President Ronald Reagan's 'Are Liberals Really Liberal?'

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REAGAN AND RUSSIA: During much of his life, President Ronald Reagan had a strong belief that Communism was not only wrong, but evil as well. Reagan thought that the eventual downfall of Russia would be its communist government and its slayer would be the righteousness of democracy. His views on Russia are clear throughout his career, even when his diplomatic attitude changed near the end of the Cold War. It is obvious that his main goal to defeat communism in Russia was for the world to embrace democracy. He says in his speech to the National Association of Evangelicals in 1983, “I urge you to speak out against those who would place the United States in a position of military and moral inferiority… So, in your discussions of the nuclear freeze proposals, I urge you to beware the temptation of pride - the temptation of blithely declaring yourselves above it all and label both sides equally at fault, to ignore the facts of history and the aggressive impulses of an evil empire, to simply call the arms race a giant misunderstanding and thereby remove yourself from the struggle between right and wrong and good and evil.” (Gort n.d.) Reagan is likewise noted for the…show more content…
The Soviets had built up their military force but could not truly compete with the U.S. should it decide to enter the arms race. A Russian analyst named Sergei Blagovolin found that the U.S. had the means to produce fifty nuclear subs and fifty thousand tanks per year, even without the help of its partners in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). (Shinner, Anderson and Anderson
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