Issues Beyond Palo Alto, posted by Gary, a resident of the Downtown North neighborhood, on Jul 14, 2012 at 5:19 pm
A new statue for Reagan and the Pope.
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Posted by Summer L, a resident of the Downtown North neighborhood, on Jul 14, 2012 at 6:50 pm
Yes, well deserved. Didn't he say about the Polish labor movement of Gdansk, on Labor Day, 1980:
" These are the values inspiring those brave workers in Poland ... They remind us that where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost. "
Too bad about Reagan not liking American workers so much -- 11 tax hikes penalizing the middle class, including the largest working class tax hike in history when he doubled payroll taxes.
Nice statue, tho...
Posted by Gary, a resident of the Downtown North neighborhood, on Jul 14, 2012 at 7:25 pm
"Reagan and John Paul shared a conviction that communism was a moral evil, not just a bad economic system. And Lech Walesa, founder of the Solidarity movement that led the anti-communist struggle in Poland, has often paid homage to both men and told the AP in a recent interview that he deeply respected Reagan.
"Reagan should have a monument in every city," Walesa said."
In solidarity, perhaps there should be a statue for Reagan on City Hall Plaza?....
Posted by Sharon, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Jul 16, 2012 at 5:40 pm
The collapse of the Soviet Union was the triumph of Christian Civilization and Economic Freedom over atheism and communism.
Christian Civilization is alive and thriving in the USA- but some in Europe call for a " post Christian Europe"-
-a fatal error-
-which will be corrected in the aftermath of Europe's economic and moral frailty.
Posted by Gary, a resident of the Downtown North neighborhood, on Jul 18, 2012 at 4:03 pm
>Christian Civilization is alive and thriving in the USA- but some in Europe call for a " post Christian Europe"-
It is true that the Pope and Lech Walesa were practicng Christians. Not so sure about Reagan...he was more a deist, like Jefferson, as far as I can tell ("We were endowed by our Creator...").
Reagan made it happen. Lech W. led a tipping point. The Pope understood the moral dilema of communism/socialism. Lady Thatcher was the Iron Lady, and persuasive.
It the end, it was Reagan.
Can we at least re-name City Hall Plaza from "King Plaza" to "Reagan Plaza". King was a great man, in his context (civil rights), but he failed to criticize the mass slaughter by the socialists. King is not in Reagan's class as a world leader.
Palo Alto should lead the way to honor Ronald Reagan.
Posted by Garry, a resident of the Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhood, on Jul 18, 2012 at 4:58 pm
Awesome idea! Need one for the gipper in Lebanon to honor his first run.
Posted by Gary, a resident of the Downtown North neighborhood, on Jul 18, 2012 at 5:03 pm
Palo Alto has an entire neighborhood, with streets named after Civil War generals (Sherman, Sheridan, Grant, etc.). We ahve a street named after a Civil War president (Lincoln). Reagan won the cold war.
It is time that we honor Reagan.
Posted by Gerry, a resident of the College Terrace neighborhood, on Jul 18, 2012 at 5:42 pm
Gotta have another Reagan statue in Iran for all those fabulous missiles he illegally sento the Ayatollah!
Posted by Jerry, a resident of the Embarcadero Oaks/Leland neighborhood, on Jul 18, 2012 at 6:10 pm
Good lawdy miss clawdy!
We must have ELEVEN statues on RWR at the IRS, one for each tax hike of Reagan!
Posted by Garrett, a resident of the Greenmeadow neighborhood, on Jul 18, 2012 at 6:25 pm
We need 138 statues spanning the town!
One for each member of Reagan's team that was indicted, as part of the most criminal presidency evah!!!!!!
Posted by Sharon, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Jul 18, 2012 at 6:40 pm
Reagan stated that he was a Christian - as does Thatcher state that she is a Christian.
The communists were so afraid of the Pope that they tried to assassinate him.
Another actor in the collapse of the USSR was KSA-Saudi Arabia
Bush senior-also a devout Christian, Reagans VP and ex DCIA--persuaded the Saudis to pump much more oil-to collapse the global oil price.
As the USSR's only source of hard currency was their oil exports which - funded their arms build up during the the cold war.
This glut of oil-created by Bush and KSA made the USSR bankrupt and accelerated its collapse.
A monument to Reagan and the late Pope would be great for Palo Alto and our kids.
The culture of death people will block it.
Hoover @ Stanford will build the monument however
Posted by Garreth, a resident of the Adobe-Meadows neighborhood, on Jul 18, 2012 at 6:41 pm
One big statue, inscription only in spanish.
Honoring the illegals he amnestied.
Posted by jar jar binks, a resident of the Barron Park neighborhood, on Jul 18, 2012 at 6:46 pm
No statue in PA until Ron gets his in front of the treasury.
For TRIPLING the national debt.
Posted by Gargar, a resident of the Charleston Meadows neighborhood, on Jul 18, 2012 at 6:48 pm
One in front of every school for promising to get rid of the dept of education.
But leaving office having doubled its size!
Posted by Summer L, a resident of the Downtown North neighborhood, on Jul 18, 2012 at 6:53 pm
Gary - there ya go!!!!
You get to have lots of statues in lots of places!
Better get started looking for money and a nice patch of private ground for it.
Because in your little worship fantasy about Reagan, he was a free market kind of superhero, and you don't want to use taxpayer dollars to honor a free market deity, do ya?
Just wouldn't be right, using guvmint money and resources!
Posted by Sharon, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Jul 18, 2012 at 9:07 pm
The fact is that Reagan and Bush senior won the cold war and--as a result- created the massive economic renewal and boom of the US economy.
Unfortunately Clinton squandered this economic bonus-so it goes.
Romney has many of Reagan's qualities-Christian commitment-personal economic success- Governor of a major state-commitment to the Culture of Life.
He needs to meet with the Pope-
- who has warned about the decline of Christianity in Europe and its consequent economic and moral decline.
Posted by Diogenes, a resident of another community, on Jul 18, 2012 at 9:20 pm
Sharon/Gary, you might both benefit by spending some time in what G.W. Bush called the reality-based world.
And Sharon, save it for the pulpit.
Posted by Summer L, a resident of the Downtown North neighborhood, on Jul 18, 2012 at 9:43 pm
Sharon: Reagan tripled the national debt - Clinton balanced the budget and had surplus his final two years, yet you say "Clinton squandered this economic bonus"
I echo Diogenes, come back to reality someday. I'll add: do it slowly, the shock may be too much for you.