soviet Union.  Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II defeated communism.  John Bull was back.  Standing beside Uncle Sam.  But now a new foul stench is in the air.  This time coming from East Anglia.

University of East Anglia will Trade People for the Planet

Big Government does not give up easily.  It wants to tell us how best to live our lives.  And at the University of East Anglia, they’re telling us that we, mankind, are killing the planet.  They had a lot of facts and figures.  Leaked emails, though, showed that their data was ‘massaged’ to support their theory on global warming. 

They insist man is destroying the environment.  They point to receding glaciers as evidence.  Of course, those glaciers once nearly reached the equator.  And when they moved some 2,000 miles, man wasn’t using fossil fuels.  So it makes one believe the leaked emails more than their theory on global warming.  But it doesn’t stop them from trying to tell us what’s best for us.  Or, rather, what’s best for the planet.  Which is an important distinction.  Because, in their world, it’s one or the other. 

Town halls and city councils across Great Britain are turning off their street lights.  A couple of reasons are given.  One, their Big Government spending is bankrupting them.  Another is to save the planet (see New dark age on our streets: Up to 75 per cent of councils are dimming the lights to save money by Laura Caroe and David Derbyshire posted on the Daily Mail).

Up to three-quarters of councils are planning to turn off street lamps or dim the lights in an attempt to save money and meet climate change targets, a poll has found.

Well, that’s sensible, isn’t it?  Cut government spending.  And save the environment.

But police fear that darkened streets will act as a haven for burglars, muggers and vandals – and motoring experts warn that there may be more accidents on the roads.

And this apparently is a trade environmentalists are willing to make.  People for the planet.  After all, it’s the people that are destroying the planet in the first place.  So what if we lose some of them along the way to save the planet?  It’s only fair.  At least that’s what they no doubt think at the University of East Anglia.

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