Obama Can’t Even Acknowledge US Won Cold War


Lech Walesa

Lech Walesa

UPDATE: When you finish reading this article, please read Obama Worshippers Offended by Criticism of The Apology Tourfor more enlightenment.

Apparently President Obama loathes our country so much, he can’t even admit that we won the Cold War against the Soviets.

In an interview with Fox News’ Major Garret, President Obama couldn’t bring himself to acknowledge that it was the strength and resolve of the United States that eventually led to the collapse of that evil empire.

Garret: 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 that the Cold War was won? The West won it? And it was led by a combination of Democratic and Republican American Presidents?

Obama: There are a whole bunch of people throughout Eastern Europe with enormous courage and I think that it is very important in this part of the world to acknowledge the degree to which people struggled for their own freedom. We don’t have to diminish other people in order to recognize our role in that history.

We also don’t have to diminish our role in defeating Soviet communism in order to acknowledge the contributions to that effort from people in other countries.

Efforts against this evil system were being made in several countries.  Pope John Paul was doing what he could to fight the Soviets, as was Lech Walesa in Poland.  But without the strength of the American economy and military might, there was nothing to give real teeth or momentum to their efforts.

It’s hard to truly grasp this anti-American attitude of our president. We have an American president who is so ashamed of his own country, he can’t even acknowledge one of our greatest achievements, in defeating one of the worst evils in human history.

As Sean Hannity pointed out in the video below, Lech Walesa, the leader of the Polish Solidarity movement said,

We in Poland took him [Ronald Reagan] 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.

I was in Europe when the Berlin Wall fell, living in England. I celebrated New Years Eve 1989-1990 mostly with British friends, and as we partied in the streets, I had an uncountable number of British people (most of whom had never met me) come up, ask me if I was an American, and when I confirmed that I was, they wanted to shake my hand or hug me (some of the women kissed me), thanking me profusely as an American for being in Europe, for helping bring down the wall, for bringing freedom to places like Romania and other countries that had suffered under the Soviet boot for so long.

These Europeans apparently had absolutely no doubt that the American presence in Europe and American resolve had led to the crumbling of the Soviet Union.

Yet our own American president–ever eager to bow to other nations and apologize profusely and continually for America–is unable to acknowledge even the greatest of our achievements.

What have we come to?
UPDATE: For more enlightenment on this topic, please read Obama Worshippers Offended by Criticism of The Apology Tour

52 Responses to “Obama Can’t Even Acknowledge US Won Cold War”

  1. Mr Ellis,
    You know you are referencing an edited clip, don't you? Sean does things like that. The President did mention the role of US presidents and Lech Walesa in winning the cold war. The complete answer he gave to Major Garrett is available on the Fox News website.

  2. How in the world do you justify citing a quote from the President DECEPTIVELY CLIPPED by Sean Hannity…AGAIN…to misrepresent what the President ACTUALLY said?!?

    The fact that Hannity engages in this kind of blatant propaganda makes him a scumbag! The fact that you'd present it as fact, when it's anything but, makes you…?

  3. Like I said, he's ashamed of his own country. He can't just simply acknowledge that the United States won the Cold War. Obama is a pathetic excuse for an American president.

    You don't have to diminish our role in defeating Soviet communism in order to acknowledge the contributions to that effort from people in other countries.

    It shouldn't be too much to ask that the President of the United States freely acknowledge the great achievements of his own country.

  4. Did you bother to read my piece, or did you simply read the headline and feel compelled to rush to the defense of your messiah?

    I acknowledged the contributions of Lech Walesa and others. If you know anything about history, however, you would realize that their efforts–while commendable–were going nowhere until the United States finally confronted the Soviet Union head on and defeated it. Even Walesa himself acknowledges this.

    Perhaps your blind worship of the Apologist in Chief renders you incapable of recognizing or acknowledging this, or perhaps your own loathing of our great nation.

  5. When people questioned Bush, a war president, over his war in Iraq and other questionable acts, they were branded as traitors, anti-American and told they hate America. President Obama is a war president with 2 wars he inherited….I ask you…why do you hate America? Why are you a traitor? Why are you anti-American? I served honorably in the military for 22+ years and printing cropped and incorrect information to please your base is dishonest, cowardly and anti-American. This kind of propaganda is meant to instill fear and hate towards a duly elected President by the MAJORITY in this country.

