Seems that Mongolian President Tsakhia Elbegdorj doesn’t just talk the talk, he actually walks the walk. He knows that the Great Communicator did more than just project an image of optimism and leadership, Ronald Reagan also promoted an idea, the idea of the American Revolution — freedom.
The Mongolian leader “was among the millions living under totalitarian rule“, having grown up in a Soviet client state and studied in then-Soviet-occupied Ukraine, “who were inspired by Mr. Reagan‘s anti-communist and pro-democracy views, whose outspoken criticism of Soviet communism”:
Today, Mongolia‘s president said he remains a staunch Reaganite when it comes to promoting democracy and free markets in this land of 2.7 million people sandwiched between undemocratic giants Russia and China.
Elected president in 2009 in what has become Central Asia’s most open democratic state, Mr. Elbegdorj said he once had a photo of Mr. Reagan and another Cold War freedom hero, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, hanging in his government office to remind him of Mr. Reagan‘s influence. . . .
“Now I think many people know that Mongolia is the most free-market economy and most liberal political system in the region,” Mr. Elbegdorj said. “Also, it actually showed the world [that] evolutionary things or big transitions can happen in Asian countries.” . . . .
“Some countries offer good wine and good cars to the world,” he said. “But America offers freedom — that is the most important thing Americans have.” Free nations produce good ideas and “the government’s role is to make those good ideas into action. This is my road,” Mr. Elbegdorj said.
Freedom, that’s the idea we honor when we celebrate Ronald Reagan. Let’s hope the folks in the White House are paying attention.