America's Security Is Still Tied To The Fate Of Freedom
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Much like today, the world of 1982 faced a perilous trial. Large portions of the world weren’t free, and most Americans believed the USSR would win the Cold War. Amidst this panic, President Ronald Reagan gave a famous address at Westminster. In it, he presented his strong optimism, insisting that “Beyond the trouble spots lies a deeper, more positive pattern. Around the world today, [...] man’s instinctive desire for freedom and self-determination surfaces again and again.”
In the present, democracy is under fire again. China, North Korea, and Russia are pushing their authoritarian values far past their borders, and there are more refugees in the world than any time since World War II. However, remembering Reagan’s optimism, we can be certain that he “would have assured Americans that we can compete successfully with [these nations] because our culture of individual freedom and democratic institutions is a source of strength and dynamism in the face of a repressively rigid superpower competitor.”
We cannot do this alone, though. In his address Reagan insisted that all of the worlds’ democracies must stand together against countries which suppress the freedoms of their people. This still stands in the modern day, where our situation has continued to escalate. Can the democracies of the world unite against the regimes of the world effectively enough? Or will our freedoms “wither in a quiet, deadening accommodation with totalitarian evil?”
Reagan viewed this not as a contest of bombs or military might, “but a test of wills and ideals, a trial of spiritual resolve’, the values we hold, the beliefs we cherish, the ideals to which we are dedicated.”
Indeed, Reagan’s words ring just as true now as they did then.