  6. Here’s what the president really said…do you dare to print the truth?

    From Fox News’ transcript of Obama’s July 7 interview with Garrett, with the portions of Obama’s answer Hannity omitted in bold:

    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 won it? And it was led by a combination of Democratic and Republican American presidents?

    OBAMA: Well, listen, the — I think that you just cut out Lech Walesa and the Poles. You just cut out Havel and the Czechs. There were a whole bunch of people throughout Eastern Europe who showed enormous courage.

    And I think that it is very important in this part of the world to acknowledge the degree to which people struggled for their own freedom. I’m very proud of the traditions of Democratic and Republican presidents to lift the Iron Curtain.

    But, you know, we don’t have to diminish other people in order to recognize our role in that history.

  7. We are a part of the world community, not above it. The actions of Bush Co. and the words of people like yourself warrant apologies. If we waited for you to give them, however…

  8. Mr Ellis,

    You should know by now not to believe everything that Sean Hannity shows on TV. He has a long history of deceptively cropping quotes to create news. Here is the full text of what Obama actually said.

    Well, listen, the — I think that you just cut out Lech Walesa and the Poles. You just cut out Havel and the Czechs. There were a whole bunch of people throughout Eastern Europe who showed enormous courage.

    And I think that it is very important in this part of the world to acknowledge the degree to which people struggled for their own freedom. I’m very proud of the traditions of Democratic and Republican presidents to lift the Iron Curtain.

    But, you know, we don’t have to diminish other people in order to recognize our role in that history.

  9. I did read your article. Perhaps you didn’t read my reply. The President DID acknowledge the role of the United States in defeating the Soviet Union. But that part of his quote was cut out by Sean and again omitted by you.

    “I’m very proud of the traditions of Democratic and Republican presidents to lift the Iron Curtain.”

    Perhaps it is your blind hatred of the President and the United States that doesn’t allow you see this.

  10. Even infrequent contact with Hannity is enough to know he is more than careless with truth and facts. He has to purposefully misrepresent real time to give some sort of credence to his opinion. Limbaugh, Coutler, Billo, and the rest are of the same genre. In the end they distort and shout and pout but offer no solutions to for the very real problems in the world today. Defending a lie makes one as culpable as the initiator.

  11. You have to be on drugs, Paul (or simply the typical deluded liberal).

    The war in Iraq was not questionable on any sane level. If you will bother to check history, Iraq started the war when it invaded Kuwait, and continued it when they repeatedly refused to submit to the weapons inspections they agreed to at the end of the Persian Gulf War…and when they continued to fire on our warplanes hundreds of times a year. Iraq was also a sponsor of terrorism in the Middle East, making it a legitimate part of our war on terrorism, in addition to their failure to live up to their inspection obligations. And the efforts of the Left to undermine our efforts to ensure compliance before, during and after the war have been totally despicable.

    It is the Left who hates America. It is the Left who can say precious little that is good about our country, and continually whines and moans about what a terrible, evil place America is and all the evil that America does around the world. It is the Left that continually undermines our efforts to provide safety and security in Iraq and other places, and our efforts to keep our own soldiers safe. It is the Left that continually works to weaken our defense. It is the Left that seeks to implement socialism–in direct contradiction to our Constitution.

    (And in case this rather fundamental truth escapes you Leftists, “America” is not defied as “the person who occupies the presidency”; the tone of your comment strongly indicates you believe this)

    You and your ilk have elected an anti-American to be our president. It was clear before the election, and has only become more clear since then.

    You should be ashamed of yourself and your fellow Leftists…but I doubt you have enough sense of right and wrong to even recognize the need for your shame.

  12. Yes, anything that doesn't give praise and honor to the Obamessiah would constitute carelessness with truth and facts not approved by the liberal media.

  13. President Obama repeatedly emphasizes real or perceived flaws in his own country and never seems to find it in his heart to freely acknowledge the tremendous achievements and good of the United States.

    Such behavior is reprehensible for an American president.

    Are you going to acknowledge this fact???

  14. Obama grudgingly acknowledged it in the briefest and most shallow of terms when led to it by Garret. An American president shouldn't have to be prodded to say something good about his own country or acknowledge its successes.

    I also have no hatred of President Obama, though I am thoroughly disgusted by his anti-American behavior. And it is not “blind” disgust, either. By learning about his words, his deeds, his actions, his associations and his voting record prior to the election, I became very informed regarding his loathing for our country. And he has done nothing but affirm the accuracy of that assessment since taking office.

