Friday, June 20, 2008

Drill Here! Drill Now!

A great editorial by Michael Reagan:

Prague, Czech Republic, June 18 - I'm in Europe to join the Reagan Legacy Foundation in observing the 21st anniversary of my dad Ronald Reagan's immortal words spoken at the Berlin Wall on June 12, 1987, when he demanded that Russia's Mikhail Gorbachev demolish the wall, a grim symbol of Soviet oppression of the East German people.

Against the advice of his weak-willed, namby-pamby State Department advisers, my dad looked at the wall and electrified Berliners when he said, "General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"

Just over two years after the speech, the wall did come down; the brutal East German communist government and the Soviet Union came down with it, and the Brandenburg Gate was opened.

Today there is another wall, one that stands between energy independence for the United States and continued reliance on foreign oil at a time when skyrocketing prices at the gas pump threaten to wreck our economy, bankrupt millions of American businesses and reduce countless numbers of Americans to poverty and hunger.

That wall must come down, and come down now.

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