Latest Acorn Scandal: Reagan Library Stenography

Better Read    HISTORIC WORDS—This  is  one  of  the  original  note  cards President Ronald Reagan used on June 12, 1987, when he told then-Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall” during a speech in West Berlin. The cards will be on display through February in a Reagan Library exhibit that’s dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The Thousand Oaks Acorn visits the Reagan Library, dipped in history. Thousand Oaks Acorn

From tiny acorns some mighty old chestnuts swell, as the Reagan Presidential Library finds a willing conduit for its Berlin Wall fantasies.

The Library is going all out to forever tie the Wall’s collapse to Reagan’s utterances, with the keen insights of  “exhibit specialist” Rob Zucca showing Acorn the way.

Apparently, the Wall was a commie trap! 

They [The Reds] always said it was a security wall to keep the west out. Well, it was to keep their people in.

“The Library’s claim is the chipping away—and eventual removal—of the barricade paved the way for the reunification of Germany and the advent of freedom and democracy in Eastern Europe.”

– neatly reversing the actual sequence of events, in which the Wall was more the last act of East Germany’s internal collapse, which was itself one of the last Stalinist regimes to go.

Reagan Library director of communications Melissa Giller riffs on Reagan quotes of the 60s, 70s, and today, plugging in “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction” along with the inevitable Thatcher reference.

It was his lifelong mission to bring the end of communism and he was able to do it, as Margaret Thatcher said, ‘without ever firing a shot’”

But as we now know, Mags opposed German unification, plotting with wiley Frenchman Francois Mitterrand to block it.

But  Giller cannot be restrained:

…even today, there are places such as Iraq and Afghanistan where American soldiers are fighting for freedom and democracy.“They may not have a physical Berlin Wall,” she said, “but walls still exist.

Indeed. 

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