  15. I read the entire transcript, as well. The only arguably substantial omission from what was reported on Hannity was ” I think that you just cut out Lech Walesa and the Poles. You just cut out Havel and the Czechs.”

    OK, fair enough, but can't we also say that The One has left out Ronald Reagan and the United States of America? As Lech Walesa explicitly stated it was the actions of President Reagan and the support of the United States that brought the evil Soviet Empire to an ignoble end. Why can't The One from Kenya acknowledge that? Most of those who once lived under Soviet tyranny do.

  16. You are not acknowledging the vital part that Hannity dishonestly left out:

    “I’m very proud of the traditions of Democratic and Republican presidents to lift the Iron Curtain.” – Barrack Obama

    What more do you want?

  17. As I have pointed out numerous time to other obtuse Leftist like yourself, an American president should not have to be led to make such a shallow and grudging admission by a journalist; he should be lauding American achievements and greatness freely without the slightest bit of prodding from anyone.

    What's more, the entire point of this article was not what Obama said in the interview, but what he said and did not say in his speech in Russia. That speech was more of the same minimalization of America's greatness we have seen at every step from Obama.

    Please, stop making people people think that South Dakotans are mindless socialist Obama-worshippers. Most people know better, but you still shouldn't spread that false impression.

  18. B.S. Bob, unless you can give specific examples. That is, examples in its complete context and not edited with his solution to the problem.

    Sorry to hear you miss simpleton G.W.B. and his ringmaster Cheney.

  19. Hannity selectively edited the clip. Are you going to acknowledge this fact???

  20. Have you been on Mars for the past year? I shouldn't have to feed you “specific examples” that have been as plain as day for any American to see…that you most likely wouldn't believe anyway.

    Nevertheless, momentarily you will see a fresh post with information and links to still more information that points out Barack Obama's extreme loathing for America, our Constitution and our way of life.

    If you're not afraid of a serious encounter with the truth, I suggest you give it a good long read and some grave consideration.

  21. I've already served 10 years in the military, and I continue to love my country today. That's why I stand firmly against all America's enemies, foreign or domestic.

    I could waste my time pointing out to you the host of reasons other than WMDs (many of which were found, in addition to chemical agents in the Euphrates River when we invaded), but liberals have proven themselves very committed to avoiding reality, so I wont' take any more time than to invite you to re-acquaint yourself with reality by reading this: http://www.dakotavoice.com/2008/07/milestones-o

    Do America a favor: stop being an apologist for an anti-American president and start defending your country against her enemies and minimalizers.

  22. Bob,

    Mr. Obama's entire quote is as follows:
    “Well, listen, the — I think that you just cut out Lech Walesa and the Poles. You just cut out Havel and the Czechs. There were a whole bunch of people throughout Eastern Europe who showed enormous courage.

    And I think that it is very important in this part of the world to acknowledge the degree to which people struggled for their own freedom. I'm very proud of the traditions of Democratic and Republican presidents to lift the Iron Curtain.

    But, you know, we don't have to diminish other people in order to recognize our role in that history.”

    I am assuming that his statement “I'm very proud of the traditions of Democratic and Republican presidents to lift the Iron Curtain.” was insufficient to express the role that the US played in ending the cold war. Perhaps he should have (and I am using your descriptive terms) indicated his “blind worship” for Ronald Reagan and described how Reagan used his bare hands to tear down the Berlin wall while draped in an American flag. Additionally, President Obama should have let the Russians know how grateful they should be for the freedoms we provided and how they need to do as we say, since we know best.

    To be honest this is silly. Liberals and Conservatives both love this country deeply – they just express it differently. It is almost like arguing that Catholics are better Christians than Baptists….they believe in the same basic principals of Christianity just worship differently.

  23. That's total crap, MiddleMan. I won't even address the bulk of your parsing and excusing of Obama's dismissal of our decisive leadership in defeating the Soviet Union.

    As for the gut-rot that “Liberals and Conservatives both love this country deeply – they just express it differently,” that's total bunk. If you treated your wife or girlfriend the way liberals treat America (trash-talking her at every opportunity, pointing out every flaw however small, whether real or perceived, never finding anything good to say about her, always looking to change her from the person she was created to be, always looking to use her for your own petty gain rather than appreciating her virtues), would any sane person buy the garbage that, “Oh, I lover her, I just express it differently than other people.”

    Hogwash! The actions and words of Leftists speak for themselves: loathing and disdain for this great nation of ours.

