“Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance: it must be fought for and defended constantly. Those who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again.”-Ronald Reagan, 1967
The former communist bloc, newly free, and tiny nation of Ukraine will have a dark and dangerous 2013 Christmas. The nation’s people have taken to the streets in protest of their current leader’s decision to not join the EU and instead move closer to their former captors, the old Soviet Union.
Ukraine’s people lived a brutal and oppressive life behind the former iron curtain and under the iron fist of the Soviets, now Russia. The Ukranian people won their freedom when the USSR failed and the iron curtain came down. History recognizes three great leaders for the demise of the USSR:
- Ronald Reagan gets the bulk of the credit for their demise.
- Pope John Paul II
- British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (The Iron Lady)
All three of these great leaders knew the ugly face and evil lie that is Communism. They risked their lives and the lives of their people fighting it. Less than 30 years later, we see the oppressive Russian nation again making power grabs through intimidation.
The generation that grew up under the oppression of the former Soviet Union is still alive. They know what it is to be stripped of their freedom, choice, religion, and their soul. They remember what it feels like to go hungry, watch their children starve, and their elders die before their time.
No slave who tastes freedom will allow himself to be placed back into bondage. The younger generation may be foolish and buy into the sweet lies of Marxism, Leninism, and Communism. Their parents and grandparents will life free or die!
Our prayers go to out to the people of Ukraine that choose to live free. The tremendously courageous nations that helped them win their freedom through the Cold War are no longer led by greatness. Mr. Reagan and Lady Thatcher are long gone. Our new Pope appears to have a fondness for Marxist and Communist ideology.
While living and working in Europe, I had the great privilege of meeting many fine people from the former Communist Bloc nations. Every person I met had fond things to say about America and what our nation did to help free them from Communism. It was nice to hear them recognize our great nation for what it was and hopefully still is.
I regret that I also worked with many people from free nations like France, Spain and Germany who have known nothing but freedom since the end of 1945 and WWII. Those folks have forgotten the ugly face of tyranny and are once more embracing the lies of the Socialists. They seem to have a massively sour attitude towards Americans and everything we value.
How long before the iron fist of social slavery visits our shores?