The Inquisitr (yes, they meant to spell it that way) points out that today marks the 25th anniversary of former President Ronald Reagan’s famous “Tear Down this Wall” speech. Reagan addressed the crowd at the Brandenburg Gate in Germany, just a short distance from the Berlin Wall, on June 12, 1987.
Reagan’s impassioned speech called for Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall separating East and West Germany. The speech proved to be one of the most striking moments in Reagan’s time in office, and his dream was eventually realized when Eastern Germans began destroying the wall in November, 1989.
Ready for a quick history lesson? Here’s one of America’s most popular Republican presidents serving as a leader for world freedom and equality:
Without sounding too much like we’re trying to take sides, this is one of those rare presidential speeches that transcends bipartisan politics. Just about every American can get behind Reagan’s words, whether you’re a true-blue liberal or a dyed-in-the-wool conservative.
Just listen to him: “We welcome change and openness; for we believe that freedom and security go together, that the advance of human liberty can only strengthen the cause of world peace.”
Who can argue with that?