  24. “I’m very proud of the traditions of Democratic and Republican presidents to lift the Iron Curtain.”
    — PRESIDENT Obama

    Please stop the spoon-fed, extreme right wing lies and print the whole truth. It just makes you look like a lying propagandist, the way you omit the truth then deny the truth was even out there.

    Now stop representing my state of SD.

  25. There is no hope for you…your vile accusations without proof and hatred of other Americans is what is wrong with the right wing of the republican party and why you will now and into the near future be the minority party. You are the party of blame everyone else…let me guess…9/11 was Clinton’s fault and our current economic crisis is Obama’s leaving Bush in the clear. Good luck and if you are so worried about this country’s safety, I suggest you join up and go to Iraq and fight the war Bush started…not because of terrorism, Kuwait or firing on aircraft but because Bush told all of us that Iraq had WMD’s…do you remember that or does your memory only record what you deem necessary to support your pathetic rantings?

  26. “I'm very proud of the traditions of Democratic and Republican presidents to lift the Iron Curtain.”

    A tradition is defined as:
    1 a: an inherited, established, or customary pattern of thought, action, or behavior (as a religious practice or a social custom) b: a belief or story or a body of beliefs or stories relating to the past that are commonly accepted as historical though not verifiable
    2: the handing down of information, beliefs, and customs by word of mouth or by example from one generation to another without written instruction
    3: cultural continuity in social attitudes, customs, and institutions
    4: characteristic manner, method, or style <in the best liberal tradition>

    That doesn't seem to be quite the word to describe the heroic efforts and lives expended in winning the Cold War. Anyway, there were only two Presidents that can be said to have resolutely resisted the efforts of the Soviets to dominate Europe and eventually the world–John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. To give a grudging, half-hearted, generic nod to “Democratic and Republican presidents” is disingenuous and historically inaccurate. And The One from Kenya wouldn't even go that far in his speech to the Russians.

  27. I am just curious, aren’t you treating President Obama like you indicate that Liberals treat America? Trash-talking him at every opportunity, pointing out every flaw however small, whether real or perceived, never finding anything good to say about him, etc. But I suppose you are justified using these actions since you are morally on the right side of the issues. It is only wrong when you are on the wrong side of the issues.

    I am sorry that the President’s response was not forceful enough for your sensibilities. I suppose my religious teachings which told me to be wary of someone that has overwhelming pride and arrogance was wrong. I guess you are right, we need to constantly gloat about our position in the world and what we have achieved. Humility is for losers!

  28. Bob, I am a conservative who has voted for conservatives in 4 out of the past 5 elections. I served with the Army in Gulf War I.

    For you to post the vitriol that you do, linking up to a recording that was falsely clipped to change the meaning, is despicable for someone who served. You've changed your tune from the beginning from “Can't acknowledge at all” to “has to be prodded to reply”. The reason we have lost elections is because people like you so badly poison the waters.

    It is easy to criticize Obama on a number of issues without resorting to this sort of chicanery that Mr. Hannity used. When we stoop this low, we become as bad as the worst of the other side. Even if you want to argue that the other side has done much of the same, we're suppossed to stand for a higher standard.

    For you to continue with the same line of opposition using such dishonesty does not say much for your character, and shows a fall from your vow to defend the country. We shouldn't need to resort to Mr. Hannity's tactics – the truth, pure and unchanged, should be enough, or we really are no better than our opponents.

    Mr. Obama, as CIC, does not deserve to have his words changed to suit your flight of fancy. There's enough that he does on his own that we can stick to that.

    I bid you good day and hope that somehow, this reaches you in the dark place you are headed for.

  29. I’m a liberal and I love America. Think I’m lying? Or is it that you are so in tune with liberal policies and ideologies that you can make a general statement about how every liberal hates America. And there is nothing wrong with self-reflection. Hate is as much as you want, America does make mistakes once in a while. Or do you suppose America has always been right?

  30. It does not diminish America to acknowledge that the bulk of the credit should go to heroes such as Lech Walesa and Vaclav Havel who fought for their own freedom. Yes, the United States played a supporting role, just as the French played a supporting in the American Revolution; but it would be absurd to say that America was liberated by France.

    I do admit that Obama’s mention of “Democratic and Republican presidents” was perfunctory at best. But you must also admit that it is dishonest to delete this part of the response entirely, and then claim that Obama did not even mention America’s role.

