Advancing a Free Society

Reagan’s vision of liberty still guides us today

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Nearly 30 years ago, Ronald Reagan spoke to the British Parliament and declared that the march of freedom and democracy would leave the Soviet Union "on the ash heap of history."

Many remember these famous words as much for their boldness as they do for their prescience. Perhaps less well-recalled — but no less significant — was President Reagan's recognition of a shared history between the United States and the United Kingdom premised on a commitment to liberty for all peoples. "For it is remembering what we share of the past," President Reagan said, "that our two nations can make common cause for the future."

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