Bruce Bawer just alerted me to news that Polish patriots wish to pay tribute to Ronald Reagan “by erecting his statue in the place of a Soviet-era monument.” Recognizing that the Gipper has become a “symbol of liberty,” opponents of the former communist regime, want an image of that great man to stand in Freedom Square in the southwestern Polish city of Katowice, “replacing a monument to the Soviet troops who drove out the occupying Nazis in 1945.”
In addition to this proposed statue, there “are already separate plans to erect a statue in memory of Reagan in the centre of the Polish capital, Warsaw, which would be paid-for from private funds.”
The only problem is that the city elders of Katowice may not have enough funds to pay for the statue. Perhaps, we could start a fundraising drive.
Widely derided by liberals during his two terms in office, Ronald Reagan inspired millions of people around the world, particularly those behind the Iron Curtain which his policies helped bring down. Today, those people, many of whom live in freedom, know that the Gipper helped secure the liberties they know enjoy.
It’s so nice to see a great man receive the honor he is due. Let us hope that we Americans show the same appreciation for all the good he accomplished in his two terms in office. And for the ideas he championed throughout his life.