  31. Mr. Ellis,
    The simple fact is that I don’t care for your writings. I am glad you are doing what you are doing, though. I think Republicans need more folks like you on their side to further alienate moderates and drive them from your misguided cause. Have you finished your investigation of President Obama’s birth certificate yet? You need to devote more of your time and effort on that investigation. It will keep you from parroting more of Mr. Hannity’s deceptions.

  32. You're just a propagandist, MiddleMan.

    If Obama did anything good, I'd give him props for it. (In fact, I did, when it seemed he let the SEAL teams do their work and rescue that captain from pirates a few months ago…thought information has since come to light that casts a dubious light over even those actions–still, in the absence of solid information to the contrary, I have let my commendation of Obama's actions stand).

    Unfortunately, pretty much every action President Obama has taken since assuming the presidency has been to undermine the free market, disregard the Constitution, limit our freedom, choke American prosperity, and malign his own country. All of which are completely in line with the Marxist ideology he has embraced since youth.

    If your “religious teachings” instruct you to capitulate to evil, to excuse it and gloss over it, then it's no wonder you are as ignorant as your comments indicate. If you really do have any significant “religious teachings” in your background (and you're not simply playing the handy “Oh, I'm religious, too” card Leftists often play), they must come from the same or similar liberal cesspool of reality as the rest of your ideology.

    You see, we don't need to “constantly gloat;” simple acknowledgement of the truth is sufficient…and apparently more than Obama can manage. Besides, appropriate appropriate pride (i.e. “a reasonable or justifiable self-respect : delight or elation arising from some act, possession, or relationship <parental pride>) is reasonable and proper.

    False humility and failure to properly acknowledge acts of courage and moral excellence are indeed for losers.

  33. CK, thank you for your service to our country.

    But I doubt you are actually a conservative. If you were, you would be incensed at Obama's pathetic pattern of disrespect for our nation, the great things we have achieved, the great virtues of this nation, and all the good we have done worldwide. You would also be highly offended at Obama's latest disrespect for our nation when he gave this speech in Russia and completely ignored the fact that the United States defeated the Soviet Union.

    More likely, you are one of these mixed-up “moderate” who likes to dabble at what you see as the “buffet” of philosophy, taking a piece from the conservative end of the buffet line that isn't too troublesome while running down the line to the easy pickings of the liberal section.

    Or most likely yet, you're of the propaganda artist variety who likes to portray yourself as a conservative in order to curry favor and credibility…while saying things no conservative would say.

    Many of your liberal flock may have been born yesterday, but I was not.

  34. Yes, America has made mistakes. But you will not find a single country in the world that has done more good than the United States; you probably couldn't group any 5 together that could touch the good America has done in the world.

    Has your wife/girlfriend/mother/father always been right? I'm certain they have been wrong and done wrong things on occasion; all human beings do. Do you run around apologizing for them to everyone you meet, telling them, “Yeah, my wife/girlfriend/mother/father hasn't always been right, but we have to work together” and nonsense such as that? Obama has been on one big Apology Tour since he took office, and it's highly offensive to patriotic Americans.

    You claim liberals don't hate America. Why is it I never, ever, ever hear a single liberal spontaneously say anything good about our country? You can occasionally shame one or two into it or back them into a corner and force them to do it as Obama was in this interview with Major Garret…but unlike conservatives who continually speak of the virtues of our country, you just don't hear liberals talking about what a wonderful nation America is and what good we have done around the world.

    As I told the propagandist earlier and alluded to you a moment ago, if liberals talked about their wife/girlfriend/husband/boyfriend the way they talk about America, they wouldn't have a wife/girlfriend/husband/boyfriend very long.

  35. Apparently you weren't paying attention, David. Even Walesa credits the United States for the freedom of the Polish people. And as I said, without American military might, freedom fighters like Walesa were always going to be totally outgunned by the Soviet boot.

    As to the edited clip, perhaps they saw it for the grudging lip-service it was and as such was irrelevant–especially since the issue is not what Obama said in his interview with Garret, but his latest display of disrespect for American achievement in his speech in Russia.

    It's possible the Obama-worshippers are oblivious to this (as John Zielger illustrated several months ago, the typical Obama voter isn't the brightest bulb in the pack), but I strongly suspect–especially for the ones that burn a little brighter than most–that they understand this distinction, but find the handy liberal playbook item of misdirection to be their best tool in diverting attention from this latest example of Obama's disdain for our country.

  36. My first time here. What a bad vibe. I’ve definitely fallen into enemy territory.
    I won’t be back.

  37. Oh, I'm crushed that a liberal apologist for an anti-American in the White House doesn't care for my writings. What will I do with myself? Oh, the pain.

