“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!”
— President Ronald Reagan, June 12, 1987
I would be remiss not to mention that today would have been Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday. Under his stewardship, he helped accelerate the economic collapse of the Soviet Union and reminded Americans about rugged individualism and the optimistic, can-do attitude that makes the United States the greatest democracy in history.
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