    Those “moderates” weren't likely to come over to conservatism anyway. “Moderate” is usually a euphemism for “liberal who's afraid to call himself one.”

    But even some of the “floaters” who don't have a clue what they are (because they have no consistent philosophy at all) are starting to become disenchanted with the Obamessiah in only 6 months. Despite an unprecedented effort by the “mainstream” media before and after the election to keep their guy smelling nice, people are starting to see through the gloss job. Obama's approval rating is starting to suck wind even with their 24/7 propaganda effort.

    Many Americans are a docile lot; they just want to be left alone and unbothered. But when you start coming after their livelihood–as Obama's Marxist policies are doing–then they start taking notice…as his diminishing approval rating shows. Every short-term success for Obama is going to be a long-term failure as it tips his hand to the American people what an ultra-Leftist he is.

  38. Yes, if you're a liberal and/or loather of America, you've definitely fallen into enemy territory. We at Dakota Voice have a deep love and respect for our country, and will defend her against all detractors until our last breath…unlike our current president.

  39. “The 1980s were a curious time–a time of realization that a new age was upon us. Communism was coming to an end. It had used up its means and possibilities. The ground was set for change. But this change needed the cooperation, or unspoken understanding, of different political players. Now, from the perspective of our time, it is obvious that like the pieces of a global chain of events, Ronald Reagan, John Paul II, Margaret Thatcher and even Mikhail Gorbachev helped bring about this new age in Europe. We at Solidarity like to claim more than a little credit, too, for bringing about the end of the Cold War.” – Lech Walesa

  40. If most of the people I met hated my wife/girlfriend for the mistakes that she made, then yes, I would apologize for them.

  41. I guarantee you she wouldn't be your wife/girlfriend for very long if you treated her like that, and rightfully so.

  42. If you think about who must have elected Obama, it was obviously Republican voters. Dems couldn't alone.

    If there was not enough Democrats in 2000 or 2004 to overcome intertia and rigged privately-owned voting machines (mucho documented, Greg Palast, etc) then Dems “base” could not do it in 2008.

    George W. Bush and Richard Cheney basically DROVE most of their own Republican base into the Democrats camp. So quit whining and crying about your life, suck it up, get some Prozac, and get a real job, loser.

    By the way, I refused to vote for Obama. I voted Socialist Workers' Party, which was strongly against the Bailout for the ultra-rich Banksters, AIG Insurance, and Hedge Fund operators. Goldman-Sachs did not need a stimulus to create more jobs for Yacht makers and the French Riviera or wherever they go on vacation.

    Obama taking all the Red Ink from mortgage ponzi schemes and putting it on taxpayers is no more socialist than when Poppy Bush took over all the Savings and Loan Thrifts, wiped out all their bad debts, and auctioned them off back to the same criminals, such as his son Neil.

    That's capitalism, how it really works. Constant bailouts from workers in the bottom 90%.

  43. In other words, since you voted Socialist Workers Party, Obama wasn't Marxist enough for you.

    Thanks for letting us know just where you stand.

  44. Michael, you are a typical lib/socialist. You quote from a Lech Walesa that which would tend to give your opinions credence in full knowledge that Walesa, in fact, is largely making the opposite point. Case in point: here is the remainder of the article from Wall Sreet Journal that you quoted above. Note that the piece is mostly a tribute and thanks to Ronald Reagan for what he did to bring freedom to Poland and Eastern Europe.

    In Solidarity
    The Polish people, hungry for justice, preferred “cowboys” over Communists.
    by LECH WALESA
    Friday, June 11, 2004 12:01 A.M. EDT
    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 a lot to us. We knew he believed in a few simple principles such as human rights, democracy and civil society. He was someone who was convinced that the citizen is not for the state, but vice-versa, and that freedom is an innate right.
    I often wondered why Ronald Reagan did this, taking the risks he did, in supporting us at Solidarity, as well as dissident movements in other countries behind the Iron Curtain, while pushing a defense buildup that pushed the Soviet economy over the brink. Let's remember that it was a time of recession in the U.S. and a time when the American public was more interested in their own domestic affairs. It took a leader with a vision to convince them that there are greater things worth fighting for. Did he seek any profit in such a policy? Though our freedom movements were in line with the foreign policy of the United States, I doubt it.
    I distinguish between two kinds of politicians. There are those who view politics as a tactical game, a game in which they do not reveal any individuality, in which they lose their own face. There are, however, leaders for whom politics is a means of defending and furthering values. For them, it is a moral pursuit. They do so because the values they cherish are endangered. They're convinced that there are values worth living for, and even values worth dying for. Otherwise they would consider their life and work pointless. Only such politicians are great politicians and Ronald Reagan was one of them. .
    In the Europe of the 1980s, Ronald Reagan presented a vision. For us in Central and Eastern Europe, that meant freedom from the Soviets. Mr. Reagan was no ostrich who hoped that problems might just go away. He thought that problems are there to be faced. This is exactly what he did.
    Every time I met President Reagan, at his private estate in California or at the Lenin shipyard here in Gdansk, I was amazed by his modesty and even temper. He didn't fit the stereotype of the world leader that he was. Privately, we were like opposite sides of a magnet: He was always composed; I was a raging tower of emotions eager to act. We were so different yet we never had a problem with understanding one another. I respected his honesty and good humor. It gave me confidence in his policies and his resolve. He supported my struggle, but what unified us, unmistakably, were our similar values and shared goals.

    I have often been asked in the United States to sign the poster that many Americans consider very significant. Prepared for the first almost-free parliamentary elections in Poland in 1989, the poster shows Gary Cooper as the lonely sheriff in the American Western, “High Noon.” Under the headline “At High Noon” runs the red Solidarity banner and the date–June 4, 1989–of the poll. It was a simple but effective gimmick that, at the time, was misunderstood by the Communists. They, in fact, tried to ridicule the freedom movement in Poland as an invention of the “Wild” West, especially the U.S.
    But the poster had the opposite impact: Cowboys in Western clothes had become a powerful symbol for Poles. Cowboys fight for justice, fight against evil, and fight for freedom, both physical and spiritual. Solidarity trounced the Communists in that election, paving the way for a democratic government in Poland. It is always so touching when people bring this poster up to me to autograph it. They have cherished it for so many years and it has become the emblem of the battle that we all fought together.
    As I say repeatedly, we owe so much to all those who supported us. Perhaps in the early years, we didn't express enough gratitude. We were so busy introducing all the necessary economic and political reforms in our reborn country. Yet President Ronald Reagan must have realized what remarkable changes he brought to Poland, and indeed the rest of the world. And I hope he felt gratified. He should have. [End of article]

    Isn't it sad (and telling) that Lech Walesa could pay such high praise to President Reagan, yet The One cannot so much as utter the name. Come on, Michael and other Democrat/Lib/Socialists, lecture us on how patriotic you are and how much you love your country–you deluded, lying quislings.

  45. Wow, that's pretty enlightening stuff. So when Lech Walesa wrote that “John Paul II, Margaret Thatcher and even Mikhail Gorbachev helped bring about this new age in Europe” he actually meant that they DID NOT help or contribute to that change. Ronald Reagan did it all by himself. Thanks for clearing that up for us. And congratulations on being a bigger patriot than me. I think they're giving out made in China prizes at Wal-Mart for that.

  46. Read the entire opinion piece, Michael. I think it speaks for itself and
    your picking out a sentence and placing an unintended emphasis and
    meaning on it is typical of the elitist/socialist/blame-America-first crowd
    of whom you seem to represent.

    I didn't mean to say I was more patriotic than you, Michael. To claim I am
    more patriotic than you would assume that you hold SOME sense of loyalty to
    the USA and her Consitution, which I sincerely doubt. I think the
    difference between your side and mine is qualitative rather than
    quantitative.

  47. Unintended emphasis? Good lord, it’s not like I misquoted the man like Ellis and Hannity did to Obama. Watch the deception at the 47 second mark and read this quote while doing so:

    “Obama: There are a whole bunch of people throughout Eastern Europe with enormous courage and I think that it is very important in this part of the world to acknowledge the degree to which people struggled for their own freedom. We don’t have to diminish other people in order to recognize our role in that history.”

    I know, I know, it’s ok when it’s done the right way. Right?

  48. Michael, you are a typical lib/socialist. You quote from a Lech Walesa that which would tend to give your opinions credence in full knowledge that Walesa, in fact, is largely making the opposite point. Case in point: here is the remainder of the article from Wall Sreet Journal that you quoted above. Note that the piece is mostly a tribute and thanks to Ronald Reagan for what he did to bring freedom to Poland and Eastern Europe.

    In Solidarity
    The Polish people, hungry for justice, preferred “cowboys” over Communists.
    by LECH WALESA
    Friday, June 11, 2004 12:01 A.M. EDT
    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 a lot to us. We knew he believed in a few simple principles such as human rights, democracy and civil society. He was someone who was convinced that the citizen is not for the state, but vice-versa, and that freedom is an innate right.
    I often wondered why Ronald Reagan did this, taking the risks he did, in supporting us at Solidarity, as well as dissident movements in other countries behind the Iron Curtain, while pushing a defense buildup that pushed the Soviet economy over the brink. Let's remember that it was a time of recession in the U.S. and a time when the American public was more interested in their own domestic affairs. It took a leader with a vision to convince them that there are greater things worth fighting for. Did he seek any profit in such a policy? Though our freedom movements were in line with the foreign policy of the United States, I doubt it.
    I distinguish between two kinds of politicians. There are those who view politics as a tactical game, a game in which they do not reveal any individuality, in which they lose their own face. There are, however, leaders for whom politics is a means of defending and furthering values. For them, it is a moral pursuit. They do so because the values they cherish are endangered. They're convinced that there are values worth living for, and even values worth dying for. Otherwise they would consider their life and work pointless. Only such politicians are great politicians and Ronald Reagan was one of them. .
    In the Europe of the 1980s, Ronald Reagan presented a vision. For us in Central and Eastern Europe, that meant freedom from the Soviets. Mr. Reagan was no ostrich who hoped that problems might just go away. He thought that problems are there to be faced. This is exactly what he did.
    Every time I met President Reagan, at his private estate in California or at the Lenin shipyard here in Gdansk, I was amazed by his modesty and even temper. He didn't fit the stereotype of the world leader that he was. Privately, we were like opposite sides of a magnet: He was always composed; I was a raging tower of emotions eager to act. We were so different yet we never had a problem with understanding one another. I respected his honesty and good humor. It gave me confidence in his policies and his resolve. He supported my struggle, but what unified us, unmistakably, were our similar values and shared goals.

    I have often been asked in the United States to sign the poster that many Americans consider very significant. Prepared for the first almost-free parliamentary elections in Poland in 1989, the poster shows Gary Cooper as the lonely sheriff in the American Western, “High Noon.” Under the headline “At High Noon” runs the red Solidarity banner and the date–June 4, 1989–of the poll. It was a simple but effective gimmick that, at the time, was misunderstood by the Communists. They, in fact, tried to ridicule the freedom movement in Poland as an invention of the “Wild” West, especially the U.S.
    But the poster had the opposite impact: Cowboys in Western clothes had become a powerful symbol for Poles. Cowboys fight for justice, fight against evil, and fight for freedom, both physical and spiritual. Solidarity trounced the Communists in that election, paving the way for a democratic government in Poland. It is always so touching when people bring this poster up to me to autograph it. They have cherished it for so many years and it has become the emblem of the battle that we all fought together.
    As I say repeatedly, we owe so much to all those who supported us. Perhaps in the early years, we didn't express enough gratitude. We were so busy introducing all the necessary economic and political reforms in our reborn country. Yet President Ronald Reagan must have realized what remarkable changes he brought to Poland, and indeed the rest of the world. And I hope he felt gratified. He should have. [End of article]

    Isn't it sad (and telling) that Lech Walesa could pay such high praise to President Reagan, yet The One cannot so much as utter the name. Come on, Michael and other Democrat/Lib/Socialists, lecture us on how patriotic you are and how much you love your country–you deluded, lying quislings.

  49. Wow, that's pretty enlightening stuff. So when Lech Walesa wrote that “John Paul II, Margaret Thatcher and even Mikhail Gorbachev helped bring about this new age in Europe” he actually meant that they DID NOT help or contribute to that change. Ronald Reagan did it all by himself. Thanks for clearing that up for us. And congratulations on being a bigger patriot than me. I think they're giving out made in China prizes at Wal-Mart for that.

  50. Read the entire opinion piece, Michael. I think it speaks for itself and
    your picking out a sentence and placing an unintended emphasis and
    meaning on it is typical of the elitist/socialist/blame-America-first crowd
    of whom you seem to represent.

    I didn't mean to say I was more patriotic than you, Michael. To claim I am
    more patriotic than you would assume that you hold SOME sense of loyalty to
    the USA and her Consitution, which I sincerely doubt. I think the
    difference between your side and mine is qualitative rather than
    quantitative.